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Supply Chain Attacks

With GDPR on the way, it is more important than ever for companies to protect themselves from online attacks via a 3rd party in their supply chain.

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HP Laptop ‘Keylogger’ Security Risk Discovered

HP is reported to have issued patches for 450+ commercial workstations, consumer laptops and other HP products after a keylogger was found to have been hidden in a driver.

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$80m Bitcoin Hack

Slovenian-based bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash has reported that it has become the victim of a highly professional attack with sophisticated social engineering that has resulted in the theft of bitcoin to an estimated value of $80m.

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Stick and Carrot Measures To Deal With GDPR

A report by Veritas Technologies has said that since 91% of most companies lack a strong data management culture they will be considering a number of ‘carrot and stick’ motivators to bring about the changes needed to help them to implement and comply with GDPR.

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Facebook Dopamine-Addictive, Admits Ex-Exec

Former Facebook Vice President Chamath Palihapitiya has made the headlines following apparently negative comments that he made at an event about Facebook’s effects on society.

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Tech Tip – Windows 10: Fix Search

If Windows Search can’t find files that you know are there somewhere, then you have the option to rebuild its index. Here’s how:

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Trump’s New FCC Chairman Pushes To End Net Neutrality

After the Net Neutrality regulations from 2015 were partially overturned in May 2017, Donald Trump’s new chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pushing to end net neutrality after a final vote this month.

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Facebook For Children Launched

Facebook has launched ‘Messenger Kids’. The standalone app on a ring-fenced network is targeted at young people for use on their tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account.

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Amazon Targets Businesses With Voice Activated Digital Assistants

Amazon with its best-selling digital voice assistant now has its sights set on a role for Alexa in the workplace with its plans to launch Alexa for Business.

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Police Web & Phone Snooping Powers Curbed

The need to comply with a European Court Ruling has meant that senior UK police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise snooping on personal phone and web browsing records.

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Barclays Drops Kaspersky Over Security Fears

Barclays bank has emailed its 290,000 online banking customers to say that it will no longer be offering Kaspersky Russian anti-virus because of information and news stories about possible security risks.

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Tech Tip – Get Microsoft Edge on Android

With the Microsoft Edge browser for Android you can Sync passwords, favourites, and exchange data between your PC and Android phone. Here’s how to set it up:

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Serious Bug In Apple Mac OS Discovered

Apple is reported to be urgently working on a software update after Turkish developer Lemi Ergin publicly reported a simple but serious bug in its Mac Operating System.

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GDPR Could Increase Hackers Ransoms

A researcher has suggested that the GDPR fine structure could lead to cyber-criminals being given price points to set their ransoms at because now they know how much money they should be asking.

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Bitcoin Value Tops $10,000

The crypto-currency Bitcoin has now reached a record high of $10,000 (£7,462) after only trading at $1,000 at the start of the year, with some experts saying it’s got further to climb.

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Government Could Use Blockchain To Verify Your Identity

A report by the educational charity and think tank ‘Reform’ has suggested that Blockchain technology could be used by the UK government as a more effective, efficient, and modern way to provide verification of the identities of citizens.

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Small Businesses Get New OS MasterMap® Data

The government has announced that its new £40m Geospatial Commission will start its strategy of releasing more of the location data held by public bodies to help businesses and boost economic growth, by giving small businesses free access to OS MasterMap® data.

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Tech Tip – Sort Outlook Deleted Items by Date Deleted

If you’ve ever accidentally deleted an e-mail and you can’t remember what day it was originally sent to you, and you need to track it down then this is the tip for you. Here’s how it works:

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Smartwatches – Spying on Kids

German Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency has banned the sale of smartwatches to children and asked parents to destroy any that they already have.

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Your Keystrokes Being Tracked

A new study from Princeton University has suggested that your keystrokes, mouse movements, scrolling behaviour, and the entire contents of the pages you visit may be tracked and recorded by hundreds of companies.

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57 Million Data Breach Concealed By Uber – Hackers Paid

It has been reported that Uber concealed a massive data breach from a hack involving the data of 57 million customers and drivers, and then paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and to keep quiet about it.

