Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

November Meeting

Barry Linton - Protecting yourself from Cybercrime

Cybercrime is the fastest growing type of crime. Much of it is perpetrated from outside the UK and therefore outside UK Police jurisdiction. So the Police strategy is to educate the public to look out for possible threats and to look for ways of protecting oneself. This talk was a part of a joint U3A and Essex Police seminar given around the County.

Despite all the protective tools such as virus protection software and firewalls, the criminals know that the biggest threat to our cyber-health is ourselves. They try convince us to do something to let them in for example by sending us emails that prey on our curiosity or fear and get us to CLICK HERE to resolve the situation. Ultimately they want to find out as much as possible about you such as your address and bank details and by identity theft ultimately to defraud you of your money or goods.

In such emails look out for suspicious factors such as: Are you saluted by your name or does it say something like 'Dear Client'? Is the English language usage and spelling correct? What is the real originating email address? This is usually easier to see on a laptop but needs closer inspection on a tablet or smartphone.
Even if seems to have come from someone you know, if the message seems odd and unexpected treat it with the same caution and take no action, just delete it.

We talked about contactless Credit/Debit cards. These can be skimmed for your data by criminal devices without you realising it is happening. Keep all your cards in the RFID protection sleeves given free by some banks, or keep them in the little metal screening cases you can buy in any pharmacy.

Our passwords are todays keys to our homes and money, yet we have so many to remember. If you do write them down do not keep them any where near your PC etc. Keep the info under lock and key. Avoid using family names or personally connected information as all or part of your password, as this info can be traced through publicly accessible sources such as Facebook or Google. The latest NCSC/Police advice is to use three unconnected - but to you memorisable - words. Adding in capital letters plus characters like - or * between the words add further layers of security.

And finally your email password must be the most secure password of all and not used for any other login. If you ever forget a password and ask for a new one the reset password instructions are usually sent to your registered email address. If the cybercriminal can obtain your email password they can get in, lock you out of your email and change all your other passwords to their advantage and your loss.

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Essex U3A Association Study Days

A selection of one day 'Study Days' organised by the Essex U3A have been set up. Please click on the link on the right of this page to find more details. You can access the Essex U3A Association website using the link on the Links Page.
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Facebook
Our U3A has a lively Facebook group where members provide news, views and chat freely to other members. You will need to have your own Facebook account to be able to join and you will find us when you search Facebook for 'U3A Thorpe Bay'. This is a closed group for our members only so you will have to request to join on the Facebook page. The 'admins' of this group are Barry Linton, Anne Marcus and Kevin Eason.

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Book Table

A Book Table is set up at each meeting run by Marian Livermore. You may bring a book & swap it for a new one.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Dec 13th

Xmas Show - Pantomine plus the Southend Harmony Singers
Fri Jan 17th 2020

Linda ScolesHelp I need a lifestyle advisor
Fri Feb 21st 2020

Patricia VolanteThe Rossi Story
Fri Mar 20th 2020

Tony HarrisSherlock Holmes v Jack the Ripper
Fri Apr 17th 2020

Mark SmithVictoria Cross Story - Part 2
Fri May 15th 2020

Tim MooreySecrets of a Crossword Setter
Fri Jun 19th 2020

Christine BeedleThe Essex Scrubber
Outings
Thu Nov 28th Bluewater Shopping day trip. £9.00pp. November 28th 9.00 depart from Thorpe Bay Bowls Club. Full.
Thu Dec 5th Kew Gardens Xmas Lights December 5th. Two coaches both full. Departure time 3.00pm from Thorpe Bay Bowls Club. Ensure you know which coach you are on.
Sun Dec 15th Thursford with overnight stop. December 15/16 FULL. Departure time is 9.30 am from Thorpe Bay Bowls Club.
Thu Feb 27th 2020 Royal Albert Hall - Backstage tour. Time for Harrods/Knightsbridge
Sun Mar 29th 2020 Visit to Hindu Temple in London Fully booked. Reserve list only.

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