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Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown

You probably can’t have missed the reports about the cyber-Armageddon that are circulating today. Two very significant vulnerabilities have been found in the processor chips that are used by nearly every single computer, tablet, phone and smart toaster.

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What will 2018 bring?

will 2018 bring

So what will 2018 bring to us all in the areas of cyber security and data privacy/protection? I had a go at this predicting thing last year and you can see how I got on here.

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Review of my 2017 predictions.

2017 Predictions

I don’t see many people who make predictions for the coming year actually come back to review what they predicted. I’m not one of those though, so here is my review. I’ve included the original text below in blue, but the full article for my 2017 predictions is here.

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Simple Security Planner tool for EVERYONE!

Security Planner

I love it when I get to tell people about another great security tool. This simple Security Planner tool is another FREE resource that can really help protect you, your loved ones, your friends and co-workers.

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Video – 6 Examples of a data breach

6 examples of a data breach

Something new for us this time. A short video blog. This showing 6 examples of a data breach under the GDPR. The 6 examples are: A Lost or Stolen Laptop Sending e-mail to the wrong person. Disposal of confidential papers. Sharing of a password. Allowing copying of files to USB memory keys. Sending an e-mail…

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Password Sharing = Data Breach

password sharing

I saw the tweet below about password sharing from Nadine Dorries, currently a British MP and initially thought “That’s not a good idea. This person needs to receive some security awareness training.” I even have a commandment for it.

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Dodgy e-mail that looks legit.

Dodgy e-mail

I received a dodgy e-mail on my personal account yesterday. I’m surprised the GMail spam filters didn’t catch it and flag it for me. Like last weeks story, this message looked kinda plausible.

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Double check your security.

Double Check Security

There is an easy double check that you can implement which will offer you excellent protection. It is called two factor authentication (or two step verification).

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Heathrow’s dangerous data breach

heathrow data breach

You may not have heard about this, as it emerged on Sunday. There was a data breach relating to Heathrow Airport. A fully accessible USB memory stick was found on a London street.

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What Ophelia taught me about power.

Power cables

Hurricane Ophelia came to Ireland this week and caused quite a lot of damage across the country. Trees were blown down. Roofs were ripped off. The electrical power supply grid was widely disrupted. The area where my office is, had no power for over 48 hours.

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Malicious e-mail from Yahoo! breach.

malicious e-mail

I’ve received the first malicious e-mail as a result of a compromised Yahoo! e-mail account. I’ve warned the individual and hopefully he still has control of the account and can secure it again.

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Deloitte breach is very embarrassing.

deloitte breach

The Deloitte breach that was revealed by the Guardian last week was incredibly embarrassing for the firm. They have been named Gartner’s No. 1 Security Consultancy for 5 years in a row 😳.

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