Be wary of “friends in trouble”

rthorne/ July 31, 2018

A common scam is doing the rounds again. If you get an email out of the blue from one of your friends saying that they need your help, be cautious. It may not have come from a friend after all… Scammers send an email from an address almost identical to that of a friend. They say that they are in

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Backups are your friend

rthorne/ July 3, 2018

Imagine losing all of your important documents, contacts, information and family photographs at the same time. No, really. Go on, give it some thought. All of your photos gone forever. It’s not a pleasant thought is it? Sadly as more information is held on computers and online, and as digital cameras and mobile phones replace traditional film cameras, the risk

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Passwords

rthorne/ July 1, 2018

Passwords are one of the first elements of online security. It’s therefore essential that we manage them correctly. Here are some tips to help you to stay safe: Do not use the same password for multiple sites. If you do, then any single site being compromised means that they all are. Use complex passwords. Hackers use dictionaries and lists of

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Ticketmaster alert

rthorne/ June 29, 2018

If you use or have used the Ticketmaster website, then you may need to take some action. It appears that one of Ticketmaster’s customer support systems was infected by malware and may have compromised personal information including names, addresses, email addresses, contact numbers, payment details and login credentials. Anyone with a Ticketmaster account should change the password on their account,

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“Hello, I’m calling from Microsoft…”

rthorne/ June 11, 2018

There are lots of individuals who are seeking opportunities to commit fraud. Unfortunately this is much easier in an online environment, where it’s possible to engage with people in different locations and countries. A common fraud which unfortunately catches out far too many people, is the unsolicited phone call from “Microsoft” or some other official sounding organisation informing you that

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Are you creating a data breach without realising it?

rthorne/ June 6, 2018

Almost every day the press publishes stories about the latest organisation to leak private and/or personal information. Sometimes this is due to cyber crime, and sometimes it’s due to careless acts. Surely you wouldn’t be doing anything that could put information at risk, would you?

Apple Macs – Do they need anti-virus software?

rthorne/ June 3, 2018

I often hear people claiming that Apple Macs don’t need any anti-virus software. I even saw a so-called expert on the TV saying just that. Unfortunately it just isn’t true.

6 simple ways to stay safer online

rthorne/ June 3, 2018

It’s remarkable that although the online safety message is banged on about on TV, radio and the printed media, there are a great many people who are still of the opinion that the message doesn’t apply to them. Sadly, whilst such people may have got away without incident so far, this is more by luck and limited online exposure, than

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