Google game teaches kids about online safety – Help Net Security

Talking to kids about online safety is a difficult undertaking for many adults, and making the lessons stick is even harder. To that end, Google has launched a new program called Be Internet Awesome, which includes:

  • An online video game called Interland
  • A classroom curriculum
  • A YouTube video series

The game and learning materials are aimed at children that are between 8 and 11. Interland can be played on any of the major browsers. It leads the player through several floating islands where the challenges and puzzles they should complete will teach them about several aspects of online safety: how to choose which information to share with whom, how to choose good passwords, how to deal with online bullies, how to spot scams.

Source: Google game teaches kids about online safety – Help Net Security

Contactless security

Facts about contactless payments

There’s been a huge rise in the use of contactless cards in the UK. One in four card payments are now contactless, totalling more than £3.3 billion every month. However with every new technology, myths develop about security. So what are the facts about contactless cards?

  • Contactless cards are built using the same secure system as Chip & PIN, so you can be fully confident when paying.
  • Every contactless card includes a range of robust security features which safeguard your information and protect you against fraud.
  • There have never been any confirmed reports of money being ‘stolen’ from a contactless card still in a cardholder’s possession in the UK.

And remember, unlike if you lose cash, if you are victim of card fraud you will get your money back from your bank and will never be left out of pocket.

Facts about contactless payments

There’s been a huge rise in the use of contactless cards in the UK. One in four card payments are now contactless, totalling more than £3.3 billion every month. However with every new technology, myths develop about security. So what are the facts about contactless cards?

  • Contactless cards are built using the same secure system as Chip & PIN, so you can be fully confident when paying.
  • Every contactless card includes a range of robust security features which safeguard your information and protect you against fraud.
  • There have never been any confirmed reports of money being ‘stolen’ from a contactless card still in a cardholder’s possession in the UK.

And remember, unlike if you lose cash, if you are victim of card fraud you will get your money back from your bank and will never be left out of pocket.

Source: Contactless security

Alert: Fake BT email takes advantage of global ransomware attack | Action Fraud

Fraudsters are using the global WannaCry ransomware attack as a hook to try and get people to click on the links within this clever BT branded phishing email.

Source: Alert: Fake BT email takes advantage of global ransomware attack | Action Fraud

Apple users advised to update their software now, as new security patches released

Welcome to the post-WannaCryptor world, where every computer user understands the importance of creating secure backups and applying security patches in a timely fashion.

What’s that? You’re not so sure that folks have learnt the lesson, despite the round-the-clock coverage in the mainstream media on what must have been one of the highest profile malware attacks in years?

Perhaps you’re right. It would be great to think that computer users learn from past experiences, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that malware attacks are something that happen to other people, and not themselves.

Source: Apple users advised to update their software now, as new security patches released

Holiday And Travel Booking | Get Safe Online

When using the internet to research or book your holiday or other travel arrangements, the world is literally at your fingertips. However, there are risks associated with doing so – some specific to holiday and travel booking and some which are in common with other types of online purchases.

Source: Holiday And Travel Booking | Get Safe Online

Fraudsters are emptying bank accounts by diverting calls and text messages | Action Fraud

Fraudsters are stealing large sums of money from victim’s bank accounts by taking control of their mobile phones and intercepting calls/texts messages sent by banks.

Fraudsters are once again gathering as much information as possible on victims and using a method we have warned the public about in the past called SIM splitting, to gain access to people’s bank accounts.

A recent This is Money investigation found that one victim from London lost £22,300 when fraudsters raided their Santander accounts using this method. Another two victims had £19,500 drained from their Santander accounts after criminals intercepted the bank’s text messages.

Source: Fraudsters are emptying bank accounts by diverting calls and text messages | Action Fraud

Watch Out For “Confirmation Letter Enclosed” Malware Emails

UK residents hit with extremely personalized scam emails – Help Net Security

A compelling and potentially very successful email spam campaign is being leveraged against UK residents, warns Sophos researcher Paul Ducklin.

Needless to say, users would do well to ignore these emails. Some could (understandably) be worried about the fact that someone out there has much personal info about them, but if they are, it’s best to involve local law enforcement and ask for advice.

Source: UK residents hit with extremely personalized scam emails – Help Net Security

Do iPhones get viruses? How to remove a virus from an iPhone or iPad – How to – Macworld UK

iPhones are known for their strong security; any time rival fanboys have an argument about whether iPhones or Android smartphones are better, the superior security of the iOS platform is bound to come up. (To be fair, Android phones are pretty secure too.)

iOS malware is rare but not unknown. Here’s how to check an iPhone or iPad for viruses and wipe it clean

Source: Do iPhones get viruses? How to remove a virus from an iPhone or iPad – How to – Macworld UK

Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions,” which claims that due to our recent security updates for the year, all Outlook users are to verify and validate their accounts, is a phishing scam. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack their victims’ email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised not to follow the instructions in it.

Source: Beware of Outlook “You Are Violating the Terms And Conditions” Phishing Scam