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Should I bother updating my devices?

A new update is available, would you like to install it now? Anyone who uses software or devices such as mobile phones, laptops etc. will have more than likely seen this message pop up on a regular basis, and somehow it’s always at an inconvenient time! That 5pm deadline looming does not allow time to wait potentially…

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Avoid office 365 breach

Office 365, Security

How to avoid an Office 365 security breach

A data breach is when protected information is taken without consent. It’s that simple. A breach is an opening that is not supposed to be there, it’s like having a hole in the bottom of a boat. Data breaches may involve personal health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), trade secrets or intellectual property. Data breaches…

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https or not https

Security

To HTTPS or not HTTPs, that is the question

Tuesday 24th July 2018 is a big day, it’s “HTTPS” day  – the day when the latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser (Chrome 68) starts to flag websites that don’t use a Secure Certificate (HTTP) as “Not Secure”. (What is a Secure Certificate and how they work – October 2017 blog post) Although Chrome…

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Security operations portal

GDPR, Security

Suddenly, almost nothing happened…

May 25th came and went and, despite all the portents of doom, the planet did not wobble out of orbit and head into the sun. What was May 25th? GDPR day, in case you’ve forgotten all the activity to make sure that you were compliant and all those emails begging you to re-subscribe to newsletters.…

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gdpr and legitimate interest

GDPR, Security

Eggciting news for email marketers

GDPR, Double Opt ins and Re-Subscription As things stood at the end of 2017, email marketers were required to ask the contacts on their marketing lists to re-subscribe to enable them to continue sending marketing emails. However, the EU made a rare U-Turn on this and in January 2018 this was changed and organisations can…

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GDPR key things

GDPR, Security

GDPR – the key things you need to know

What is the General Data Protection Regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adds much more stringency to the legal duties of protecting, and correctly using, data that organisations hold about individuals. It also has much bigger penalties for organisations that break the law. In the UK, it will officially be called the Data Protection Act 2018, but we…

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Safer internet day

Connectivity, Security

Safer Internet Day 2018

Many of us at Bristol IT Company are parents (even grandparents!), and we all recognise the risks and threats that the internet and social media pose to our children. So we are proud to be supporters of Safer Internet Day. What is Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day happens in over one hundred countries worldwide. This year it’s Tuesday 6th February. Its goal…

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gdpr paper records

GDPR, Security

007 in “For Your GDPR Only”

When “M” has finished spymastering for the day, or pops out for a cheeky Nando’s, we always see her locking the “Top Secret” files away in the office safe. Of course, we know that’s so no secrets will be discovered, even if an enemy spy (or the tea-lady) manages to gain access to M’s empty office. In…

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How safe is your data

Managed IT, Security

How safe is your data?

Electronic data is the lifeblood of most businesses in this connected age. Just think about how much you rely on your data for the smooth and effective running of your business. Your accounts are probably on a PC, server or in the cloud somewhere. Very few businesses get by with an old-fashioned cashbook these days and…

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