Identity theft: how to keep your personal details personal

July 13th, 2016

Lock & keyA recent report has thrown light on the extent of online identity theft and it makes for illuminating reading. Research carried out by Cifas (the national fraud prevention service) has revealed that the number of cases of identity theft has doubled in the past year and the problem looks likely to get worse. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity theft rises by more than 30%

May 29th, 2015

Lock & keyIdentity theft is a growing problem that everybody needs to take much more seriously. A recent report by a leading fraud prevention agency has revealed the number of victims of identity theft rose by nearly a third in the first quarter of 2015. If the trend continues it’s estimated that more than 128,000 Britons will have their identity stolen by the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Damaged, lost or stolen gadgets lead to £1 billion digital data loss

September 30th, 2013

Digital dataBack in the not too distant past it was easy to put a value on your media collection: just add-up the number of CDs and videos on your bookshelf and bingo! Understandably burglars were more interested in getting their grubby little hands on your stereo than on your copy of Born in the USA (even though as the first CD ever released it’s now worth a small fortune). However, today things are a little more complicated.

In barely a decade digital media has all but wiped-out its analogue predecessors. Books are being replaced with eReaders, MP3s have consigned CDs to the history books, and on-demand downloads have overtaken DVDs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top Ten Driving Apps for Your Smartphone

March 11th, 2013

CompassThese days there’s an app for everything and there are plenty designed to make life easier for motorists. We’ve done the downloading, so you don’t have to, and chosen our top ten favourites.
AA Parking

Once you have downloaded this app you’ll wonder how you ever coped without it. The app uses your location to find the nearest car parks and provides real-time data on the availability of spaces. More importantly you can compare parking charges, so you won’t get any unpleasant surprises.

Price: £1.99

Download the AA Parking app

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Bicycle Insurance Explained

February 22nd, 2013

Bicycle insuranceThanks to Wiggo’s tour de force in the Tour De France, and Team GB’s impressive Olympic medal haul, cycling has never been bigger in Britain. Barely six months ago if you mentioned the Keirin’ or the ‘Omnium’ you would be met with the same perplexed gaze as some who’s just selected an unfortunate set of Scrabble tiles. Fast forward six months the New Year’s Honours List boast 14 cyclists, impressive stuff indeed! Read the rest of this entry »

The Strangest Mobile Phone Insurance Claims

October 25th, 2012

You rarely find amusing insurance stories in the national press, but today The Telegraph has come up trumps. Using research from (who state that each claim has been ‘rigorously investigated’) they have put together a Top Ten of the most bizarre mobile phone insurance claims. And boy does it make for interesting reading: Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Better Mobile Phone Insurance

September 12th, 2012

Toddler on mobile phoneMobile phone and gadget users across the country face a regular dilemma: Do they opt for cover with a specialist policy or hope for the best with their home contents provider.

The mobile phone insurance market is split with latest figures showing one in four users take out specialist cover; a figure that’s up from just 3% in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »