Archives: March 2016

Online Safety and Security are a continuous concern for IT Service providers such as us. We come into contact with victims of scams, viruses and malware all the time. Threats are almost impossible to avoid but vigilance and caution will help you to avoid becoming a victim.

All internet users must understand the potential threats online. Your data is not always safe because of Malicious Software. Malicious Software (aka Malware) is designed to gain access to your computer without your knowledge with the intent to damage, steal data and your identity or gain access to your credit card and banking information. Malware comes in many different forms and is becoming more difficult to avoid.

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Spear phishing is an email spoofing fraud attempt that targets a specific organisation, seeking unauthorised access to confidential data. Spear phishing attempts are not typically initiated by ‘random hackers’ but are more likely to be conducted by perpetrators out for financial gain, trade secrets or military information.

We’ve seen a big increase in the number of attempted email scam recently. This has been particularly true of emails that start with a seemingly legitimate and convincing email. We have been working with providers on a range of technical updates to our spam filtering system which will enhance our detection capabilities on the Zimbra platform.

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Password security is repeated concern as we see news story after news story about information hacks. We outline in this article the best ways of making it difficult to fall victim to a Brute force attack and strategies for creating strong passwords.

Creating a password can be a frustrating task, especially when you’re constantly reminded that you must use a unique, hard to guess, random password for each service. Not only that, but you are expected to memorise it too!

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