Being young and tech savvy is no guarantee you won’t be a target

A survey published earlier this year by fraud prevention specialists Cifas, shows that people aged 30 years and under are the group most targeted by hackers with identity fraud in mind. Identity fraud is the result of identity theft, a process where fraudsters access enough personal information (for example full name, date of birth, current […]

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How comprehensive is your Social Media Policy?

Those of us who have been using IT in our business lives for some years have become used to the email as a primary form of communication. Since the mid to late 90’s we have used email for the majority of internal and external communication and, whilst allowing for the occasional user error in choosing […]

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How can a relaxing coffee put your personal data at risk?

  These days we seem unable to go more than half an hour without connecting to the internet via our smartphones, tablets or laptops. And to help us (and to save valuable mobile connection costs) many locations such as coffee shops, hotels, airports and retailers offer free access to public Wi-Fi. After all, it’s a […]

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The threat of pirated apps from rogue app stores for your iPhone or iPad

Have you heard the phrase “walled garden”? In an IT context it means an environment where the service provider has control over content and applications and restricts access for that which is non-approved. Apple has been famous for the walled garden that is it’s App Store, apps on the store have largely been seen as […]

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The risk of external threats can mask internal perils

  Low tech methods of capturing sensitive and confidential information can put a company at risk of a much larger data breach. A 2015 study has shown that “visual hacking” is a significant threat. The Ponemon Institute conducted a visual hacking experiment on behalf of 3M Company and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council (VPAC) using computer […]

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Are your children online gaming? Safety is important

Christmas is over, the schools are still on holiday and your children may well be whiling away their time by online gaming. Although this is perfectly harmless, they may well be potential targets for cyber criminals drawn by the opportunity to gain credit card and other useful information. They may be using secured gaming platforms […]

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Do Parents Do Enough to Protect Children On-line? Not Really, Reveals Study

    New research from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International shows that despite over half (52%) of parents believing that the threats facing their children online are increasing – from cyber-bullying to inappropriate content – not much more than a third (39%) guides their children by talking to them about the potential threats. The survey […]

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Phishing attacks increase

Most people are now aware of one of the hacker’s weapons known as “phishing”, a fairly random form of attack using emails with links to malicious websites infected with malware, or with infected attachments. The rising incidences of cyber-attacks on small and medium sized businesses has seen an increase in one particular variant, known as spear phishing. Spear phishing […]

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Social engineering scams, a growing threat

Social engineering scams are becoming one of the largest sources of revenue for fraudsters and cyber criminals. According to Get Safe Online, the UK Government’s preferred online security advice channel, UK consumers have lost more than £21 million to social engineering scams since the beginning of the year. For example, these scams are where fraudsters […]

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