By various contributors
According to the Office of National Statistics, there were approximately 3.6 million instances of computer-related fraud for the year ending September 2016. In addition, the accounting firm KPMG’s fraud barometer found that the cost of online fraud in 2016 had surpassed £113 million, the highest since 2008. With the risk to internet users so...
By Broadband Genie
A recent Ofcom report shows children may be too trusting of online content, with more than a quarter of respondents between the ages of 8 and 15, mistakenly believing Google’s top search results were specifically selected by figures of authority.
For parents, educators, and government officials alike, these findings are a cause for concern.
By The Dating Fraud Partnership
58 year-old David was using an online dating website, and came across someone who he thought was an old friend.
They got chatting and it wasn’t long before 'Kerry' had asked him to send £500 towards a plane ticket she needed to buy urgently, not specifying details on where it was to.
Unfortunately, Kerry wasn’t who she said she was, but was...
For many people, gambling can be a fun leisure activity both off- and online. For some people, it can become a serious problem. If you would like to participate in online gambling, there are some key tips to remember to protect yourself:
- Set a time limit, and stick to it.
Many gambling operators will offer a ‘reality check’ or session...
By Cassie Phillips
Smart toys are expected to account for 18% of both the toy and video game markets by 2018. While robot pets, drones and interactive action figures sound harmless enough, there have been plenty of instances in which various smart toys were made vulnerable to cyberattacks. One of the most well-known cases is the VTech data breach that compromised...
By FutureLearn, the social learning platform founded by the Open University
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is essential.
FutureLearn, the social learning platform founded by the Open University, runs regular free online courses to help people protect...
By Chris Smith
We truly live in the age of the internet. Thanks to widespread connectivity and the mass adoption of smartphone technology, we can order plane tickets whilst in bed, or buy a sofa on the train to work. This digital revolution hasn’t come without its consequences, however.
Hackers and fraudsters are becoming ever more adept at formulating ways...
By Counselling Directory
If you're being bullied online. support is available
Being bullied is awful in any setting, but online bullying can feel inescapable. Bullies tend to hide behind the anonymity the Internet provides, feeling powerful and able to insult people via email, instant messaging and social media.
In some cases simply ignoring the comments can be...
By ScamwiseNI Partnership, an initiative of Northern Ireland Policing Board, PSNI and Department of Justice Northern Ireland
Phishing, vishing, smishing… do you know what these are and how to stop becoming a victim of them?
A major new awareness campaign was launched today (10th November) in an effort to help people get wise to scams. The campaign – ‘If you can spot it, you can stop it’ - put together by the Policing Board, PSNI and the Department of Justice, is...
By Choose, a UK price comparison and information service.
Having cost the UK almost £11bn in the past year, online fraud and cybercrime are becoming increasingly uncomfortable facts of modern life. Yet even though many of us are becoming more clued up to such threats, some of us are still failing to take the necessary precautions.
For example, almost half of us are still using the same password...
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