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In this October (and therefore Halloween!) edition of our blog, we are talking computer scares! Just as you could encounter criminals in life, you could also encounter them online.
Our advice is to use your everyday instincts, when using the internet.
For example, you wouldn't open your door and invite a stranger in, so don't open emails from people you don't know. Here are our top five tips (that you probably already use in daily life) for staying safe online:
1. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Don't freely give out your personal information.
3. Don't open emails from strangers, especially if they have an attachment.
4. Anything that looks dodgy probably is.
5. It's always OK to ask for help.
Scam of the month:
Beware! This scam of the month is extremely effective on those who are not so familiar with technical jargon, or those that are new to computing. You may receive a telephone call from someone, who claims that your computer has a virus. They will ask for your card details, in order to purchase software to 'get rid of the virus'.
Firstly, there is no way that anyone other than yourself, and people who have used your computer, will know if you have a virus. Secondly, legitimate I.T. companies will not contact you in this way, let alone to ask for personal details.
Our tip is: If you have a virus, it is very likely that you
will know about it. Your computer may do strange things without your
permission. If you suspect you have a virus, shut down your computer and ask
someone for advice.
Giving the gift of
internet this Christmas: A guide to why you should, and how you can.
So many of us take the internet for granted; we do our shopping, we talk to friends, we find all the information we could ever need, and even book holidays. When people are asked what they would do without the internet, a survey discovered that around 75-percent of those surveyed simply could not live without the Internet. In fact, four out of five of those surveyed actually looked online for advice instead of talking to someone face to face about their problems.
Its quite obvious by this point that people who are digitally excluded are missing out. But is it really important for those, who have lived all these years without internet, to change their ways? Here are some key facts you might like to know:
- Offline citizens are missing out on average savings of £560 per household, per year.
- Important government services will be moving to
online-only facilities within the next few years.
- Access to essential information and advice for
older people is easily available online.
- It has been proven that those with access to
computers and the internet are less likely to experience feelings of isolation
at older age.
- People can easily stay in touch with family and friends, and take up hobbies or increase an interest in one they already have.
Those who have access to computers & the internet earn, on average, 10% more than those who don't.
About 25% of all job vacancies are only advertised online.
- There are plenty of places to find like-minded people to chat with and make new friends.
Myth-busters and FAQ’s:
It’s too expensive.
Our reduced price computer scheme allows everyone to have access to computers and internet at an affordable price. Our packages come complete and ready to use, so you won’t have to buy any extras.
It’s too complicated.
We are dedicated to making home computing as simple as possible. We go back to basics and help people to get to grips with computing and the internet.
I don’t want to commit to an internet contract.
You don’t have to. We recommend a pay-as-you-go internet dongle. This way you can pay as much as you want, when you want. Allowing you to breathe before committing to a contract internet package.
What if I break it?
You won’t. Unless you take a hammer to it, it’s highly unlikely that you will do your computer any damage. If you get confused, we are here to help.
internet opens up a world of opportunities.
Older people are among those who can benefit most from the increased social interaction and access to services that the internet provides. The key is making it as easy as possible to use the system. You will need to start with the right equipment. Although many people prefer laptops, for this situation a desktop computer may be a better choice so you can attach a large monitor, an imperative for anyone with visual impairment. Windows has built-in accessibility settings, making computers more easily used; however we also offer speciality equipment such as extra-large keyboards for elderly users and beginners alike. Whether you’re buying for yourself, or for someone else, we can equip you with all that you will need to start off. From set-up guides to a technical help line, we will be on hand every step of the way.
Please ask us for advice about getting someone online this Christmas.
See www.pcxuk.com for
Or call us for a chat: 08456 44 68 66.