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Criticism of Advertising in Windows 10 After Tomb Raider Plug

Introducing the newest version of an Operating System is usually cause for comment and a difference of opinion over the latest features, but one subject that tends to galvanise an almost universally negative reaction is being forced to watch unwanted adverts.

Unfortunately for Microsoft Windows 10 users this is exactly what happened when screen lock advertising for Tomb Raider was experienced by a limited but significant number of users worldwide.

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Hiding in Google’s Cloud From DDoS Cyber Attacks

In the world of cyber crime, one method that is on the increase is the DDoS or ‘Distributed Denial of Service’ attack in which the perpetrator uses multiple compromised systems (that are often infected with a Trojan virus) to launch a single attack on one system.

The result is to overwhelm that system rendering it unavailable. You may have read of an attack recently that used a Pingback feature loophole to leverage 26,000 WordPress websites to launch a DDoS.

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How Technology Could Help Restore Trust in Online Reviews

A 2015 Bright Local survey put the proportion of consumers who read online reviews for products and services as high as 92% and showed that as much as 40% of consumers form an opinion by reading just 1 to 3 reviews.

This helps to highlight the power that online reviews have in influencing our purchasing decisions, and therefore the power that reviews have over the fortunes of a business. As any business that has experienced the result of one or more prominent bad reviews on e.g. Trip Advisor will know the negative impact on trade can be significant.

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Better Security For Gmail Business Users

Google has just launched a number of new and updated security features for Gmail business users.

In an online world where cyber crime against businesses appears to produce high profile victims on an all-too-regular basis this latest launch should provide one extra layer of protection in our most sacred and yet regularly used areas of our businesses, our email accounts.

The newly launched features include an update of the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) app. This feature that was originally designed to keep any sensitive data out of emails now has an enhancement that allows attachments to be protected in a similar way.

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