Tag: security

One down, how many more to go?

Hacker and blackmailer gets caught, but is it enough? Users are still at risk as there are many more out there to take his place.. From London, a student used his programming skills to blackmail porn site visitors across the world. His scam is estimated to have been up to £4m, but only £700k has …

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Online Phishing

Online phishing (pronounced like the word fishing) is a method used by tricksters and fraudsters to gat you to reveal personal or financial information. This is done using a fraudulent email or website. Most common phishing scams start with an email message that looks like an official email from a trusted source, for example a …

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High profile Security Attacks

British Gas has had some of it’s customer data stolen via it’s website. British Gas has contacted about 2,200 of its customers to warn them that their email addresses and account passwords were posted online. It says, however, that it does not think its own systems were breached and the affected accounts have been disabled …

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Update Blues

Yesterday was an absolute nightmare whilst trying to close my overused laptop off. The day before was what is commonly referred to as “Patch Tuesday”, the day that Microsoft releases a whole series of updates for Windows and it’s applications. This occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Which meant that during my use …

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Cookie Tracking Deadline Approaches

Recent research has indicated that many UK based organisations have not yet fully comprehended the upcoming computer legislation according to the BBC Technology News website. The worrying aspect in reading this is that independent research suggests UK based organisations have not digested the upcoming computer cookie law. According to an independent study there are on …

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Passwords and Security

Passwords are readily in use throughout most parts of our lives now. They are designed to authenticate a user’s access to an area, and restrict other users, but this makes passwords a target for those without authorisation. What is a Computer Password? A password is a string of characters used to authorise access to information …

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