Open Redirects & Malware Installers

This week I noticed a report on how malware could be downloaded and installed using an Open Redirect from Cisco. Lets first define what an Open Redirect is. An open redirect is when a legitimate site allows unauthorized users to create URLs on that site to redirect visitors to other sites. For example, Google has... Continue Reading →

Myths of Cyber Security

I have found there is a general perception among people that they won't be hit by a cyber attack of some form and that cyber security is not something they need to worry about too much, after all you have installed an Internet Security product on your PC and you download apps from the official... Continue Reading →

Using Cloud Services Safely

Whether or not you realise it, we all use the cloud for something in our daily lives. In this blog I want to explain in simple terms what 'The Cloud' is and how you can apply some simple safeguards to secure your use of it. What is the Cloud - a History Lesson? Lets go... Continue Reading →

Combating Social Engineering

Social Engineering is a form of cyber attack where the physiological manipulation of people to trick them into divulging confidential information that can be used to hack into websites and other computing resources. There are various forms of social engineering: Baiting Impersonating PharmingPhishingSmishingSpear FishingTailgatingVishing Water HolingWebsite CloningWhaling. Lets take a deeper look at these. Baiting... Continue Reading →

Electronic Payments

When was the last time you paid for a transaction in cash? We all use electronic forms of payment these days, and in some cases people just don't carry cash anymore. So, what are the various forms of electronic payments we use? The following are the usual examples: Credit/Debit Cards (in person or online)Direct Debit... Continue Reading →

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