Christmas is all about connecting, whether it’s spending quality time with friends and family… or simply taking time out to re-connect with yourself.
But in many ways, it’s about connecting online too. Keeping in touch, downloading a movie, buying that special gift (or treating yourself), using those devices and helping your kids get online.
However busy you are or how much fun you’re having, don’t forget online safety and security. We’ve put together some expert tips to help you.
Phones, tablets & computers New or pre-owned internet-connected devices – including Apple phones, tablets and computers – should be protected with a security app/software and a PIN or passcode as soon as you switch them on. Ensure all devices are regularly backed up to safeguard your valuable documents, photos and other files.
Updates Download updates to operating systems, apps and software as soon as you receive a prompt. If you don’t, you could leave yourself open to malware.
Connected devices & wearables To improve security, the passwords on connected devices such as voice assistants, CCTV cameras, appliances, kids’ toys and fitness watches should be changed from the factory default as soon as you unpack and switch them on. The same applies to phones and tablets. Don’t use the same password for more than one device, website or account. And be careful what you say within earshot of that voice assistant, you can’t be sure who might be listening.
Apps Download apps only from official sources such as App Store, Google Play or Microsoft Store. Apps from unofficial sources could result in fraud or identity theft.
Second-hand mobile devices If you’ve bought or been given a pre-owned device, remove the previous owner’s settings and data, if this hasn’t already been done. If you’re selling, carry out a re-set to prevent others seeing your data. You can find out how from the manufacturer’s website.
Don’t overshare Consider if what you’re posting on social media is really necessary, whether it could be helping a fraudster or giving your kids and friends a digital footprint they don’t want. Posting that your family is at relatives or on holiday is a big clue for burglars that your home is empty. Take a few minutes out over the Christmas break to update your social media privacy settings.
Out & about with your mobile devices Don’t use Wi-Fi hotspots in cafés, pubs, hotel rooms, public transport or other public areas if you’re doing anything confidential online. You simply can’t assume they’re secure ... or legitimate. Keep the devices themselves secure as they can make attractive targets for thieves. Be wary of people watching your screen over your shoulder.
Children & young people Help the kids and young people in your life stay safe. Sit down and speak to them about safe and responsible use of the internet, including what they share, who they’re communicating with and what content they’re accessing – including apps and games. Consider downloading a respected parental control app and using ISP filters to block unsuitable content. Make sure bills aren’t being run up for in-game purchases.
Shopping online Make sure you can spot the difference between genuine and fake websites, secure and insecure payment pages and authentic and counterfeit goods. You can find more information at www.getsafeonline.org/safechristmasshopping.
Scams Christmas is a favourite time of year for fraudsters. Clicking on email attachments or links in unexpected emails, text messages and posts could result in being defrauded, having your identity stolen or your device infected with malware. Unexpected phone calls claiming to be from banks, retailers, parcel firms or software support companies should be treated with caution. If in any doubt, always call the organisation on the number you know to be correct.
Resources: Have you signed up to WSCC's Staying Safe Online E-newsletter? To do so, click here https://public.govdelivery.com/accou…/UKWSCC/subscriber/new…. Simply enter your email address on the following page, and subscribe to ‘Staying Safe Online’ in the ‘E-newsletter’ section. Or if you prefer to follow our advice not to click on links in E-mails, please visit the WSCC website and search for Staying safe online, to find the same location.
Follow WSCC on twitter and Facebook @WSxSafeOnline.
News and events
What Connections Will You Make This Christmas?
Advice — 2nd December 2019
Roadworks — 2nd December 2019
For those of you not familiar with the above website, all our current and advanced road closures/road works/street works on West Sussex highways are now plotted and available on one.network.
For instance, over the next two weeks you will be able to access all the Christmas Event Road Closures and identify current and future street works
The site covers the whole of England and is updated hourly. It can serve as a useful tool to identify possible congestion and up and coming highway events. It also offers an insight into road closures and street works in neighbouring Parishes
full benefit from this tool, it is best to get logged in.
We currently have 2 vacancies for Councillor of Cuckfield Parish Council. If you are interested in applying, please contact Sam Heynes, Parish Clerk on 01444 451610 or [email protected] for more information on how to be involved.
17th January 2020
Rain or Shine presents Wind in the Willows
Rain or Shine Theatre are proud to present their fast paced comic retelling of the classic tale The Wind in the Willows!
The Wind in the Willows Follow the adventures of handsome Ratty, innocent Mole, wise Badger and of course the incomparable Toad as they row, ride and run on and around the banks of The River in an escapade suitable for the whole family!
Hailed as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing a classic using their now signature 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of adventure, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!
Show starts at 7pm at the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Suitable for all the family.
Adult Tickets: £10
Tickets can be purchased from the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield via cash or card, or can be purchased via the Credit Card Hotline 03306 600541 or [email protected]
Doors open from 6.30pm.
Parish Council Meetings
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