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    The rule is "if your device; computer /tablet /smartphone has access to the Internet, then the Internet has access to your device". Clearly this is not always a bad thing because without allowing some access no information may be downloaded. Control however, of exactly what and how data is downloaded, should be totally up to the user. This is achieved by the means of a firewall. Most people won't even be aware that they are behind a firewall, but they are built into most broadband modem/routers, these however are not sufficient and additional provisions should be made.

    Read more Filed on: July 17 2016
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    Anti Virus

    Every day our Honeypot email trap catches that day's main risks. More and more we are seeing attachments carrying an infection in the form of zip files, PDFs, Microsoft Word and Excel document files attached to email. This on opening, will infect your computer. The infection of choice seems to be ransomware which will encrypt all the data on your PC. The only way to retrieve your data (decrypt it) is by paying a ransom of anywhere between $200 and $600 at going rates, clear the virus and restore the most recent backup if you are able, or pay a professional to do it.

    Read moreFiled on: July 17 2016
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    Anti Malware

    Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising. This comes in various guises and is delivered in many different ways. The worst being that which is embedded into a normally  benign program, this because as the main programme is being installed, it is getting the operators permission and OK, the malware is by default getting the same permission right up to the security level of the operator.

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    Anti Adware

    Adware, is a form of software that downloads or displays unwanted ads when a user is online, collects marketing data and other information without the user's knowledge or redirects search requests to certain advertising websites. Adware that does not notify the user and attains his or her consent is regarded as malicious. Also known as PUPs, is very often installed on the victim's device without their consent, or knowledge packaged within a sometimes genuine programme downloaded from a site other than that of the software publisher.

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    Security Lecture

    Clicking the "Read more" button at the end of this paragraph will take you to a video of a security lecture, by one of the country's leading authorities on cyber crime and security. The way in which he describes what can be an extremely complicated and jargon filled subject in simple, down to earth terms is worth watching the video for that alone. I promise that by watching this video, your understanding of the challenges faced by each and every one of us on a daily basis with not just computers, but telephones, tablets and a plethora of other equipment, will change your attitude.