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Advice on Internet fraud and Password protection

Keep your passwords protected

The internet is becoming more and more vital in everyday life, and whether you like it or not, it’s becoming almost unavoidable not to have online accounts for banking, shopping and everyday admin. In fact, recent figures show that 77% of adults in the UK now shop online and 63% use internet banking.

As online accounts increase, it’s estimated that the average internet user now has 26 passwords to remember making it increasingly difficult to remember them all. It is important however, to ensure that you are not consistently using the same passwords, and that you make your passwords difficult to hack.

Top tips to secure your password

To help you minimise the potential risk of hackers here are some  useful tips to make your password as safe as possible:

  1. Use different passwords for all online accounts you enroll with. This way, should one of your accounts be compromised, none of your other accounts will be
  2. Consider using passphrases rather than passwords as they are less likely to be broken by brute force. A passphrase, for example, would be three random words with four or more letters i.e. “H0rseRainb0wPaul”

What are the 10 most common passwords?

Using numbers and symbols in your passwords can help increase their strength, but you still need to remember that using generic sequences can be just as easy to hack.

You might be surprised to see the simplicity of the top 10 most common passwords:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. qwerty
  4. 12345678
  5. 111111
  6. 1234567890
  7. 1234567
  8. password
  9. 123123
  10. 987654321

Although these passwords will be easy for the account holder to remember and therefore reduce the likelihood of having to be regularly reset, they aren’t secure.

Security tips to protect you from internet fraud:

  • Never access a link that has been provided in an email and enter personal details
  • Always ensure there is a padlock displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the page, this indicates a secure connection

 Keep your PC secure

  • Use up to date security software and a personal firewall and if your computer uses the Microsoft Windows operating system, keep it updated from the Microsoft website
  • Be extra careful if using Internet cafes, chat rooms and social networking sites or any PC which is not your own and over which you have no control (fraudsters often use them to try and access personal information)
  • Stay with the computer: When you are browsing through any internet browser do not keep the computer unattended for any period of time
  • Clear history and temporary files: Internet Explorer and other browsers save pages that you’ve visited in the History folder and in Temporary Internet collection. Your password is also saved if that system is activated on your computer so do the following before you start browsing:
    1. For Internet Explorer : Go to Tools / Internet Options
    2. For Firefox : Go to Tools / Options / Privacy Tab
  • Click the Content tab then click AutoComplete. If the checkboxes for passwords are selected, deselect them. Click OK twice

Check your statement

Ensure you check your current statement at regular intervals. If you notice anything irregular contact your bank/building society immediately

Other things to remember

Always remember your password and other security information and destroy the notification letters immediately

Always take reasonable steps to ensure your PINS and passwords are kept secret at all times




Research Champion

I think that most of you are familiar with the social and information aspects of Parkinson’s UK central office. One further aspect that Parkinson’s UK wants to improve is participation in the research side.

To this end, they are setting up “Research Champions” in branches to raise the awareness of all the activities related to research that Parkinson’s UK supports, and I have volunteered to be the Research Champion for our Fareham branch.

Participating in research is not just taking part in clinical trials, which is of course important, but the activities include reviewing documents from central office or proposals for projects which central office might fund, or participating in the numerous questionnaires which researchers run in order to confirm they are researching in a productive area.

Parkinson’s UK run a “Research Support Network”  to disseminate  information and requests for help from the research community  (including government funded research councils, universities and NHS bodies). If you sign up for the Research Support Network, you will receive emails about research activities, including a monthly Research Round-up.  If you are not on email, I can supply paper copies of newsletters etc.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about these activities, please get in touch with me, either face-to-face at a branch meeting or via email or telephone.

My details are:-   Email                                                                              Tel:         01489 574960

John Lillywhit


Online Home Safety Check

New Online Home Safety Check to keep Hampshire Safe and Sound

A new home safety check has been launched by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to keep the county’s residents Safe and Sound in their homes.

The online questionnaire generates personalised home safety advice based on a resident’s property and lifestyle. The advice can be printed off or emailed to the resident for reference.

Paul Channing, Station Manager for Community Safety said: “Safe and Sound is quick and simple to use and gives residents the opportunity to protect their home and family from fire.

“We know the four main causes of house fires are electrical, cooking, candle and smoking related, so Safe and Sound gets the user to look at those four causes in relation to themselves.

“In reality we can’t visit every household to fit and check smoke alarms, so while we focus our resources on protecting the most vulnerable in our county, Safe and Sound is there to help and empower residents who can take the actions they need to remain safe from fire.”

Safe and Sound aims to deliver fire safety advice in a personalised and accessible way and reduce accidental house fires.

Asda is supporting the new initiative by allowing Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to promote Safe and Sound in store. The community safety team will be in an Asda store every afternoon for a week. Crews, volunteers and the community safety team will join forces to share the Safe and Sound link, offer advice, answer any fire safety queries and give people the chance to complete the online questionnaire in store.

Whilst Safe & Well home fire safety visits will continue to cater for those aged 65+ and those most vulnerable in our county, all ages will be able to benefit from Safe and Sound’s immediate advice.

If appropriate, the user will have the option to fill out a Safe & Well referral form to receive a visit.

Try Safe and Sound for yourself now visit:


Understanding how people manage health conditions 

Research suggests that self-management of a condition doesn’t just involve the individual but is a collective process- involving their partners, family and friends. Liz James aims to develop a questionnaire to assess how people work together to manage long-term conditions.  

What is involved? 
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire twice. This will be sent to you by post. Find out more in the participant information sheet (PDF, 224KB).

Who do the researchers need?  
20 people living in Wessex (Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight, South Wiltshire)

Interested in taking part?

Contact Liz James by email or phone (02380 598836) for more information. The closing date for this opportunity is Tuesday 28 April 2017.



Should the Fire Alarm sound, could all the able-bodied persons please help those with some disability to  exit the building promptly and head to the main car park where a head-count/muster will be held. There are three exit doors which should be used and no one should try to exit through the building corridor to the main entrance.  Please do not leave the area until the muster has been completed.  It is vital that everyone signs in on arrival to the room.