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Google marks website without an SSL as insecure

Beginning in July, Google Chrome (the world’s most popular web browser) will start to mark all websites as insecure if they do not have an SSL certificate. This means that your website will appear as “insecure” to people browsing your website, and it may even affect your SEO ranking. In an age where cyber-security is rife and consumers need reassurance that they are protected, having your website marked as insecure could have serious implications for your brand and overall business. You can check [...]

Eventura Becomes a 3CX Gold Partner

Eventura is proud to announce that it has recently achieved the 3CX Gold Partner status, showing the company’s commitment to partnering with industry leaders. In 2017, Eventura branched out to include 3CX unified communications products within its service portfolio and has since installed the solution both internally and at multiple customer sites. This partnership has allowed us to provide even more innovative technologies to our customers, helping to improve their businesses. About 3CX 3CX are an industry leading company, providing software-based PBX solutions [...]

Cyber security breaches the boundaries of the IT department

Over the past 30 years, businesses have adopted an increasing number of technologies to become more agile and meet the needs of customers. The majority of businesses are now reliant on technology to undertake day-to-day operations with servers, laptops, PCs and mobile devices almost being considered commodity items. These changes in the business landscape have also been met by an increasing number of cyber threats. As a result, the role of IT professionals in implementing and maintaining strong cyber security [...]

Organisations warned that failure to patch vulnerabilities could lead to fines under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect from 25th may 2018. New warnings from the Information Commissioner’s Office mean that organisations could now be punished for failing to patch existing vulnerabilities in their IT network. Under Article 32, businesses have a responsibility to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk. This includes measures such as: The pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data; The ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and [...]

Ransomeware

Security Alert: Double check before making a payment!

We have been alerted of a really complex phishing scenario that is becoming increasingly frequent, and could easily affect any organisation. Often, this scenario follows this five step sequence:   A known supplier or customer falls victim to a phishing attack. Their email credentials are compromised, and the cyber-criminal gains access to their email account. The cyber-criminal starts by changing the password, so that the victim no longer has control. They then comb through past email correspondence, and using the victim’s account, signature, [...]

Ransomeware

New Ransomware Variant: Anabelle

A new and complex ransomware variant, known as Anabelle, has been discovered. In comparison to other ransomware, Anabelle is difficult to deal with as it terminates multiple security programs, disables Windows Defender, turns off the firewall, encrypts your files, tries to spread, prevents you from running a variety of programs, and overwrites the master boot record of the infected computer with a boot loader. The complexity of this ransomware seems to be designed to showcase the skills of the developer, [...]

GDPR Consent

GDPR – Do we always need consent?

Earlier this week, our CEO ran a seminar in Manchester about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for businesses. Many questions at the event related to one specific thing – the need for consent to process data. The GDPR sets a high standard for consent, which can often be difficult to meet. Whilst for many purposes, consent may be necessary it is important for businesses to remember that consent is not the only basis on which [...]

Office Accounting

What HMRC Government Gateway changes mean for Sage 50 customers

In August 2017, HMRC introduced a new service that, on Wednesday 14 February 2018, will entirely replace the current Electronic Data Interchange channel. This may have an effect on how some Sage 50 customers can submit their data to HMRC. Accounts Customers using Sage 50 Cloud Accounts v24 or above, and customers using Sage 50 Accounts v24 or above are already compliant with the gateway changes. This means that customers using these versions can continue to make online submissions from their [...]

Teddy Valentine

Stay Safe Online Valentine

Just because we love you, here are some things to watch out for this Valentine’s Day…Tomorrow’s the big day and love is in the air! Many people are waiting in anticipation for cards and gifts from their secret admirer, whilst others are frantically searching for last minute, next day delivery gifts online. With all of the hype it’s easy to let your guard down, which makes you a prime target for cyber criminals to exploit.We have researched common ways [...]

Cyber Security

The NCSC have released their Phishing Guidance – Defend your organisation

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is a part of GCHQ, working to increase cyber security standards across the UK. Regularly offering advice on its website, the NCSC has recently released its guidance on how to defend your organisation against phishing attacks. Cyber security has cost the UK an estimated £26 billion, with phishing being the most common type of attack affecting more than 1 million businesses last year. It is a type of social engineering, where cyber attackers rely on [...]