How to stay secure while staying connected on vacation – Help Net Security

The wide availability of Wi-Fi networks can make it difficult to unplug and disconnect on vacation, but if consumers take that extra step and unplug they can experience a more secure trip.

Despite the benefits experienced from unplugging, most individuals still prefer to stay connected when on vacation. But when individuals put convenience over security, by using unsecured Wi-Fi access points that are easily hackable for example, they leave themselves open to the possibility of having their personal information compromised.

Source: How to stay secure while staying connected on vacation – Help Net Security

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

Watch out! Scammers are making a fortune in the iOS App Store – HOTforSecurity

Just how much money can a scammy iPhone app make in the iOS App Store? You may be surprised. After all, how does $80,000 per month sound to you? The “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN” app is estimated to be have earnt its developer $80,000 per month, after tricking users into signing up for an eye-watering $99.99 per week subscription through a careless thumb press.

Source: Watch out! Scammers are making a fortune in the iOS App Store – HOTforSecurity

Rise in reports of holiday scams

 

Holiday scams are on the rise, with the number of reported cases up almost 20% year on year – from 4,910 to 5,826 in 2016 – according to Action Fraud figures.

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/05/rise-in-reports-of-holiday-scams/ – Which?

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/05/rise-in-reports-of-holiday-scams/ – Which?

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

Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam | Money | The Guardian

Fears are growing that large numbers of people may have lost huge sums of money after investing their retirement pots in – of all things – self-storage units. The Serious Fraud Office this week launched an investigation into storage unit investment schemes, and revealed that more than £120m has been poured into them. But could that just be the tip of the iceberg?

Source: Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam | Money | The Guardian

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

“Google Docs” Worm Ransacks Gmail Users’ Contact Lists – What You Need to Know

What’s happened?
You may well be one of the millions of internet users who received a dangerous email offering to share a Google Docs file with you.

If you made the mistake of clicking on the link, you could start a process that could potentially result in your email archive and contact lists being slurped up in strangers and the same dangerous message being forwarded to everyone in your address book.

Source: “Google Docs” Worm Ransacks Gmail Users’ Contact Lists – What You Need to Know

Email scammers turn their sights on youth football teams | Money | The Guardian

Treasurers of community groups and small charities have been warned to be extremely wary after a youth football club was conned out of more than £28,000 by fraudsters using a fake email scam.

Source: Email scammers turn their sights on youth football teams | Money | The Guardian