Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

Argos online bank holiday sales: the best home, garden and tech deals available now

The Argos bank holiday sale is right around the corner, and if their previous sales are anything to go by, then it should offer some truly outstanding discounts on a whole range of home, garden and tech deals. In this article, we’ll be constantly scanning the Argos indexes for the very best deals and presenting them over to you, so no matter what type of deal you’re looking for, you won’t miss out.

Even though the bank holiday sales don’t officially start until next week, there are actually still some great deals to be had on their store page right now. So, if you’re not in a patient mood, you won’t even have to wait to bag yourself a great deal because we’ve got all the best ones right here.

CAIT: CAIT to soon launch 'bharatemarket.in' for online retail trade - Latest News

CAIT: CAIT to soon launch ‘bharatemarket.in’ for online retail trade – Latest News

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday announced that it will soon launch an e-commerce platform — bharatemarket.in — for retail traders across the country.

“The e-commerce portal will include a nationwide participation by real-world retailers, who have served Indian consumers over the years, and in many cases, even across generations. To be owned by the traders themselves, it will ensure privacy of consumers’ data,” CAIT said in a statement.

On April 24, CAIT had said that it has joined hand with the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) to come up with an e-commerce platform for local retailers and grocery stores.

It said that the marketplace will integrate capabilities of various technology companies to provide end-to-end services in the logistics and supply chains from manufacturers to end consumers including deliveries at home.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal while addressing the media in a video conference on Friday said that the portal is a result of the experiences gained by CAIT, while working with DPIIT to ensure supply of essential goods in containment zones during the periods of lockdown.

Khandelwal said: “We have already started this program as a pilot, initially with a limited number of essential commodities, in six cities, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Bengaluru with tremendous response from retailers, distributors and even consumers. This has now grown to 90+ cities in a matter of two weeks.”

The learnings from the pilot will allow CAIT to scale up to many more locations and soon to categories beyond groceries, he said.

Further, the traders, their employees and all delivery persons will invariably use the Aarogya Setu app for their safety.

The development comes days after Amazon announced its new programme ‘Local Shops on Amazon’ aimed at enabling local and small shops and retailers to sell their products online. Further, Reliance Industries also has announced the JioMart-WhatsApp partnership to enable transactions between ‘kiranas’ and consumers and support small businesses.

Khandelwal and CAIT have been critical of the e-commerce majors Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart for a long time largely on the “deep discounting” issue and have alleged the online behemoths made the trade uncompetitive for the offline traders.

coronavirus: Google has tips to help you spot online scams and avoid them

coronavirus: Google has tips to help you spot online scams and avoid them

Scams related to coronavirus are on the rise. Loan EMI deferment scam and fake UPI ID for donation to PM Cares fund are some of the examples. To help users spot online scams and avoid them, technology giant Google has shared tips.

As listed by Google, there are mainly five types of COVID-19 related scams. These include fake offers on goods and services, stealing personal data, impersonation of authorities, fraudulent medical offers and fake requests for charitable donations.

Scammers offer massive discounts on masks or subscriptions to online entertainment services from unknown third parties to dupe citizens, warns Google. They can also pretend to be government authorities offering COVID‑19 information and steal personal information, such as address, bank account details or even PIN number to “fix” your insurance policy or conduct fake contact tracing.

They can also lure customers by offering cures, test kits, hand sanitiser or face masks that never arrive. Fake requests for charitable donations is another way scamsters use to steal money from the users.

The information was shared by Google in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter. “As online scams related to COVID-19 continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to stay safer online Closed lock with key…Here are some tips to help you spot and avoid these scams” the tweet read.

The safety tips as shared by Google are

Know how scammers may reach you

Scammers are taking advantage of the increase in COVID‑19 communications by disguising their scams as legitimate messages about the virus. Alongside emails, scammers may also use SMS, automated calls and malicious websites to reach you.

Check trusted sources directly

Scammers often pose as well-known, trusted and authoritative sources. Directly visit sources like Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to get the latest factual information about COVID‑19.

