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Are you dot-EU?

Soon you must be something else! Brexit was always going to have unexpected or unintended consequences, but a particularly nasty one for business was reported just before Easter: The EU is suggesting it will revoke all .EU domains registered by UK individuals and businesses on “Brexit Day”, 31st March 2019. If you have a .EU domain name for your business, it’s probably…

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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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bespoke vs off-the-shelf

Software

Bespoke vs off-the-shelf software

How do you ensure the best ROI? Americans call it Line-of-Business (LoB) software. It’s the special stuff that’s specific to your profession or market, or even more specific to your own particular business. It makes some or all of your key business processes (or your production line) work, and you can’t easily live without it.…

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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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meltdown and spectre

Security

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,…

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gdpr glossary

GDPR, Security

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…

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