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Stay Safe & Virus Free
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Dear <<First Name>>
We are conscious of the danger of repeating the same old thing when we issue warnings and advice. But we are also aware that there are new members joining us month by month who will be unaware of previous messages.  We will also repeat things that are very important security matters either on-line or day to day at home.  Major threats these days seem to come via phone or email, so as this year ends, here’s a reminder of important advice we’ve issued before.
Anti-virus software is essential if you don't want an avalanche of malware, including viruses, Trojan Horses, ransomware and other internet nasties, attacking your computer. Which? recommends Kaspersky, AVG and Bitdefender as providing free basic protection with Bitdefender, ESET and F-Secure amongst their Best Buy paid-for with annual costs between £40 and £60.
Software updates are important as in addition to performance improvements they will include bug fixes and security improvements. Out of date software and Apps contain weaknesses making them vulnerable and easier to hack.
You can improve your online security by using automatic software updates. These mean you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released. Which? have provided some useful links with step by step instructions if you don’t know how to do this.
·  Apple - Mac (opens in a new tab)
·  Apple - iPhone and iPad (opens in a new tab)
·  Microsoft Windows 10 (opens your MS settings)
·  Windows 7 is no longer supported. You should upgrade to Windows 10
·  Android smartphones and tablets (opens in a new tab)
·  Android apps (opens in a new tab)
 
Text and WhatsApp scams
Scammers are targeting the unsuspecting with phoney delivery text messages.  Royal Mail always leave a card if they can’t make a delivery. If you get a WhatsApp message from a friend or family member asking for money, phone them to check it is a genuine request before responding.  WhatsApp scams have cost victims £50,000 in the past three months.
 
Email Threat of Blackmail
A member recently had an email from someone claiming they had hacked into his computer and was aware of his activity with pornographic sites and material.  The threat was that this information would be sent to all his contacts unless he paid a specified sum by a specific time.  In reality of course, had the sender actually hacked into the member’s computer, he would have found nothing that could be used for blackmail and the specified time passed without incident.  The member wisely reported this to ActionFraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  and also sent it on to report@phishing.gov.uk
 
HAVE A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE AND VIRUS FREE NEW YEAR
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