The ICO and the impact of GDPR

2019-03-19T15:25:02+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Compliance, IT Security|Tags: , , , , , |

The ICO and the impact of GDPR The end of November 2018 marks the 6-month anniversary of GDPR and, while 6 months is a fairly short period of time, it is enough to start to get an idea of what sort of impact GDPR is having and how the ICO is managing it. Here [...]

Direct mail vs email marketing for SMEs

2019-02-13T12:33:59+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Technology Trends|Tags: , , , , |

Direct mail vs email marketing for SMEs Every time a new invention comes along, someone invariably predicts the demise of the old one. Sometimes they are right, for example, you don't tend to see many VHS recorders these days, but sometimes they are very wrong and either the new invention flops (Minidiscs, anyone?) [...]

Data security – is the stick more effective than the carrot

2019-01-29T15:10:07+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: IT Security|Tags: , , , , |

Data security - is the stick more effective than the carrot While positive reinforcement is generally the most desirable way of bringing about changes in attitudes and behaviours, the hard fact remains that in the real world, a “carrot-and-stick” approach is often by far the quickest and most effective way to generate meaningful results. [...]

Do you know who’s been reading your email?

2018-08-03T14:51:44+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: IT Security|Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you know who’s been reading your email? Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the fact that third-party app developers could gain access to your Gmail without you necessarily understanding the fact that you had authorised them to do so. The article was picked up by other news sources and [...]

Direct marketing and GDPR

2018-08-01T11:41:04+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Compliance|Tags: , , , , |

Direct marketing and GDPR Despite GDPR having been a reality for about a month now, there are probably a number of businesses, particularly small ones, that are still getting to grips with what GDPR means in practice, especially with regard to direct marketing, so here is a brief guide to what you need [...]

An important update to WordPress: GDPR and privacy

2018-07-03T15:37:20+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Compliance|Tags: , , , , |

An important update to WordPress: GDPR and privacy The latest WordPress release (4.9.6) is described as a privacy and maintenance release. Looking at the details of the release, the emphasis is clearly on the privacy and, basically, getting ready for GDPR. Here is a summary of the changes and what they mean: [...]

Cybersecurity spring cleaning you should do

2018-06-07T14:01:39+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: IT Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cybersecurity spring cleaning you should do Even though it really doesn’t look like it right now, it is, technically at least, spring. As everyone knows, then, that means it’s time for some annual deep cleaning. It’s good practice to extend your spring cleaning to your digital devices and, this year, there’s an extra [...]

Retail and cyber security

2018-05-15T10:53:51+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: IT Security|Tags: , |

Retail and cyber security As new research shows that the retail sector was targeted more than any other in cyber attacks in 2017, it is time for retailers to up their game when it comes to dealing with these organised attackers. The most common way to compromise retail systems was phishing and social engineering, [...]

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

2018-04-16T19:27:51+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Security Bulletin|Tags: , , , , , |

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: is your data safe? Cambridge Analytica has made what was probably a rather unwelcome transition from being a niche player to being one of the most (in)famous brand names around. Facebook, meanwhile, has long been controversial from a data protection/privacy perspective and, while some of the stories circulating the [...]

Fog computing via blockchain

2018-04-16T19:26:49+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Technology Trends|Tags: , , , , |

Fog computing via blockchain Decentralisation may come to be the defining feature of the 21st century and it is already making a huge impact in both the personal and the business worlds. We’ve already seen the cloud become a mainstay of both enterprise and personal computing, now we’re seeing the advance of fog computing [...]

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