Multi-Phase Cyber Attacks

A lot of people think that a cyber attack is immediately launched when you click on a link, or a hacker exploits a zero day vulnerability. This is not always the case and recent evidence shows that hackers are hiding in plain sight and waiting to launch their ultimate attack. Malware can infiltrate your systems... Continue Reading →

Router Vulnerabilities

Your home/small office Internet router is your gateway to the Internet. It is a combination of hardware, software and communication protocols that coexist in a complex system. As such, your router is subject to software and hardware vulnerabilities in much the same way as your PC or mobile device. Illustration 1 On 19 June 2020... Continue Reading →

The Human Firewall

The first line of defence for any network to repel a cyber attack is often considered the security software on the perimeter of the network - namely the firewalls, and other monitoring software. While a properly configured security framework is essential for any company network, as well as home/small office network, the human element cannot... Continue Reading →

Securing your Remote Desktop

This is an extension to my blog Productive and Secure Remote Working and Cyber Security during a Pandemic where I just want to describe an emerging cyber threat relating to home working and in particular remote desktop access. When we are in the office we are protected by a number of systems and firewalls. Our individual PC's... Continue Reading →

Productive and Secure Remote Working

Over the past few weeks, we have all had to consider working from home (no need to say why unless you have been living under a rock). This guidance post is about how you can work from home securely and productively. Setting up the Environment Ideally you need a room you can yourself up in,... Continue Reading →

Virtual Private Networks

We have all seen the adverts on TV, and in the media in general, around how a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will secure your web browsing, and make your connection totally private. Well, I hate to say this, but this is not totally true. So, what is a VPN? We need to first of all... Continue Reading →

Domain Typo Squatting

I would like you to take a look at the following web address: What do you see? Do you see microsoft.com? You would be very wrong if you did. Zoom in on the above picture. This address is actually RNICROSOFT.COM and not the address you first thought of. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO ANY ON... 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 →

Securing your Internet of Things

There is a lot of press coverage on what is called 'The Internet of Things', or abbreviated to IoT. What is IoT? This is a collection of devices that are not typically identified as computers. They can be anything from: Light bulbs connected to a home automation systemDomestic appliancesSensors on industrial plantIndustrial RobotsSystems in autonomous... Continue Reading →

Encrypted Website Lookup

UPDATED 21 July 2019 - Additional forms of encrypted DNS added, partially rewritten with the title changed to be more generic. This is going to be a technical post, so I need to start this off by explaining a few technical terms, which will also be added to our Glossary of Cyber Security Terms. Some... Continue Reading →

Securing your Smartphone/Mobile Device

An interesting factoid came to be earlier this week via a tweet by Twitter user @Tarah about the top 20 most commonly used 4 digit Mobile PINs. I also found a similar list on Gizmodo that also gave the percentages. These are as follows: 1234 1111 0000 1212 7777 1004 2000 4444 2222 6969 9999... Continue Reading →

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