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Lost and found

Have you ever signed up for a local community group on social media—maybe your local town’s Facebook group or WhatsApp chat? If you have, you’ll have seen that certain topics come up a lot. After lost dogs, injured cats and missed bin collections, it’s usually lost smartphones. A lost smartphone is distressing for the owner of the phone. It can ...

What are you signing up for?

You might have seen recent reports of a man stealing login details from other people on a flight, using an ‘evil twin’ attack. Allegedly, he established a Wi-Fi hotspot that looked very like the one available for in-flight Wi-Fi. This is what the word ‘twin’ refers to in this kind of attack. Typically, this kind of attack is reliant on ...

Why is cyber security like brushing your teeth?

Have you ever gone to bed and had that nagging feeling that something wasn’t right—then you had to get up again because you’d forgotten to brush your teeth? (No? Just us forgetful ones then…) That’s the aim of embedding cyber security into your business:
  • cyber security considerations and actions should become part of your routine activity
  • you should feel ...

Privacy and personal information

Do you use or store any personal information? Personal data includes information such as names and email addresses, so the answer is almost certainly yes—though some organisations collect and use more than others do. No matter how much data you hold, you should have a privacy notice. These are often available via a company’s website, but they can also be, ...

Is that email from the person you think it is?

Often criminals pretend to be someone from within your company in order to trick you into transferring money or share information that they can later use in an attack. Here’s a very simple one that arrived yesterday, apparently from the CEO’s email account: Hi How much are we paying in fees for our business account? [CEO’s first name] That's it ...

What risks does your business face?

As part of your marketing strategy, you may already have set up Google alerts on your business name (or your own) to find out what is being said about your business. But have you thought about trying this as part of your risk awareness process? Not using Google Alerts yet? It’s easy to set up. Visit Google Alerts, and tell ...