Microsoft, after years of doing their own thing in terms of browser development, are joining the existing stable of Chrome-based browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi etc.) with the release of their new Edge Chromium browser on January 15 th , 2020. Edge Chromium's initial deployment will be as part of a Microsoft standard update and the new browser will work on all Windows platforms from 7 onwards – Windows 7, 8 and 10, and macOS. The Bet...

RIP – Windows 7

Are any of your computers running Windows 7? If the answer is yes, then January 14 th , 2020 should be looming large in your mind. Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on that date – a development which could have a significant negative impact on your business IT environment. After January 14 th your operating system will receive: No Security No Updates No Support No Compliance End of Support quite literally means no further security fixes or...

Multi-factor Authentication as a security measure protected user accounts in 99.9% of attempted identity attacks, according to Microsoft . This encouraging statistic was released as the tech giant revealed that 44 million of it's Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Services accounts were themselves vulnerable to being breached through compromised passwords. If Microsoft are prepared to admit to such vulnerability, what about other...

We've all survived the Black Friday and Cyber Monday super sales where some of the big-ticket items are Smart TVs. The FBI just released a warning that your new toy may be a cyber criminal's best friend. Smart TVs typically include internet streaming, cameras, microphones and other advanced technologies allowing the manufacturer or app developers to snoop on you. Malicious cyber actors may be able to take control of your unsecured TV. Low risk ac..

As night follows day, so Cyber Monday follows Black Friday in another US retailer-inspired sales push hanging on the coat-tails of Thanksgiving. Any excuse, eh? Of course, online retailers around the world have seized the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon - and where merchants lead, scammers are sure to "follow the money". For every reputable organisation coaxing you to part with cash for their unmissable, never to be repeated (this week!) bar...

International Computer Security Day for 2019 falls on Saturday 30 th November – why not use it as a prompt to review the current state of your computer security. There are lots of things you can and should do to make sure you are protected from crippling and expensive data loss, system corruption, blackmail or loss of business. We've put together a brief outline of some of the positive actions you can take to improve the security of your computer...

Black Friday sales may have originated in the United States as a way of kick-starting their Christmas trading push the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, but the global online shopping phenomenon has ensured that Black Friday sales have quickly spread to become standard worldwide. No doubt your social media, televisions and news outlets are full of adverts for Black Friday sales at this very moment. Retail outlets rely on everyone wanting to gra...

Spectre. Meltdown. You may have seen these words cropping up with increasing regularity recently. What do they mean? Are they something you should be taking an interest in? YES! A resounding yes, and here's why… Spectre and Meltdown are names applied to three variants of a known hardware vulnerability inherent in almost every computer chip created over the last 20 years. It's almost a certainty that you have one of these affected chips in ...