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The Great British Broadband Boost announced

 

Up to £645m is to be made available over the coming years to help take superfast broadband to the most remote and hard to reach places in the UK

 

read more here


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Five ways you can protect yourself from online identity theft

 

If you shred your paper bills, you’re worried about identity theft. What about all your information that lives and breathes online? Read this informative 5-step article on the best ways to keep your online identity out of a hacker’s reach.

 

access article here


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Five New Groups Join the Digital Fife Family

The latest community groups to join the Digital Fife online family are the The NOTEables Community Choir based in Dunfermline, Charlestown Bowling Club based in Charlestown, Kingdom Handball Club based in Star, Star Community Council also based in Star and The Men’s Shed Glenrothes based in Glenrothes.

 

for more information about these groups click here


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Writing Readable Website Content for your Visitors

 

It has been two years since Government Digital Service issued guidelines for writing online content, although the guidelines are aimed at Government websites, including local authorities, they are still well worth having a look at.

 

Find the Governments Guidelines by clicking here

 

Also have a look at our Digital Fifes guidelines for Writing for Websites


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Almost a third of older people do not use a computer, study claims

The Office for National Statistics study has led to calls to ensure the elderly are not digitally excluded

 

Read more here


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Email 'most common internet activity' in Britain

Emailing has held on to the top spot as the most common internet activity in Britain, despite the continued rise of social media, a survey has found.

 

Find out more here


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Get Digital’s new heatmap highlights large areas of digital exclusion across the UK

 

"The Tech Partnership, in association with Lloyds Banking Group, published their Get Digital Heatmap this week. It shows the likelihood of digital exclusion across the UK at local authority level, using eight different digital and social metrics to calculate the overall likelihood of exclusion." 

 

view map here


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7 Tips to Stay Cyber Safe this Summer

Is Cybersecurity the last thing on your mind while you sink your toes into warm sand or polish off another hot dog at the cookout. Malwarebytes takes the opportunity remind you about some of the cybersecurity pitfalls you might encounter during the remainder of the summer season.

 

Whether you’re home with the kids or heading out on vacation, here are some ways you can tighten up your security profile and avoid spending the rest of the summer reclaiming your identity or filing credit card insurance claims.

Click her the seven tips


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Digital Inclusion & Social Housing Research Study

 

Fife Councils’ Digital Inclusion Strategy Group has commissioned a research project with the aim of determining how Fife could work with social housing landlords to improve digital inclusion.

 

Read the report here


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Scam Emails

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

 

Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails that you receive. People receiving scam emails are urged to report them to the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.

 

Click here for more information


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Something’s phishy: How to detect phishing attempts

Long gone are the days of the Nigerian prince email scam. Yet phishing is alive and kicking.

 

Cybercriminals continue to use this popular social engineering technique—not just through email, but through text and phone calls as well—to bamboozle people out of their hard-earned money. Learn how phishing has evolved from crude amoeba to four-legged beast, and what signs to look out for in today's sophisticated attacks. 

click here to learn more


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Putting the social into social media - expressions of interest for training

 

Voluntary Arts Scotland are excited to announce their latest project - ‘Putting the social into social media’, which will see them delivering a series of free digital training workshops in the autumn for people aged 50+ who are involved in the running of a creative cultural group or project in Scotland.

To identify who would benefit from this training, and establish what skills people would most like to learn, they are calling for expressions of interest, which involves filling in a short form online or giving them a call on 0131 561 7333. Expressions of interest should be made by 07 August 2017. 

 

click here to learn more


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Windows 10 - Two Years of Use

 

If you’re still on the fence about making the jump to Windows 10, a member of the Experts Exchange community provides a thoughtful summary of his experience with the system over the last two years.

 

Read his review here


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Don't Open That Google Doc Unless You're Positive That It Is Legit

 

If you get a Google Doc link in your inbox today, scrutinize it carefully before you click—even if it looks like it comes from someone you trust. A nasty phishing scam that impersonates a Google Docs request has swept the internet.

 

Find out more here


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OSCR launches a new booklet about being a charity

 

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has unveiled a brand new booklet to make the basics of Scottish charity law easier to understand.

Designed to be used throughout a charity’s life, ‘Being a Charity in Scotland’ uses simple graphics and straightforward language to help those who run Scottish charities understand their responsibilities

 

Being a Charity in Scotland’ is available online here.


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Good Finance

is a new website to help charities and social enterprises navigate the complex world of social investment.

 

Good Finance also includes an interesting outcomes matrix, to help organisations to plan and measure their social impact.

 

http://www.goodfinance.org.uk/

 


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What is Adware?

find out, why Adware can be classified as unwanted programs.

 

Any software application that shows advertisements while one of the components of the adware is running. The word is a contraction of advertising and software and often just regarded as “advertising-supported free-ware.”

 

Click here to find out, why Adware can be classified as unwanted programs.

