Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

Protect yourself from phishing scams

August 7, 2008 Leave a comment

There’s some good advice on explaining how to provide protection against online phishing scams. It involves using the OpenDNS service, and a setup guide for macs is provide with many more available. All I can say is that it appears to work, and the small price of replacing an occasional ‘page not found’ message with one containing some ads seems fair.

Online banking security problems

March 11, 2008 Leave a comment

There’s a scary article at concerning the safety of online banking systems and new trojans. It appears the crooks are getting sneakier than ever to get their hands on your money. I’ve been fortunate so far having not been the victim of online fraud (and I buy a lot online), the only credit card fraud I suffered was after using my card to reserve a hotel room. When I reported the crime to my local Police station I was told I was the 21st person in my town to suffer credit card fraud in 20 days. It’s not a big town so this gives an idea of the massive scale of the problem. I never received any further information from the police so have no way of knowing if the perpetrator was caught. We in the UK can’t even report credit card fraud to the Police anymore, it’s now a problem for the Banks to deal with. If you’re worried about online security there’s some good advice at

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UK one of the worst countries for surveillance

January 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Not a surprise, but Privacy International (UK) now list the UK as one of the five worst countries for electronic surveillance, along with the USA, Russia, China, and Malaysia. It’s nice to know our government loves us so much it wants to watch everything we do. Just a shame it’s not doing us any good. 2007 was a pretty poor year for uk citizens. The police take DNA swabs from anyone involved in an incident whether guilty or not (irrespective of age) to fill their DNA database. We can’t report credit card fraud to the police any more, as they can’t deal with it. 27 Teenagers in London were killed in 2007 in gun and knife crimes. Illegal immigrants have critical security jobs. Doesn’t look like all the surveillance is doing much good, does it?

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