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Flash Internet Safety Sessions

4 May 2022

By Ian Butterworth

Cyber crime is at an all time high and as opportunities to scam people become more and more uneventful.  To help you and your families stay safe on-line. Flash Village Hall will be holding Internet Safety sessions in June and July. Here are a few stats: –


Several million cases of fraud and of computer misuse are reported to the police every year. It’s staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.  (Met Police)


More than 85% of UK organisations experienced a successful attack in 2020/2021.  (CyberEdge defence report)


Over a 12-month period, ransomware attacks affected 71% of UK organisations. (CyberEdge defence report.)


We have seen a significant growth in cyber criminality in the form of high-profile ransomware campaigns over the last year. Breaches leaked personal data on a massive scale leaving victims vulnerable to fraud, while lives were put at risk and services damaged by the WannaCry ransomware campaign that affected the NHS and many other organisations worldwide. (National Crime Agency.)


Banks and card companies prevented £1.6 billion in unauthorised fraud in 2020. (UK Finance online)


Online fraud up by a third in the UK during the pandemic. £2.3bn lost by consumers in cases reported to the police. (FT online.)


And so on and so on….


Our Sessions will cover the following topics (subject to change!): –


Session 1 – Tuesday 21st June

What is Malware (i.e. a computer virus of different kinds)

How does Malware get on my device?

How do I spot Malware?

What I can do to prevent Malware

Keep personal data personal – an intro to Session 2

Secure internet connections (hots spots, etc)

Passwords / Password managers / Browser managers

Extra security – 2 factor authentication

Keeping devices up to date (the importance of)

Virus Checkers & Firewalls.  What they are, Free v Paid

What to do if you have 5 minutes


Session 2 – Tuesday 28th June

Smishing, Phishing & Vishing


Hiding email / phone numbers

Alternative web browsers

How to see what Google, FB hold on you

Fraudulent websites & HTTPS

WEP/WPA/WPA2 – in layman’s terms

Guest wi-fi 


Session 3 – Tuesday 5th July

Keeping safe on social media

Identity theft

General shopping / Holiday & travel booking guidance

Safe banking

Data backups

Safe disposal of devices

What to do with your online legacy



£4 per session or £10 for all three sessions.  Please pay on door.
Hope to see you there!

Last modified: 4 May 2022

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