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Staying safe while shopping online

It’s that time of year again!

Shopping online can remove so much of the stress involved in Christmas shopping. You do need to stay safe however. Here are a few tips for staying secure online.

 

  1. Share only basic data: at online checkouts only share the information that needed to complete the purchase. Be wary of giving your bank details away, or using payment tools that link to your bank account
  2. Stick to trusted websites: use retailers with good reputations. Look for a closed padlock symbol on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with ‘shttp’ or ‘https’ which means a website is secure and your data is encrypted.
  3. Beware of phishing scams: take care with emails asking for your details, even if they appear to come from your bank or service provider. If in doubt, call the real business first
  4. Use your card but don’t let the site store your details: the fewer sites that have your data on file, the better simply click the “don’t store my card details” option
  5. Keep software updated: ensure you have the latest operating system and install updates and patches for anti-spyware and anti-virus programs to ensure nobody can track your internet use or infect your device
  6. Beware public computers and public Wi-Fi: if you’re not using your own computer, always log out and close the browser when you’re finished. Free Wi-Fi is tempting but avoid giving personal or payment details over unsecured networks.
  7. Be cautious in responding to emails: never respond to suspicious emails or click on links inside questionable messages.
  8. Diligent downloading: Select the highest security setting possible on your browser to prevent unauthorised downloads. Only download from sites you know and trust to avoid stumbling onto spyware.
  9. Keep records: keep electronic receipts as backup. Should you get in difficulties, they will be useful. Review your bank and credit card statements to check unauthorised transactions

 

Oh and don’t forget to order in plenty of time. Happy Shopping!

 

Source: Telegraph Online

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Surfing the Net Safely

Two thirds of us log on to the internet every day. That’s a lot of people right?

Having said that,  so many people don’t. Anyone over the age of 45 or so just wasn’t taught computing at school. Most of us are self taught and we “know what we know” Did you know that 5.4 million British folk over the age of 65 have never been online? Many people are just a bit scared of trying anything new. So many myths are around about internet use. I will get a virus that will kill my computer, people on forums will be rude and abusive, it’s full of porn!

Yes there is porn on the net, there are viruses and there are rude people as there are everywhere in life. But with a bit of common sense the internet is a fun, rewarding and interesting place to be.

The BBC’s Webwise page is a great place to start. Here you can find great tips on internet security.

Have a look and start exploring!

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Free training courses at Hasleway Community Centre

We are very excited to be partnered with The Learning Tree at the Hasleway Community Centre in Haslemere Surrey. A range of FREE daytime courses for people in the Haslemere area. Including, of course Computer Training for Beginners. 

This is an easy to manage step by step beginners guide to making the most of your computer.

Contact Kerry on 01428 648716 for more details. Or email hasleway@haslemere.com.

www.hasleway.org

 

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Surface Pro 3 -Tablet and Laptop in one?

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12 inch screen, matching the Samsung Galaxy Pro tablets. It is also thinner, lighter and more portable than a MacBook Air. It is being marketed as the tablet that can replace your laptop. 

You can read more about it here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/new-product/tablets/3520725/microsoft-unveils-surface-pro-3/#ixzz32L16UA4z

It all looks pretty good. It also comes with a surface pen which lets you write and draw. Really hoping these will be inexpensive to replace, you just know you will lose it!

SurfacePro3

 

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Upgrading to Windows 7 for XP users.

Found a useful article about how to upgrade to Windows 7 on the PC Advisor site. As XP is no longer supported by Microsoft it is a good idea to upgrade if you possibly can. If you are not particularly “techie minded” this article provides links to check whether your current system will run Windows 7.

Take a look here:  http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3514189/how-upgrade-windows-7-from-xp/

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Avast Anti Virus supports Windows XP

Great news for all of us still using Windows XP. Avast, the anti virus people, are going to continue to support XP for at least the next three years. Avast antivirus is a free product with tried and tested reliability. This really is good news for XP users. Read about it here:
http://blog.avast.com/2014/03/12/avast-will-continue-to-support-windows-xp-for-home-and-business-users/

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Microsoft XP

The XPocalypse is coming!
Microsoft no longer support the operating system XP and we are all doomed (apparently).
The lack of support simply means there will be no more patches and fixes for any future bugs with XP. This may in the long term leave a PC using XP more vulnerable to viruses. Microsoft would have us all run out and buy new computers right now with Windows 8 already installed.
A very good article about what you really need to do can be found here:
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3501239/what-should-xp-users-do-when-microsoft-ends-support/

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