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10 things you can do to protect your identity

Worried about how to protect yourself from nuisance calls, spam text messages, emails, identity theft and online fraud?

Hacking, phishing scams and identity fraud are all on the rise. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Here's some advice from our experts:

  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Use complicated passwords which do not consist of dictionary words - try remembering a sentence, use the first letters of each word and add something relevant to the site you are using. For Example; I Like Eating Ice Cream In The Sun ITV = ILEICITSitv - add numbers too if you like.
  • Try to limit the amount of information that you give. Use a nick name, use your dates with dates of birth unless it’s for legal reasons, just put a different date of birth in. Try to confuse the system.
  • Make sure you 'tick' or sometimes 'untick' those pesky boxes to make sure your details aren't passed on without you knowing.
  • Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to stop all those unwanted calls and text messages. This is free and works for both mobiles and landlines - For more information visit: The Information Commissionner's Office website
  • Report any unwanted text messages and nuisance calls to the ICO - but do check their website as what constitutes 'something to complain about'.
  • Make sure any old devices are completely destroyed if you don't want them anymore.
  • If you do want to sell them on or give them to charity or a recycling company make sure you encrypt the phone before going ahead with the factory reset. And always consult an expert to make sure you are fully safe to pass on that device. - Data wiping companies can be found online.
  • Stay up to date with all the latest scams simply by visiting Get Safe Online and Action Fraud regularly.

People don’t have to be victims, they can actually take some control themselves.

They can make sure they are aware of what the scams are out there, they can put all the protection on their laptops, on their PCs on their tablets and on their mobile phones to make sure that they are not giving away to the criminals, the information that the criminals are going to use to defraud you.

– Tony Neate, CEO Get Safe Online

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Powys-based firm unveils 'revolutionary' hydrogen car

A company in Llandrindod Wells has created a 'revolutionary' prototype hydrogen car.

Credit: PR News Wire

Riversimple unveiled The Rasa which is a two-seater vehicle and gives the equivalent of '250 miles to the gallon'. The car is said to have the lowest carbon emissions for any vehicle 'well-to-wheel' with water as its only output.

The company it was supported by a £2m grant from the Welsh Government 'to produce a vehicle that will maximise hydrogen as a fuel source and minimise pollution'.

It aims to launch a trial of 20 cars by the end of the year, making them available on the market in 2018.

The Rasa engineering prototype marks another key milestone in bringing an affordable and highly-efficient hydrogen-powered car to market. We really have started from a clean sheet of paper. The Rasa gives us the opportunity to introduce customers to a more convenient concept of motoring, a lightness of ownership that neither places a burden on the pockets of motorists or the surrounding environment. The car is simple, light and fun in every respect."

– Hugo Spowers, Founder of Riversimple Movement Ltd
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