WhatsApp what are the risks?

WhatsApp – should parents be concerned?

WhatsApp has generally been seen as a safer social media option for children. However, schools are increasingly reporting that the platform is a source of problems, particularly with younger children. This page aims to provide parents and carers with sufficient information to ensure they are aware of the risks that come with the app, and Read more about WhatsApp – should parents be concerned?[…]

Tip – report phishing, vishing and smishing

This is the twelfth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. We’ve seen the inexorable rise of phishing over the years – usually to get you to click a link which either downloads malware, or prompts you to put in personal details into a website. A successful variation in Read more about Tip – report phishing, vishing and smishing[…]

Tip – apply updates for computer chip problems

This is the eleventh in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. We’re just seeing details emerge of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in most CPUs powering mainstream computers and phones. CERT’s official recommendation is that the only way to guard against this particular problem is to replace your CPU with one that isn’t Read more about Tip – apply updates for computer chip problems[…]

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Tip – keep an eye on program updates

This is the tenth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. System Administrators know (from sometimes bitter experience) that updates to systems and programs are meant to improve things (add features, fix problems), but don’t always do so. The sheer volume of updates to programs and apps can mean Read more about Tip – keep an eye on program updates[…]

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Tip – use administrator privileges sparingly

This is the ninth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. In tip 5, we covered the fact that the Deloitte hack came about in large part because an intruder just needed to acquire a single password from an administrator of the firm’s email accounts Home and personal computers Read more about Tip – use administrator privileges sparingly[…]

Tip – use security posters and leaflets

This is the seventh in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. Even though we’re talking about staying safe online, “old-school” methods such as posters and leaflets have their place in raising awareness, and providing targeted information. Posters Posters can be a great part of a security awareness programme – Read more about Tip – use security posters and leaflets[…]

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Tip – check you’re not using one of these passwords

This is the sixth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. If you’ve been reading the other tips so far, you’ll know the recommendations of: using a different password for each site using a password manager letting an automated password creator suggest a password for you. SplashData have done Read more about Tip – check you’re not using one of these passwords[…]

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Tip – check if your account was in a data breach

This is the fifth in a series of 12 tips to help you improve your online safety. Data breaches are becoming more and more common Even if you’re responsible with keeping your information secure, it seems that not every company who has your details is able to hold on to them securely. Deloitte – data Read more about Tip – check if your account was in a data breach[…]