Category: Website Review

Preview of Safer Internet Day 2017

The Safer Internet Day for 2017 is Tuesday 7th February.

What does this mean?

The UK Safer Internet Centre has a website at and its aim is to make the Internet a safer place for everyone but they do concentrate on children and young people who are generally the most vulnerable.

They are a partnership between Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning. It is part-funded by the European Union.

Their job is to promote safer us of the Internet and they have created Education Packs and complementary TV films tailored for 5 to 7 year olds, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers.

These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more! ​

Safer Internet Day in 2016 reached 4 million people, mostly young people on social media and over a thousand organisations got involved so it’s quite an event.

One of the campaigns for this year is to look at the power of photographs through the impact they have.  There are various photographic projects specified  – each with a learning aspect to it.

If you want to take part – go to

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How to Find Trustworthy Local Tradesmen

Most homeowners have faced the problem of needing a tradesman – e.g. a plumber, carpenter, decorator etc.

How do you make sure the person or company you choose is going to be trustworthy and do a good job.?

That’s not easy.

In the last few years various websites have appeared that include ratings on the tradesmen and these are very useful but the ratings are typically based on customer experience rather than an expert assessment.

TrustMark is a Government endorsed scheme for trades in and around the home. They award registered firms with accreditation after vetting and on-site inspections to ensure the firm is raising industry standards and this accreditation gives customers reassurance of quality and protection from rogue traders.

TrustMark is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise and the TrustMark Scheme was developed in 2005, in conjunction with Government, industry and consumer protection bodies.

TrustMark says it seeks to continually improve and welcomes constructive engagement on how improvements and enhancements can be achieved.

The Website

The site is free to use and designed for you to find tradesmen based on entering a postcode and selecting a trade.

Or alternatively to find information on a specific tradesman /company

There are a lot of registered tradesmen on Trustmark but not everyone of course  – it does cost time and money to be registered so not all tradesmen have done so.

So, you can use Trustmark to reduce the likelihood of problems with your chosen tradesman.

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Website: Get Safe Online


Get Safe Online ( say they are a jointly-funded initiative between several Government departments and a number of private sector businesses. They also benefit from the input of other organisations in the form of technical expertise, intelligence and advice.

It is backed by Barclays, City of London Police, Gumtree, Kaspersky (security software), Nat West, Paypal, Tesco and more. So this is a well funded and informed website.

Get Safe Online claims to be is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.

The  website is a useful resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online. It contains guidance on many other related subjects too – including performing backups and how to avoid theft or loss of your computer, smartphone or tablet. Every conceivable topic is included on the site – including safe online shopping, gaming and dating … so now you really can stay safe with everything you do online.

The site also keeps you up to date with news, tips and stories from around the world.

Get Safe Online is not only a website, they also organise national events – such as Get Safe Online week – and work closely with law enforcement agencies and other bodies in support of their outreach activity, internal awareness and customer online safety.

The site is divided into Personal and Business

Personal has advice on everything from protecting your computer to backups and safe disposal of a computer.

The business side has data protection, security planning, fraud and so on. Lots of very good content.

There’s also a social media presence – particularly with Twitter.

This website is well worth a visit.

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Website: Friends Against Scams


The website is and it has been created by National Trading Standards.

Their byline is

Friends Against Scams Will Start Taking Action Now Deliver the Message Against Scams.

The highlight on the letters S T A N D gives the word and you can get the phrase Stand Against Scams from this – very clever.

The introduction on the website states their reason for creating the website as follows

Friends against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

It goes on to explain that the lack of awareness of scams is allowing a lot of scammers to get away with their criminality and Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take action.

There is a lot of useful content on the website but the starting point is a short video about scams and the damage they cause. Well worth watching. One statistic that stands out is that although anyone of any age can fall victim to a scam, the average age of those scammed is 75. They target the most vulnerable.

Friends Against Scams is also active on Twitter at @AgainstScams

This is a great new development in the fight against scammers and hopefully it will build to a huge public campaign. The more people understand what the scammers do then the more we can protect everyone against them.

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Scamwarners Website

scamwarners-logo website says it is an Anti-Scam & Internet Anti-Fraud Information Centre.

It’s mission is described as :-

  • Increase awareness of internet scams
  • Identify individuals or groups who may be vulnerable to scams
  • Provide accurate and reliable information to victims and potential victims
  • Advise and support those who have been scammed
  • Warn people about fraud on the internet
  • Help people protect themselves against scammers
  • Be the ‘go to’ website for Internet Scam Information

It is set-up as a forum for people to share their experiences over scammers and seek advice from other people who’ve been scammed and from experts who know how to deal with scams.

Scamwarners has a Twitter presence which seems to have been active up to 2014 then no more updates. That is strange as more and more people use Twitter these days to keep up to date.  Scamwarners Facebook link is to a forum posting rather than to Facebook.  It’s link to Google+ shows content ended in 2015.  But It does have a link to anti scam  content on Pinterest.

Perhaps they found a social media presence didn’t really help and went back to concentrating on their forum which is quite active.

There is a lot of content in the forum and people offer help and advice to those who’ve been scammed, but in some sections the content is years old.

The website is worth a look if you want to see if a particular scam letter or email is present or if you want to ask for help on a specific scam.

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Website: I Keep Safe

ikeepsafe_logo     Twitter: @ikeepsafe

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), established in 2005, is an American non-profit international alliance of more than 100 policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates.

iKeepSafe tracks global trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and their affect on children. This research drives the continuous creation of positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.

iKeepSafe has created a collection of products and tools used to affect a global society of digital citizens:

  • Digital Citizenship C3MatrixTM—a tool designed to assist educators in integrating the concepts of cybersafety, security and ethics into current teaching..
  • Faux Paw the Techno Cat®—a series of educational books and animated DVDs dealing with topics like online safety, cyberbullying, responsible downloading, and balancing screen time with real life.
  • Google Digital Literacy Tour–interactive workshops helping students, teachers, and parents learn, through hands-on scenario activities, how to steer clear of cyber tricks and be responsible digital citizens.
  • iKeepCurrent TM –a weekly email newsletter using current events and news stories to build digital citizenship public awareness content, curricula and professional development .
  • iKeepSafe Generation SafeTM –the only product that helps schools comprehensively navigate through their digital environments through professional development, self assessment and incident response tools.

IKeepSafe is a useful resource for educators.

The Rip-Off Report Website

The website is about scams, reviews, complaints, lawsuits and frauds.
It says it is consumers educating consumers and the tagline is

Don’t let them get away with it. Let the truth be known”.

This site has been going since 1998 and claims to have more than two million reports i.e. complaints, reviews etc.
The basic idea is that anyone can enter a “rip-off report” about any organisation and it will be published unchanged on the site.
This sounds a good idea in principle – giving aggrieved people somewhere to post their comment in order to warn others and it’s free to use. has a corporate advocacy programme, whereby they will visit companies and verify that they are good places to work, produce good products and treat their customers well. So it’s like a certificate for good business.
Although the site includes worldwide reports, it does seem to be mostly American. I typed in BT in the search box as BT is one of the most complained about companies in the UK and it found 90 entries but they are little local companies – transport, cakes, real estate. Not the BT we know in the UK.

The website has a legal resources section and a business directory amongst other things.

The owners get death threats and frequent lawsuits against them but they stand up for consumers. Good for them