The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has said in a report that children did not know how to deal with common problems they found online.
The report, Growing Up Digital, said that children were being left to learn about the internet on their own, with parents vainly hoping that they will benefit from its opportunities while avoiding its pitfalls. Ms Longfield said, ‘The internet is an incredible force for good, but it is wholly irresponsible to let them roam in a world for which they are ill-prepared, which is subject to limited regulation and which is controlled by a small number of powerful organisations.’ She called for new laws to protect children’s online privacy and data. Her report recommended that:
- Children should study ‘digital citizenship’ to learn about their rights and responsibilities online, so they are prepared for online activities
- Social media companies should rewrite their ‘impenetrable’ terms and conditions in far simpler language so children know what they are agreeing to
- Ministers should create a ‘digital ombudsman’ to mediate for children seeking the removal of content
Ms Longfield said that it was critical that children were educated better so that they could enjoy the opportunities provided by the internet whilst minimising the well known risks.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (5th January 2017)
Libraries across the city of St Louis are gradually regaining control of their computer systems, following a malware attack a few days ago. Criminals broke into the systems of 17 libraries, disabled them and demanded a ransom, which meant that people were unable to borrow books or use computers.
All services are slowly being restored, said Waller McGuire, the executive director of St Louis libraries. “An attempt to hold information and access to the world for ransom is deeply frightening and offensive to any public library, and we will make every effort to keep that world available to our patrons,” he said. No ransom has been paid to the attackers, and they are working with the FBI to identify how criminals broke into the system.
According to Intel Security, ransomware attacks are rising in “alarming” numbers.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (24th January 2017)
There are many malware products causing major problems and destruction to businesses every day. Being aware of the variety of corruptive software could save your business from harm. Here are just a few examples of the problematic programs.
Remote Access Trojan malware is usually downloaded invisibly with a user-requested program, for example, a game or as an e-mail attachment. This malware program includes a back door for administrative control over the target computer.
Botnet is where computers have been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet.
Browsers based malware is a security attack where a Trojan horse is installed on the computer that is capable of modifying that user’s web transactions as they occur in real time.
Ransomware is a malware that restricts access to your computer or its information, while demanding you pay a ransom to access back.
POS malware is a particularly nasty piece of software designed to steal customer payment data – especially credit card data – from retail checkout.
If you are worried or concerned about protecting your business from such malware, or have been affected by any of the issues, please do give us a call on 024 7699 5930 and speak to the ADECS team who can advise you on how to stay safe from such software problems.
C&W in Business. Issue 57 (Jan/Feb 2017)
ADECS will be attending the FSB Expo at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on Tuesday 10th January. Come and find us – on stand 30 and have a chat about Technology support, web design, and print.
We will be offering special discount prices on the day on all our fabric stands – so come and take a look at the wide range of designs available to you.
We will have sweets for you to munch on, and a LEGO set for you to admire. Look forward to seeing you there!
In a bid to stop false feedback, Amazon has placed a limit on the number of reviews a week shoppers can leave on the site. People can now write only five reviews a week of items not bought via the online store. The change is Amazon’s latest step in its battle to ensure users trust its listings.
Earlier this year, Amazon began suing sellers for buying fake reviews and then Imposed tougher restrictions on companies that offered free products in return for customer’s ratings. Users can still review as many items as they like if the goods are purchased via the website.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (28th November 16)