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Last week for Community Council comments

Ashfored Borough CouncilThose who, haven’t done so, and wish to comment on Ashford Borough Council’s Draft Recommendation, that propose a Community Council for South Ashford have until this coming Friday, 30th October, to submit their comments.

The draft recommendations can be downloaded from Community Governance Review page on the Council’s website.

You can use the links below to respond to the consultation.

Consultation on proposed community councils

Or submit your comments by email to review@ashford.gov.uk

or write to the Council at:

CGR
Legal Services
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1PL

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What can those who have been affected by Talk-Talk security breach do?

The phone and broadband provider Talk Talk which has over 4 million UK customers have that said banking details and personal information could have been accessed by hackers in a recent cyber attack. 

Credit card, bank account details, names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers could all have been accessed by hackers according to Talk Talk. (more…)

Tea, coffee and therapy on the menu for new café

Ashford CCGA café will open in Ashford for people who need help and support with their mental health over the weekend.

The Wellbeing Café will run as a six-month pilot on Friday and Saturday nights and is funded by NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group.

It will mean that people who experience anxiety, low mood, loneliness and isolation can drop in and speak to a trained mental health support worker over a cup of tea or coffee.

The café will be based in House, Stour Centre, Tannery Lane and opens on Friday 23 October from 6pm until 9.30pm. It will be operated on behalf of the Ashford Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) by a group of partners including Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind and Speakup CIC. (more…)

Sign up now for free help during a power cut

UKPN LogoDo you know a friend or relative who would benefit from extra help during a power cut?

UK Power Networks is encouraging vulnerable people to sign up to its free Priority Services Register, which means they will be offered extra help during a power cut such as:

✔ A welcome pack with useful advice about preparing for a power cut
✔ A priority phone number that you can call 24 hours and updates until your power is back on
✔ Regular text message updates if you text ‘Power’ followed by your postcode to 80876
✔ Home visit from our staff or through our charity partnership with the British Red Cross (more…)

Don’t get left in the dark, visit the community advice drop-in shop!

Ashfored Borough CouncilHalloween and bonfire night are just around the corner so it’s a good time to think about your personal safety and that of your family to ensure these two favourites keep the emphasis on the fun!

With this in mind the community advice drop-in shop is returning to County Square during the half term week from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st October. (more…)

What’s your cyber risk profile?

Get Safe Online WeekWe’ve just carried out some new independent research, surveying 2,000 people, from which one of the main findings is that cybercrime is getting personal – with one in five victims believing that they were specifically targeted by fraudsters. We’ve collated the data and put together this infographic, depicting statistics around habits, threats, issues and opinions split by gender and age groups. It makes some very interesting reading. (more…)

Support scams now target Mac customers

Swindlers impersonate Apple service that remotely accesses user desktops.

For years, scammers claiming that they’re “calling from Windows” have dialed up Microsoft customers and done their best to trick them into parting with their money or installing malicious wares. Now, the swindlers are turning their sights on Mac users.

Researchers at antivirus provider Malwarebytes spotted a Web-based campaign that attempts to trick OS X and iOS users into thinking there’s something wrong with their devices. The ruse starts with a pop-up window that’s designed to look like an official OS notification. “Critical Security Warning!” it says. “Your Device (iPad, iPod, iPhone) is infected with a malicious adward [sic] attack.” It goes on to provide a phone number people can call to receive tech support.

Read the full article: Ars Technica 21 October 2015

Cybercrime is getting personal

Get Safe Online WeekOne in five victims of cybercrime think they were specifically targeted by fraudsters.

  • Only 38% of victims of cybercrimes think it was down to bad luck
  • Over a third of victims felt vulnerable following the attack
  • UK public lost £286 million to cybercrimes in the last 12 months
  • ‘It’s Always Personal’ theme for Get Safe Online Week 2015

(more…)