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Prison Sentences Demanded For Unauthorised Data Usage

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that it backs the idea that anyone accessing personal data without a valid reason or without their employer’s knowledge is guilty of a criminal offence, should be prosecuted, and prison sentences should be an option.

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New, Free Secret Browsing and Cyber Security Service

Quad9 is a new, free service that will allow users to keep their Internet browsing habits secret and their data safe from malicious websites, botnets, phishing attacks, and marketers.

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Tech Tip – Face ID: Unlock Your Phone With Your Face

Although not the same as Apple’s Face ID system, Android devices come with an in-built Face ID feature to give you extra security and to enable you to unlock your device with your face. Here’s how to use it:

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Xmas Toys – Security Risks

With Christmas just around the corner, consumer watchdog Which? has asked retailers to stop selling some popular internet-connected toys which have “proven” security issues that could allow attackers to take control of the toy or send messages.

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Huddle Leaked Business Documents

A flaw has been discovered in the collaboration tool Huddle that is believed to have left private company documents able to be viewed by unauthorised persons.

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Google’s Scary Hack Stats

With more than 15% of Internet users reporting takeovers of their email or social networking accounts, new research by Google and the University of California, Berkeley has shed light on how passwords are stolen and how accounts are hacked.

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1 In 4 Law Firms Ready For GDPR

A report by managed services provider CenturyLink Emea, shows that despite the threat of up to €20m fines or 4% of annual global turnover for serious data protection failings, only 25% of more than 150 legal sector IT decision-makers said their firms were GDPR ready.

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Bad Broadband? Get Automatic Compensation…

Ofcom has announced that broadband and landline customers will be automatically able to get money back from their providers when things go wrong, without having to make a claim for it.

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Tech Tip – Android: Have Two WhatsApp/Facebook/Twitter Accounts On The Same Device

From Lollipop you can create different user accounts e.g. if you want to keep social and professional separate, or if others use your device. You can, therefore, manage your different identities / accounts with WhatsApp / Facebook / Twitter on the same device.

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Fake WhatsApp – 1 Million Downloads

A fake version of WhatsApp, the free, cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones, was downloaded from the Google Play store by more than one million unsuspecting people.

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Supermarket Voucher Scam Via WhatsApp

WhatsApp is being used by ‘phishing’ fraudsters to circulate convincing links for supermarket vouchers in order to obtain your bank details.

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Quarter of UK Workers Deliberately Breach Confidentiality

Research by commissioned by data privacy and risk management firm Egress Software Technologies has revealed that a quarter of UK workers have purposefully shared confidential business information outside their organisation.

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Art Galleries And Dealers Defrauded Through Email Hack

Art galleries and dealers in the UK have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds after being targeted by email hackers.

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Cuts Mean Fewer ATMs But More Cashless Payments

Banking industry group LINK has warned that a plan to cut the fees that fund their cash machines could mean that more ATMs will be axed.

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Tech Tip – Clear App Defaults

If a link opens in a certain app rather than in the browser on your Android phone e.g. a link to a Facebook page or a Tweet, you could find yourself waiting around while your phone shuts down Chrome before it loads something else. You can avoid this by:

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AI Cracks Captcha

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm has been developed that can fool the Captcha website security check system by mimicking how the brain processes images and visual clues.

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Half Of Us Don’t Check Contactless Amount

A new study by money management app Yolt has found that nearly half of UK shoppers (48%) don’t always check the amount before they tap to pay via contactless.

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Businesses Use Facebook Collaboration In Droves

Not only has Facebook’s Workplace Collaboration Tool exceeded expected take-up numbers by businesses, but it now getting a desktop app for group chats.

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Election Concerns Over Facebook Influenced by Russians

Facebook has released figures ahead of a Senate hearing showing that Russia-based operatives have uploaded 80,000 posts to Facebook in the last 2 years.

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New System To Collect Biometrics Of All EU Visitors

The European Parliament is reported to have approved the introduction of a new system which will collect biometric information about all non-EU visitors to the EU.

