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IT Security Updates Issue 4

The ICO are investigating a 10 million user data breach at Dixons Carphone, the ICO have also hired a new director as a nod to a changing security landscape, Butlins have announced a major phishing attack resulting in 35,000 customer records…
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IBM Makes Test Version of New Stealth AI Malware ‘DeepLocker’

IBM has announced that it has created its own stealth, ultra-evasive AI malware called ‘DeepLocker’ that can evade all traditional cyber-security protection, hide in normal applications, and only strike when it is sure it has reached its…
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Microsoft To Launch App-Testing Sandbox ‘InPrivate Desktop’ Feature

It has been reported that Microsoft is to launch InPrivate Desktop for a future version of Windows 10, a kind of throwaway sandbox that gives Admins a secure way to operate one-time tests of any untrusted apps / software. Like A Virtual Machine Although…
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Social Mapper Can Trace Your Face

Trustwave's SpiderLabs has created a new penetration testing tool that uses facial recognition to trace your face through all your social media profiles, link your name to it, and identify which organisation you work for. Why? According to…
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Amazon Pays Less Tax In UK While Profits Rise

The latest figures show that even though Amazon’s profits trebled last year, their UK tax bill has significantly reduced. How Much? Amazon’s reported pre-tax profits have jumped from £24.3m to £72.3m with the company making £1.98bn…
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Half of Us Will Activate Our New GDPR Rights Within A Year

The results of a new survey by analytics, business intelligence and data management firm SAS indicate that more than half of UK consumers look likely to exercise their new GDPR rights within the first year of GDPR’s introduction. GDPR The…
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IT Security Updates Issue 3

The ICO has fined the UK Government’s historic sexual abuse inquiry after a “very distressing” data breach, CISCO promotes a new way of tackling cryptomining hacks, UK Government to launch consultation on changing the UK cyber security…
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10 Million Affected by Dixons Carphone Data Breach

Dixons Carphone has announced that, after a review following a hack of its customers’ data, 10 million customers rather than the original estimate of 1.2 million have actually been affected. What Happened? Back in June, Dixons Carphone announced…
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Departing CEOs Steal Intellectual Property Says Report

A new report by Code42 that surveying 1,634 senior company employees in the UK, US and Germany, has found that most CEOs take what they regard to be their Intellectual property (IP) with them when they leave a company. It Belongs To Me The…
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AI, ML & ‘Robot’ Business Spending Will Hit $232bn by 2025 Says Report

A recent KPMG reports claims that whereas business spending on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning(ML) and robotic process automation (RPA) technologies is $12.4bn this year, it will increase to $232bn in 2025. Ready, Set, Fail? The…
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Google Chrome’s New ‘Site Location’ Security Feature Activated

The new ‘Site Isolation’ security feature for Google’s Chrome browser has been switched on, and could protect users from log-in credentials theft. Decade-Long History The newly switched-on feature actually has a decade-long history in…
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‘SiliconX’ Next-Generation Battery Material Discovered

Norwegian scientists at IFE claim to have discovered a new wonder-material for future battery production that they have dubbed ‘SiliconX’. Years Of Research The new material, discovered by scientists at Norway’s Department of Energy…
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12 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged With Election Hacking

Even though, in an interview this week, President Trump appeared to absolve Russia of election interference (since retracted), the US Department of Justice has now charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in…
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NHS ... Still Reliant On Fax Machines

A Poll by the Royal College of Surgeons using freedom of information requests has revealed that 8,946 fax machines are still in use in NHS Trusts in England. World’s Largest Purchaser of Fax Machines The poll was carried out after a report…
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Microsoft Launches Free Version of Collaborative Chat App ‘Teams’

Microsoft has announced the launch of a free version of its collaborative chat app ‘Teams’ which doesn’t require an Office 365 subscription. What Is Teams? Introduced back in November 2016, ‘Teams’ (as the name suggests) is a platform…
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IT Security Updates Issue 2

Major tech giants aren’t “respecting” the GDPR, the ICO is offering grant funding for ‘innovative’ research into data privacy, Ticketmaster subject to ICO investigation after major breach and more… BEUC argues tech giants’ privacy…
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£500,000 Fine For Facebook Data Breaches

Sixteen months after the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) began its investigation into the Facebook’s sharing the personal details of users with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, the ICO has announced that Facebook will…
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New System Detects & Warns Of Mobile Phone Use in Cars

Norfolk-based company Westcotec is piloting new technology that can detect whether a handheld mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle, and then warn the occupants of the vehicle. How? In a UK first, the pilot scheme, which is taking place…
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NHS Booking App and Doc Bot

In the NHS's 70th year, and as part of the push for digitisation, the introduction of an appointment-booking app has been praised, while a GP chatbot has been given the thumbs-down by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Book…
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Tech Giant GDPR Privacy Settings ‘Unethical’ Says Council

The ‘Deceived By Design’ report by the government-funded Norwegian Consumer Council has accused tech giants Microsoft, Facebook and Google of being unethical by leading users into selecting settings that do not benefit their privacy. Illusion…
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New ‘No Cheat’ “Locked Mode” For Classroom on Chromebooks

