Reassura Guide: Christmas Gifts to Keep Loved Ones Protected

Coming up with an original Christmas present which shows thought and care etc is a challenge we all face. Well this year why not give the gift of security to a loved one, it is a great way to show you care! The Reassura team have complied a list of Christmas gifts to help keep your loved ones safe.

Anti-Virus Software

Installing anti-virus software on your laptop and other devices is a must. Most of the software on the market is compatible with most devices and protects against malware or viruses infecting your device. The software is complete with anti-spam or anti-phishing features, along with password and file encryption technology. Consider researching a few on such as: McAfee, Norton and BullGuard etc. Given the level of cyber crime this is no longer an optional extra but a must have.

Anti-Skimming Card

We all love the convenience of contactless payments, unfortunately so do fraudsters who can steal your card details/skim your contactless card while in your wallet. Anti skimming cards are about the size of a credit card and use sophisticated electromagnetic technology to intercept the transmission of personal data from being read. There is a plethora of these cards on the market such as, Vaultskin, SkimGuard and Blockit – anyone with contactless cards should consider this item.

Anti Skimming Card/Passport Holders

Like the anti-skimming cards, anti-skimming wallets use the same electromagnetic technology and as long as you’re your cards or passport are inside them then they should be safe. Slight drawback for individual card holders can be the hassle of getting a card out of its pouch to use.

Cifas Protective Registration

Cifas places a flag next to the name of the registered member in the National Fraud Database. Companies and organisations that have signed up will see your name; and take extra precautionary steps to prevent fraudsters from accessing your details to apply for products and services such as loans, credit cards, bank accounts etc. Unfortunately, not all companies are registered with Cifas but all the major ones are. It is still a great tool reduce your exposure to identity fraud.

Door Chain

These security devices allow you to slightly open the door, just enough to see the person who has knocked on the door, without compromising yourself or property. Door chains offer added peace of mind and control to us all and protect against forced entry. Make sure the chain is properly fitted and always used when opening the door to callers.

Call Blockers

We’ve all had the annoying misfortune to receive PPI calls, Tech Support Fraud Calls and recorded messages when the phone rings. Preventing the calls in the first place, reduces the risk of potential fraud via phone from those with malicious intentions. Consider giving a call blocker to a loved one for added peace of mind this Christmas. Most of these devices are pre-programmed with 200+ rogue numbers and some can block up to 1000 numbers. BT also has a very effective free service for its members called Call Protect. Setting up these systems takes a little time and some people may some help from tech minded friends and relatives.

No doorstep seller’s stickers

All cold callers are a nuisance and the doorstep kind are particularly invasive and linked to fraud. Doorstep selling is legal in the UK, but sellers are legally not allowed to call if you have a notice asking them not to, so get a no doorstep sellers sticker and stay safe. These are available free of charge for Reassura members.

Desktop Paper and Credit Card Shredder

Personal data is worth more than its weight in gold, keep it safe and shred documents with your data on it. Desktop shredders allow you to dispose of old documents safely at home. They can even shred plastic for your credit cards too

Webcam Stickers

Nearly all computers and devices come with a built-in webcam. These webcam stickers slide, allowing you to block the camera when not in use, to protect privacy and security against webcam hacks. Check that the stickers are ultra thin so that the laptop can close properly. Also, ensure that the sticker adhesive is strong enough to with stand long-term use.

USB Security Key

Simply, plug the key into your device before logging onto your computer. The key protects against phishing and unauthorised access by using two factor authorisations. The product is compatible with many services such as: Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, and Twitter etc.

Laptop Security Cable

Leaving your laptop unattended for any amount of time can lead to some disastrous consequences. The security cable allows you to lock your laptop to the table with a 4-digit combination lock. Great for the mobile laptop user.

Reassura Subscription

One of the best ways to stay safe is have someone you can trust to ask whenever the need arises, that’s the Reassura service. Furthermore, our Scam Alerts, Newsletters, Guides and Videos will help keep the member up to date and safe. Standard membership is only £18 per year, while for £60 you also get many of the products listed above, (in fact some £80 of security products). Purchasing a subscription for a loved one this Christmas is great way to help them to stay safe.

Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.

For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400