This week Facebook owned WhatsApp messenger will start to ask users to accept a new set of privacy policies that, depending on where you live, will enforce the sharing of data between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies. The previous policies (June 2020) offered an option to opt out of sharing data with Facebook companies. This… Continue Reading →
Starting 16 January 2021, Flash Player is officially dead and any current installations will block the playing of any Flash content. Adobe ceased to support Adobe Flash Player as of 31 December 2020 and all download pages from their website have been taken down. Why is this happening? Adobe Flash Player is a legacy multi-media… Continue Reading →
As we come to the end of 2020, is is customary to review what has happened in the previous 12 months and learn from any events that happened. At the beginning of 2020, no one could have foreseen the chaos that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 would bring. While the start of it was in China… Continue Reading →
Updated 16 January 2021 Never let a good crisis go to waste – at least this is what Cyber criminals and Scammers have been doing all this year in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been multiple scams and cyber attacks relating to the pandemic (we will review some of them in our 2020… Continue Reading →
The UK Government for England and Wales Coronavirus contact tracing app went live on 24 September 2020. I have been using this app since and monitoring its performance as well as comments from users on the Android Play Store. Permissions On the Google Play Store, the following are the permissions that need to be enabled to… Continue Reading →
When you use a colour laser printer, or photocopier, the printer will often automatically add a number of microscopic yellow dots to the resulting printout that will normally be invisible to the naked eye. These are often 1/10 mm wide and the whole pattern of dots often only covers a few centimetres of space. These… Continue Reading →
This is an update to our earlier blog “New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial“. On 12 September 2020 the UK Government for England and Wales announced that their Coronavirus contact tracing app will go live on 24 September 2020. The devolved government in Wales will also use the same app. The UK App… Continue Reading →
I don’t normally comment of breaking news stories, but this one is so ground-breaking and important I felt it had to be commented on. On 6th June 2013, Glenn Greenwald published an article in the Guardian newspaper that disclosed the NSA (National Security Agency in the US) had been gathering the telephone call records of… Continue Reading →
How many times have you been browsing a service online that requires a subscription to continue viewing? I can name quite a few: Netflix Microsoft Office/365 Spotify Amazon Prime Google’s YouTube Premium. Online Services Most online services, like the above, will offer a trial period for free and then expect you to sign-up to a… Continue Reading →
On the 13 August 2020 the UK government released a revised Contact Tracing app to be trailed on the Isle of White, the London Borough of Newham and NHS volunteer responders. In addition to the Contact Tracing function it also has other features including: An alert system that informs users of the coronavirus risk level… Continue Reading →
When you are walking about town, or on the Internet, how do you identity that you are you and not some imposter? Current Forms of ID We should all carry some form of physical identification (e.g. a photo driving licence) that can prove who we are, our age and where we live. In the UK… Continue Reading →
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