March 2018 Newsletter

Posted By: Hayley Friday 6th April 2018

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March 2018 Newsletter

What is Cryptocurrency, how does it work and why do we use it?

Cryptocurrency is a form of digital money that is designed to be secure and, in many cases, anonymous.

It is a currency associated with the internet that uses cryptography, the process of converting legible information into an almost uncrackable code, to track purchases and transfers.
Cryptography was born out of the need for secure communication in the Second World War. It has evolved in the digital era with elements of mathematical theory and computer science to become a way to secure communications, information and money online.

The first cryptocurrency was bitcoin, which was created in 2009 and is still the best known. There has been a proliferation of cryptocurrencies in the past decade and there are now more than 1,000 available on the internet. Bitcoin soared as high as $20,000 at the end of last year before crashing back to less than $8000 now.

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Europe’s new privacy law will change the web, and more

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have little incentive to give straight answers – even to simple questions like, “Why am I being shown this ad?”

On May 25, however, the power balance will shift towards consumers, thanks to a European privacy law that restricts how personal data is collected and handled. The rule, called General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, focuses on ensuring that users know, understand, and consent to the data collected about them. Under GDPR, pages of fine print won’t suffice. Neither will forcing users to click yes in order to sign up. Instead, companies must be clear and concise about their collection and use of personal data like full name, home address, location data, IP address, or the identifier that tracks web and app use on smartphones.

Companies have to spell out why the data is being collected and whether it will be used to create profiles of people’s actions and habits. Moreover, consumers will gain the right to access data companies store about them, the right to correct inaccurate information, and the right to limit the use of decisions made by algorithms, among others.

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LG may make iPhone X-like screen notch optional on G7

LG may make iPhone X-like screen notch optional on G7

If you’ve got your eye on LG’s new phone but aren’t a fan of its much-rumored iPhone X-like notch, this might please you: It appears to be optional.

Ever since Apple released its iPhone X in November with a black notch above the screen that houses the phone’s front-facing camera and other sensors, a gaggle of Android phone makers has been rumoured to be adopting the design. LG is expected to join the fray with its new phone – likely to be called the G7.

But the folks at TechRadar have been tipped off to a vanishing act performed by the notch. According to a video they reviewed, the feature can apparently be turned off through the handset’s software settings, allowing you to hide it behind a consistent screen bezel.

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British businesses battle 38 ransomware attacks a day

British businesses battle 38 ransomware attacks a day

British businesses are facing unprecedented levels of new ransomware attacks thanks to a widely available menu of “malware cocktails”, expertly blended using old variants of malicious computer code.

The new viruses are more potent than their predecessors because they have adapted to companies’ cyber defences, like a digital version of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Cyber security product developer SonicWall told The Sunday Telegraph that it had seen 2,500 different variants of ransomware head for British companies since January 1, an average of 38 new attacks a day. These include variations on WannaCry, which last year spread across 150 countries and crippled several NHS trusts.

SonicWall’s figures suggest there were 184m ransomware attacks in 2017 compared to 638m in 2016. Companies using Microsoft Office and Edge browsers and Adobe products may be at particular risk, it added. After ransomware infects a device it seizes data and promises to return it after a ransom is paid, typically in Bitcoin.

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