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What is Hacking?

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What is Hacking?

Unless we have been living on a faraway distant planet, we have all heard of the term ‘Hacking’ But what is it actually? The Dictionary Definition: ‘Hacking is an attempt to exploit a computer system or a private network inside a computer. Simply put, it is the unauthorised access to or control over computer network security systems for some illicit purpose’. We have all seen the movies where the ‘Baddies’ have ‘hacked’ the governments computers and are able to launch the nuclear missiles to destroy the world! But in the real world, everyday Hacking is not quite so dramatic, but still can have devastating effects on personal...

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Black Friday & Christmas Gift Scammers Alerts.

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Black Friday & Christmas Gift Scammers Alerts.

The time of year has come when we all start to think of Christmas, especially looking for bargains and due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, online shopping is extra essential to help buying our gifts, but watch out, the scammers are also out there in force, waiting in the cyber-shadows to pounce! The average UK victim of purchase fraud in the first half of the year lost £720! Some banks are warning their customers to be on the look-out for Black Friday Fraud, where cyber-criminals are targeting lockdown purchases, especially large ones, like Patio heaters, bikes, sheds to name a few....

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Beware of Fake ‘Shop Front’ Websites.

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Beware of Fake ‘Shop Front’ Websites.

There you are, happily online shopping, you search on Google (or other browsers) for your favourite site, click in your search listings on what you think is the genuine site and voila! Up pops what looks to be the site you wish to utilise. Or is it? Cyber-criminals are sweeping the internet with ‘Fake’ sites, they copy, very cleverly and in great detail, the site page, for example , of your bank or as in the exampled photo above, your antivirus site relying on the user to think that it is genuine and then ask for all kinds of personal...

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Mobile Banking-Protection Tips

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Mobile Banking-Protection Tips

The trend for doing everything on your mobile phone is growing fast, one of these fastest areas of growth is MOBILE BANKING. We can now do virtually everything we need to do with our finances directly on our mobiles, including mobile check deposits plus much more. Banks are now ‘stripping down’ their in-branch services, and concentrating more on expanding their online banking services, which saves them time and money and makes it less necessary for customers to go the branch. The big question we are all asking, is this a safe option when dealing with the extremely important and vital...

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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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