The UK Government’s contradictory advice: How frequently should you change your password? [UPDATED]

Cyber Essentials is a UK government scheme launched in 2104 and is designed to encourage organisations and businesses to adopt “best practice” in information security. It offers two levels of certification: “Cyber Essentials” – where organisations self-assess their own systems and policies, and “Cyber Essentials Plus” – where an organization’s systems and policies are independently […]

Are Virgin Media “Port Scanning” their customers… and profiting from it? [UPDATED]

Virgin Media are one of the UK’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISP), with over 5 million broadband subscribers. Yesterday, a concerned Virgin Media customer forwarded me an email they’d received: The email – which was addressed to the customer by name, and included their name and IP address – had genuinely originated from Virgin Media. […]

5 ways to spot a “phishing” email

“Phishing” is a term used to describe the activity of defrauding an online account holder of personal or financial information by posing as a legitimate company. The most common form of phishing on the internet is through email – you’ve almost certainly had them appear in your inbox – emails that look like they come […]

It’s #DataPrivacyDay Today

Today marks what’s become widely know on the internet as “Data Privacy Day” (or if you’re in the EU, “Data Protection Day”). Data Privacy/Protection Day occurs annually on January 28th, and has taken place in some form or another for the past 9 years. It’s purpose is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data […]