CyberCrime is a growing trend these days.
It is a crime that involves a computer and a network
The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.
Cybercrime may harm someone's security and financial health.
They use this information to get financial benefits. However, they can also obtain your personal information such as email address, photographs, your likings of brands, and sell this information to others to get financial benefits.
However, a lot of this can be avoided. You should run a security scan at least once in a week to check for viruses and malware in the computer and use anti-virus software to remove them before they cause problems in your computer. Check your emails before you open them. Does the senders address match the supposed sender or is it a load of letters? An easy one to spot, but when you are in a hurry and scrolling down an easy one to open.
Search an Image - check if it is legitimate:
Search an IP address - check it is legitimate:
This is a way of checking when a website was created and where it was created. Though some details are now redacted due to GDPR you will still find some useful information by doing this.
The Padlock symbol – does that mean a site is secure and safe?
Another point to consider is if the site concerned has the padlock symbol in the tool bar at the top. If a site is offers good levels of its own diligence, it will have applied for the certificate that enables to show this. However, this is relatively straightforward to obtain and fraudsters will most likely ensure they have one displayed.
Other things to look out for:
For any site visited, you should also check the page is functioning correctly. Inactive menu links should be seen as another red flag. Also, sites that do not display any contact details and only have a submission contact form, again a red flag.
Make your online passwords complicated and difficult to guess:
Use a completely different password for each of your online accounts.
Help is at hand with a password manager. These apps are like digital lockers and can help to remember logins, create complex passwords, and even inform you if a company you have an account with has suffered a data breach. These are relatively cheap or free, and your antivirus software may even include one.
If a website supports it, enable 2-factor authentication - sometimes called 2FA or MFA. This is one of the most effective ways of securing your account right now. It means that to log in to a service or perform an action such as changing an account's email address, you may need to confirm it is genuine by entering a code sent to your mobile or using an app on your smartphone.
Newton & Noss Village Hall, Noss Mayo
at 10.30 on 15th February.
Do you know how to use one? Do you know where they are?
Noss Mayo ~ On the wall opposite the Village Hall
Membland ~ On the right hand side of the road just after Perches Close
Newton Ferrers ~ Outside the estate agent, opposite the Co-Op
Newton Ferrers ~ Harbour Office, on the wall of the Office - Yealm Road
Newton Ferrers ~ Primary School (just inside the entrance by reception)– Dillons
Yealmpton ~ Primary School/Community Centre PL8 2HF
Yealmpton ~ Medical Centre PL8 2EA
Yealmpton ~ Community Methodist Church PL8 2NA
Holbeton ~ Battisborough Cross
Holbeton ~ At the entrance to Holbeton Village Hall.
Brixton ~ The Foxhound' Car Park
Brixton ~ Outside the main entrance to Brixton St Mary's Primary School
Brixton ~ In the former phone box on The Green
Brixton ~ In the former phone box at Fordbrook
Brixton ~ Plymstock Albion Oaks, Horsham sports field
Business & IP Centre Devon (BIPC) 2022
Diversity in Business at the BIPC
BIPC Devon is delighted to be presenting a programme of events on Diversity in Business, throughout the month of February.
We will be hosting (via Zoom and in person) some fantastic speakers on the following topics:
Neurodiversity in business
Employer’s guide to supporting neurodiversity in the workplace
Culture, gender and values as a black woman in business
Building and LGBTQ+ inclusive business
Representation in the economy
More than ever, it is important that businesses are aware of diversity in their approach to running a business, so they can ensure their staff, colleagues and customers have their individual needs catered for. Full details of each webinar/event will be added to our events page and Eventbrite, as and when dates are finalised, so keep a look out. We look forward to seeing you there!
Programmes to look out for in 2022
Women in Business – this popular programme is back again with more exciting speakers and events.
Support for artists and creatives – we’re working with people in the creative industry to put together a programme of business support for those thinking about starting up, or running, businesses in the creative industries.
We have the largest collection of business databases in the South West. All free to access with Devon or Torbay library membership. For more details and the full range of resources visit our website:
Yealmpton Methodist Church This event is £3 and includes tea and cake
Friday 21st January 2-3.30pm
Friday 18th February 2-3.30pm
Friday 18th March 2-3.30pm
To find out more call Maxine 07450206312
It’s panto time!
March 17th -19th at Noss village Hall. Tickets on sale soon.
But it’s not to late to get involved
We are looking for back stage crew, and a follow spot operator. Training will be given.
If you fancy having a go please let Jane Jordan know.
Digital Drop-ins RESTART on Friday 4th February 2022
Drop in sessions will restart at the Newton Ferrers WI Hall from this Friday 4th February, from 10.30 a.m. Please bring your questions and we will try to find a way of solving them. However, our expertise does not extend to computer faults.
I am sure you will be anxious to get back to your digital champions but, just to be on the safe side for the benefit of us as well as yourselves, it would be appreciated if you could still wear a face mask. This is not a legal requirement so it is up to you. We will be continuing to wear a visor or masks at the sessions.
