This article covers some of the issues involved when using a Digital Signature. Each Digital Signature is generated from a Digital Certificate (otherwise known as a Digital ID) issued by a certifying authority.
All examples given are created using Microsoft Outlook 2010 on a PC using Microsoft Windows 10, but the principles apply to other versions of Outlook and other email clients.
NOTE: “I am trying to help people make safe financial transactions but I take no responsibility for anyone’s financial loss. Reading and following this information is done at your own risk.” — HC
“The criminals hack into the email chains between sellers and buyers and their solicitors and estate agents. The fraudsters then send an email – usually on the day of sale completion – informing the parties that bank account details have changed at the last minute and that money should be deposited in a different account.” – Robert Mendick, and Nicole Blackmore,
The news is telling us about people who have been defrauded while making financial transactions where they have to exchange large sums of money, particularly when purchasing or selling real estate. This has made me think through the issues and give my two penny worth of advice about how to make safe financial transactions, particularly when email is involved. In particular I refer to the use of Digital Certificates otherwise referred to as Digital IDs (Identities) when sending emails.
Digital Certificates are used to digitally sign an email. When the process is performed correctly by all parties it would take a really massive effort by a fraudster to make his fake email appear genuine.
I cannot deny that steering clear of computers, mobile phones and other forms of IT would be the safest way. Beware of information passed in a phone call too. That could be fraudulent as well.
“We are getting more and more instances of this. The outcome for the fraudster is tremendous. They can earn £1m on the sale of a house in the south-east.” – Steve Proffitt, deputy head of Action Fraud.
Due to excessive counterfeiting of the existing one pound coin The Royal Mint has decided to introduce a new one pound coin design, in 2017, with new security features:
“It will be constructed from two different coloured metals and contain an iSIS security feature – a revolutionary new high security coinage currency system developed by The Royal Mint.” — Royal Mint
“iSIS – Integrated Secure Identification Systems – enables not just coins, but the whole cash cycle to be more secure, protecting the public, vending machine operators, retailers, and the wider banking system. …” — Royal Mint
“There are many customer benefits to iSIS:
Both robust and secure, its issuance protects the reputation of a country, projecting a positive image of the nation and its economy.
It will reduce costs by replacing expensive clad and homogeneous coins with a more affordable full-plated option.
It will generate lifetime cost savings through unmatched durability, lasting up to 30 times longer than an equivalent value banknote.
iSIS is not a surface coating so it will not wear off over time.” — Royal Mint
The edge of the new One Pound coin looks like this:
Yes the new One Pound coin has arrived and here it is:
Note: Below the Queen’s head is a shield with an embossed £ sign. This wasn’t on the original design.
They were put into circulation on 28th March 2017. Old £1 coins will no longer be legal tender from midnight on 15th October 2017. However after that date they can be deposited into a bank account. That will enable people to recover the value of any horded coins found.
There is still a problem with vending machines, in particular those ticket machines in car parks, which have not yet been modified to take the new coins. Old £1 coins are already in short supply making the use of such car parks difficult, especially at the seaside now the holiday season is in full swing.