Pensioners Warned to Keep a Look Out for Fake NS&I Website

Pensioners Warned to Keep a Look Out for Fake NS&I Website

Scam

On line scammers are trying to con pensioners out of their hard earned cash by using a fake website that clams to be the official National Savings & Investments (NS&I) site, they claim to offer an opportunity for a 65+ Bond.

Action Fraud have said that some of Googles searches for the NS&I website are producing fake results. If a person clicks on the fake site and submits their details, the scammers will then follow up with an email or phone call asking for proof of ID and their bank details.

Many of the emails Action Fraud have been seeing will be addressed “To whom it may concern” and signed “Best Regards, Kevin Archer”

You can see what the fake site looks like on the official NS&I site, although its highly likely that its appearance will change as people become wise to this scam. The NS&I site is also showing a typical email the fraudsters are currently sending out, ‘Pensioners have until 15 May to open a 65+ Bond which pays between 2.8 and 4 per cent.

The warning came a month after Steve Webb, pensions minister in the previous Government, predicted a “plague’ of pension-related scams, as fraudsters exploit the confusion about the new regulations that kicked in 6 April.

He said at the time: “If you are promised a really eye-catching interest rate above what you are expecting it’s almost always too good to be true”

To stay safe only visit the official NS&I website. NS&I will never try and sell you anything over the phone.

To report a scam email from NS&I, forward it to phishing@nsandi.com. If you think you have fallen victim to a scam phone NS&I on 0500 007 007.

For more information and advice on how to avoid pension scams, visit the Government’s pension Wise website. It reveals tactics that the fraudsters commonly use.

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Windows users are at risk from an old security flaw

Windows users are at risk from an old security flaw

Windows security flaw

Microsoft have admitted that the .

The bug was found in the SSL and TLS security technology that encrypts data being sent between web servers and your browser. This flaw could let a hacker force the data to use a weaker encryption; this will then make it easier to steal things like your personal information.

A French-based team of security experts announced they had discovered the bug on the 3rd March, but the scary part was it had been undetected since 1999.

Initially the flaw was believed to affect BlackBerry, Android phones and Apples Safari web browser, but two days later Microsoft announced it also affected its operating system as well.

Microsoft said they were investigating the flaw and will “take the appropriate action to protect their customers”. This will most probably mean a security update or perhaps an emergency patch outside the update schedule.

Other tech companies have acted quickly to fix this flaw. Google have updated their version of Chrome for Macs, Apple are expected to release a fix for safari the week beginning 9th March. Google have yet to say if they will update Android to fix this flaw.

Security experts have advised PC users to switch to Firefox s browser, as the FREAK vulnerable does not affect it. They also recommended that Android uses should only use Googles Chrome browser on there devices and not the default Android browser. Mac Users should also try and avoid using Safari until Apple releases their update.

Its been estimated that of the 14 million websites offering encryption, around five million still remain vulnerable to the flaw.

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Sky Broadband is going to block porn by default

Sky Broadband is going to block porn by default

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5.3 million Sky Broadband customers are going to have their access to porn sites blocked by default. To access porn online Sky customers will need to turn off Sky’s Broadband Shield filter.

Sky like all other of the major broadband providers have been offering their customers an adult content filter as an option for the last year.

As well as blocking porn, the filter’s default age rating of 13 will now prevent access to sites concerned with dating, file-sharing, violence, drugs, suicide and self-harm.

Sky customers can now set the Broadband shield age filter to PG, 13, 18 or block only certain types of websites.

“What we are doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all – that’s ‘on’ – unless our customers choose otherwise” said Sky’s Lyssa McGowan in a blog post.

Sky Customers will now be e-mailed over the next few months asking them if they want to switch on the broadband filters. If they fail to respond, Sky will then automatically switch the filters on.

“Once Sky Broadband Shield is active, users will not be able to access any filtered sites unless they choose to login and change the setting to the Shield,” McGowan explained.

“However they can still browse away from the filtering page to visit any sites they wish suitable for a 13 year old without any interruptions”

Sky has said its customers can choose to switch off the filters at any time they wish and they wont be pestered after that.

Do you approve of Sky blocking porn sites by defaults? Please leave your comments below.

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Google Vs Apple

Google Vs Apple

Apple Vs Google

Cast is the technology behinds Google’s Chomecast and the standard that apps use to send video and audio to the device. Google has announced there will be a audio only version, so this means you will be able to beam music from your Google play store or any other supported app to Google’s cast ready speakers.

Sony, LG, Denon are just some of the companies that have come on board and the first set of speakers should arrive in spring of this year.

The system will work just like chomecast does now: simply tap on the cast button and it will send your audio to the speakers, and the music will be sent straight from the cloud rather than connecting to your device like AirPlay, This will help save battery life as it takes a lot of the stain off your smartphone or tablet and also means your music wont be interrupted by notifications.

Google have promised additional partners will join later in the year so the Google Cast network can expect more Android TV’s, games consoles and set top boxes, how ever there is no indication Google will release an Audio only version of the Chromecast to add the functionality to older speakers.

The Cast function is very similar to Apple’s AirPlay, but Sony have said that there speakers will support both systems in the future so you wont have to pick one over the other.

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Has Shellshock made the Internet unsafe?

Has Shellshock made the Internet unsafe?

There is a new security vulnerability that has affected more computers than the Heatbleed bug and it allows hackers to steel your information from banks, routers and security cameras.

Shellshock

Security experts have for the second time this year discovered a flaw that can place your online safety and personal information at risk.

This new vulnerability is called Shellshock, and it has affected more devices than the Heartbleed virus, the Shellshock virus is so serious the US National Cyber Security Division has rated it 10 out of 10 for “exploitability” and “potential impact”. It is such a big threat because it takes advantage of a flaw that lets hackers take control of software we all use.

The threat goes beyond websites and homes. The UK government have said that Shellshock could affect “critical national infrastructure” like Power and hospitals if companies don’t respond quickly.

The software to blame for this flaw is called Bash, which is a Unix Shell, used by Linux, Apples OS X and less popular operating systems. Like the Command Prompt windows use, Bash will let hackers take control of your PC using nothing more then text commands. The Windows OS does not use Bash, so hackers are not able to exploit this flaw, but that still does not mean Window users are safe. If the hacker exploits the Bash flaw on a web server they can still steal your personal information that is stored on it, if this were to happen to a bank, the hackers could do serious damage if they wanted to. The rewards for the hackers can be huge, and until companies fix this flaw we are all at risk from this.

Many companies, including Apple, have now patched the flaw in their software, but there are still millions of routers and security cameras and other devices that still use the Bash code.

Virgin, TalkTalk, BT and Sky routers were unaffected by this flaw as their firmware uses BusyBox which is an alternative to Bash. You can always contact your routers manufacture to see if the Shellshock bug affects it.
So are you still at risk everytime you go on line? Yes if you are still using a router that not been patched to secure it from the Bash bug. If you are using a patched router then your safety will depend on the security of the web server you are accessing, but that is something you really should not have to worry about. Like so many security threats this is unnerving because it makes you feel powerless. It’s a stark reminder you will always be in the hands of security and tech companies.

If things are going to improve things need to be updated faster, to stop the flaws and the government and security company’s need to show more support for these internet functions if we are to try and stop further flaws that could jeopardise out online security.

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