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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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website is insecure

Security, Web

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…

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new domain name services

Hosting, Web

Our new domain name services (DNS)

To enable us to provide a complete service to our clients we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new, fully Nominet registered and approved, domain name registration and management service. This means that all .UK domains registered through us are directly managed by us—there are no intermediaries at all. This will enable us to look…

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don't lose office 365 emails

Cloud, Managed IT, Office 365

Don’t lose Office 365 emails

A lot of businesses and individuals have taken up Office 365. On the surface there’s a lot to like: automatic software updates, access to the latest versions of key business applications, predictable monthly payments, cloud storage, easy access to mobile and Cloud versions of key Office software And that’s naming just five! As Microsoft Silver Partners, we sell a lot…

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security certificates

Security, Web

What are security certificates for?

Digital certificates make secure transactions across the internet work. A certificate exists for every secure domain that you visit (banking, on-line shopping, etc.), and your web browser automatically collects and stores them for you. Certificates include two things: Proof of the site’s bona fides: The certificate describes the official ‘chain of trust’, from the site owner, right back…

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multicloud

Cloud

Clouds of clouds

There’s a new expression in circulation, “multicloud”. It’s just the thing for buzzword bingo, but what does it mean? At Bristol IT Company, we’ve been fans of the cloud for years. We use it ourselves and provide a range of cloud services to our customers. If implemented properly, it provides a wide range of benefits and opportunities (some…

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ransomware

Security

Don’t be held to ransom

In the past we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the threats presented to businesses by email born viruses and ransomware (see our Phishing, spear phishing and whaling post) – which is where a piece of malicious software is unwittingly downloaded to a computer on your network and starts to encrypt everything it can find. This…

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phishing attack

Security

Phishing, spear phishing and whaling

Urban myth: SMEs are not targets of cyber attacks You might think that your SME wouldn’t be a target for cyber criminals simply because larger companies offer greater opportunities, but you’d be very wrong. Such complacency could be very expensive. The total loss to SMEs from online fraud in 2015 was calculated at £9bn, whilst a 2016…

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