Be cautious of requests for personal or financial information, pause and evaluate before sharing

If you receive an unsolicited request for information, take extra time to evaluate the message. Scammers will often ask you to share more information than necessary, such as login information, bank details and addresses with them. They may also request payment via bank transfer or virtual currency.

Donate directly through non-profit organizations

Some scams take advantage of goodwill, requesting donations for COVID‑19 relief efforts or impersonating non-profit organizations. To be more confident your money will reach a non-profit organization, you can donate directly through their website ─ rather than clicking a link sent to you.

Double check links and email addresses before clicking

Fake links often imitate established websites by adding extra words or letters. If it says something like “click here,” hover over the link or long press the text to check the URL for mistakes ─ being careful not to click it. Misspelled words or random letters and numbers in the URL or email address may also indicate a scam.

Search to see if it’s been reported

If somebody has sent you a fraudulent message, it’s likely they’ve sent it to other people as well. Copy and paste the email address, phone number, or most suspicious portion of the message into a search engine to check if it’s been reported by others.

Add an extra layer of security to your account

For extra protection online, add two-factor authentication — also known as 2-step verification — to your accounts. This provides another layer of security by requiring two steps to gain access to your account: for example, something you know (your password) and something you physically have on hand (like your phone or a security key).

lockdown: Online courses replace kindergarten for Ukrainian preschoolers - Latest News

lockdown: Online courses replace kindergarten for Ukrainian preschoolers – Latest News

Sharing a pilates mat, brother and sister Mykhailo and Maria Bondarenko practise basic yoga moves at home, following the instructions of a trainer via laptop.

They are on a course run by Education Hub and aimed at Ukrainian children aged seven or younger, now under lockdown with their parents following the closure of all schools as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

“We wanted to create a project which would help parents to get a bit of free time for housekeeping or work as many people moved to remote work,” the Kiev-based organisation’s director Mariya Boguslav told Reuters.

“It is very hard to work with little troublemakers of 4-6 years old around.”

As well as yoga, its ‘Online Kindergarten‘ series offers English and drawing lessons, and courses on developing memory, imagination and concentration.

New webcasts – including some featuring showbiz stars – are posted every day and the site attracts up to 30,000 visitors daily. Boguslav said around 100,000 people registered in the first hours after the initiative launched.

Imposed on March 16, Ukraine‘s lockdown is currently due to end on May 11.

Google launches website to help users avoid COVID-19 online scams - Latest News

Google launches website to help users avoid COVID-19 online scams – Latest News

NEW DELHI: Google using advanced machine-learning platforms claims to have observed 18 million daily malware and phishing attempts globally related to COVID-19, in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related spam messages. Google’s systems have also spotted malware-laden sites that pose as sign-in pages for popular social media accounts, health organisations, and even official coronavirus maps.

In order to help internet users, Google has rolled out a new website focussed on Covid-19 related security risks. The site will inform about online risks and scams and help users stay safe online. The website is currently available in Hindi and English, and the content will soon be rolled out in other regional languages.

The Google Threat Analysis Group continuously monitors for sophisticated hacking activity, and their security systems have detected a range of new scams such as phishing emails posing as messages from charities and NGOs battling COVID-19, directions from “administrators” to employees working from home, and even notices spoofing healthcare providers.

“With many of the COVID-19 related scams coming in the form of phishing emails, it’s important to pause and evaluate any COVID-19 related email before clicking any links or taking other action. Users should be wary of requests for personal information such as home addresses or bank details. Fake links often imitate established websites by adding extra words or letters to them—check the URL’s validity by hovering over it (on desktop) or with a long press (on mobile), taking care not to click any suspicious links,” said Google in a statement.

Google has built advanced security protections into Google products to automatically identify and stop threats before they ever reach users. “Google machine learning models in Gmail already detect and block more than 99.9 percent of spam, phishing, and malware. Besides, the security built into the Chrome browser also protects users by alerting them in case of fraudulent websites. Moreover, Google Play Protect scans millions of apps in Google Play to safeguard users against any such risks,” it claimed.