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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

GDPR is being put in place in order to tighten Data Protection regulations to safeguard personal data in the modern era of technology. Although the key principles of data privacy will remain the same from the previous policy that was set in 1995, there are many changes and if these rules are not adhered to the fines are massive.

 Arguably, one of the biggest changes to the regulation comes with the extended jurisdiction of this regulation. Previously, the regulation only applied to companies that are based in the EU. However, with this regulation it applies to companies who are processing personal data of data subjects residing in the EU, regardless of where they are based. Non-EU businesses processing the data of EU citizens must also appoint an EU representative now.

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 Under the new GDPR, fines will be much higher than what they currently are. For example, the maximum fine you can receive is up to 4% of annual turnover, or €20 million (whichever is greater). This fine is of course, for the most serious of infringements. There is a tiered approach to fines, which vary, based on the level of infringement.

Furthermore, the request for consent in use of data can no longer be a long, illegible list of terms and conditions full of legal talk. The request for consent must be given in an easily accessible form that is easily understood, clear and distinguishable as to what it will be used for. It must be as easy to withdraw consent, as it is to give it.

The companies that are holding this data must notify their customers if there is any data breach within 72 hours of first becoming aware of the breach. As well as this, they must provide the customer, if requested, confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning them is being processed, where and for what purpose. They must also provide a copy of the personal data in an electronic format.

In summary, GDPR is being put in place in order to ensure personal data is kept secure and only used in circumstances that the customer has agreed consent for. It will ensure companies adhere to these regulations and the companies must have everything set up in place by the time this regulation takes effect. Companies have until May 2018 to ensure that the extensive list of new regulations are followed, as this is when it comes into place.

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The Importance of Running Regular Virus Scans

In modern day life, many people find themselves being too busy to properly maintain their PCs, or simply expect the PC to automatically run through the maintenance. Although PCs have become a lot more self-sufficient, they do still require some chores to ensure they are completely protected from any threats. One of the most important chores that must be kept on top of is running regular virus scans and keeping your anti-virus completely up to date. New threats are being released multiple times per day and so even if your anti-virus is out of date by 1 or 2 days, you leave yourself vulnerable to many types of threats. Even though your anti-virus is up to date, the viruses will not be detected if you have them on your system unless you run regular virus scans, which could lead to major problems.

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So, what could happen if you do not run regular virus scans? One of the most common forms of viruses is something called Ransomware, this virus will encrypt all of your files on your system and request money for them to be unlocked. This includes all of your photos and documents, which can be extremely detrimental, especially to businesses. There are many other types of viruses which can infect your PC. Whether it is stealing passwords for your internet banking, tracking what you do on the PC or using your PC as a host to infect others, the list goes on. 

If you do not run these scans, the question is not if you will get a virus, it is when will you get a virus. For these reasons, it is extremely important to ensure that your anti-virus is kept up to date and run regular scans.

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How to spot phishing emails

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The last couple of years the phishing emails are getting more and more advanced and now might even look like it is from a fellow colleague with signature and everything else.

Luckily, there are still a few things you can check to see if the email is legitimate. 

 
1. Often these emails are rushed, so a first indicator is poor grammar or spelling.

2. Does the email contain a link that you are asked to click on?  Then a good idea is to check if the senders email address and the link address are similar i.e and http://www.mikestoolshop.com. 

If they are not similar then it is most likely they are not legitimate. If the link address is not in clear text, then by hovering your mouse over the link will show the address.

3. Similar to #2, is that often a link in a phishing email contains what might look like the real website but got the malicious website added on top i.e amazon.co.uk.MaliciousWebsite.com

4. A common phishing email is one that looks like it is coming from your bank and it is asking for personal details. Alternatively, they might be asking you to take action and if not, something bad will happen. This is something no bank would do and is an indicator that it is a phishing attempt.

5. If an email looks like it is coming from a colleague but asking for money then usually this is a fraud attempt.  Even if you are expecting an email with payment details, it is a good idea to always call the receiver first before making any payments.

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UK Slow Broadband Speeds Compared to Europe

Although BT have been working on pushing out fibre to the country over the last few years, they have failed to hit all of their targets and we are falling behind other countries in terms of broadband speeds. In 2010, it was promised that Britain would have the fasted broadband in Europe by 2015, which was later revised, as it was clear it was not going to happen.

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So, what has caused this? One of the main reasons is our old infrastructure being built on copper wires, which at the time was the fastest way of providing broadband. However now fibre has become mainstream, it is much harder for us to replace the existing cabling, especially in rural areas. BTs solution to this is FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) and from there to your house it is still copper wires. This works fine for customers who are close to the cabinet, however for those that are far away from the cabinet, they still experience very slow broadband speeds.

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You may be thinking, where does the UK rank in terms of top broadband speeds? According to Akamai’s Global Rankings, we are currently 9th in Europe and 15th in the world rankings, as pictured below. We are on the rise however, as we have continued to go up the rankings over the last few years as the fibre roll out has affected more areas of the country.

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