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Beware NCA National Insurance Scam

NCA National Insurance Scam Just got another new scam call today, this time claiming to be from the NCA. This one is a recorded message claiming to be from the national crime agency (NCA) and stating that they have detected some illegal activity on my name and national insurance number and need to cancel my national insurance number, press 1 to speak to an agent. This NCA National Insurance Scam is just one of many scams where fraudsters are posing as National Crime Agency officers over the...

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What is spear phishing and how to avoid it.

We have all heard by now of the term phishing and how it works, where a generic email is sent with an encrypted URL or attachment and when it’s clicked “BOOM”… you have been caught. But, over the last few years we have seen a significant rise in spear phishing. Spear phishing is technically the same but with a more direct and targeted approach. The hackers will spend time looking into an individual or a small group of people’s own lives, interests and job role and create an email...

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10 tips for securely working from home

10 tips for securely working from home Working from home has now become a requirement for most office workers due to the corona virus pandemic, which has required companies to close their offices to keep their staff isolated. Many companies are also making the decision to maintain this working environment even after the pandemic. Unfortunately those unscrupulous cyber criminals are also taking advantage of this situation and are actively targeting home workers, knowing full well that their...

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How to create multiple profiles on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, so there is a good chance you are using this as your main browser. What you probably didn’t know is that you can create multiple profiles. It is a good idea to do this if you share your device with other people (kids, family) without the need to create a new Windows user account. Also, the ability to use multiple profiles can come in handy if you use your PC for both work and personal use and need to keep everything separate. This...

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Lets Encrypt vs Paid SSL Certificates

In an age where internet security is more important than ever, it’s vital to let people know that your site is safe to use. A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is a type of website encryption key that encrypts data between the visitor's browser and the server. Fortunately, there are many different SSL options you can use. Let’s Encrypt is a free and open-source Certificate Authority (CA) that offers SSL certificates to anyone who has a domain name. Paid SSLs offer the...

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cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

I have had this "cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate" error occur a few times now on my Windows server with my WHMCS installations. It primarily has affected payment gateways which are using curl to communicate, which in my case was Go Cardless. Not being a PHP developer, I always tend to forget the cause of the problem when it crops up, so hopefully, this will serve as a reminder to myself as well 🙂 The reason for this error is that curl needs a...

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How to Prevent Bypassing CloudFlare

Cloudflare is a free DNS proxy service and has become the ubiquitous solution for any small website/business (as well as hackers, warez, porn or any controversial blogger sites) that want to hide their IP address and by extension, their hosting provider by hiding behind a proxy server. In addition to the anonymising proxy service, it also has a bunch of neat caching, website performance and security features and DDOS protection too which can be a super-easy way to improve the performance and...

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40 Surprising Hacking Statistics

Did you know that most electronic devices and the majority of the Internet-connected devices (IOT) can be hacked? In this article, we will look at some hacking statistics to illustrate the impact of hackers’ activities in modern society. Naturally, hacks are a great concern for website owners – but the truth is that all Web denizens are susceptible to hacking activity. In the text below you will find some fantastic stats which will help us to find out: Which is the biggest bank heist that was...

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Review: CleanBrowsing – DNS Content filtering

Deploying an effective parental control solution is hard, in fact it seems to be getting harder as technology in this area does not seem to be progressing to cope with the ever-growing number of internet-connected devices we have in our home. In my house, we have over 25 internet-connected devices. Multiple Amazon fire devices, tablets, phones, games consoles, and PC's. All of which I have to make sure are kid-safe by default. In the case of my Fire TV/sticks, there is no simple solution, as...

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Password managers are not just for passwords

Securely store your password and personal data There’s no doubt that LastPass has saved me a lot of time and headaches – by remembering and filling passwords for me. But what many people do not realise is that password managers like LastPass or Dashlane can be used for a lot more than just passwords. There is lots of information besides passwords that most people need to access and use in their day-to-day life, online and offline. Whether you are booking your next family holiday,...

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