Wifi in Cardigan & District

Wifi is available at the following local locations:

Aberporth village hall:
http://www.ceredigionhalls.org.uk/directory/listing/aberporth-village-hall-and-recreation-ground

Coracle Hall in Llechryd:
http://www.ceredigionhalls.org.uk/directory/listing/llechryd-village-hall

Cardigan Guidhall:
http://www.guildhall-cardigan.co.uk/

Cardigan Guildhall Market:
http://www.cardigan-guildhall-market.co.uk/

Free wi-fi is offered to users of the Guildhall and to visitors to the market and Courtyard.
The wifi access code is available on request from either the Guildhall Office or from Market traders.

Moylegrove Old School Hall:
http://moylegrovehall.org/Home/Hire

Small World Centre in Cardigan:

http://www.smallworld.org.uk/small-world-centre/venue-hire

Free wifi is included and the community hourly rates would apply.

For more information and availability, please contact Julie:

Tel: 01239 615 952 or email: julie@smallworld.org.uk

St Dogmaels Coach House:
http://www.stdogmaelsabbey.org.uk/

WARNING-Automatic renewals-Norton & McAfee

Do beware of the unscrupulous tactics of both of these companies. You have probably unwittingly signed up for automatic, exorbitant renewals of your security software!

Here are two examples:

“I join a long list of those who have been automatically renewed, which Norton claims is in place because it’s popular with customers who don’t want to bother with manual renewal. They charged me almost £70 which was double last years manually renewed subscription. But a nice man in India has set the refund in motion and I am now on a 30-day trial. At the moment my instinct is to find another provider. I don’t like Norton’s devious tactics and I agree it is theft to take money without consent”.

“This scam is still going on! I just discovered that Norton had taken £65 from my bank account back in July of this year – no advance warning of this fact and I wasn’t aware that I’d signed up for auto updates when I bought Norton with my new laptop a year ago. Having looked on line, I realised that I could buy a new copy for less than half that price… Luckily, when I found the (in my mind) illegal transaction from my account, I was still (just) within the 60-day refund period. I chatted to a nice guy online and he’s arranged to refund the money. Interestingly, he offered to let me keep the product and refund me 50% first! (Apparently I’m a valued Norton customer!).I do think this is a massive scam on Norton’s part… I hadn’t realised how long this has been going on either until I read the comments on here. Shocking!”
How to cancel Norton’s auto renewal using live chat:
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/contact?entsrc=redirect_pubweb

How to cancel McAfee’s auto renewal:
http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?lc=1033&id=CS40021

 

 

Fake Bank Email

This was received yesterday.

It is a classic example of social engineering, so please be on your guard.

Also see below the delivery driver scam, which is very popular at this time of year.

Dear Customer,

Your access to Credit Card Online Services will expire in 3 days. In order to gain full access to all of the great benefits just log in to update your Credit Card Online Services using the Username ,PIN, Password and update your email records which you set up when you first registered. You’ll then be asked to click next. You should receive a confirmation letter in the post with in 3 working days.

Log In

Helpfull Banking

RBS Credit Card Services

How to tell that it is a scam:

It was allegedly from RBS, at a .com address, not the correct .co.uk one.

It was not addressed to me by name as it should be, but to “Dear Customer”.

Your bank never asks you to supply ANY security particulars in an email, let alone ALL of them.

The bank would always give plenty of warning about account changes and never leave you in a position where your account was going to close in 3 days time.

The bank would use the term “you will”, not “you’ll”.

The word helpful is incorrectly spelled as “helpfull”.

The delivery driver scam is also popular at this time of year, so do NOT use your credit card to pay the £3.00 “service charge” because your card will be cloned and your bank account emptied!

http://www.southendstandard.co.uk/news/county_news/10001098.Warning_about_flowers_and_wine_scam/

 

 

 

Computers held to ransom!

“Your personal files have been encrypted and you have 96 hours to pay us £300.”

 

CryptoLocker has been described by one computer security analyst as “game-changing”.

It is a very sophisticated and nasty piece of ransom software which is impossible to decrypt.

 

Please read about CryptoLocker, then plan ahead in order to avoid this happening to YOU.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/19/cryptolocker-attacks-computer-ransomeware

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/19/10-ways-beat-cryptolocker-protect-files

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/youre-infected-if-you-want-to-see-your-data-again-pay-us-300-in-bitcoins/

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. Always have a backup available, because regardless of whatever preventative measures (see below) you take, CryptoLocker and other malware only needs to get through your defences ONCE.

  2. Regularly update your anti-malware software (such as Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware) and other software such as your antivirus and Windows Update.

  3. Also keep Java and Adobe Flash regularly updated.
  4. NEVER, EVER open an e-mail attachment unless you are 100% certain who sent it. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, delete it.

  5. Be alert to all forms of social engineering (scams, threats, hoaxes) which come to you via email. Always assume that every new email is “dodgy”.

  6. Adobe Reader has a history of vulnerabilities resulting in code execution, so it may be advisable to switch to Foxit Reader.

 http://www.foxitsoftware.com/company/press.php?action=view&page=2009226SxiZ.html

 

 

 

Use different passwords!

Here is a classic example of why you should always use different passwords and never use the same one for everything.

I occasionally subscribe to an online Linux forum, ubuntuforums.org and I used a unique password.

Apparently 1.8 million Ubuntu forum accounts have just been hacked and I received the message below.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/ubuntu-forum-hacked-users-advised-to-change-passwords

“You are receiving this message because you have an account registered with this address on ubuntuforums.org.

The Ubuntu forums software was compromised by an external attacker. As a result, the attacker has gained access to read your username, email address and an encrypted copy of your password from the forum database.

If you have used this password and email address to authenticate at any other website, you are urged to reset the password on those accounts immediately as the attacker may be able to use the compromised personal information to access these other accounts. It is important to have a distinct password for different accounts.

The ubuntuforums.org website is currently offline and we are working to restore this service. Please take the time to change your ubuntuforums.org account password when service is restored.

We apologize for any inconvenience to the Ubuntu community, thank you for your understanding”.

Please take note.

Godfrey Green

Cardigan U3A