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Midland Red

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1 of 77  Wed 14th Oct 2015 8:34am  
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Warning to Internet banking users
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PhilipInCoventry
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2 of 77  Wed 14th Oct 2015 9:04am  
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Hi & thank you for that Midland Red, Wave Whether we bank on line or not, software that access our computer info, can obtain bank details from our trading records, so even if as me where my current accounts are not on-line, there is always risk. Home computers are a soft target Sad as so much of what we do is not encrypted, as official banking stuff is or should be. There used to be a saying of not putting our eggs all into one basket, yet, of the millions of people in the UK with bank accounts, the vast majority, only have one bank. Just as our social lives are often separate from our work or business lives, so to, we could separate our banking in the same way. Cannot say anymore on that, but there is a hint. Best wishes all. ps A scam used is often purporting to be your internet provider, or your email carrier, where they ask you to update your account. The simple lesson, is that they will never ever ask you to do that, so if you do update, what you are doing is giving open house to your details. Sky & Yahoo email have been targeted in this way recently. If someone calls at your front door & you don't know them, you don't let them in. The same should be for emails. Simple. The snag is that it is not always as simple, as we are often taken in by plausible stories & excuses, like your tiles are loose off your roof. Email is little different.
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TonyS
Coventry
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3 of 77  Wed 14th Oct 2015 10:29am  
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Another common scam is sending you an email which thanks you for your "purchase" and attaching your "receipt". Many people would wonder what on earth they had purchased recently and double-click the attachment to see. Although this is a natural reaction - DON'T OPEN IT. More often than not it will simply contain code that installs a virus - probably without telling you it's just done it, enabling the virus to record any details entered from your keyboard which will be everything you type, not just bank login and password information!
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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4 of 77  Wed 14th Oct 2015 3:58pm  
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On 14th Oct 2015 8:34am, Midland Red said: Warning to Internet banking users
There is a line on that website.. "Infects a computer when user opens seemingly legitimate email document" If computer users would or could just let curiosity NOT get the better of them, they would be quite safe. Look at the email domain before opening email from business and people from whom you do not normally receive email. It is NOT rocket science. Roll eyes
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 77  Fri 23rd Oct 2015 9:56pm  
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On 14th Oct 2015 8:34am, Midland Red said: Warning to Internet banking users
Hi all Wave I have already posted a reply to this timely post by Midland Red & with Cyber Crime high in our news just now, with Talk-Talk, a further look might be helpful. The real villain in all of this is our loss of our personal identity. Ignoring bank accounts, our name, address & date of birth are fundamental. With that info, I can then pretend to be you. No, I could not go along and withdraw cash from your account, but I could try to open a loan account, using your identity, instead of mine. Now I know that it is not quite as easy for me to do as that, as I lack the IT skills that might make that much easier, but you will get the drift of how this can all go so horribly wrong. Also, if I walk into any high street bank branch they would soon suss me out, but on-line, would they, especially if their last known address is in Bangalore? Cyber crime tends to be a volume event, where a criminals computer is used to hack a soft commercial target, where the info is not encrypted or where the trader has ceased trading. The Co-op in Coventry comes to mind right now, for example. Any Co-op member has their identity tied up with their membership, the A.A, R.A.C & so on, like-wise. Few of us are immune to this. What we can do to help ourselves, apart from not giving our details away to anyone that we do not know, is to make sure that any bank account that we do have that can be used for making payments, is checked regularly, at least once a month. If you don't understand the statement, please seek help from your most trusted relative or friend. Please don't be ashamed if you do not fully understand your bank statement. Many a junior accounts clerk has struggled on that subject. Don't just look at the bottom line, or the summary page that often comes with your statement. If you do find an unidentified item on the statement, going in or out, talk to your bank immediately. The other kind of cyber crime which I am least qualified to talk about, is where your or my computer has become host to a virus plant. So that unwittingly, personal data is being extracted every time we are on line. Maybe our IT wise members would like to comment & make suggestions here. Other than using virus protection software that is constantly self-updated, I have nothing else to offer on that. I do hope this is helpful & as Nick Ross used to say at the end of his program, "please do not have nightmares", & as I say, please just check your bank statements each month.
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Norman Conquest
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6 of 77  Sun 25th Oct 2015 9:44am  
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On radio yesterday lunchtime. All who pay Talk Talk by direct debit are at risk as Talk Talks computers holding customers bank details have been hacked. It was also mentioned that TT knew they had been hacked at least 36 hours before the released the information to customers.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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7 of 77  Sun 25th Oct 2015 10:42am  
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From what I heard on the news, Talk-Talk were attacked by an old established hackers' trick called "SQL injection" - this happens to be the method they used over two years ago when they hacked into our forum and stole our list of email addresses, causing many of us to receive all sorts of rogue spam. After that, however, I spent a lot of time learning how to protect against it, and I'm pleased to say that not one attacker has managed to break through since. In fact, one or two members have been caught out when uploading images containing suspicious filenames! Hopefully, even if a hacker were to gain access to our member database, they wouldn't be able to make any sense of your email addresses, as they're all stored in encoded form. As a challenge, here's an example of an email address.... PT1RYnZObUxrRldab2RXYWlCMGNuOUdiakpYWjJWR2JqVm1idlJHYnNWMmQ I'll happily buy a full breakfast for any member who can decipher this! Big grin Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 77  Sun 25th Oct 2015 10:57am  
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MisterD-Di
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Wimero
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10 of 77  Sun 25th Oct 2015 11:34am  
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Rob Orland
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Kaga simpson
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Wimero
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13 of 77  Tue 27th Oct 2015 6:42am  
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Don't worry Kaga. It's said that it's better to be skint and happy rather than loaded and miserable Happy
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PhilipInCoventry
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14 of 77  Tue 27th Oct 2015 9:56am  
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I tell you what, I do not appreciate the quality & skills that our forum has at its head. I am in awe of the technical skills that keep our forum running. Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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15 of 77  Tue 27th Oct 2015 11:42am  
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I don't know about other members on this Forum but I feel very confident in the security status that it holds and the good advice given. So a big THANK YOU to one and all Wave
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