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Shopping online? Here are some safety tips you should know.

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Shopping online? Here are some safety tips you should know.

Shopping for food/household goods/Clothes is an essential part of all our lives, and shopping ‘Online’ has now become the ‘norm’ for most of us. 80% of internet users shop online at some point, and this is growing, particularly due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. While shopping online saves us an enormous amount of time and we can do it from the comfort of our own home, it comes with risks. This is something we must be aware of, and we must not be too complacent about. Please find below some tips to keep in mind when shopping on the...

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Think you won’t get caught out by Scams?

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Think you won’t get caught out by Scams?

We hear, over and over again, on the news and through other medias, about people who have fallen for some form of financial scam, publicising how they prey on the vulnerable, like the elderly or the lonely. But don’t be fooled into a false sense of security that it won’t ever happen to you, as more and more of us are opening ourselves up for these criminals to take their ill-gotten gains. In 2018, £354m was lost to payment scams. Here are some the current financial scams that around: ‘Safe account’ scams You receive a call from a trusted organisation,...

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Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand

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Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand

Poor Cyber-Security on Major Cosmetics brand.

One of the world’s most popular beauty product brands, Avon, has been found to have a significant data breach, which was discovered on its web server through an investigation in June 2020, publicly exposing data without password protection or encryption. Anyone who processed the servers IP-address could instantly access the business’s ‘open’ database.

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Have you backed up your data recently?

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Have you backed up your data recently?

With mostly all our personal information now being held on digital devices, whether it be laptops, phones or tablets, more than ever it is important not just to protect these devices with a good all round antivirus package, it is also essential to ‘back up’ or ‘save’ your data. Phones can break or be stolen, the same for tablets. Laptops can contract viruses and make impossible to retrieve your personal data. Have you ever considered what you would do if you phone broke or was stolen? All that personal info like phone/email contacts, addresses, photos, would be lost to you,...

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Are you staying safe on Social Media, home & away?

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Are you staying safe on Social Media, home & away?

Posting our experiences and photos on Social Media is something we all do, especially when we are travelling or on Holiday. But have you ever thought of the safety implications when you do this? Here are a few things to think about and help you stay safe on social Media Platforms. Check your ‘Friends’ List.  Make sure that you are posting to people that you trust when displaying personal details, especially when you include how long you will be away etc. Never befriend someone you don’t know or have casually met. You can always wait until to get to know...

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