New Security Services

The recent attack on EasyJet's computer systems, known as a 'data breach', may have exposed your personal details to criminal hackers. Along with Covid-19 scams, it is a timely occasion to let you know, as this type of cyber crime is growing rapidly, that there are four fairly new services available to help you keep safe.

1. FRAUD. If you have suffered a fraud via your computer or telephone, you should report it to https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/. who will provide help and advice.

2. EXPOSURE. If you are concerned about whether your details have been exposed by a data breach, by any organisation you have dealt with, you can check on this web site: https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Click on this URL and enter your email address to check. The site covers all such exposures across the world. If you find that you have been exposed, you would be wise to change your critical passwords.

3. COMPLAINTS. If you want to complain about nuisance calls, or how a company is treating you or your computer information, contact the Information Commissioner's Office at https://ico.org.uk/ or have a chat with them on 0303 1231113. They have significant enforcement powers to help you.

4. SCAMS. If you suspect that an email you have received is a 'scam' (attempted fraud) you should report it immediately to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) at GCHQ, who will investigate and take action against all fraudsters, blocking such emails and working with the police to identify and investigate the criminals. Just forward your suspicious email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any comment you may have. This service was only introduced in April, and over 300 scammers have already been removed.