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Awareness of Social media and scamming

On our training programmes we look at social media and discuss people’s personal details, what information we should share and what needs to be kept private. Can 725 friends on Facebook really be your friends? If you post something and you fall out could this come back to haunt you. It could affect work or people’s perception without even really knowing you. I try to help people think about this.

I am aghast that people are happy to inform the world that they have checked into an airport and have left home for a period inviting anyone to know that there is a great possibility their home is empty. Why do people still accept people calling to scam them whether it be for home improvements, banks, pensions everyone needs to be vigilant.

When I teach young people, they are so confident about the world wide web it is amasing they are not aware of the dangers. Postings on intagram, Facebook and snap chat are not always what you want to be shown worldwide but this is what the internet is about. So, its not the older generation we need to teach it is all.

Anyone should be very careful about details they divulge it is important before clicking post to really consider if this is something you want available for anyone to see.

The mail on Sunday wrote a piece in the personal finance regarding emails and scams and this is another area that we need to be aware of.

Nannies must be aware of Data protection and not post pictures of their charges. For taking photos they must ask permission from the parents.

Mail on Sunday high lighted the problem is also in emails. They offer a guide to help people

  • US-based security company FireEye analysed more than half a billion emails

  • It says less than a third are considered 'clean' enough to pass through filters

  • The problem is worse compared to the previous six months


PUBLISHED: 22:04, 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54, 23 September 2018

An astonishing one in every 100 emails is malicious – designed to trick people into surrendering personal details or downloading scam software on to their computers.

The scale of this lurking threat has been revealed by US-based security company FireEye which analysed more than half a billion emails sent in the first half of this year.

It says less than a third of emails sent are considered 'clean' enough to pass through filters and actually be delivered straight to an inbox.

Scams: Less than a third of emails sent are considered 'clean' enough to pass through filters

The latest figure shows the problem is worse compared to the previous six months, when FireEye said one in every 131 emails had malicious intent.

Tony Neate, of security advice website GetSafeOnline, says: 'The extent of malicious emails is likely to be far higher than one in 100 once spam emails are included.

'You have to check everything you receive. It is a shame, but a fact of life.'

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