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    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. … Continued

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    How do you know whether your website’s been hacked?

    Why would your website be targeted? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the larger websites that are the prime targets of hackers. Websites belonging to SMEs are frequently seen as a much easier target. The bad guys want to gain access to your website so that they can hide malicious software that will be automatically … Continued

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  • gdpr and legitimate interest

    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 … Continued

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    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 … Continued

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    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. Which is why we are proud supporters of Safer Internet Day. What is Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day happens in over one hundred countries worldwide. This year … Continued

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    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 … Continued

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  • How safe is your data

    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 … Continued

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    Meltdown and Spectre

    What is the problem? It is essentially a hardware design mistake, and it affects a huge number of devices and systems, from all of the major manufacturers, in theory dating as far back as 1995. In the worst case it might allow stealing of passwords and security keys. Once a sufficiently important key has been stolen, … Continued

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    GDPR glossary

    The General Data Protection Regulation shares many terms with the Data Protection Act. This is a layman’s guide to the most commonly used terms. We also have a general, very brief guide. Consent Permission to collect, store and use personal data. Data Controller The person who “owns” the data who determines the purposes for which, and the … Continued

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    This website is insecure!

    With the expansion of online banking, home automation and much more, we need to pay ever more attention to online security. The last few years has seen a mammoth increase in cybercrime. Criminals are also becoming cleverer in the ways they attack us. Cybercrime isn’t victimless. Even if the bank reimburses stolen money (and spreads the loss … Continued

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