Neston Cyber Centre 

📞 Contact us on 0151 336 7784 during session times or email - nestonccc@gmail.com

CAN YOU HELP, COULD YOU BE A NESTON 'CYBER BUDDY'?

If you're comfortable using a mobile, tablet and/or computer and could spare a couple of hours a week then please click on the  'CAN YOU HELP?' tab above

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See "ARTICLES" tab above for articles on - "Browsers & Search Engines, Not The Same Thing!" & "Tips on Creating Strong Passwords"

(Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)   

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What Is a VPN?

Take a look at this informative article on "VPNs" - just click the 'ARTICLES' tab above (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)

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"What is Malware?"

Here's a very interesting article from 'Malwarebytes' - just click the 'ARTICLES' tab above to find out more  (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 20.09.22)

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Shutdown vs Restart in Windows 10 - They Do Different Things   Here's an article well worth reading, just click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)

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"Latest News"

'WhatsApp' group chat members are being warned they could be targeted by criminals, as 'Action Fraud' reveals it has received 636 reports from victims of the messaging app this year.  Click the 'NEWS' tab above to find out more (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 10.05.24)

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£6.7 million lost to Ticket Fraud in 2023

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting service, has launched a ticket fraud awareness campaign - click on the 'ADVICE' tab above to find out more (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 16.04.24)

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How to Avoid a Scam

Very sensible advice from 'Experian' on helping to protect yourself from the threat of SCAMS.  Click the 'ADVICE' tab above to find out more (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 26.03.24)

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Do you stop to check who's really contacting you?

Here's some very timely and helpful advice from 'Neighbourhood Alert' - just click the 'ADVICE' tab above (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 28.02.24)

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'AI' used to fake voices of loved ones in "I've been in an accident" scam 

Here's an interesting and timely article from "Malwarebytes", well worth reading. Just click the 'ARTICLES' tab above - (Allen Roochove NCC Techno Buddy 22.01.24)

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ONLINE SHOPPING - BUY FROM TRUSTED COMPANIES

'Timely' advice from Neighbourhood Watch, just click the 'NEWS' tab above (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 17.11.23)

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Scammers love the Holiday Shopping season

It's the perfect time for them to lure people in with fake deals and trick their victims into paying for items that are counterfeit or don't exist. Here's some very timely and helpful advice from Barclays Bank, just click the 'ADVICE' tab above (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 13.11.23)

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Should you allow your browser to remember your passwords?

Here's an interesting article from "Malwarebytes", well worth reading. Just click the 'ARTICLES' tab above -  (Allen Roochove NCC Techno Buddy 06.11.23)

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Criminals will try to trick and scam you

Here's an interesting article from Santander - well worth reading. Just click the 'ADVICE' tab above (Allen Roochove NCC Techno Buddy 20.09.23)

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Latest "Inactive Google Account Policy"

If you use Gmail, then this article is well worth reading - just click the 'NEWS' tab above
(Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 26.08.23)

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Going on holiday this summer....

Here's some really good advice from 'Neighbourhood Alert' to help ensure you keep your home safe and protect yourself from becoming a victim of burglary whilst you are away - see the article by clicking the 'ADVICE' tab above 

(Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 26.07.23)

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The devices in our homes are getting smarter all the time. How smart are you about keeping yours protected?

Here's an interesting article well worth reading - just click on the "ARTICLES" tab above (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 28.06.23)

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Don't plug your phone into a free charging station, warns FBI

Received today from 'Malwarebytes Newsletter' and well worth a read - just click the 'NEWS' tab above   (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 17.04.23)
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"WhatsApp" warning!

Warning message received from "Neighbourhood Alert" - criminals are targeting WhatsApp users by posing as a friend and asking for a security code. Action Fraud has received over 60 reports relating to this scam.  

Here's some great advice from 'Neighbourhood Alert' - click the 'ADVICE' tab above to find out more (Allen Roochove Techno Buddy 27.03.23)

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We are upgrading five of our computers in the Cyber Centre with Portus Digital 'All In One' PCs - they will be running Windows 10, but we plan to upgrade to Windows 11 in the very near future.  Click on the 'ARTICLES' tab above to learn more of their specifications.  

Also, a huge 'vote of thanks' to Neston Town Council for the £2,500 grant we received from them enabling us to purchase the new PCs  (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 10.03.23)

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"Keep Your Tech Safe at the Beach With These Very Helpful Tips"

Here's a useful article I came across on "How-To-Geek.com" - just click the 'ADVICE' tab above to find out more (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy, 30.07.22)

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Neston Cyber Centre

Neston 'Community' Cyber Centre has been operating in Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre since 2001. Started with government funding, the centre has been supported over the years by Neston Town Council, West Cheshire College, Project Rural Matters, Local Housing Associations, The Fair Shares Trust and currently Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The centre is staffed by volunteer Cyber Buddies, who help computer members with a range of tasks and problems. For example, we can help you with 'IT' problems or give advice about using Desktop PCs and Laptops, Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, and iPads etc

We have 9 networked PCs all with solid state drives and FAST Broadband/Wi-Fi, currently running Microsoft Windows 10. The networked PCs run a range of software, including:

• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

• Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Chrome)

• Corel Paint Shop Pro

• Adobe Photoshop

• Family Tree Maker

We also have a dedicated Linux PC

We also have two 'state of the art' printers - an HP PageWide Pro (bought with help from Neston Town Council) and a LEXMARK high quality A3/4 colour laser printer (funded through a generous donation from one of our members). We also have three Epson scanners, with which documents/ photos can be scanned for sending by email.

The Cyber Centre also provides free wireless internet to registered members, so that members with their own laptop or tablet can come in to seek help with using them, or just to connect to the internet.

Cyber Buddies, each with their own various skills, are on hand at every session, and can help you with a whole range of tasks like -

  • Job applications and CVs
  • Booking flights and holidays (you book at your 'own risk')
  • Setting up email accounts
  • Government or local council websites (for example renewing your driving licence online), researching your family history using a variety of websites including Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.co.uk
  • Downloading and editing your digital photographs
  • Advice on problems with your own Laptops or PCs (Windows or Apple)
  • Using Tablet computers (Apple or Android) - if you have a new Tablet and would like to know more about what it can do, make an appointment with one of our Buddies who deal with Tablets .

Becoming a Member of Neston Cyber Centre - Registration is completely free to residents of Neston, Little Neston, Ness, Parkgate, Willaston, Burton and Puddington (all we ask is for members to make a small voluntary donation towards our costs if they find the service useful). There is a simple form to complete recording name, address, date of birth and ethnicity and this information is shared with Cheshire West Adult Learning Services who give us a grant for helping anyone who wants to start using technology and the internet.

Cyber Centre members must be over the age of 18.  Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult member.  Members from outside the CH64 area are also welcome, and we do ask them to make a voluntary donation towards our running costs.

To contact us just call in at the Neston Community Cyber Centre, situated in the Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre, 5 Park Street, Neston CH64 3RB (opposite the Brewers Arms), or phone us on 0151 336 7784 during session times only - you could also email us at nestonccc@gmail.com