Reserve Bank allegedly "Hacked"
It appears that the Reserve Bank of NZ may have been hacked. While it is not certain what information may have/or not have been subjected to this attack the bank have reported that they do not hold personal banking details of individuals.
However they warn that it is not uncommon for scammers to become active following such incidents. They advise that should you receive notification from your bank by phone or e-mail, that you need to take some action as a result of this breach. Beware: you can assume that it is a phishing scam.
Should you have any concerns contact your bank to ascertain what course of action you should take rather than respond to the message.
In a similar vein the allegedly, phone calls from Spark seem to be doing the rounds again, although they have now changed to a recorded message. A genuine business will never contact you in this manner and the safest action is to simply Hangup the phone.
WHAT'S APP ALTERNATIVE
Currently concerns have been expressed about the amount of personal information that is being shared between the popular communications package “What’s App” and it’s parent company Facebook. Facebook states that any changes to the information shared relates primarily to communications between businesses or business and customers and does not affect normal personal communications.
How much attention is paid to these concerns is really a personal choice, but there are however alternatives that you can use. One of these is Signal Link https://signal.org/en/
One of the Co-editors of Signal is Brian Acton who was one of he founders of Facebook, who is reportedly concerned about the amount of data being shared by What’s App and Facebook that he has started two further companies, WeMe and Signal. (See Members only Page for more information on WeMe).
Signal is free to use and claims to be like What’s App, encrypted from end to end so that it can not be intercepted during transmission. It is also claimed that it does not share any data with anyone else.
Using Signal does not mean that you have to remove What’s App but rather you can have both running on the same device at the same time. It is worth giving it a go and see which you prefer. Both can be downloaded from the Play Store or the Apple Store. I know that I will be giving it a try.