 


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Take Five to Stop Fraud

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud.

 

This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

 

Visit the Take Five website


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Laptops Available for Short Term Loans

 

If you are a constituted community group or charity in Fife there are possibly laptops available for short term loans from Digital Fife.

 

Please contact Willie McCool

email: willie.mccool@fife.gov.uk 

Tel: 03451 555555 ext. 450506

 


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OSCR launches new logo for charities to show they are registered

 

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has created a new logo for charities to display on their websites and email signatures to show they are a registered charity.

The charity registration logo can be downloaded free of charge to use by a charity from the OSCR website alongside a media pack with guidelines.


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Go Digi Learning Guides - free-to-view expert guides

 

It is worth having a look at these Australian Digital Guides. There seventy plus guides available. I found the three guides listed here particularly useful

‘How to Link Your Email to Your Apple or Android Device’,

‘How to keep your smartphone or tablet secure’

'How to get started with LinkedIn.'

The guides have a knowledge level (i.e. rookie – expert) and are individually rated.

 

Click here to access the guides


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Security in 2017: Ransomware will remain king

 

2016 was the year of ransomware, with hackers focusing their attention on exploiting Internet users and businesses around the world for profit. Our research shows no sign of this security nightmare slowing down in 2017. Hackers are becoming more advanced, and ransomware remains an incredibly easy, lucrative way for them to make money. 

 

Click here to find out more


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The top five Digital Fife sites with the most requests from the 15th December 2015 to the 15th December 2016 are

 

  West Fife Bowling Association with 153337 requests

West Fife Bowling Association

 

  Help Fife Animals with 66375 requests

Help Fife Animals

 

  Scottish Disability Golf Partnership with 40373 requests

Scottish Disability Golf

 

  Families First-St Andrews with 31949 requests

Families First St. Andrews

 

 


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Digital Guides run a Successful Program in The East Neuk

 

Three of Digital Fife’s volunteers, known as Digital Guides, supported a ten week program in the East Neuk  assisting the over 55’s to get online. The Digital Guides, Roddy McNeil, Adrian Snowball and Keith Holt worked hard to make this a success. It is hoped to that the course will be run again in the New Year.


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10 easy steps to clean your infected computer

 

You log onto your computer and it takes forever to boot. When it finally does, a few unfamiliar applications litter your desktop, and your browser immediately sends you to an ad for hair loss products.

Sounds like your PC has a problem with malware.

 

find out how to clean by clicking here


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Ofcom launches Wi-Fi checker to improve you broadband

 

People can check whether their in-home Wi-Fi is giving them the best service by using a simple, powerful app launched by Ofcom today.

The Ofcom Wi-Fi Checker, which runs on smartphones and tablets, allows consumers to discover the quality of their wireless internet signal wherever they live - as well as offering practical steps to help people get the best from their connection.

 

find out more and download the app here


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The 10 Easiest Passwords to Hack

 

A new research paper has listed the top-ten least-secure passwords currently in use online. Researchers have warned that using any of these ten passwords could make it easy for online fraudsters to hack you.

 

Find what they are here


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New Websites with Digital Fife

 

There have been thirty new websites that have joined the Digital Fife family this year. These sites range from a town twinning site, bowling sites, a Dunfermline Guide and a media project in Auchtermuchty. Here are links to some of the websites.

 

Click on the name to view the website.

 

Auchtermuchty Media Project

 

St Andrews Loches Alliance

 

St. Col’s – Our Guide to Dunfermline

 

Templehall Gala Committee

 

North Queensferry Community Trust

 

Fife Raynet

 

Fife Bonsai Society

 

 


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The 6 biggest and most embarrassing consumer hacks of all time

Run for the hills, but change your password first.

 

From Yahoo to Brazzers to the PlayStation Network, Digital Spy has rounded up a selection of the biggest and most embarrassing consumer hacks in history

 

To find out what they are click here


New Digital Resource for Charity Trustees Launched

The Charity Commission has created a new resource, 12 Questions about Digital for Trustees, aimed at helping trustees utilise digital for their charity.

The guide contains examples of key questions that every board should be considering when approaching digital. The questions cover 12 wider areas relating to charity activity, such as fundraising, governance, brand, and service delivery.

 

Access the guide here

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Top 10 Ways To Secure Your Mobile Phone

 

Mobile phones: a new battleground for cybercriminals. While cyberattacks remain mostly focused on PCs, as more and more people turn to their phones as a primary source for accessing the Internet, the bad guys are turning their gaze to mobile devices. Now, mobile malware is on the rise. 

Read on to find out how to stay ahead of the game, and learn the top ways to secure your mobile phone. Keep reading by clicking here

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New Digital Fife Training Sessions and Events in 2017

 

Please check for Digital Fife Training Sessions listed in your area.

 

Click here for the sessions


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