New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial

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 →

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 →

UK Coronavirus Contact Tracing Update

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 →

Deep Fakes

Deep fake is a term given to a persuasive-looking but false video and audio files. Made using cutting-edge and relatively accessible AI technology, they purport to show a real person doing or saying something they did not. This can manifest itself in Hollywood films where a greenscreen special effect is used to put the actor... Continue Reading →

Anatomy of a Phish

I expect a lot of you have received an email or text that claims you have won a prize and you need to click a link to claim it. This is often unexpected and you don't remember entering a competition to win the said prize. Maybe you have received an email from the Tax Authority... 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 →

What your Travel Documents Know About You

Anyone who has traveled by aircraft will have had to go through the whole boarding pass process. However, what information does a boarding pass have on it about you and how accessible is it? A typical boarding pass has the following information printed on it: Your NameFlight Number and Airline NameDate of DepartureDeparture and Destination... Continue Reading →

Social Media Auditing & Reporting

It's amazing what you find on Twitter. Shortly after posting my blog on how Google indexes all of your public tweets, I came across a tweet where someone had applied for a job and the company performed an audit on his tweets. They delivered a 300+ page PDF of all his tweets including a certain... Continue Reading →

Twitter Posts are Indexed by Google

I was recently looking over the Twitter help pages for something and came across one relating to "Help with Google search visibility". Cutting a long story short, due to the high ranking of Twitter with Google, all public pages on Twitter are indexed on a regular basis by the Google search engine. This includes all... Continue Reading →

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