April 2018 Newsletter

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April 2018 Newsletter


The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

By James Fisher for Jamesfisher.com

I recently received an email from Netflix which nearly caused me to add my card details to someone else’s Netflix account. Here I show that this is a new kind of phishing scam which is enabled by an obscure feature of Gmail called “the dots don’t matter”. I then argue that the dots do matter, and that this Gmail feature is in fact a misfeature. Finally I’ll suggest some ways the Gmail team can combat such scams in future. But first, I’ll show you the email:

“Odd”, I thought, “but OK, I’ll check”. The email is genuinely from netflix.com, so I clicked the link. It logged me in and took me to an “Update your credit or debit card” page, which is genuinely hosted on netflix.com. No phishing here. But hang on, the “Update” page showed my declined card as **** 2745. A card number I don’t recognize. Checking my records, I’ve never seen this card number. What’s going on?

I finally realized that this email is to james.hfisher@gmail.com. I normally use jameshfisher@gmail.com, with no dots. You might think this email should have bounced, but instead it reached my inbox, because “dots don’t matter in Gmail addresses“: If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you’ll still get that email. For example, if your email is johnsmith@gmail.com, you own all dotted versions of your address.

To carry on reading, please visit: https://jameshfisher.com/2018/04/07/the-dots-do-matter-how-to-scam-a-gmail-user.html



Google pauses Allo in favour of iMessage rival called Chat

Google pauses Allo in favour of iMessage rival called Chat

Google is putting its Allo messaging app on the backburner as it concentrates on an Android alternative to Apple’s iMessage. The tech giant said in a blog post Thursday it’ll “pause investment” in development of Allo, confirming a report in The Verge.

The move was made to focus resources on Rich Communications Services, or RCS, a standard known as Chat that will bring enhanced features to SMS texting. Text messaging is one of the most widely used services on mobile devices throughout the world, but the 160-character messaging functionality was developed for the flip-phone era. Today’s phones are more powerful and users expect more functionality, like the ability to know if their text has been read or to see when someone is typing a message back to them.

Google has been talking up RCS as the technology standard that makes that happen, almost as long as it’s offered Allo. Allo, available on both the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, was first introduced during Google I/O in 2016 as a challenger to Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and others. But it also included Google Assistant, the web giant’s artificial intelligence chatbot, to bring you answers in a conversational manner.

To read more, visit: https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/google-pauses-investment-in-allo-development-amid-rcs-push/.


Private by Design: Why Apple's ios meets the needs of healthcare IT

Private by Design: Why Apple’s iOS meets the needs of healthcare IT

Relative to health-focused innovations across history, iOS, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices are very recent additions to the medical care arsenal, but they seem to be good for you, fresh research claims.

Apple has been investing deeply in mobile healthcare. A global survey published today suggests that investment is not misplaced. It shows that hospitals that have put mobile device initiatives in place see an instant improvement in patient satisfaction.

One-third (32 percent) of places implementing such a plan saw a significant increase in patient experience scores, while 96 percent saw some positive impact.

To learn how the devices are being used, please go to: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3268456/apple-ios/private-by-design-why-apple-s-ios-meets-needs-of-healthcare-it.html.


'Fitbit for cars' telematics firm Lightfoot bags first £1m loan from government's Innovate UK

‘Fitbit for cars’ telematics firm Lightfoot bags first £1m loan from government’s Innovate UK

A technology business billed as a “fitbit for cars” is the first recipient of a £1m loan through a new patient capital funding scheme from the government-backed Innovate UK agency.

Lightfoot measures how efficiently motorists are driving with a device connected to their car’s on-board diagnostic port, gives them live feedback on their performance and rewards the best drivers with offers such as discounts on their insurance and free coffee.

The company claims it can cut fuel consumption by up to 20pc and crashes by 60pc, and Mark Roberts, chief executive, said he hoped the device could “bring fun back into driving”. He said: “If you drive smoothly it doesn’t actually slow you down and you might win a year’s supply of pies, or a day’s go-kart training with Nigel Mansell”.

To read more, go to: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/04/23/fitbit-cars-telematics-firm-lightfoot-bags-first-1m-loan-governments/.


GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up?

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU’s huge data privacy shake-up?

Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years.

A slew of recent high-profile breaches has brought the issue of data security to public attention. Claims surfaced last month that the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from millions of Facebook users without their consent.

It has been a wake-up call for data security. People are increasingly realising that their personal data is not just valuable to them, but hugely valuable to others.

The growth of technology and electronic communication means that every day, almost every hour, we share our personal data with a huge number of organisations including shops, hospitals, banks and charities but that data often ends up in the hands of marketing companies, analysts and fraudsters.

To carry on reading go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43657546 and to learn more about the GDPR you can call us and speak to Jonathan on 01740 623 582 or email jsmith@lanesystems.co.uk


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