We have a series of talks coming up and this is also to let you know what and when in the next couple of months.
11th February Mobile Phone Contracts Philip Hawker
25th February Apple iPhones & iPads Kevin Thomas
11th March Zoom meetings Peter Hinchliffe
25th March Introduction to Android Phone. Mary Ayres
8th April Android tablets Ian Morris
These talks start at 10.45 a.m. and are for 30 mins. All are welcome,
1st Tuesday Lunch club is at 12.00 noon
WI Hall, Newton Ferrers
New members always welcome
Suggested donation £5. Proceeds to Charity
Yealm Garden Society
The February meeting is on the subject “How to garden the low carbon way” by Sally Nex, with some tips on eco-friendly gardening.
More eminent speakers are planned throughout 2022, and a “Gardeners Question time” in March with local experts. Send your questions to email@example.com by 1st March.
YGS look forward to welcoming you in the WI Hall, Newton Ferrers on 22nd February at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.
Please wear a face mask on entering and leaving the hall.
Newton & Noss Village Hall 200 Club Lottery – February 2022 Draw Results.
Congratulations to the winners in the latest monthly draw.
1st Prize (£50) 199. Lisa Richardson
2nd Prize (£30) 138. Vicky Phipps
3rd Prize (£20) 112. Michael Edwards
4th Prize (Beer, donated by Noss Beer Works) 104. Julie Thomas
One more monthly draw will take place in March before we start a new year of the lottery. Further details will follow shortly regarding this.
If any local businesses are willing to sponsor a prize for next year, then please contact Roger Ball on 01752 873276. Your donation will be publicised as the results are announced.
The Highway Code changes for 2022: are you aware of the new rules?
At a glance: How has The Highway Code changed?
Three new rules added to The Highway Code
Rule H1: hierarchy of road users
The first (and most significant) rule in the refreshed The Highway Code sets out the hierarchy of road users.
Road users who can do the greatest harm (those driving large vehicles) have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they pose to other road users.
Pedestrians (children, older adults and disabled people in particular) are identified as ‘the most likely to be injured in the event of a collision’. Here’s a look at what the hierarchy of road users looks like:
As you can see, cyclists and horse riders will also have a responsibility to reduce danger to pedestrians.
Even so, the updated The Highway Code emphasises that pedestrians themselves still need to consider the safety of other road users. The Department for Transport says this system will pave the way for a ‘more mutually respectful and considerate culture of safe and effective road use’.
Rule H2: clearer and stronger priorities for pedestrians
This rule is aimed at drivers, motorists, horse riders and cyclists.
The Highway Code now states clearly that, at a junction, you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road that you’re turning into.
Previously, vehicles had priority at a junction.
Drivers should also give way to pedestrians waiting to cross a zebra crossing, and pedestrians and cyclists waiting to cross a parallel crossing (a combined pedestrian and cycle crossing).
Meanwhile, cyclists should give way to pedestrians on shared-use cycle tracks, and are reminded that only pedestrians (including those using wheelchairs and mobility scooters) can use the pavement.
Rule H3: drivers to give priority to cyclists in certain situations
The updated The Highway Code urges drivers and motorcyclists not to cut across cyclists when turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane.
This rule applies whether the cyclist ahead is using a cycle lane, a cycle track or simply riding on the road ahead.
Drivers are meant to stop and wait for a safe gap when cyclists are:
The Dutch Reach
The ‘Waiting and parking’ section of The Highway Code has also been updated to describe the ‘Dutch Reach’.
This suggests you should open your door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you’re opening. So, you would use your left hand to open a door on your right side – this naturally makes you turn your head to look over your shoulder.
The South Devon AONB have, not unexpectedly, raised objections to all three of the significant proposed developments in the Parish, i.e.
Land adjacent to Collaton Park (125 new dwellings plus commercial and amenity facilities) 3335/21/FUL ;
101 Yealm Road / the Old Paint Lab (two new houses) 3953/21/FUL ;
& Land opposite Butts Park (20 new houses including 17 for Community Land Trust allocation) 2982/21/FUL .
All of these applications remain under consideration by SHDC.
The objections centre on the impact on the AONB landscape whilst not fulfilling an "essential need". How much weight SHDC will give these objections will be interesting to see.
On 14 February, around the year 270, a Roman priest called Valentine was stoned and beheaded.
In 496, Pope Gelasius marked 14 February as St. Valentine’s Day in dedication of his martyrdom.
For centuries, St. Valentine has been associated with romance, love and devotion. Yet little is known about his life – it is not even clear whether he was one person, or two.
St. Valentine’s holy duties are not limited to interceding in loving couples and marriages. He is also the patron saint of beekeepers, epilepsy, plague, fainting and travelling.
St. Valentine’s Saint Day has been associated with the tradition of courtly love since the Middle Ages.
At the time, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February. Throughout the period, 14 February is mentioned as a day that brought lovers together, most poetically as “the birds and the bees”.