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Email to customers: 24th March 2020 – Gov’t announces “Online retail is still open and encouraged”

Hi there, As I'm sure you may have been, I've been up past midnight reviewing the latest Government advice announced last night relating to which businesses should now close and which can remain open. For the most part, it's bad news but I'll summarise the good news that doesn't seem to have been covered by the BBC, Sky, or ITV: Online stores can remain operational and are encouraged to do so....
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How to use Zoom for video conferencing & video meetings

Zoom has earned itself a reputation as a reliable, easy-to-use tool that can handle meetings involving up to 100 people. And that's just the free version. If you need to host particularly large online meetings, there are paid-for business packages available that dramatically increases this limit, and also adds new features Add a webcam to your desktop PC, or turn to your webcam-enabled laptop,...
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) General Advice for Small Businesses

Welcome to our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) general information page. We have created this page as a sort of hub for information we've found on various websites that we found useful. So we thought we'd share it with you, just in case it comes in handy. We'll be updating this page at least twice a day for the moment so check back frequently and do feel free to contribute in the comments. UK Government...
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Coronavirus: What we’re doing (updated daily)

Our plan in brief With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now at the pandemic stage we're implementing additional measures to ensure we can continue to serve our customers during the coming weeks and months. We are taking steps to limit the risk of infection in our Swindon office and encouraging team members based outside of Swindon to do the same. Our distributed team means that team members already work...
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Attackers using the Coronavirus as a phishing trap

The coronavirus outbreak is being used in phishing attacks according to researchers at Proofpoint. Attackers are taking advantage of the widespread concern about the virus to lure people into phishing traps using conspiracy theories about “unreleased” cures. One example describes a ‘confidential cure solution’ before giving users the option to follow a link through to a fake website...
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Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams

Use the best practices in this article to support your users who work remotely or from home. Technical advice Make sure Teams is turned on for everyone Look at Teams free to make Teams available to everybody in your company. Remote employees rely more heavily on meetings and audio conferencing. If you haven't yet rolled out these workloads, check out Meetings and conferencing in Teams. Tell...
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Replacement of some SSL certificates for O’Brien Media hosting clients

We have been notified that one of our suppliers of a recently discovered a bug in the Let's Encrypt certificate authority code, described here and covered by BBC News on their website today, 4th March.Unfortunately, this means we need to replace the certificates that were affected by this bug, which includes a number of certificates issued between January 28th and February 29th. To avoid...
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Bad news for the SSL good-guys (Three quarters of all phishing sites now use SSL)

The total number of phishing sites detected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) worldwide in October through December 2019 was 162,155, following the all-time-high of 266,387 attacks recorded in July through September 2019. Most menacing, however, were targeting trends exhibited by cybercrime gangs focusing on: users of web-hosted email and social media to multiply the numbers of potential...
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Cybercrime: Europe’s Most & Least Secure Countries

Specops Software has released data showing the countries in Europe most and least susceptible to cyber crimes. The company analysed the total number of cloud provider related incoming attacks as well as cryptocurrency mining, malware and ransomware encounters on machines in each country. The Netherlands has the highest rate of machines that experienced one of the above attacks at 17.64 percent...
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How to write unique and useful articles for your website

Successful writers have one thing in common and that is being able to write persuasive and highly engaging content on a regular basis over time. Every writer or blogger has their own style, though there are some basic pointers for writing unique and useful content that might be worth considering. Below are some principles for writing highly engaging and unique contents: Note that to gain good...
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