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Following the so-called celebrity iCloud photo hack which occurred in August (2014), Apple increased security measures by extending two-factor verification to iCloud, and last week this was further extended to FaceTime and iMessage. The information in this blog has been based on this InfoWorld article.   What is two-step verification (two-factor authentication)? Two-step verification is a process which verifies a user’s credentials using […]


Approximately 33 million people in the UK choose the convenience of banking online but is it safe? The three key ways online criminals can access online bank accounts are phishing, vishing and password theft. With a phishing scam you receive a hoax email purporting to come from your bank. The scam email tells you to click on a link […]


Graham Cluley alerts us that online criminals are attacking Internet Explorer and Firefox users via a now patched zero day vulnerability in Adobe Flash. Adobe warned users in a recent security advisory of the critical vulnerability and subsequently released an emergency update for Flash patching the vulnerability known as CVE-2015-0313 this week. However, that will be too late for thousands of computer users […]


A Trojan is making its way around the world’s largest social network site, infecting 110,000 Facebook users in just two days. The malware (malicious software) spreads itself by posting links to a pornographic video from the account of previously infected users. The postings generally tag around 20 friends of the infected user. If the user opens the link contained […]




The Microsoft Malware Protection Centre (MMPC) has warned of an increasing number of phishing email threats using macros to spread their malicious code. An example of the security warning you would see when a document is requesting you allow macros is shown below: Image from MMPC click for full-size image Cybercriminals are sending spam emails with a […]


Nearly 100 Firstsource call centre staff have been suspended in Londonderry, Northern Ireland pending internal investigation following allegations of breaching company policies and procedures – full article here. Also in the news, Morgan Stanley fires employee who leaked sensitive client data – full article here.               These stories act as […]



Whether you have Christmas shopping left to do or you are getting ready for the January sales you could benefit from remembering the following tips and tricks for avoiding cyber criminals, and staying safe online. 1. Scams and schemes to watch out for: Fake charities (e.g. current Ebola fund raising scams) Fake adverts Fake coupons (via Facebook or other social media) Fake delivery […]