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Introduction   With the forced switch to work from home and the following transition to hybrid working, laptops and - to some extent - home desktops have become a key tool in the workplace. However, the necessity for such items has not come without its problems. Firstly, there is the question of who provides the device. For large companies this can be less of an issue, the funds...

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In this article, we present a definition of malware, drill down into different types of malware and outline preventative measures. What is Malware? Malware is short for malicious software and it allows unauthorised access to networks for theft, sabotage, or espionage objectives. Malware comes in a variety of forms, and many cyberattacks employ a mixture of them to achieve their objectives. Although it typically spreads through phishing,...

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This is certainly not the first article about the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) but there is a lot of, in parts even contradictive, information about it and it still is a relevant topic – hence this page. For this post, the main source will be the webpage on Security by the Information Commissioner’s Office.   In summary, GDPR explains the general data protection regime...

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How to improve your cyber security and why COVID is not the only virus that could disrupt your business.  To mark national Safer Internet Day, our Technical Director, Luke Whitelock, shares 5 ways to improve your cyber-security and protect your business. Cybercrime has increased significantly during the pandemic. Whatever your business, you will manage large amounts of information that could be valuable to criminals.   It is crucial you take steps, not only protect your clients’...

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This week brings the start of the online shopping event known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  With most high street shops closed for lockdown; the biggest online retail event of the year is expected to be bigger than ever. Be warned, this increase in internet shopping brings increased dangers to consumers. Cybercriminals are using increasingly sophisticated and convincing techniques. Unsuspecting shoppers looking to bag a...

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International Fraud Week, November 16-21, 2020  Why you need to act against cyber–crime during the COVID pandemic    It’s International #fraudweek! Why does it matter? There has been a massive acceleration in cyber-crime since the start of the COVID pandemic, with a 660% increase in March alone according to the Office for National Statistics.  The nature of these cyber-attacks varies, but there are increasing trends in email hacking leading to serious invoicing fraud. Ransomware attacks, phishing and data breaches are also increasingly common resulting in costly downtime.  With...

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We started preparing our clients for the possibility of a lockdown in February. Back then, a potential lockdown was not seen as imminent or even likely for the UK. We reviewed our clients’ existing business continuity plans and created a pandemic strategy. We knew we would have to keep their businesses operating by moving their entire work forces home. Then suddenly lockdown across the UK became...

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A new type of extortion email has been sneaking into inboxes over the last year. You may be familiar with the traditional ransom email. You would receive an email from a miscreant saying that your browsing habits have been recorded, and without sending a payment this sensitive information will be revealed to the world, to your family, to your colleagues.   What makes this new email particularly frightening to the receiver, is that these messages include a real password that was linked to their email address.  Quite often, these...

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You’re working away when a window pops up on your screen letting you know that there are new updates available. But you’re busy right now, so you hit the ‘remind me later’ button. But when later comes around and you get that reminder you asked for, you’re still busy, so you dismiss it again. The thing is that these notifications are not just created to annoy...

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