Posts by Nigel Howle

Microsoft allow users to switch to app-based login

Microsoft users now have the option to login using an authenticator app. The company says the move will bolster security. Microsoft made passwordless accounts available for business users of its products in March. The system is now being made available to all Microsoft or Windows users. The company say “nearly 100%” of their own staff are now using the new, more secure system for their corporate accounts. If passwordless login is enabled, users re-logging in to a Microsoft account will be asked to give their fingerprint, or other secure unlock, on their mobile phone. And this is far more secure
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Google Lens added to laptop and desktop computers

Google Chrome is adding a popular feature from its Android version for customers using the search engine on laptops and desktop computers. Google Lens allows users to point a smartphone camera at certain objects and to copy text that’s visible in the image. It’s a feature that’s always been well received, thanks in part to its reliability when scanning images and text, and now the same can be done via Google Chrome. Now that it’s in Google Chrome, it could find a new audience of users who may never have been aware of Lens, possibly due to not using an
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Apple acts to block ‘zero-click’ iPhone spyware

Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called “zero-click” spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads. Independent researchers identified the flaw, which lets hackers access devices through the iMessage service even if users do not click on a link or file. The problem affects all of the technology giant’s operating systems, the researchers said. Apple said it issued the security update in response to a “maliciously crafted” PDF file. University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which first highlighted the issue, said that the previously unknown vulnerability affected all major Apple devices, including iPhones, Macs and Apple Watches. Citizen Lab said
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Preparing your business for the digital future

A majority of small and medium sized businesses say they wouldn’t have survived the pandemic with technology from just a decade ago. Many small businesses weren’t prepared for the pandemic and its economic impact and were forced to digitize as a result. They did this by ensuring their employees had access to the online collaboration tools and video conferencing software they needed to do their jobs, says a report by Salesforce. 71 percent of small and medium sized enterprises say they survived the pandemic through digitization, while 66 percent said their businesses would not have been able to survive using 10-year-old
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Financial services company reveals ‘exponential rise’ in attempted cyber crime

Wealth Management company St James’s Place has revealed an exponential rise in attempted cyber-scams. In a blog on their website, they detail a range of attacks on the firm and its associates. Jessica Grant, of the St. James’s Place Financial Crime team, says these include a slew of fraudulent emails which pose as St. James’s Place emails, capitalising on the company’s brand but offering frankly absurd rates on savings accounts or investments. She adds: “Offers such as ‘pay us just £250 as a starting fee and we can then invest it for you and start a great business relationship’ sound
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National Cyber Security Centre acts to make it easier to report email scams

A single-click button for workers to report dodgy emails to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been launched in the latest bid to clamp down on cyber crime. The cyber security division of GCHQ has published guidance on how company IT departments can add the button to Outlook on Microsoft 365. People could already forward scams to the NCSC’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), but it is hoped the ease of a single button will encourage more staff to help drive down cyber crime, which has cost organisations more than £5 million in the past 13 months. Since launching
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Interactive new features planned for Microsoft Teams

New features are planned that will give Microsoft Team users more interactive meeting experiences. Fluid components are expected to start rolling out in mid-August, according to a report on the Tech Radar website. They will allow users to create dynamic components, such as tables or tasks lists, within Microsoft Teams, which can be edited, in real-time, by all other participants. Users will be able to copy these widgets to other chats or Outlook’s calendar, without desyncing the data. And Teams users will be able to pin individual messages to the top of the chat, and quote different messages in replies,
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British Airways settles with victims of 2018 data breach

We all need to be ever more vigilant to avoid people’s data being  leaked via a security breach. In September 2018, British Airways  revealed that the names, debit and credit card numbers, addresses and email addresses of over 420,000 people had been accessed in a security breach. Now it’s been announced that BA has reached a settlement with thousands of claimants. Earlier this year, it was reported that 16,000 people were seeking compensation for the incident, the largest opt-in group action for a data breach in UK history. Law firm PGMBM has announced that the case had been settled on
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Windows 11 launch – what’s new?

Microsoft has launched Windows 11 and there’s some big changes to the long-standing operating system. New features include the ability to download and run Android Apps on a Windows PC, an update for Microsoft Teams and a new look start up menu. Experts say the new interface looks more “Mac like” and there’s new “widgets”, desk top gadgets that can be accessed from the taskbar. Teams will also be integrated into the taskbar for the first time and  users will be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. Windows 11 will also get features from Xbox gaming
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Windows 10 to be retired in 2025

Microsoft says it will stop supporting Windows 10 in 2025. When Windows 10 was launched, Microsoft said it was intended to be the final version of the operating system. But from 14 October 2025, there will be no new updates or security fixes for either the Home or Pro versions. Microsoft says the successor to Windows 10 will represent one of the “most significant updates” to the OS in the past decade. Its predecessor, Windows 7, was retired in 2020. Windows 10 was released in July 2015 and dubbed “Windows as a service”, which meant the software was gradually updated
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