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Vaccine Passports?

Vaccine Passports?

With the news that the UK government said that businesses are free to pursue vaccination ID tech, how likely are vaccine passports? Vaccine Passports The phrase ‘vaccine passports’ refers to people (who have been vaccinated) being able to show proof of vaccination in...

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Condemnation For Facebook After Blocking News

Condemnation For Facebook After Blocking News

Facebook faced condemnation and challenges in other countries after blocking ‘news’ content from its platform in Australia and although a last-minute turnaround will mean the return of news to its Australian site, this may not be without damage to the social media...

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Post Office Biometric Authentication

Post Office Biometric Authentication

The Post Office has announced that its new, free app will include the latest biometric-face matching and liveness biometric authentication. Partnership With Yoti As a result of a partnership with London-based digital identity company, Yoti, Post Office customers will...

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Tech Tip – Continuing Where You Left Off With Edge

Tech Tip – Continuing Where You Left Off With Edge

If you would like to preserve all your browser tabs and reopen them the next time you restart Microsoft Edge e.g. if you’ve had to restart your machine while browsing, here’s how: - Open Edge, click on the 3 dots (top right) and select ‘Settings’. - Click “On startup”...

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Important: Email Retirement 31/08/2021

Important: Email Retirement 31/08/2021

The Discus Systems Hosted Email Service (cluster.mail-info.co.uk) will be retired from service on 31/08/2021 (approximately 6 months’) We’ve made this decision as there are much better services available to our customers. Whilst the hardware and software we run on...

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Man Sued For Leaving a Bad Review

Man Sued For Leaving a Bad Review

Consumer review website Trustpilot has expressed concerns over freedom of speech after a firm of London solicitors sued someone over a bad review. What Happened? Philip James Waymouth, who had sought legal advice (online) from London-based Summerfield Browne...

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Tech Tip – PDFs From Almost Anything

Tech Tip – PDFs From Almost Anything

PDFs are really useful files for sharing and printing and one good thing about Windows 10 is that it enables you to make a pdf out of almost anything.  Here’s how: - From any Windows 10 app, use the Print command. - In the Print dialogue box, select Microsoft Print to...

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Grindr in Norway Fined £8.5M

Grindr in Norway Fined £8.5M

The LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr in Norway was issued an £8.5m penalty for the alleged sharing of users’ sensitive personal data with third-party advertisers without obtaining appropriate consent. Complaint The fine is the result of a legal complaint by the Norwegian...

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Poorest People Excluded By Broadband Prices

Poorest People Excluded By Broadband Prices

A survey by Citizens Advice has found that more than one in six people are struggling to afford their broadband during the third lockdown and that poorer people are locked out altogether. Certain Groups Worst Hit Citizens Advice, which also conducted a similar survey...

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Tech Tip – Colour Filters

Tech Tip – Colour Filters

If you're having trouble seeing what's on the screen, Windows 10 allows you to apply a colour filter which changes the screen's colour palette and can help you distinguish between things that differ only by colour. Here's how to use it: - Select Start  > Settings ...

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Do Not Take The Bait

Do Not Take The Bait

To further enhance your cyber defences, we want to highlight a common cyber-attack that everyone should be aware of - Phishing.   Phishing is the most common type of cyber-attack that affects all organisations. Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they all...

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Google Going in Oz

Google Going in Oz

Australia’s intention to introduce a new law to make tech companies like Google and Facebook pay publishers for news content has prompted Google to threaten to withdraw its search engine from Australia. What Law? The proposed law is currently a Bill for an Act to...

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Featured Article – What is Zero Trust?

Featured Article – What is Zero Trust?

With mobile computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and now remote working moving the focus of IT security away from the traditional perimeter, this article looks at what a Zero Trust approach is and how it can help. More Complex Demands The belief among many IT...

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Google Mobile Search Re-Design

Google Mobile Search Re-Design

Google has announced that to make it faster and easier for users to find what they are looking for, a major visual redesign of Google’s mobile search results is to be rolled out shortly. Challenges Some of the challenges that Google has tried to address with the new...

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Tech Tip – Steps Recorder

Tech Tip – Steps Recorder

If you would like a fast and easy way to describe to someone else (with pictures and steps) how you do something on your Windows 10 computer, the ‘Steps Recorder’ will record what you do and produce a file or slideshow showing those steps. To record your steps: - Go...

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Electric Cars Allowed in Bus Lanes (Pilot)

Electric Cars Allowed in Bus Lanes (Pilot)

Cambridgeshire County Council’s pilot scheme to allow electric vehicles to use bus lanes from December 2020 has caused safety concerns among cyclists, who also use the bus lanes. December Decision Under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), a pilot scheme...

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Signal Crashes Due To Millions of Sign-Ups

Signal Crashes Due To Millions of Sign-Ups

With more than 30 million people joining the non-profit, end-to-end encrypted communications app ‘Signal’ in just a few days, users of the app have (understandably) been experiencing a few technical issues. Mass Sign-Ups The announcement that WhatsApp would be...

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