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What is Hacking?

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What is Hacking?

Unless we have been living on a faraway distant planet, we have all heard of the term ‘Hacking’ But what is it actually? The Dictionary Definition: ‘Hacking is an attempt to exploit a computer system or a private network inside a computer. Simply put, it is the unauthorised access to or control over computer network security systems for some illicit purpose’. We have all seen the movies where the ‘Baddies’ have ‘hacked’ the governments computers and are able to launch the nuclear missiles to destroy the world! But in the real world, everyday Hacking is not quite so dramatic, but still can have devastating effects on personal...

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Black Friday & Christmas Gift Scammers Alerts.

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Black Friday & Christmas Gift Scammers Alerts.

The time of year has come when we all start to think of Christmas, especially looking for bargains and due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, online shopping is extra essential to help buying our gifts, but watch out, the scammers are also out there in force, waiting in the cyber-shadows to pounce! The average UK victim of purchase fraud in the first half of the year lost £720! Some banks are warning their customers to be on the look-out for Black Friday Fraud, where cyber-criminals are targeting lockdown purchases, especially large ones, like Patio heaters, bikes, sheds to name a few....

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What are Cookies? And are they dangerous?

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What are Cookies? And are they dangerous?

We come across them on just about every website we visit, and usually habitually click ‘accept all’ so we can carry on viewing the website, but are we making our privacy vulnerable? Cookies are essential to the modern internet, they are text files with small pieces of data — like a username and password — that are used to identify your computer as you use a computer network. Specific cookies known as HTTP cookies are used to identify specific users and improve your web browsing experience. They let websites remember you, your logins, your shopping basket and much more. It’s...

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Can smart home assistants be hacked?

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Can smart home assistants be hacked?

Smart home assistants, like Alexa and Google home, have soared in popularity across UK homes. A report showed that 22% of UK homes now own a digital home assistant, double the 11% figure reported in the same report for 2017. These devices have now become common place in our homes, we are now relying more and more on these smart assistants to aid us in our day to day routines, asking common questions like ‘is it going to rain today?’ or what’s the date today? Or linking it to our home systems like turning appliances, lights or the heating on. But are...

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Beware of Fake ‘Shop Front’ Websites.

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Beware of Fake ‘Shop Front’ Websites.

There you are, happily online shopping, you search on Google (or other browsers) for your favourite site, click in your search listings on what you think is the genuine site and voila! Up pops what looks to be the site you wish to utilise. Or is it? Cyber-criminals are sweeping the internet with ‘Fake’ sites, they copy, very cleverly and in great detail, the site page, for example , of your bank or as in the exampled photo above, your antivirus site relying on the user to think that it is genuine and then ask for all kinds of personal...

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