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Dropbox passwords reset after 2012 hack!

A Dropbox security breach in 2012 has affected more than 68 million account holders, according to security experts.  Last week, Dropbox reset all passwords that had remained unchanged since mid-2012 “as a preventive measure”.  In 2012, Dropbox had said hacks on “other websites” had affected customers who used their Dropbox password on other sites too, but now what purports to be the details of 68.6 million Dropbox […]

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Four steps to creating a Business Continuity Plan

So, it’s time to create a Business Continuity Plan or to revise your current plan, but where do you start? Your plan can be as simple or comprehensive as you desire but remember – the simpler it is, the more flexible it will be. Here are the four steps you need to follow: Identify threats or risks First of all, take a look at the risks that […]

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Business continuity planning – what happens if an entire system goes down?

You probably already know the importance of protecting your data, and have a backup process in place, but having a backup solution is only one piece of the bigger puzzle when it comes to business continuity planning. According to 2015 statistics from Infrascale, based on a collection of industry surveys, the average time it takes for a business to recover from a disaster is 18.5 hours. Even […]

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Have your webmail credentials been breached?

During the last week, the BBC has been reporting that several popular webmail providers are investigating a report that millions of their users’ login details are being shared online by a hacker. Google Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Hotmail and Mail.ru are among the services said to have been affected. The security firm (Hold Security) that flagged the issue said that it believed many of the usernames and […]

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The end of the free Windows 10 upgrade?

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 on the 29th July 2015, they announced that it would be a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and 8.1 for the first year.  With the 29th July 2016 rapidly approaching, some firms are still debating whether to upgrade from their legacy operating systems.   Windows 10 is certainly a step forward from Windows 8, the OS is clean and familiar, […]

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What is Ransomware?

Security firms are this week warning about a sudden “huge” surge in junk email messages containing ransomware, but what is ransomware? Ransomware are computer viruses that threaten to delete your files and data unless you pay a ransom.   Like other computer viruses, it can find its way onto a device by exploiting a security hole in vulnerable software or by tricking somebody into installing it; most […]

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BT to open up cable network to rivals

Communications watchdog Ofcom has said BT must open up its cable network and allow competition to improve UK internet connections. The regulator has so far stopped short of demanding a complete break-up of BT, but said this was still an option. Ofcom also said there was a digital divide in the UK between those with the latest technologies, and those without; it has proposed that decent, affordable […]

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Data storage under the sea?

Microsoft has come up with a radical new way to store data – under the sea. Testing of the firm’s first underwater data centre – dubbed Leona Philpot after a character in an Xbox game – has just been completed in an initiative called Project Natick.   Data centres are believed to consume up to 3% of the world’s electricity, according to researchers, and large technology firms […]

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IT jobs taking up staff time? Get an IT professional

Often IT is seen as a black hole for costs with no tangible direct benefit to the business, more a necessary evil than a key tool of business! To help with these costs, often certain roles will be assigned to an admin person or often someone who knows a little about computers at home. These people generally don’t have an interest or experience in IT, but because […]

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It pays to know your backup position and disaster recovery plan!

In most organisations, the backups of the IT system are often handled by an administrator who will often change a tape or storage device. This is often done in a well scheduled manner and without fail. Because the tape is changed, that means you’re protected right? Wrong! What if your backups go into the cloud, does it means it’s someone else’s responsibility? No! Who actually has responsibility […]

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