E-mail passwords:- Change them regularly; don’t make them simple, e.g. John123 as these are easily hacked; use other characters besides letters and numbers, e.g. !@£$%?; the longer the password the more difficult it is to break.
e-mails:- If you have an e-mail and you don’t recognise the sender treat it with suspicion. If it has an attachment be sure it is safe to open. If you recognise the e-mail address and open it, look for terminology used, spelling mistakes, etc and think ‘is this what I would normally accept from this person’. Have they ended the e-mail with their normal comment, e.g. best regards, love, bye, etc but its different this time. If so view it with suspicion
Security:- Ensure you have the latest version of your Anti-virus/internet security/firewall protection software, and make sure its activated!
Scams:- There are so many scams now, particularly by telephone, that they too numerous to mention. But remember:- Don’t divulge your bank details unless you are confident its a bona-fide person, company, etc; if you get a call to say your pc has a problem don’t start your pc up; if the caller, to prove they are genuine, suggests you ring them, don’t immediately do it. Wait 30 mins, check the number is genuine by googling the company on the internet and ring the number thats on the website.
Because of our age, i.e. over 50 we are targeted by scammers. There is a website called Think Jessica which is supported by the National Crime Agency, Trading Standard Institute and Staffordshire County Council that gives lots of information about scams and fraud and how to protect yourself. Click here for a link to the site.
Have you joined? OWL keeps communities safe, helps reduce crime and keeps people informed of what’s going on locally. It’s a shared, secure platform for the public and local authorities to maximise the potential of Neighbourhood Watch. Click on the link to register for email notification of scams in your area:- Click here
If you change your email address please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your new email address!!