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Hi, Welcome to Internet Safety and Privacy where you will find information, guides and resources to help keep you safe, and protect your privacy online. Many people purchase security software to protect their computer systems and while this is an essential part of a responsible protection strategy; software does not even cover half the potential threats that are out there. Software alone cannot block some of the most dangerous online threats. Only by being aware of the threat and understanding how to avoid it can we begin to approach complete protection.

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Policeman loses his job for liking and sharing on Facebook

January 19, 2017
Policeman loses his job for liking and sharing on Facebook

Chief Inspector Steven Drew, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s specials was accused of sharing and liking ‘explicitly racist’ material on Facebook and was dismissed from the force in December 2016. His offense was “liking” a Facebook page called “Ban Islam and Sharia Law” and the page of the Britain First political party. He also shared […]

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Your relative’s DNA stored online can make you a Suspect in an unsolved crime

January 17, 2017
Your relative’s DNA stored online can make you a Suspect in an unsolved crime

Familial DNA privacy Warning Years ago a father provided a DNA sample to a genealogy project through his Mormon church in Mississippi. Years later his son became the prime suspect in a 10 year old unsolved murder when his fathers DNA came up as a partial match with DNA found at the crime scene and […]

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What is Google Allo and why are some warning against using it.

January 16, 2017
What is Google Allo and why are some warning against using it.

Google Allo Privacy Google has built artificial intelligence into its new Allo “smart messaging” app to deliver a better chatting experience, but at what cost to our personal privacy? What actually is Allo and why does it have privacy advocates like Edward Snowden alarmed? What is Google Allo? There are already lots of messaging apps […]

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Five Reasons Why Website Owners Urgently need to implement Security

November 10, 2016
Five Reasons Why Website Owners Urgently need to implement Security

Secure Website Connection – Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) All Websites Need To Be Secure WARNING : There is a push by some major players on the internet to force website owners to implement security using SSL the (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol by 2017 and there are real penalties for websites that do not implement SSL […]

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How to secure sensitive data for you business

October 14, 2016
How to secure sensitive data for you business

Does your business have trade secrets? Have you developed a process or secret formula which your competition would love to get their hands on? How secure is your list of clients, suppliers or any other highly confidential data? Most businesses have sensitive information that if stolen or leaked would cause financial loss and/or embarrassment. Laptops […]

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Secure Internet 2017 – Big change for websites

October 9, 2016
Secure Internet 2017 – Big change for websites

If you own a website then you absolutely need to know about this big change coming for a Secure Internet in 2017. Secure Internet 2017 There is a push by some major players on the internet to force website owners to implement security using SSL the (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol starting in 2017. SECURE WEBSITES […]

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Chrome to warn users of insecure websites

September 30, 2016
Chrome to warn users of insecure websites

INSECURE WEBSITE WARNING Chrome is Google’s own web browser and they have just announced a major change with regard to website security that will impact on almost every website and potentially cause confusion and concern to visitors. SECURE WEBSITES EXPLAINED Most websites use the insecure HTTP connection. This means that the communication between your device […]

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How do you know if a website is hacked or is dangerous?

September 29, 2016
How do you know if a website is hacked or is dangerous?

Most hacking today is NOT motivated by a political or religious cause, or even someone out to prove something. Forget about the Hollywood image of a nerdy adolescent sitting in front of a computer late a night, surrounded by pizza boxes and soda cans. Professional cyber criminal syndicates are now behind most hacking and malware. […]

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End the Pain of Passwords

September 24, 2016
End the Pain of Passwords

Finally there is a way to end the pain of passwords! Today ANY eight-character password, regardless of how random and complex, can be cracked in under an hour using a stand desktop computer. COMPUTER POWER HAS EXPLODED BUT OUR BRAINS ARE THE SAME In the past twenty years computer power has exploded but our brainpower […]

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How easily passwords can be hacked and why you need super strong passwords

September 23, 2016
How easily passwords can be hacked and why you need super strong passwords

  How easily passwords can be cracked today – It will shock you! The three main ways passwords are cracked – Probably not what you think! What is really protecting your password against hacking – You will be surprised! A dangerous practice that puts you at extreme risk of identity theft – Most people do […]

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Have any of your accounts been hacked?

September 19, 2016
Have any of your accounts been hacked?

There have been thousands of data breaches over the past few years resulting in millions of passwords being potentially compromised, and we are talking some huge sites!     What are the chances that your account details were included in one of these breaches? There is an easy way to find out, and we will […]

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Dropbox hacked and 68 million user accounts potentially compromised.

September 14, 2016
Dropbox hacked and 68 million user accounts potentially compromised.

Who is at risk? Find out how to protect your password! In late August 2016, Dropbox sent out a warning email requesting all users reset their passwords. This started a lot of rumors and Dropbox has since confirmed that a data dump, containing 68 million Dropbox user IDs with hashed passwords, was obtained by unknown […]

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