This was the general consensus by over 110 people who attended the Cybercrime and Computer Security Seminars held at the Conrad Hotel and Tavira Municipal Library on 24th and 30th September respectively.
The events organized by Safe Communities Algarve, included presentations by inspector Ricardo Valadas of the Judicial Police and Jim Litchko, a Computer Security Analyst from the USA. Inspector Valadas outlined the threats posed through the internet and social media, including how in a matter of minutes cyber criminals can develop a profile of social media users. He also outlined the dangers to youngsters particularly in the use of Facebook and Twitter.
A potential scam has come to light, targeting rental property owners and managers. The Blackburn based company call potential clients, selling a 2 year advert for your property for just £199, on their holiday rental website.
The site www.dreamholidayrentals.co.uk looks professional, but we have cause to believe that it is a SCAM, very much like the one last year when telephone calls were again from a Bradford based company, but with a name of www.1stchoiceholidayrentals.co.uk.
This scam has once again raised it's ugly head in the Algarve - Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft.
DO NOT believe what these fraudsters are saying... they WILL cause damage to your computer which is costly and inconvenient to rectify.
The following advice is from the legitimate Microsoft website.
IBC Security Limitada, proudly announces the arrival of our new product IBC-GUARDIAN a unique P.E.R.S – Personal Emergency Response System to Residents and Visitors to the Algarve, which could save precious seconds, minutes or even hours in an emergency situation.
So apparently said Mark Twain on reading his obituary. So might Facebook say on reading of its demise.
Like the Guardian, Forbes and Daily Mail this site recently carried news of the demise of Facebook.
Facebook is dead and buried to older teens they claimed. But is it really true? I think not.
The news that many expats in Portugal have been dreading, the commissioning date for the new Astra2E satellite has been posted by SES Astra on its social media pages.
The text below is from today's SES Astra's Facebook pages and warn non-UK viewers, which included those in Portugal of course, that the changeover date, and hence the loss of signal for UK programmes receivable in Portugal, will be in early February 2014.
“App” …… a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose; an application, especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device.
"Apparently there are these new apps that will actually read your emails to you"
Check out this Stargate-themed cinema room! The first themed Cinema in Portugal, in Pinhal Velho in Vilamoura, and featured in Europe's leading Home Cinema Magazine, Home Cinema Choice. Only a handful of companies worldwide produce themed Cinemas, because of the complexity of the subject and the ease with which it could turn into a disaster. Custom installers get given some very specific briefs, but Portugal's ProjectionDreams had never been asked for a Stargate-themed cinema room that offered 'a sense of mystery and movement; a mixture of sci-fi and ancient civilisations!'