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Tech Tip – Android: Enable Smart Lock

If you want to keep your phone and data secure but don’t want the hassle of needing to input a code every single time you pick up the phone, Android’s Smart Lock feature is for you.

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Russia Hit By Ransomware

A new type of ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit”, similar to WannaCry and Petya, has been spreading across Russia, Ukraine and into other countries.

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4 Out Of 10 UK Businesses Not Ready For GDPR

A study by DMA group, formerly the Direct Marketing Association, has revealed that more than 40% of UK marketers say their business is not ready for changes in the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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eBay And Amazon Sellers VAT Warning

MPs have warned Amazon and eBay that their platforms may not be doing enough to prevent many sellers from not charging VAT on their sales, thereby potentially contributing to £1.5bn lost tax revenue for the government.

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Changing Faces With AR and AI

The combination of Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has led to a cosmetics chain enabling customers to experiment with virtual make-up, and the animation of single still images into photos with moving facial expressions.

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Southend … The ‘Smart City’

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is reported to have signed an agreement with tech company Cisco to deploy its ‘Kinetic for Cities’ platform in order to share the benefits of new digital technologies with its businesses and citizens, thereby making it a ‘Smart City’.

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Tech Tip – Android: Use Your Phone By Voice Alone

If you want up to set up voice search so that you can use your Android phone hands-free here’s how:

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Major Wi-Fi Security Risk

Researchers have uncovered a major flaw in Wi-Fi connections dubbed as Krack, which could be putting homes and businesses at risk from hackers.

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Cortana Integrated With Skype

Microsoft has added its talking digital assistant ‘Cortana’ to Skype to provide ‘contextual assistance’, which could help Skype users in their online chats.

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Alexa Now Recognises Multiple Voices

Amazon’s Alexa AI digital assistant is now able to tell the difference between the voices of different users in the same household, thus enabling the Amazon Echo to handle multiple-user profiles in a convenient way.

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Drone Hits Passenger Aircraft

A remotely piloted drone struck a Skyjet turboprop passenger plane as it made its approach to land at Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec, Canada last Thursday.

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Staff Sue Morrisons Over Personal Data

5,518 former and current Morrisons employees are suing the company in the High Court over failing to protect their personal data after it was posted online by a rogue employee with a grudge.

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Cash From Cloud Bigger Than Expected

A Gartner report shows evidence that revenues from the public cloud look likely to grow by 18.5% this year, and could top $260 Billion.

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Tech Tip: Device Manager Locates Your Phone

If you’ve put your phone down somewhere in the house or office but can’t remember where, you can use Android Device Manager (Find My Device) to help you locate it. Here’s how:

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How Your Phone Can Depress You

Research by Nottingham Trent University has revealed that mobile phone alerts can have a negative impact on your mood, especially if they’re work-related and or non-human notifications.

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Are You Unwittingly Making Crypto-Currency?

Scammers are secretly installing ‘mining code’ in websites so that they can use the computers of website visitors to help them generate digital cash or ‘crypto-currencies’.

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Legal Threat From GDPR

Speaking at the recent IP Expo in London, Irwin Mitchell solicitors warned businesses that focusing too much on consent as a basis for data collection could mean that they miss other options and issues, and leave themselves open to the risk of fines from the UK regulator when GDPR comes into force next year.

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Google’s DeepMind To Monetize AI

After years of astonishing AI developments and expensive R & D and staffing bills, Google now plans to finally monetize its DeepMind AI by embedding it into a host of Google products and services.

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Crackdown On Tax Payments By Online Businesses

The European Commission is using the rulings of two cases involving Apple and Amazon, and reforming the way VAT is collected to make sure that all online businesses pay their taxes.

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Augmented Reality Maps

The Ordnance Survey augmented reality (OS) Maps app will allow users to see signs identifying UK landmarks in the area they’re looking at through their phone or tablet’s camera view.

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Tech Tip: Android Phone: Snap A Screenshot

If you see something on the screen of your android phone that you want to save and share, there’s an easy way to do it.

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