The Spectre of a Potential Security Meltdown

Spectre. Meltdown. These phrases sound like the titles of bad B-Movie action films. But they’re very much real. They’re the name of two massive CPU exploits that were uncovered over the past week (the first week of January 2018). Both are the biggest threats to processing hardware we’ve seen in a long time.

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2 Factor Authentication is a Life-Saver

2 Factor Authentication. You’ve probably heard of it.

It’s being rolled out more and more aggressively across all sorts of devices, and implemented in all kinds of software.

It’s basically a way of having 2 sets of doors to your sensitive information with different ways of opening them.

It’s vital as a safeguard to prevent malicious hackers from gaining access to your vital data even if they’ve breached other security controls you had in place, such as a password.

Time and time again we’ve seen examples of this saving business’s bacon and preventing much bigger data breaches from occurring.

Just this past week, A Dutch security firm fell victim to a well-executed attack that allowed hackers to take control of its servers, and intercept clients' login credentials and confidential data.

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Reputation: The Phisher's Elixir

HTTPS certification. Anti-DDOS protections. CAPTCHA verification. All of these constantly evolving and expanding terms for protecting websites. It can get really frustrating having to keep up with the latest cyber-security techniques for your online services. Often an organisation’s website doesn’t collect any credentials, they don't have any payment info and in many cases, the site is simply a static representation of content that rarely changes.

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Anti-virus programmes are the key to protecting your computer

Anti-virus programmes. They’re the key to protecting your computer. As long as you have one in place, you can rest easy, knowing you’ve done your bit to protect yourself from malicious attackers, right? Well, I would certainly recommend installing a reputable anti-virus programme but checking before actually installing it is as vital as implementing it in the first place.

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GDPR Violation? What does it mean?

Picture the scene. Just another day at work. Sipping coffee, reading documents. Suddenly, you get an email notification. There’s been a data breach in your company’s network. Another email. Apparently, you’ve been in violation of something called GDPR. What on Earth is that? What does it mean? Another email – this one is a notification of a fine. You open it. How much? Hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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