Neston Cyber Centre
📞 Contact us on 0151 336 7784 during session times or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great sadness that I have to let the members of the Cyber Centre know that Helene Powl, one of our 'expert' computer buddies, sadly passed away on Monday 2nd August 2021. Our thoughts are very much with Helene's family at this very sad time, she will be sorely missed (2nd August 2021)
See "ARTICLES" tab above for articles on - "Browsers & Search Engines, Not The Same Thing!" & "Tips on Creating Strong Passwords"
(Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy) =====================================
"Backups" by Chris Truss, NCC Systems Manager
Take a look at his really informative article on 'Backups' - just click the "ADVICE" tab above (4th September 2021)
Buyer Beware!!! If you're thinking of buying a new laptop or computer, here's some great advice from our Computer 'Techno' Buddy, Nigel Minnis - take a look at his really sensible 'Windows 11' advice - see 'ADVICE' tab above (24th August 2021)
"Alert" -Vaccine Passport Scam - click the 'NEWS' tab above to learn more - received from 'Action Fraud' www.actionfraud.police.uk
(from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
Thefts from Motor Vehicles Here's some helpful advice from 'Neighbourhood Alert' following a series of recent thefts in our area from motor vehicles - click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (from Allen Roochove. NCC Techno Buddy)
Banks issue urgent warning to customers about 'new device registered' scam - from Nigel Minnis, NCC Techno Buddy, click the 'NEWS' tab above (19th Jan 2022)
23M people used 123456 as a password
This is a message received via 'Cheshire Police Alert' and is well worth a read, just click the "NEWS" tab above - also remember that you can chat to a Buddy for further help or advice (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
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)
"BEWARE" of 'Cold Callers' Offering To Clean Driveways In Little Neston
Just click the "NEWS" tab above to learn more - received from 'Neighbourhood Alert' (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
Is Free Wi-Fi safe? - by Emma McGowan, "AVAST Security" Newsletter. Here's an interesting article - although it's aimed primarily at students, it's well worth reading - just click "ARTICLES" tab above (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
High-Speed Internet 'Be Aware'
Helpful advice from Nigel Minnis, NCC Techno Buddy - just click the "ADVICE" tab above (24th September 2021)
"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 (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy, 30.07.22)
What is phishing, and how does it work?
Here's a very useful article about Internet Phishing, well worth a read
(Received from Neighbourhood Alert - click the "NEWS" tab above - Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 29.07.22) ____________________
It is with great sadness that I have to let the members of the Cyber Centre know that Nora Cowherd, a computer Buddy since 2001 and Chairperson of the Neston Cyber Centre Committee, sadly passed away on Sunday, 17th July 2022. Our thoughts are very much with Nora's family, she will be sorely missed
(Fiona Matthews, NCC Buddy 19.07.22)
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know - typically their children.
(Received today, 18.07.22, from Neighbourhood Alert - click the "NEWS" tab above - Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
Beware fake messages that inform victims they are owed money by HMRC
Here's some very helpful advice from 'Action Fraud' to help protect you from scammers - just click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (Nigel Minnis, NCC Techno Buddy, 04.06.22)
Great advice from Amazon to help protect you from scammers - just click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy, 19.05.22)
Beware the "£150 ENERGY REBATE SCAM" - click on the 'NEWS' tab above to learn more (from Nigel Minnis, NCC Techno Buddy 16.04.22)
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)
5 ways to Spring-Clean your Security from the "Malwarebytes Newsletter, April Issue 1" -click the advice tab above to learn more (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
Over 20,000 people fell victim to remote access scams
"More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals". To help keep you safe, here's some helpful advice from 'Cheshire Police Neighbourhood Alert' - click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (from Nigel Minnis & Allen Roochove. NCC Techno Buddies )
Facebook "phishing scam" warning from the 'Malwarebytes Newsletter' - click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
"Simple steps to stall the criminals" Here's some helpful advice about car safety from Hastings Direct - click the 'ADVICE' tab above to learn more (from Allen Roochove NCC Techno Buddy)
"BEWARE" - £15M lost to online shopping scams last Christmas - Just click the "NEWS" tab above to learn more - received from 'Neighbourhood Alert' 23rd Nov 2021 (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
"BEAT THE PENSION SCAMMERS" - really helpful article from our Computer Techno Buddy, Nigel Minnis - just click the "ADVICE" tab above (17th November 2021)
BEWARE of Crafty, Devious Scammers Here's an actual scam that I received on Saturday 6th November - just click the "NEWS" tab above to learn what it was all about and the lessons you could learn from it (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy 06.11.22)
Sensible advice on Common Scams & how to recognise & avoid them
click the "NEWS" tab above to learn more - received from the 'Coventry Building Society' (from Allen Roochove, NCC Techno Buddy)
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, Park Street, Neston (opposite the Brewers Arms), or phone us on 0151 336 7784 during session times only - you could also email us at email@example.com