A schoolgirl has warned about a social media app that has led to her being bullied and told to take her own life in sinister and cruel messages.
The phone app Sarahah, which has over 300 million users worldwide and can be used in conjunction with Snapchat.
It allows people to give others ‘anonymous feedback’ on their social media pictures.
Creators of Sarahah claim it can be used as a ‘self development tool’ to ‘discover areas of improvement’ and was originally intended for people to use in the workplace. It’s popularity soared late last year.
Jazzminn Chester, of Grimsby, has warned about a social media app that has led to her
We seem to be in the grip of a data breach epidemic. Whether it’s big businesses falling victim to cyber–espionage campaigns, workers foolishly handing over their credentials in reply to phishing emails from fraudsters, or just consumers getting their PCs infected
Police in the West Midlands have seen a big increase in sextortion crimes over the past five years.
In 2016/17, the force recorded nine sextortion crimes, where criminals persuade a victim to perform sexual acts in front of webcam or share explicit material before threatening to send the pictures or video to friends and family or post it online if money is not paid.
This was up from just three recorded in 2012/13.
However, the number of reports fell by 18% in a year, from 11 in 2015/16.
Most of the victims of the 32 crimes reported in the past five years have been aged over 18, but one was aged under 16 and four were aged between 16 and 18.
No one in the West Midlands has been charged as a result of these crime reports – 91% of cases were closed as undetected or with no suspect identified, and 3% could not be
Most passwords are too short, too simple and easily hacked. Use a passphrase, if possible, made up of three or four words which mean nothing to anyone else. For example: ‘moon keyboard shack.’ You can add numbers and special characters to it as needed.
Never re-use passwords. This means having a different one for every website or account. To help with this, cyber security researchers suggest the use of ‘password manager’ apps. These create unique passwords or phrases for each site you use and keep track of them for you.
What can you do to protect against hackers when risks pop up seemingly overnight to compromise your security and identity? To find out about the threats, and what you can do to ward off hacking, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board spoke with Blake Dowling, CEO of Ageis Business Technologies in Tallahassee, who writes tech columns for several organizations and can be reached at email@example.com
Q: There have been some high-profile ransomware attacks in recent months. Can computer users who aren’t experts be trained to identify these threats?
A: Anyone can be trained to spot online threats, and training is a key component to battling cyber crime. There is no magic bullet to stop all malicious online behavior, so users must step up their game and be able to recognize threats to their organizations and their data. Cyber common sense also comes into play: If you get an