All posts by: Stuart

About Stuart

IT Consultant for over 25 years, specialist in networks and corporate infrastructure

Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can stick to, and if you do it will make a big difference to your life. Don’t open unsolicited email attachments without checking them first! Ransomware is on the increase and shows no signs of abating. And as Trend Micro detail here, the criminals involved are getting more creative […]

As you may be aware, Yahoo suffered a major security breach in 2014 leading to the loss of some 500 million records. If you want the full story, the NY Times have it in detail here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/technology/yahoo-data-breach-hacking.html What’s most worrying about this one, is that so many people have had a Yahoo account at some […]

Ransoware is on the rise. In the first three months of 2016, Kaspersky labs report a 14% increase in the incidence of ransomware. So far the most popular ransomware is Teslacrypt (58.4% of attacks), CTB-Locker (23.5%), and Cryptowall (3.4%). In 2015 there were 2,453 reported ransomware incidents in the United States alone, with the crooks […]

The first Word macro virus was released into the wild 20 years ago. In 2000, the ILoveYou (or LoveLetter) virus, one of the most damaging of its time, spread like wildfire, using social engineering as a vector. So why, after all this time do viruses still arrive in your inbox, hidden in attachments, ready to […]

Imagine for a moment, a Britain where every individual over the age of 3 years old, has their own personal government spy. This person sits next to as you watch TV, sits in the back of your car as you drive, walks around the shops with you, sits next to you at your desk, joins […]

One week ago today, the telegraph pole supplying our property and one or two others was knocked over. It was at 7.01 am on the 15th October, precisely at the time the bin lorry came. However, they claim it wasn’t them at all, so despite there being no other traffic on the private lane at […]

This morning, an email is doing the rounds purporting to be from a Lyn Whitehead at Lancs Police. She does indeed exist, but the email is not from her but from a scammer. =========================== Please find attached an invoice that is now due for payment. Regards Lyn Lyn Whitehead (10688) Business Support Department – Headquarters […]

Another day, another unsurprising piece of information on the sorry state of UK broadband. Which today reports that only 4% of customers on TalkTalk’s 17Mbps package, and just 1% of people on BT and Plusnet’s 76Mbps deals, were getting the top advertised speeds. This isn’t altogether surprising and there are a number of factors at […]

Interesting news regarding broadband problems and long ISP contracts from Ofcom today: Ofcom is today outlining three measures to help consumers. First, Ofcom has secured a strengthened Code of Practice on broadband speeds with the UK’s largest providers: BT, EE, KC in Hull, Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. The new version of the Code […]

Ekahau have just released Ekahau Site Survey + Planner v8.0.1. Despite the minor version number, this release has plenty of new things on it, including: ALL Cisco APs and antennas are now included for network planning. Just to play fair, they also added Aruba 277 and a few others, too New set of mouse cursors for […]