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Neighbourhood Watch News - June 2017

Table Top Event, Christ Church

 

Another successful event was held in early May, with a number of residents coming to chat to us about ‘cons and scams’, which continues to be a ‘hot topic’!  Popular items that were purchased were our multi-function personal alarm which doubles up as a torch, and the very useful Card Defender for protecting contactless Credit and Debit cards.  Our next attendance will be during the morning of September 15th – make a note in your diary now!

 

Cyber Security and Cybercrime

 

As I write this, the major news item being reported is a Cyber-attack which has affected many organisations around the world, including our own NHS.  Apparently, the culprit is a piece of ‘ransomware’ called ‘Wanna Decryptor’ which is affecting computers running the Windows operating system, going back as far as Windows XP.  This ransomware is spread via a ‘Trojan’ which exploits a security loophole in the Windows operating system on many computers.  To protect ourselves from this sort of infection, we should all:

 

  • Ensure our Windows operating system is kept up-to-date by installing all the security and other updates issued by Microsoft.  This can usually be set to ‘automatic’
  • Ensure that the Firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware software on our computers is not only ‘Active’ but is regularly updated.
  • If there are critical/important files (documents, photos, etc) on our computer, regularly carry out a ‘back-up’ operation, preferably to an external device.  If our computer becomes infected and has to be re-formatted, at least these valuable items will not have been lost.
  • Never ‘click’ on a link in any e-mail that looks a bit unusual or is unexpected.  This is the classic way in which these ‘Trojans’ are spread.  Once the ‘Trojan’ is on your machine, it can be passed on to others with whom you communicate.
  • Avoid ‘clicking’ on links that appear on websites you may be legitimately visiting, unless you are sure that it is safe.  Hovering the mouse cursor over a link (often in blue, underlined text’) will usually reveal the destination somewhere on your display screen.

 

If we all ensure that our computers are well-protected against Cyber Attack by following these basic ‘rules’, then we will also be doing the things that will help protect us from Cyber Crime.

 

Support Charity NOT Crime

 

Wycombe District Council – and many other councils around London – are supporting this Home Office initiative.  The objective is to ensure that any donations of cash or goods that we give, go to the appropriate charity and not into the hands of unscrupulous criminals. By following some simple steps we can all help:

  • when approached by a collector, check whether they have proper ID and that any collection tin is sealed.
  • check the charity's name and registration on the Charity Commission's website – www.charitycommission.gov.uk
  • look for the Fund Raising Standards Board (FRSB) tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation.
  • if in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser will always be happy to answer questions and explain the work of the charity.

 

 


For further information on these topics or about Neighbourhood Watch, contact:

David GresswellArea Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath

(Tel: 525019   e-mail: flackwell-nhwatch@talktalk.net)

 

Police General & Non-emergency number: 101
Community Safety Team (Anti-social behaviour): 01494 421 087 (asb@wycombe.gov.uk)
Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111
Trading Standards (Consumer Direct): 0345 4 04 05 06 (NEW Prefix)
Cyberaware – http://cyberaware.gov.uk
ACTION FRAUD: 0300 123 2040 (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/)
The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113
NHS: 111

 

 

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