On-line fraud and cyber-criminals

As reported on UK news in the last 48 hours (22nd July 2016) over 1,000,000 frauds were reported in the UK in the last year more than all the other criminal activity combined.

'Cyber-criminal organizations don’t take summer vacations, and many people just don’t realize the security risks they are taking,' said Usman Choudhary, chief product officer at ThreatTrack Security. 'Criminals understand the seasonality of consumer search habits and exploit that information to their full potential.'

So what should people be watching out for? Here are five email and on-line threats to be aware of for both businesses and home users:


Six Tips to Avoid Cyber Crooks This Summer

Summer is almost here – the weather is pleasant, and summer vacation is project #1 for millions of us as we slip into a lower gear. As you pack your suitcase this season, remember crooks are always on the lookout. Here are a few tips to keep your information safe this summer:

Don’t take your social security card or other personal/confidential information aside from your driver’s license, passport or photo ID.


Should you store your data in the cloud?

It’s pretty simple to understand where a file goes when you save it on your PC. It lives on your hard drive, possibly housed in a set of folders you’ve created and organized yourself. That file is only stored on your computer, unless you decide to email it to yourself or save it on an external hard drive or USB.

Now what about the cloud?
At its most basic level, “the cloud” is just fancy-talk for a network of connected servers (a server is simply a computer that provides data or services to other computers). When you save files to the cloud, they can be accessed from a computer connected to that cloud’s network. Now take that idea and multiply it to understand how the cloud works for you. The cloud is not just a few servers, but a network of many servers typically stored in a spaceship-sized warehouse—or several hundred spaceship-sized warehouses. These warehouses are guarded and managed by companies such as Google (Google Docs), Apple (iCloud), or Dropbox.


Don't give thieves a chance.

You can reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime by following the following advice:-

  1. Always lock the door of your home even when you are inside. It can take seconds for a thief to enter your property, take what they want and leave.
  2. Don't leave valuables where they can be seen through the window.
  3. Photograph items such as jewellery, pictures etc that are difficult to describe.
  4. Security mark your valuables with your NIE.
  5. Utilise the immobilise property register www.immobilise.com
  6. Consider purchasing a safe for storing valuables.
  7. Don;t keep large amounts of cash at home.
  8. Shred or burn receipts/utility bills/statements to avoid identity theft.
  9. Leave un-needed credit.debit cards cheque books etc at home when you go out. Separate identity documents from wallet/purse when out and about.
  10. Get to know your neighbours - watch out for each other.