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Encryption – it is your responsibility

Encryption – it is your responsibility

Encryption is important. This has always been well known, and with the recent revelations about PRISM and related Government monitoring of communications, people have become understandably more interested in the topic. However, keep in mind the fact that doing encryption wrong is worse than not doing it. In recent years it has become more and […]

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GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK

GCHQ chief reports ‘disturbing’ cyber-attacks on UK

As reported on the BBC news today, the head of the UK signals intelligence organisation – GCHQ – is concerned over the rising number of attacks on UK businesses. From the BBC news article: Cyber attacks on the UK are at “disturbing” levels, according to the director of Britain’s biggest intelligence agency. and Writing in […]

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Email Security – the risk of typos

Email Security – the risk of typos

We all make typos – nearly everyone suffers from the effects of fingers and brains going out of sync – and it is why the most important tool in any word processing package (including blog editing tools) is the spell checker. For most document purposes this is not a big deal but when it comes […]

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Passwords and IT Security

Passwords and IT Security

Passwords are frequently thought of as an “outdated” method of security and numerous product vendors will tell you how they offer a much better solution that kind of works like magic. This is rarely the case and for 99% of applications, properly used passwords provide you with a perfectly suitable method of authenticating a user […]

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Google launches malware warning service

Google launches malware warning service

Yesterday, the well known and heavily used internet search engine Google introduced a service by which it will warn users when it detects malware signatures on their computer. Working in a similar manner to anti-virus, Google believe they have identified signatures in the data users send as part of their search queries which enable it […]

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Security Breaches – Easy and commonplace?

Security Breaches – Easy and commonplace?

On Monday we discussed the problem with people assuming that more and more successful hacks and security breaches were the result of “sophisticated” or “state-sponsored” attackers. Then, on Tuesday, the now-notorious LulzSec threw a new spanner into the works and opened up, via their twitter stream, the option for people to “dial in” and suggest […]

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Registration for the Second Cyber Security Challenge is Open

Registration for the Second Cyber Security Challenge is Open

If you are interesting in taking the UK governments “Cyber Security Challenge” – registration is now open. You can find more at the challenge website:¬†https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/ If you are planning to take part, then good luck.

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