Category Archives: Security


Tech News : No More Passwords For Microsoft Logins

Tech News : No More Passwords For Microsoft Logins

In a bold step, Microsoft has announced that it is getting rid of all password logins, and that users will have to use an authenticator app or other solution instead. Vision Back in 2019, Microsoft announced that 100 million people were already using Microsoft’s passwordless sign-in (Ignite) each month, and in December 2020, Microsoft announced that 2020 had been “a banner year for passwordless technology” and laid…

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Tech News : Apple Issues Patch To Stop iPhone ‘Zero-Click’ Spyware

Tech News : Apple Issues Patch To Stop iPhone ‘Zero-Click’ Spyware

Apple has issued a security update following the discovery of a zero-day, zero-click “spyware” that could infect iPhones and iPads. Discovered By Researchers The threat was discovered by independent researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab while they were analysing the phone of a Saudi activist infected with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. What Is It? The Citizen Lab has described the threat as a…

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Tech News : Birthdates Becoming Required For Social Logins

Tech News : Birthdates Becoming Required For Social Logins

The introduction of the Age Appropriate Design Code (also known as the Children’s Code) by the ICO means that Facebook has decided to ask Instagram users to give their date of birth as part of the login. Age Appropriate Design Code The statutory Children’s Code (‘The Age Appropriate Design Code’), which came into force on 2 September 2020, is a set of 15 “flexible standards” that should…

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Tech News : Pro-Kremlin Trolls Targeting Media Website Comments

Tech News : Pro-Kremlin Trolls Targeting Media Website Comments

The results of new research suggest that the comments section for stories on prominent media websites across many western countries are the focus of major Kremlin-based activities to try and influence public opinion. Multiple Outlets, Many Countries The Open Source Communications Analytics Research (OSCAR) programme at Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute has reported finding evidence that 32 prominent media outlets across 16 countries…

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Tech Insight : What Is ‘Doxing’?

Tech Insight : What Is ‘Doxing’?

In this article we look at what doxing is, the legality of it, some examples of doxing, and we consider what we can do to protect ourselves and our businesses from attack. What Is Doxing? Doxing is a term meaning for dropping (personal) dox where ‘dox’ is a slang term for documents. Doxing is a malicious act where a person/persons use a variety of methods…

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Tech News : WhatsApp Handed Massive GDPR Fine

Tech News : WhatsApp Handed Massive GDPR Fine

Following an investigation into WhatsApp Ireland Ltd, the Irish data regulator (DPC) has issued Facebook’s popular WhatsApp chat app with the second-largest GDPR fine of €225m. Long Investigation The eye-watering fine of €225 million follows an investigation that started way back on 10 December 2018. Big Fine The DPC had submitted a draft decision to all Concerned Supervisory Authorities (CSAs) under Article 60 GDPR in…

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Tech Tip – Boost Your Security Protection In Google Chrome

Tech Tip – Boost Your Security Protection In Google Chrome

With so many browser-based security threats, here’s a fast and easy way to activate 2 settings in Google Chrome browser to protect you from the popular threats of phishing and untrusted browser extensions: – Open the Chrome browser, click on the 3 dots (top-right) and select ‘Settings’. – Click on ‘privacy and security’ (left hand-side). – Click on ‘Security and Privacy Centre’. – Turn the…

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Featured Article: New ICO Head and Data Protection Law Reforms

Featured Article: New ICO Head and Data Protection Law Reforms

Highlighting an early target of tackling cookie pop-ups, the UK government is to appoint John Edwards as the new ‘light touch’ ICO who will be expected to reform post-Brexit data protection rules for the UK. Data Protection Reforms Since Brexit, the UK government has been seeking to reform data protection regulations in the UK in a way that it says will cut down on what…

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Tech News : Biometrics Could Assist the Taliban

Tech News : Biometrics Could Assist the Taliban

Human Rights groups fear that the Taliban could soon be able to use collected biometric data to identify contractors and locals working with the US military. What Biometric Data? It has been reported that, over time, while on operations in Afghanistan, the US military collected biometric data such as fingerprints and retina scans using a handheld device called HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment).  The…

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Tech News : Delivery Scams Top The ‘Smishing’ List

Tech News : Delivery Scams Top The ‘Smishing’ List

Data, published by trade association UK Finance for security provider Proofpoint, shows that parcel and package delivery scams are now the most common form of ‘smishing’ attempts. What Is Smishing? Smishing is where an attacker sends a text/SMS message purporting to be from a reputable company, in this case, the Royal Mail or a parcel delivery company/courier service. The idea is that the recipient (who…

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