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Phishing: don’t be easy bait!

Cybercrime is big business, and phishing attacks are one of the baddies’ favourite routes into an organisation. You’ve probably heard of them, but you might not be 100% clear on exactly what they are and how they work. Read more

Still think Macs don’t get viruses?

Use a Mac? No antivirus? Still think Macs don’t get viruses?

Here at ITGUY, we are pretty easy going when it comes to what kind of computer you use. We like Macs. We like PCs. But what we don’t like is a computer without security protection.

Macs definitely get fewer viruses than PCs – and this is for two main reasons:

1.  Solid security based on UNIX (an old computer system from the 1970s). This means it’s much harder to infect a Mac than a PC.

2.  A very small market share in comparison to Windows-based PCs. Cybercriminals want to make as much money/cause any many problems as possible, so it makes sense that they want to target the most common computer system, especially as it’s less secure.

Using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re “safe”…

Dangers lurk all over the internet and can affect not only the underlying operating system but also apps that run on them.

Web browsers, for example, are under constant attack.

Malicious websites try to force browsers to reveal stored passwords.

Phishing links luring you to enter bank details on sites which mimic banking sites in every way.

Key to any defence against malware or viruses is a sensible approach to how you use your computer. So thinking that you’ll be OK because you have a Mac and not a PC should not be seen as “carte blanche” to click “yes” to every pop-up that appears on your screen!

This helpful post from Avast breaks down the key areas that Mac users should think about to secure their machines, not just antivirus software.

Remember that we’re here to help with all your IT security needs, so please feel free to give us a call on 020 72 41 22 55 or fill out our contact form and we’ll quickly get back to you.

The 2020 problem… we’re here to help!

So, what is the 2020 problem? Well, we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but as from 14th January 2020, a whole lot of software will reach the end of its support life! Read more

Data management and your company…

When a business looks at its responsibilities regarding data protection, your first port of call should be the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Their remit is to get organisations to comply with UK data protection legislation and if you ask them for help, they will oblige. Read more

Malware in the Cloud: risks and what you can do…

According to research conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum (yes, there is such a thing!), 88% of companies have now adopted some form of cloud computing. But what is cloud computing? Well, it’s where you use software in your browser, rather than having to download it to your computer. Read more

The EU is fining Google…. what’s the big deal?

The EU is fining Google for abuse of positioning of its search engine: what’s the big deal? Well, last week, The Guardian reported that Google was fined a record £3.8 billion for forcing some apps on Android devices to default to Google’s own search engine.  Read more

Office 365: make your team more productive…

Microsoft Office 365 is brilliant. You probably already know that, because working in the Cloud lets you and your team access documents from anywhere with an internet connection. Read more

Would your business pass the data security safety challenge?

It’s easy to believe that cyber criminals are not interested in your business because you’re not a big household name, or don’t have thousands of staff across dozens of locations. Read more

ICANN want their own timeline for GDPR…

As the clock counts down for the rest of us, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) says… can we have our own date for GDPR readiness (we’re special and not like the others)! Read more