passing time

Whilst staying indoors its good to find something to do. Of course most of us have TV channels to keep entertained.

For some pro-active ideas there are games available online free of charge.

There is Scrabble Go or Words with Friends 2 or Microsoft makes games available via the Microsoft Game Room like the Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Anybody registered with Facebook can make use of many games via the platform online. You can play most games with mobile phones, tablets, Apps or home computers and laptops.

Whilst our libarries are closed there is the option of reading virtual books using Apps like Kindle. If you are a member of Amazon you can get many free books to download.  Amazon as well asArgos still do home deliveries for items, you no longer can purchase in the shops.

Unfortunately, at the time of posting, there are no food delivery slots available anywhere. But we have the local shops, which are in walking distance.

If you want help with computer related issues on how to get onto games, I am willing to give phone advice. Please contact me via the contact page.

You can go for walks in the park but should keep 2 meters away from the nearest other person.

Neighbourhood Watch

The Metropolitan Police website currently undergoes a major modernisation and changes mean that at the moment, the usual feeds, which show SNT meetings for our area do not work.

A further change also is that Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch now mainly uses the OWL website for inter-watch communications.

National Cybercrime survey

I am an old hand in electronic communiations. I can immediately tell when an e-mail is malicious, fraudulent or plain nonsense.

Many fraudulent e-mails appear genuine and can fool recipients.

An easy trick to tell if an e-mail is from the promised sender is click on the contact and see the e-mail address it comes from. If it pretends to be from a bank but the e-mail address is obviously different from the bank’s domain, delete the whole thing and if you have the time (recommended) inform the institution the e-mail pretends to come from.

But to help combat cybercrime better please complete this survey.

Report e-mail scams

Many of us get them all the time. Often they appear to be from banks or other reputable institutions. Often enough they ask you to log into your account and give your username and password. The page you are supposed to log into, looks genuine. I immediately recognise scams because they always ask me for sensitive information. They ask me to verify my log in details or my account will be closed. Sometimes they even appear to come from sources that appear genuine. Some ask us to provide banking details because someone wants to channel large amounts of money out of Africa.

If at doubt, do not log in. Forward the whole e-mail to the National Fraud Authority for Analysis. 

The immediate advise is if you receive a fraudulent communication:

  • Do not click on any links
  • Do not reply to the e-mail or contact the senders
  • If you have clicked on a link in the e-mail, do not supply any information on the website that may open
  • Do not open any attachments
  • Visit the Action Fraud website

Source: Action Fraud