Category Archives: Technology News

GDPR – what’s it all about?

On 25th May 2018 a new European Union law framework will come into effect called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).  This has been 6 years in the making and is all about online data protection and how our online personal data is stored and handled. If you live in the EU, you will by now…
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Facebook, scandal and dodgy mind tricks!

  Facebook have been featured heavily in the news this week following a huge data breach affecting 50 million of its users.  The social media platform and it's CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been hit hard as the scandal unfolded this week in the news to reveal user personal data was unlawfully taken by a 3rd…
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Security flaw Q&A – MELTDOWN and SPECTRE

  Back in January this year a serious cyber security flaw was discovered that affects pretty much every device that has a processor chip.     This would usually be the product's on-board processor chip manufactured by companies such as Intel, AMD and ARM. Millions of devices including laptops, PC's and smart phones were affected putting them at risk…
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Apple in trouble for slowing down iPhones

Apple are in trouble and may end up with a big legal bill.     After admitting in late December last year to knowingly slowing down older models of the iPhone to preserve battery life without telling users, the technology giant now faces a number of legal battles.   The lithium-ion batteries in smart phones all tend…
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High-speed broadband – a legal right by 2020

By 2020 a new telecommunications ruling (Universal Service Obligation) will ensure everyone has the legal right to access and request high-speed broadband connection speeds of at least 10 Mbps. The national standard broadband speed according to Ofcom is 10 Mbps for download and 1 Mbps for upload speed.   There are a high number of properties…
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Ofcom gets tough on Broadband speed

Internet broadband speeds offered by ISPs (Internet service providers) can be a bit misleading.  Packages on offer sometimes look better than they are as well as having hidden contractual tie-ins where customers end up paying penalties when ending a contract early.   The good news is that Ofcom, the UK communications regulator have again started to get…
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Are we being overcharged by mobile phone companies?

The big mobile phone operators (EE, Vodafone and Three) have been outed by consumer rights group, Citizens Advice for over-charging their customers in contracts for handsets once they have finished paying for them.   Citizens Advice (formerly the Citizens Advice Bureau) is a network of over 300 charities in the UK designed to help and protect the everyday consumer.…
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What’s the KRACK? It’s a Wi-fi security vulnerability, since you ask

A design flaw has recently been found in a widely used wireless network security protocol which makes it possible for cyber criminals/hackers to access password protected Wi-fi networks and potentially access the data.  KRACK (or Key Reinstallation Attack) targets Wi-fi Protected Access Protocol (WPA2, also known as WPA2-PSK (Pre-shared Key). Wi-fi protocols all form part…
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Bad Rabbit Ransomware

They're at it again.  This time another strain of Ransomware has struck Russia and the Ukraine. The BBC reported on 25th October this new type of malware has affected websites, an airport and an underground station in Russia.  Known as 'Bad Rabbit' and similar to the WannaCry and Petya attacks, parts of Turkey and Germany…
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MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 MOBILE GETS THE CHOP

Microsoft announced today on Twitter that development of new features for their mobile phone operating system Windows 10 Mobile will no longer continue.  Designed for smartphones, Windows 10 Mobile replaced its successors, Windows Phone and Windows Phone 8.1 back in 2015.  The Microsoft Lumia brand also came about in 2015.  Lumia first appeared in 2011,…
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