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Week Ending: May 25th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Another lovely week of sunshine and another jam-packed week in the world of I.T. and tech.

Here’s some of the biggest stories from the last week which you can discuss with friends as you gather around the BBQ this bank holiday (hopefully!).

Phishing in a sea of SMEs

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, 43 per cent of businesses experienced a cyber security attack or breach in the last 12 months. And while global Ransomware attacks like WannaCry dominate the headlines, it’s the much less sophisticated phishing scams that are causing much of the damage.

Of those businesses who experienced an attack, three-quarters were the result of fraudulent emails or being directed to fraudulent websites. This is down in part to the fact that phishing scams are one of the simplest forms of cyber attacks and offer a greater reward for less time.

Learn more about how you can negate these risks here.

Is ‘Sharenting’ putting your children at risk?

What is ‘Sharenting’? – I hear you ask!

Sharenting is where parents share updates from their children’s lives on social media. This is often personal in nature such as; photos, milestones, school names, age, date of birth, maiden names and so on, and it could be playing right into the hands of online fraudsters.

This over sharing could potentially have a major financial impact on children in their later lives, Barclays have warned. They predict that by 2030 it could be responsible for £670m in online fraud.

Jodie Gilbert, head of digital safety for Barclays offered some advice; "It is vital to think before you post, and to carry out regular audits of your social media accounts to prevent that information from falling into the wrong hands".

If you’re concerned about your child’s online safety, we previously wrote a blog with some tips to follow here.

Britain’s Broadband Boost

Chancellor of the Exchequer – Phillip Hammond – has pledged to make “full-fibre” connections available to the majority of UK homes by 2025.

This move is a bid to boost the economy in a post-Brexit Britain and the Government see superfast broadband as a way to improve productivity. He argued that full-fibre can be 40 times faster than other high-speed services and will allow Britain to remain competitive after leaving the EU.

However, a leading consumer advice website, Thinkbroadband, has stated the goal is unlikely to be reached…only time will tell we suppose.

What do you think? – Are we likely to see “full-fibre” connections as the norm in the next 7 years?


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