Archives for March 2012

Who needs eggs?

Aaron loves baking, he loves biscuits, we had no eggs…

I turned to Google and found a few recipes that looked easy enough so I kind of threw them all together and made up my own recipe :)

They turned out well, so well that they were all gone before I got a picture of them.  Guess I will have to make them again, just so I can show you what they look like!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup melted marge or butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • cinnamon or other flavouring (smarties, cocoa, ginger, choc chips etc…)

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until they form a dough.
  • Form small balls of dough and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • These biscuits spread quite a bit so leave a lot of space between biscuits.
  • Bake for between 7 and 10 min (depends on your oven) or until golden brown.
  • Once cooled place on paper towels to absorb excess butter.

Enjoy with tea or a glass of cold milk!

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Card Security Week 2012

FNB and VISA invited me to a presentation for Card Security Week and what an eye opener it was.

Dudes! These thieves are super super smart and super super quick and super super ruthless!

From tiny hand held card scanners/skimmers to hi-tech scanners and cameras fitted onto ATM machines (fitted in under 8 seconds!) to key stroke loggers to devious phishing emails, these guys know what they are doing!

According to a new consumer survey* by Visa, it has been revealed that there is a sound awareness of fraud amongst the banked population of South Africa. According to the research, ATM fraud, identity theft and point of sale fraud were identified as the most common types of fraud consumers were aware of.

Some rules for keeping your card (and your hard earned money) safe:

  • Treat your card like cash!
  • Dont let your card out of your sight. Get your retailer, waitron, petrol attendant to bring the card machine to you or go with them to the desk.
  • At an ATM, dont let anyone distract you or try to ‘help’ you in any way.
  • If you struggle to get your card into the ATM slot, dont use that machine.
  • If the ATM swallows your card, cancel it straight away.
  • Whatever you do, do NOT update your details via an email from your bank, NO bank will ever ask you to update details in an email!
  • When in doubt call your bank.  Rather safe than sorry!!

 

 

*The study was conducted by Ask Afrika and involved 350 participants all of whom are banked

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