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

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This week’s I.T. and technology roundup tests your knowledge of phishing scams; looks at how Microsoft is doing its bit to stop the spreading of “fake news” and explores why England’s courts are in need of I.T. support.

Google launches cybersecurity quiz to educate users

Google has launched a fantastic, interactive quiz this week which tests users’ knowledge and gullibility to phishing emails.

First the interactive quiz asks the user to type out a fictional email address and then sends a series of emails asking them if the mail is legitimate or a phishing email. It’s very cleverly done and tests the user’s ability to decipher real emails from those which are looking to acquire their personal details.

After each answer/email, Google explains how the user can tell for future reference if that particular email is fraudulent.

Phishing is the most common form of a cyberattack and this is one smart way of helping people wise-up to the threat which is often delivered to their inbox on a monthly basis.

You can give the test a try here: Google Phishing Quiz.

Microsoft cautions its users against Daily Mail

Microsoft’s internet browser is now cautioning its users against the Daily Mail when looking for reliable sources it has been reported.

The Edge browser now displays a message which reads: “Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.”

Microsoft’s partner ranked the Daily Mail with a one out of five credibility score when assessing the website, which is one of the most visited in world. The additional function to Microsoft Edge aims to counteract the spreading of “fake news” and was generated by a third-party start-up which champions reliable journalism by manually checking individual sites to ensure they meet its standards.

Read more about the browser addition via The Drum.

I.T. support needed in England’s courts

I.T. issues are affecting courtrooms across England it has been reported this week, causing delays to trials. The Ministry of Justice is now working on fixing problems which have caused “chaos” according to The Law Society Gazette.

Issues include: problems with court computer systems, phones, email and confusion over which cases would be heard in which court. This, combined with connectivity problems has raised concern among professionals in the industry.

Chair of the Criminal Bar Association, Chris Henley QC, commented: "Short-term savings often result in wider costs to the public purse and cause a broken criminal justice system to fall further apart.

"Crumbling court buildings are bad enough for court users - both the public and criminal practitioners - but digital failures can have far more profound consequences for all those awaiting trial."

Read more on this story via the BBC


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