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WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

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 →

What I Use – Backups

We have blogged extensively on how and why you should backup your data. However, as we have all gone to a more remote working scenario due to current events, it is even more important to ensure your valuable data is backed up. During the pandemic we have seen an increase in cyber attacks, and in… Continue Reading →

Risks Associated with Ghost/Inactive Accounts

Ghost accounts, depending on context, have various definitions. A Ghost Account can be: A social media account made solely to view other people’s content An inactive account that is still live but has either been forgotten about or is seldom used. Ghost Social Media Accounts People make ghost accounts on social media platforms for a… Continue Reading →

Flash Player Now Disabled

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 →

A Review of 2020

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 →

COVID-19 Vaccine Scam

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 →

UK Covid19 Track & Trace App on Android – Update

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 →

UK Covid19 Contact Tracing Apps Go Live

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 →

NSA Surveillance Ruled as Illegal

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 →

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