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Being held to ransom?

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. UK businesses are reportedly being forced to shut down after being held hostage by ransomware. One report suggested that 54% of UK businesses have been targeted with a ransomware attack, prompting more than … Continue reading

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Cyber security – what does my organisation need to do? Answers from questions at our webinar

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. Cyber security is a frontline issue and a boardroom issue, not just a matter for information security experts. If you hold personal data and that data is on a device connected to the … Continue reading

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Public must act to protect themselves when using Internet of Things devices

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. Is this creepy website live-streaming YOUR living room? That was the Daily Mail headline in 2014, highlighting a Russian website that was providing links to access internet-connected cameras around the world. The story … Continue reading

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What are our mobile apps actually doing?

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. How long could people get by without using mobile apps? Maybe as long as a day without checking the weather or bank balance. Probably only a few hours without checking emails. And maybe … Continue reading

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Eight reasons small businesses should read our new IT security guide

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. The ICO’s new and improved A Practical Guide to IT is now available online and in print. It’s aimed at small businesses and gives advice on how to keep IT systems safe and … Continue reading

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How shops can use your phone to track your every move and video display screens can target you using facial recognition

Note: The ICO has published new guidance on Wi-Fi location analytics By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. Picture the scene, you’re in a department store and decide to go back and try that pair of trousers on for a … Continue reading

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‘Now you don’t see it, now you do’ – the dangers of hidden data

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. Details of 2,000+ residents published online, a £70,000 penalty and an “extremely sorry” local council. That was the result of Islington Council being a little more transparent than it had intended, providing a … Continue reading

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Be wary of public Wi-Fi

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology. If you’re among the many who make use of free Wi-Fi services in our shops, hotels, train stations and airports, you may have noticed how different the sign-up process can be – ranging … Continue reading

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Does your website have a leak?

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology As any developer knows, today’s websites and mobile apps can be complex beasts, with far more going on behind the scenes than the typical user realises. Central to getting the right functionality can be … Continue reading

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Personal data in leaked datasets is still personal data

By Simon Rice, Group Manager for Technology They say ‘no publicity is bad publicity’, but after spending most of the week trending on Twitter, I wonder if the users of the Ashley Madison site might disagree. Having already prompted a … Continue reading

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