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January 2018 Newsletter

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Better internet security in two minutes

A message from Action Fraud

Domain Name Systems (DNS) are like public phone books for the web. They are the reason you only need to remember a website’’s name and not its IP address (think of these as phone numbers for computers). When you type “www.youtube.com” into a browser, a DNS service translates that into the associated IP address (199.223.232.0) for you.

Imagine a phone book that automatically filters and removes phone numbers known to be used for fraud. That’s what Quad9 does for websites. Quad9 provides an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details.

Quad9 checks the website to determine if it’s malicious.

Visit Quad9.net for a step-by-step guide on how to improve your online security in two minutes.

Planned upgrade to the M42/M40 interchange

Highways England plans to improve the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making them smart motorways. The work should start by March 2020. More information

 

Superfast broadband – Cabinet 3 is now live

We are delighted to advise you that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Earlswood. Cabinet Earlswood 3 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service.

For residents to check which cabinet they are connected to and what speeds they might achieve, they should visit https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/. For the best results they will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for the property. If they do not have this then they can use their address, but it may be less accurate. It should be noted that customers are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP).

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. Websites like MoneySavingExpert.com and Broadband Genie can give free, impartial advice on cheap broadband dealsand provide information on which packages might be best for specific needs.

The ‘About Broadband’ section on the CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help people to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that users can get the most from the new, improved service.

 

Never to trust texts or calls from banks asking you call them on a specific number about a problem

I know we are all very savvy but there was a worrying story in the Guardian
newspaper recently warning never to trust texts or calls from banks (however
trustworthy they appear) that urge us to use a specific telephone number to
dial about a problem.

The scammers may say or text there has been what they think is a large
withdrawal or some mistaken transaction. We need to contact the bank’s fraud
department.

The answer is always phone the bank back on a known number such as that
given on the back of a debit or credit card.  Never use the one the
fraudsters suggest and always check the telephone line has disconnected
before dialling any number after a call to you.  Perhaps dial another number
first before the bank to clear the line.

The Guardian says this scam could happen because a third party like Uber may
have been hacked giving access to name, telephone number, address and part
of debit or credit card number.

Of course, none of us would ever fall for a trick like that.

Healthwatch Warwickshire News

November News Update

 

 

Superfast Broadband Project Update December 2017

Click on the link below for the December newsletter

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Superfast Broadband Project Update November 2017

Click on the link below to read the project update for November

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Canal and River Trust removes catfish from Earlswood Lakes

Click on the link below to read the press release from the CRT

Press Release Nov 2017 CAT FISH

Aggravated car related burglary – hand over your keys

If you are the victim of aggravated burglary which is car related, current police advice is to hand over your car keys.
Nobody wants to do this of course but we have had an incident where car thieves broke into an occupied house, causing extensive damage and injury to the occupants.  They wanted the car parked on the driveway and were prepared to use brute force and a knife to get the keys.
Rather than risk injury, should you be in this situation, all advice is to hand over your keys and hopefully avoid any injury to yourselves.
If you have a BMW/Audi or other sports vehicle then please put it in your garage out of sight if you can.  This was a frightening experience for those involved and while we do not want to panic people being prepared is best.
They are not interested in older or modest family cars so most of us won’t be affected but for those who are then we hope this advice will be timely.