The Google Forms Quiz in its free, browser-based educational software “Classroom” now features a “locked mode” on Chromebooks which prevents students from cheating during quizzes. What Is 'Classroom'? Google Classroom is a free web…
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Calls to Stop Storing of Personal Communications Data and Voiceprints

Privacy groups have led calls to halt the blanket collection and storing of communications data in the EU area, and the creation and storing of the “audio signatures” of 5.1 million people by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Collection of…
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Trump’s Tariff’s For Tech Firms With China Links

While Apple Inc has had good news that it will not face traded tariffs on its iPhones assembled in China, Intel Corp may need to shift its assembly work away from China to avoid a big revenue hit. What Tariffs? President Donald Trump’s administration’s…
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IT Security Updates Issue 1

The ICO have fined BT for a 5 million customer email ‘spam’ campaign that was found not to have ‘customers’ consent’, the ICO have also fined Gloucestershire Police an eye-watering £80,000 after an horrendous email error resulted…
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Domain Names & GDPR

A recent ruling by a German court about GDPR also applies to personal information held in the worldwide whois service, could mean that domain name admin and tech contact details may no longer be needed because of the GDPR ‘data minimisation…
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Facebook Losing the Battle For Teenage Attention

A study by Pew in the US has found that Facebook is now lagging behind YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, as a platform where teenagers spend their time. Down To 4th Place The study, which involved 750 teens in one month earlier this year, found…
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834% Rise in TSB Customer Attacks

Following the IT ‘meltdown’ at TSB last month which led to chaos for customers who were locked out of their own accounts, research has found that the number of phishing attacks targeting TSB customers leapt by 843% in May compared with April. Fraudsters…
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Fruit Robots

Tests are being completed of ‘robot’ fruit-picking machines that can pick strawberries as carefully and quickly as humans, and can help growers solve the labour shortage challenge next growing season. Belgian Prototype Very Promising European…
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Smart Solar Power Savings From Google

Google, in partnership with energy supplier Eon, with help from German software firm Tetraeder, has released an online tool called ‘Project Sunroof’ that uses Google's Earth and Maps apps to estimate how much money homeowners could by switching…
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Instant GDPR Complaints For Web Giants

In an almost inevitable turn of events, the social media and tech giants Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp faced a barrage of accusations that they were not compliant within hours of GDPR being introduced on May 25th. What’s Wrong? The…
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Data Breach Fine For UK University

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has imposed a fine of £120,000 on the University of Greenwich for a data breach that left the personal details of thousands of students exposed online. What Happened? The breach was discovered back in February…
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TalkTalk Super Router Security Fears Persist

An advisory notice from software and VR Company IndigoFuzz has highlighted the continued potential security risk posed by a vulnerability in the WPS feature in TalkTalk's Super Router. What Vulnerability? According to IndigoFuzz, the WPS connection…
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GDPR: Don’t Get Caught Out By Your Logfiles

With all the focus on the more visible elements of GDPR compliance ahead of the Regulation’s introduction of May 25th, one EU Working group is warning businesses not to forget what’s stored in the logfiles of their Internet-facing servers. What…
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Facebook Ads That Target Your Beliefs

In a new trial involving a small number of users in the UK, Facebook has said that it will be testing the targeting of adverts based on users’ specific political and religious beliefs. Why? According to Facebook, the trial will help…
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Future Technology from Elon Musk

One Man may be designing the future of transport on earth and beyond You can't fault Elon Musk for lack of ambition.  His private company is showing Nasa how to launch heavy objects into space many time cheaper than they can do it.  Elons…
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Whats happening with bitcoins and blockchains

What are Bitcoins and Blockchains are they important to IT You may have heard of Bitcoins as the value has increased massively in 2017 and created millionaires for some people that bought when the coin was little known and much cheaper.  Bitcoin…
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3CX Wins PCPro Business Software of the Year

3CX is recognized for its innovative role in the business software market and has been awarded the "Business Software of the Year 2017" award by PC Pro PCPro magazine award Business Software of the Year 2017 to 3CX V15.5 of the 3CX phone…
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Microsoft Future Decoded Event

Microsoft held their annual Future Decoded event last week in London.  This is where Microsoft tells the UK where they are expecting to go in the Future. Keynote Highlights They announced a new Surface Pro with integrated super-fast LTE phone…
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GMA win Trusted Advisor of the Year Award

  GMA are delighted to be selected by intY as the winner of "Trusted Advisor of the Year 2017" Thanks for our colleagues at intY for giving GMA this award at their ceremony in London at "The Brewery", near the Barbican centre, on 27th Sept…
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Equifax hack - highlighting the importance patch mismanagement

US company Equifax is under the spotlight after losing data of nearly half the US population. What Happened Equifax is one of the three largest American credit agencies.  It gathers information about you — without you even knowing —…
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Preparing for the GDPR: 10 steps to take now…

This checklist highlights 10 steps you can take now to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Awareness Although the GDPR doesn’t come into force until May 2018, it can take several…
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Why 3CX?

