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Interests and Ideas - Technology

This area of the website provides ideas and interests for Association members. Clicking on any of the images takes you to the appropriate website where you can attain further detailed information.

Facebook Online Security

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Protecting your personal information is more important than ever, and that's why security is built into every Facebook product and design. Our security systems run in the background millions of times per second to catch threats and remove them before they ever reach you. Using Facebook also means you're getting strong encryption to protect your communications.

You can also choose from lots of easy-to-use security tools on Facebook to help you add an extra layer of security to your account.

Follow these tips to reduce the risk of having your social media account hacked:

• Don’t get ‘click happy’. Verify links before clicking, including the “Like” button!

• Watch out for baiting. Don’t be lured by offers that sound too good to be true.

• Be on alert to individuals who seem to know more about you than they should.

• Change your passwords frequently. Don’t reuse the same password across multiple social media sites.

Basic online security

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Follow these steps provided by this Daily Telegraph editorial on cybersecurity to enhance your online security.

Cyber Aware

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The HM Government Cyber Aware website is aimed at business awareness of cyber security but all of the principles apply to individuals as well.

Stay Safe Online

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The (US) National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity. To educate and empower our global digital society to use the internet safely and securely.

Online Fraud - Ransommail or Blackmail or Plain Scamming

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Mirror Online Article | Techlicious Blog

Just recently there has been a scam going around the Internet where the emailer claims to have proof that you have been on porn sites and unless you pay up they will spill the beans to friends and family. They claim to have proof from your own webcam of your wrongful activities and they want you to know how gullable you are that they think you are sophisticted enough to be able to pay up the ransom requested in BitCoin!

Action Fraud is an online Police website for help and assistance tackle onlne fraud. The provide the following advice it you are targeted:

Do not be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Police advise that you do not pay criminals. Paying the ransom signals that you are vulnerable and you may be targeted again.

Change your password immediately and reset it on other accounts where you have used the same password. Always use strong passwords, different ones for each account.

Wherever possible, enabloe Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) which requires not only a username and password but also something that only you have on you - such as a physical token or the answer to a personal question.

Do not reply to the email back to the fraudsters.

Always keep the anti-virus and operating software up-to-date on all of your computer devices. Regulary update them all!

Disable your webcam if you do not use it on your device or at least cover it when not in use.

If you have received one of these scam emails and paid the fine, report it to your local Police Force. If you have not paid, report it as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the website.