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)
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)
A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK! A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was withdrawn after sensor readings were found to be ‘spurious’. Investigations revealed that a lawnmower had got too close to one sensor – causing a massive spike in the data.
Aurora Watch, which is run by scientists at the University of Lancaster and takes readings from lots of magnetometers to work out when the auroa borealis will be visible across Britain, said they would be taking steps to ensure this did not happen again.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (25th August 2016)
Apple has been accused of failing to correct a ‘design flaw’ which is said to be causing many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets’ screens to flicker and become unresponsive to touch. Repair specialist iFixit suggested that two chips were to blame and ran the risk of detaching from a circuit board over time.
Newer iPhone 6S and 6S Plus phones are said not to be prone to the fault because the same two chips are connected to a different component in these models.
Neil Mawston, from Strategy Analytics, said ‘there doesn’t seem to be any quantification about precisely what percentage of iPhone have been affected, so it’s difficult to tell if this is a minor or major problem. Apple customers pay a premium for their iPhones, and they expect premium after-sales service.’
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (24th August 2016)
A group of young people from Hereward College have been trained as Diana Award Anti-bullying ambassadors and are part of the National Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Network. They are responsible for leading anti-bullying initiatives in the college, encouraging fellow students and staff to take action against bullying. More than 16,000 students have been trained to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors across the UK and just a few schools and colleges (Hereward College being one) have been selected to be showcased for their outstanding work. Filming took place at the college to be shown at a national celebration event at the UK’s Facebook headquarters.
Dayna Donnelly, Student Mentor at Hereward, said: ‘It’s a real privilege to be able to highlight the work of Hereward’s anti-bullying ambassadors in this way. The focus at Hereward has been on preventing bullying rather than solely dealing with the consequences. We are so proud of the young people who do any amazing job to help change the behaviours and attitudes of learners and the college as a whole.’
C&W in business Issue 54 (July/August 2016)
Pokeman Go, the mobile game that has become a phenomenon, has arrived in the UK. It has already been available in the US, Australia and Germany but some UK gamers found ways around the country restriction to get early access.
The app lets players roam a map using their phone’s GPS location data and catch Pokémon to train and battle. The game has added millions to the value of Nintendo, which part-owns the franchise.
However, some people have raised concerns about the app’s safety. The Chief Executive of the children’s charity NSPCC has urged the app’s makers to adapt the game, warning that adults could use it to prey on children.
The game uses a smartphone’s GPS location and real-world maps to track players as they move around. Players can visit Pokestops – typically landmarks or buildings – and collect free items in the game. The main aim is to catch Pokémon, which pop up along the way. The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone’s camera to provide a live view of the world, with Pokémon superimposed.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (14th July 2016)