Cloud authentication: locked out of your home?

Posted by on 12 Oct 2018 in All Articles, Security, Technology News | 0 comments

On Wednesday, October 10th, it was reported in the Daily Mail and The Register that the security company Yale had unplanned network maintenance which caused their cloud service to go offline for 24 hours. Please bear with us, we apologise for any inconvenience caused. *Please note this issue affects all of our app-controlled alarm systems, however the arm and disarm function is still active via keypad and key fob* Please watch this space for...

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Google Chrome breaks the world-wide-web – www and m subdomain hidden in address bar

Posted by on 9 Sep 2018 in All Articles, Security, Software, Technology News | 0 comments

Google Chrome has recently made the unpopular move to fundamentally change how URLs are shown in the browser. In almost all browsers (except Safari, below), the full URL is shown in the address bar, https protocol and all. However, with version 69 of the Google Chrome browser, a change has been made to attempt to tidy up how URLs are displayed. The method they’ve chosen is to hide the https/http protocol, as well as any ‘www.’...

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Are your S3 buckets private?

Posted by on 27 Aug 2018 in All Articles, Security, Skills and Learning, Technology News | 0 comments

Alongside checking your backups are working, updating your systems, checking for viruses, and all the other monthly tasks, it’s easy to overlook simple security areas of your network and storage. Over the past few months, there have been a deluge of exposed Amazon S3 buckets which have been exposed or found. The data of 123 million American voters has been leaked, 20,000 Indian medical records, as well as 48 million social media records,...

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Are Cloudflare to start their own Public DNS?

Posted by on 31 Mar 2018 in All Articles, Security, Technology News | 0 comments

It’s heavily rumoured that Cloudflare will soon be announcing a Public DNS server. Their website, is currently empty, but Google have a cached version of the site available. The two DNS servers, easier to remember than Googles are said to be and According to their website, both support encrypted DNS as well as DNS over HTTPS. They claim they have retained KMPG to audit our systems annually to ensure that...

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UK Gov sites hijacked by Cryptominer, and Subresource Integrity

Posted by on 12 Feb 2018 in All Articles, News, Security, Skills and Learning, Technical Guides, Technology News | 0 comments

Over the weekend, thousands of websites around the world, including the UK’s NHS and ICO and the US Government Court system, were compromised, and caused visitors to mine crypto-coins – generating money for the miscreants. These sites were using a popular plugin called Browsealoud. Their support software “adds speech, reading, and translation to websites facilitating access and participation for people with Dyslexia, Low...

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Plan your Upgrade Process

Posted by on 3 Nov 2017 in All Articles, Search Engine Optimisation, Security, Skills and Learning, Software, Technical Guides | 0 comments

Whilst designing new websites, it’s common to use an off-the-shelf theme as basis for a new site. However, making changes to a theme or plugin can cause problems when it comes to upgrading. When making changes to plugin or theme code, it’s important to be aware that when these plugins or themes are upgraded – your changes will be lost. There are often two very different schools of thought on this. If you’re developing...

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