What is 3CX? 3CX is a software-based, open standard, IP PBX that offers complete Unified Communications features, out of the box. As an affordable software-based solution 3CX it makes installation, management and maintenance ever so easy…
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Call Recording and the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018 across Europe, which means all national data protection laws will be replaced. A huge amount of businesses use and rely on call recording as a key tool within their business.…
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Microsoft Vs. Apple: The Surface Showcase

Think of Microsoft ten years or so years ago and your mind’s eye will picture something completely different. A software giant, chugging along with its globe conquering Windows operating system and almost ubiquitous Office productivity suite. However,…
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Five things we can learn from the British Airways system outage

British Airways (BA) passengers around the world were seen facing cancelled flights and delays due to computer problems over the bank holiday weekend. Although flights have now returned to normal, the IT glitches have meant shares have fallen…
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Ransomware - Protecting yourself now and in the future

The current high-profile attack on the National Health Service, French car factories and which is spreading worldwide has brought ransomware to the fore.  What is it? What can you do about the current outbreak? How do you protect yourself…
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Everything you need to know about Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the most talked about and publicised security threats in the modern era. What started as a few high-profile attacks caused by a handful of malware variants has developed into epidemic in which increasingly unskilled attackers…
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How to improve your Cyber Security

  Cyber security has never been more important to businesses today, especially with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force in May 2018. Companies across the UK are facing more cyber-attacks than ever before…
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Are you ready for the GDPR?

The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be taking force in May 2018. The updated piece of EU legislation will be the legal framework for data protection across Europe. Its purpose is to protect individual’s personal information…
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GMA Awarded 3CX Platinum Partner

Gregory Micallef Associates are proud to announce that we have been awarded an elite Platinum Partner status by 3CX. An industry-leading provider of innovative soft-ware based phone systems. GMA is the only 3CX Platinum Partner in the London…
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Why Office 365?

The Office 365 service consists of a number of products and services. Since it was released five years ago, Microsoft have been constantly revising and improving the applications. Office 365 is available in two subscription based editions;…
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Cloud Vs On-Premise

To cloud or not to cloud? It's a question a lot of clients are asking more often and is undoubtedly one of the biggest trends in the IT industry right now. The choice is usually based on a number of criteria's, making it a seemingly overwhelming…
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Effective web design is essential for small businesses

For the smaller/medium sized business remaining competitive and investing wisely to grow your business can be a challenge. 71% of businesses and 60% of consumers start with a web search before buying*. Effective web design can give you a great…
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GMA Celebrates 25 Years!

  It is quite hard to imagine our world without GMA in it, but 25 years ago GMA didn’t exist. In the IT world of 1992 the market was just blossoming. The most dominant introduction around this time was the World Wide Web. Around this…
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Top Technology Trends of 2017

2016 was definitely a year many would rather forget and I think we are all ready for 2017. From events in politics which will rewrite history, to a never-ending stream of bad news. However, 2016 had its fair share of important technological…
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What to know when shopping for technology

There are so many devices on the market, it can be a challenge trying to choose the perfect one. Buying new technology is not the easiest and you want to make sure you’re making the right purchase. Before you do anything, here are some important…
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Microsoft open multiple Data Centres in the UK

Microsoft have announced the opening of multiple UK Data Centres. The aim is to allow customers to use their cloud services whilst knowing that their data remains in the country. The centres in London, Cardiff and Durham will host their range…
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How to AVOID scam emails

Scam emails, also known as phishing emails/attacks, are becoming increasingly more common as fraudsters come up with new tricks to try and steal your personal information and bank details. In some cases, the emails carry malicious software…
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What does Brexit mean for the UK’s technology sector?

Now that the UK has decided to leave the European Union, technology firms have been left to wonder what the future holds. For years, the UK – and London in-particular – has championed the role of tech firms in the economy. As news of…
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What do technology companies say about Brexit?

The European Union referendum is looming and a big question GMA have is, do technology companies want to remain or leave? As the Technology Sector is a growing and high-profile part of the UK economy, there is little wonder that there are many…
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Top tech trends of 2016

2016 was a year many would rather forget and I think we are all ready for 2017. From events in politics which will rewrite history, to a never-ending stream of unwelcome news. However, 2016 had its fair share of important tech breakthroughs.…
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How to overcome barriers with Unified Communications and 3CX 

The evolution of communications technology has led to a complex environment with numerous methods to communicate and hundreds of different systems to choose from. The goal of Unified Communications (UC) is to break down barriers that exist…
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Cyber scams to watch out for this Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and that means a lot of us are completing our Christmas shopping online. Typically through the websites of retailers due to attractive online deals and discounts. However, the season is also a very vulnerable…
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How to prepare your business and its IT systems for the Olympics?

The 2012 Olympic Games is fast approaching and will put extra pressure on your business and IT systems. The Olympics will bring to London: -10,000 athletes -37,000 members of the press -800,000 spectators per day -At 37 venues   The…