Halloween’s online dangers – spooky spam, phantom phishing, sinister spies and more

halloweenStraddling the divide between autumn and winter Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Its origins lie in the period of time when the Celtic nations dominated Europe and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The idea of divide still holds today and perhaps nowhere more prominent than the surface and light world of the everyday internet and the dark, mysterious and sometime malevolent world of the deep web where hackers and cyber criminals have their being and surface to wreak havoc.

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Do you trust employees?

^D8A9B948E244BD1C512C935ACF8A5ED51DE3BF1B628D6A3AD3^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrIf you’re running a small business, even if you’ve only got two employees, do you realise you could also ruin your small business if your workers aren’t up to speed with data protection? Not the clunky legislative data protection acts that govern what data we store and how we use it, but the sensitive, operational, day-to-information such as sales figures and customer details. You can use all the technology you want to protect your business, and of course this is important, but if your employees are not ‘data educated’ your protection endeavours may just be pointless.

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Security News: Pentagon and Antivirus security vendor hacked; a third of the UK population are addicts

hackedThe past week has been full of stories about hacking military equipment and the potential for some sort of devastating cyber-attack. There’s also been the rather embarrassing incident for security software vendor BitDefender, who had a server hacked and customer details taken. And UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed what many people suspect, there’s a lot of smartphone addicts out there.

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Security News: Android is vulnerable, cybercrime is rising more than ever, and the perils of “butt-dialling”

smartphone spywareFrom out-of-control cars and hacks that come beaming into your radio riding the notes of a song, to the perils of ‘butt dialling’ and the inevitable growth in cybercrime it’s a week full of hacking shenanigans, more flaws and disturbing insights.

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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou…?

online_datingOnline dating is de rigueur these days. But given the number of skanky scamsters prowling the online dating world you’re as likely to meet a lustful Lothario or frightening Medusa as a Romeo or Juliet. At least that’s what respondents to a BullGuard survey said. Read on to see if you’ve fallen foul of online dating traps and pick up some solid tips to keep you safe.

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Security News: Adobe flaw lets in ransomware which has already nabbed £12 million

safety internet hackerThere’s rarely a quiet moment in the world of cyber miscreants and the past week testifies to this. From a newspaper columnist being threatened by Anonymous to retract her ‘strong’ opinions, to a private eye being jailed for hiring hackers, it’s all going on. And of course, another major flaw has been discovered, this time in Adobe Flash Player.

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Top 10 tips for social media safety

social_media_tipsSocial media platforms are great for staying in the loop, even when you’re out of the loop.

You can chat, post, like and get some banter going with friends – even if you’re 5,000 miles away. But there are enough unsavoury characters trawling these sites that it’s necessary to raise a red flag. There are also enough deep digital potholes for the unwary to stumble into that you really need to be mindful too. You can make sure you’re always safe by following these top ten safety tips.

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