As the Apple fans gear up for the excitement of the launch of the new iPhone, we get the news that their beloved handset is the most-stolen mobile phone in the UK. And statistics published by the Home Office show that the previous four models of the device are the most likely to be targeted by thieves. The Mobile Phone …
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Let me tell you a story. In 2004, in the dark of night, a gang of hackers broke into Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in the City of London. With the help of a security guard who was their ‘inside man’, they crept through the dark aisles of cubicles, installing keyloggers on the PCs to record employee’s login details.
Your name, your address, your mother’s maiden name, your passport number, the name of your first pet (“fluffles”? seriously?), your credit card numbers, your top five albums, your national insurance number. All that – what security experts call your ‘identity’ in the context of ‘identity theft’ – is worth just £80.
That’s the price that entire packages of data are going for on message boards and websites populated by fraudsters and scammers. A single piece of data can go for as little as £5. The data’s so cheap because there’s so much of it available – nearly half of all UK computer users aren’t using a firewall or security software.
All you’ve gotta do is make sure that your virus scanner stays up-to-date, and that you’ve got the security features in your operating system fully enabled and up-to-date. In fact go run Windows Update now. I’ll wait. Back? Good. Odds-are that you’re now pretty much safe.
If there was ever a reason to go to GameCityThree, rather than the London Games Festival, then this is it. Carphone Warehouse reckons that 25% of adults in London have had their phone nicked, compared to 15% in the rest of the country. 14% of British teenagers have had their phone stolen, compared to 9% of teens in the USA, and 7% of adults. In London in 2007, there were three robberies per 1000 people, whereas in New York, there were only 1.61…
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