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 →
This is an update to my blog Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing to bring this up to date with the recent developments in the UK. The UK were going to develop a COVID 19 Contact Tracing App using a hybdrid technology that was centralised and in which they owned the data… Continue Reading →
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 →
Being online these days, especially in the current environment when so many people are working from home and outside the protection of the company network, we all need to be extra vigilant that we don’t click on a link to malware. This blog is going to go through a number of tips to keep you… Continue Reading →
UPDATED 9 May 2020 to reflect the recent announcements from the UK government around how the proposed contact tracing app will work. Updated 23 May 2020 to add details of the Google/Apple Contact Tracing/Notification API. Updated 20 June 2020 to reflect the latest updated from the UK government regarding their decisions around their Contact Tracing… Continue Reading →
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