• Rules & Regulations: Social Media

    Author: Harvey Morton
    2 weeks ago 16 Minute Read

    In this article, we look at the rules, policies and guidance around what types of content is –  and isn’t – allowed on social media websites.

    Social Media Platforms

    Social media platforms reflect many different views and motivations and can be used for harm (as well as good) e.g., cyberbullying, hate speech, grooming and more.  With social media forums positioning themselves as platforms rather than publishers, they are currently protected from the same regulation that publishers are subject to.  Given that there are now vast quantities of rules and guidelines introduced and published by the social media platforms themselves to show that they can work without the need for regulation or other intervention, this article focuses mainly on Facebook and Twitter as examples.

  • Stay Safe Online This Christmas
  • Stay Safe Online This Christmas

    Author: Harvey Morton
    1 month ago 9 Minute Read

    With Christmas just around the corner here are some suggestions for how you and your loved ones can stay safe online over this festive period and beyond.

    The Shift Online

    The pandemic has prompted a huge shift online this year for work and now, with the second wave in full flight, for online shopping. Back in June, an Alvarez & Marsal and Retail Economics survey showed that 17.2 million British consumers (25 per cent of the population) were planning to make permanent changes to the way they shop i.e., by shopping more online. This Christmas, this trend is now becoming a reality as online sales surge as well as an extra forecast surge of online purchases on Christmas Day as soon as retailers lower prices on Christmas Eve.

  • Is Your IT Guy Holding You Prisoner?

    Author: Harvey Morton
    1 month ago 8 Minute Read

    Here’s a question you’ve probably never thought about: If your IT guy went away, would you know where all the passwords, data, software licenses, and disks, key codes, and other important information were stored? Do you know how to log into your server? Do you know the passwords to all your employee’s workstations? Do you know where your offsite data is stored and how to access it? Is your network documented so that another IT person could come in and pick up where they left off? If not, your IT guy is holding you, prisoner.

  • Password Security and The Road Ahead
  • Password Security and The Road Ahead

    Author: Harvey Morton
    2 months ago 15 Minute Read

    The fact that websites continue to be hacked and passwords are frequently stolen (and that a computer recently set a record by guessing 100 billion passwords per second) calls in to question how passwords can still be used safely and what lies ahead for them. This article looks at password security now and the progress being made towards a ‘passwordless’ future.

  • Data Breaches : The Fallout
  • Data Breaches : The Fallout

    Author: Harvey Morton
    2 months ago 12 Minute Read

    In this article, we look not just at data breaches but also at the impact of data breaches on business and organisations.

    Data Breaches

    A personal data breach, as defined by the UK’s data watchdog and regulator, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is “a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data.” This definition highlights, therefore, that a breach could be accidental or deliberate, and could be more than just about losing personal data.  For example, data breaches could occur through third-party access, accidentally sending data to the wrong recipient, devices being lost or stolen, altering data without permission or losing the availability of personal data.

  • The Difference Between Cloud Backup and Cloud Storage
  • The Difference Between Cloud Backup and Cloud Storage

    Author: Harvey Morton
    30th November 2020 10 Minute Read

    This article looks at the difference between cloud backup and cloud storage and how each contributes to daily business life; business continuity and disaster recovery.