Herald - Issue 396

Page 58 • The HERALD • 8th October 2020 v THE NEXT HERALD IS OUT ON 29TH OCTOBER v 0800 028 7878 • 07866 041192 www.chipsaway.co.uk 145 Long Lane, Holbury SO45 2NZ Tel: 023 8024 3300 NOWOPEN SUNDAYS FROM 10AM-2PM FOR ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS LOCALLY • Free fit batteries (most cars) • Free fit wiper blades • Battery chargers • Oils • Braking • Service parts • Tools/tool hire • Car paints • Engine management diagnostics/reset • Towing accessories • Number plates • Exhaust systems • Steering/suspension • Haynes manuals W: www.cobramotorcomponents.co.uk E: sales@cobramotorcomponents.co.uk Is Something Phishy Going on? Information provided by Neighbourhood Watch You wouldn’t let a thief enter your home, but what if the thief was masquerading as someone familiar, such as a postman, and tricked you into opening the door? Phishing works in a similar way - criminals use legitimate looking messages and websites to trick people into opening the virtual doors to their personal data, giving up logins, passwords or even payment details. at information can then be used to commit fraud and cyber-crime. How big is the problem? Phishing attacks are a common security challenge that both individuals and businesses across the UK face on a regular basis. e National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) received over 1.7M reports from the public between April and August 2020, with the most commonly faked brands being TV Licensing, HMRC and GOV.UK. How can you protect yourself from phishing scams? Many phishing scams started with a message out of the blue. Whether it’s an email asking you to “verify” account information, or a text message claiming to be from your bank, the goal of a phishing attack is usually the same - to trick you into revealing personal and nancial information. Criminals are experts at impersonation and they’re constantly getting better at creating fake emails and texts that look like the real thing. Some simple advice to follow when it comes to dealing with phishing scams: 1. Your bank, or any other o cial organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, call them directly. Don’t use the contact details in the email, but visit the o cial website instead 2. If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk 3. Received a text message you’re not quite sure about? Maybe it’s asking you to “verify” personal or nancial details, such as a banking password? You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726 4. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing email, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud: www. actionfraud.police.uk Hampshire County Council are looking for local people to join a new forum to help shape the delivery of essential services, and support the county to get ‘back on its feet’ post COVID-19. Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External A airs, Councillor Andrew Joy, said: “Hearing regularly from the public is key to helping us improve and develop services to meet the needs of Hampshire residents. As a Local Authority, we run many public consultations throughout the year on a wide range of topics, and are now looking to complement this process with the creation of a new forum whose members will be asked for their feedback, on a regular basis, on issues that are important to local people. This, in turn, will help drive changes and improvements.” “We are looking for people from all walks of life to join – the only criteria are that for this initiative, you must be over 18 and live in Hampshire.” Known as ‘Hampshire Perspectives’, forum members will be asked to give their views on a wide range of topics from social care, to climate change, and economic prosperity, although in the early weeks the focus will be on topics designed to support the county to return to, and maintain, a new post COVID-19 healthy ‘normal’. Forum members can expect to be contacted every two to four weeks, via email, and asked a small number of questions. ere will also be opportunities for those taking part to provide more in-depth feedback via face to face meetings, when it is safe to do so. Councillor Joy added: “We want taking part to be quick and easy, so our approach will be to ask a short series of questions, on a regular basis. In this way, we hope to attract as many people as possible.” To register your interest please visit the website www. hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/hampshire- perspectives and click on the green link to sign up to the Hampshire Forum 5. For more simple tips on how to protect yourself online, visit ww.actionfraud.police.uk/ cybercrime Don’t Just Talk About it… Join the Council Forum! Drivers should always switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced, and especially when it is foggy. Whether it is daylight or at night and foggy but generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres, drivers should ensure that their main headlights are switched on; and use fog lights if they are struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can re ect the light back and reduce visibility. Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see. Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning. Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. is is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster. Check your mirrors before you slow down. en use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down. FOG DRIVING

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