Online Safety & Security

Protecting Your Online Activities

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Virtual private networks all perform the same basic service: providing end-to-end encryption for any data sent through them. This encryption does not stop your data from being intercepted … but merely means that the person...

Using Social Media at Work Safely

This page covers social media – as in visiting and using the common social networking sites – and the use of social media as a business tool....

Tele & Video Conferencing

Sometimes, there is no alternative to a face-to-face meeting, but conference calls and videoconferencing provide a highly convenient, non-disruptive, cost effective and environmentally friendly way to communicate without the time...

Supply Chain

As your organisation grows and starts to work with more customers, suppliers and partners, you become a link in one or more complex supply chains. Being a desirable, trustworthy supplier or customer now extends far beyond...

Cyber & Information Security Support

This website is designed to help you – as a small to medium sized organisation – to establish and maintain the appropriate levels of safety to safeguard your  IT systems, devices, business and employees against issues...

Protect Your Website

Whether your business operates an ecommerce or marketing website, it is essential to protect it against attacks from hackers as well as technical failure. The consequences of not doing so include loss of service, reduced revenue...

e Procurement

eProcurement, or business-to-business electronic purchasing, is being adopted by many organisations as a way to reduce transaction costs and improve process efficiency. It requires considerable investment in systems,...

Electronic & Card Payments

These days, virtually all payments made or received by a business are transacted electronically, with cheques having become a rarity and cash normally used only in over-the-counter retail situations. Because of the secure nature...

Mobile & Home Access

Mobile and home working – as in working on other sites remote from the main place of business – is a growing trend, enabling businesses to become more agile and provide more flexible working patterns. Because mobile and home...

The Cloud

Most, if not all organisations now have some reliance on cloud based services, whether for storage, hosted software or delivery of services to customers....

Selling on eBay

eBay is one of the world’s most popular online marketplaces, for businesses as well as private sellers. With millions of unique customers every month, it provides retailers and other businesses disposing of assets with the...

Wi-Fi

Wireless networks have revolutionised the way we work, both in the office, offsite or at home, and when out and about. This page deals with office and home Wi-Fi networks rather than public Wi-Fi / hotspots, which are covered...

Firewalls

The internet is effectively a public network, meaning that any connected device can find and connect to any other connected device. A firewall is a barrier between the internet and your computers or network – preventing...

email

Every organisation relies on email without a second thought, and it is for this reason that it has become such a commonplace method for people to send you unwanted communications that are at best annoying, and at worst harmful to...

Downloading & File Sharing

Downloading is a commonplace and very convenient way to obtain and update software as well as documents, pdfs, video, photos, and other files. Downloading is different from streaming, which is where video, music or sound is sent...

Banking

Online banking is very convenient for businesses but you must protect your password and other login details to prevent criminals from accessing your accounts. Because of the sums of money and frequent transactions involved,...

Risks

Malware

The term malware refers to software designed and distributed to gain unauthorised access to computers and other connected devices, disrupt their normal operation, gather sensitive or confidential information or spy on the...

DDoS Attacks

It is becoming increasingly common for organisations to be hit by online attacks which render their website unable to service legitimate requests. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is not a form of hacking, but simply an...

CEO Impersonation Fraud

CEO impersonation fraud takes place when a scam email purporting to be from the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director or another senior figure in an organisation is sent to the finance team requesting that a payment to be...

Tax Scams

Fraudulent phishing emails claiming to be issued by tax authorities or other government bodies have been in existence for some years. They are still as, if not more, popular with scammers....

Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware that provides criminals with the ability to lock a computer from a remote location – then display a pop-up window informing the owner or user that it will not be unlocked until a sum of money is...

Social Engineering

Social engineering is the route to many types of crime including fraud and identity theft. It refers to the act of manipulating or deceiving someone into certain actions including divulging personal or financial information … a...

Hactivism

The term hacktivism is used to describe the hacking of a website or social networking page to cause disruption or make a point on politically, socially or ethically motivated grounds....

Fraud

Businesses and other organisations can be affected by many types of fraud, and it is essential to ensure that you are aware of the risks in your particular organisation, and how to identify and prevent it....

Botnets

A botnet is a network of computers that have been intentionally infected with malware by cybercriminals in order to perform automated tasks on the internet without the permission (or often the knowledge) of the devices’ owners....


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