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Bespoke software solutions

Bespoke software solutions – how do you know if one is right for you? Are cumbersome tasks that take you and your team too long to complete costing you money? Do they lose you hours of productivity or possibly even clients? Are you struggling to find a system that could automate these processes? If you have these challenges, then you might want to consider a bespoke software solution. What is a bespoke solution? Choosing to build a bespoke software solution means that you can design a program around your business needs rather than shoehorning your …
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The web just turned 30. How far have we come?

It has been 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web. I attended the celebration at the Science Museum in London where Tim shared his thoughts on how he started the web, and his vision for it; and it made me think about how much the web has changed in this time. To share a brief history, Tim created the web in 1989 while working at CERN as a way of automating the sharing of information that was stored on computers. The idea was that it provided a way for …
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Push v. Productivity

‘A Toxic Cause of Stress’ – Push v. Productivity You are at work deeply engrossed in a piece of work that is near completion and suddenly there is a ‘ping’ and you see you have a new notification. Do you a) click on it – you can’t help it, it might be important b) ignore it but know it’s there like an itch you can’t scratch. Either way, your brain is now disengaged from the task in hand. It can take well over a minute to regain your concentration. Add into the …
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I did not steal your car

I did NOT steal your car! I didn’t STEAL your car! I didn’t steal your CAR! The emphasis you put on different words, can directly influence the meaning. Try it. Read the statements out loud putting in the emphasis.  Now imagine you are reading it in an email… The Importance of Email Etiquette Every now and then an email exchange goes viral reminding us all that a hastily written email can sometimes come back to bite us.  Now that 50% of emails are scanned on our mobile phones, we digest information in a hurry – and a quickly fired off email …
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Cryptocurrencies: Is it Pay Day for Cybercrime?

Dr Mike McGuire, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, teamed up with a virtualisation tech company, Bromium, and produced ‘Into the Web of Profit’ – a research study investigating the socio-economic and spending differences among cybercriminals. The headlines read like the script of a B list Hollywood movie with 15% of cybercriminals spending to gain status – high stakes gambling, flash cars, gold, drugs, jewellery and prostitutes. So how does it work? Cybercrime, Dr McGuire states, is not a business, it is an economy. Top cybercrime earners include sales of prescription …
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Heliocentrix reviews the NCA Cyber Threat to UK Business Report

The race between hackers’ and defenders’ capabilities is increasing in pace and intensity. The publishing of the Cyber Threat to UK Business Report 2017/18, the new GDPR regulations and the ongoing scandal of Facebook condoning the harvesting of private data means that data security is first page news. We are going to examine some key points of the report in real terms to SMEs. If you think that tech horror stories such as ransomware, WannaCry, crypto-jacking, worms and trojans will never affect your organisation, you can think again. According to data compiled by …
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The War on Malware

Malware: Short for malicious software, this is an umbrella term used to refer to hostile or intrusive programs designed to infect harm on a computer.  It can include viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware and other intentionally harmful programs. What you need to know about the malware threat In Quarter 3 in 2017, the biggest number of the quarter was the count of new malware, which reached an all-time high of 57.6 million new samples, an increase of 10% from quarter 2. Source: McAfee. In May 2017 the NHS was attacked by the …
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