Category Archives: General

A default category for posts that don’t seem to fit into a more specific area.

Think Work, Think VPN

We are encouraging everyone who works remotely to immediately start up a VPN connection (to our VPN of course!) whenever they start working remotely. This is for a variety of reasons, but includes :- Any on site services that you might … Continue reading

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How Often Should I Patch?

The short version: “It varies”. “Have you applies the latest security fixes from your operating system vendor to your machines?” I asked, trying to a learn a little more about Fred’s security posture. Fred replies with hesitation, “We apply security … Continue reading

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Free Converters May Come With Unwanted Gifts

I read this morning a post on another blog site about an experiment that someone tried. They converted a PDF file to a DOC file using five different free web-based converters and found that three of the results were malware-infected. … Continue reading

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Do Not Attach Network Equipment to the UoP Network

It can be very tempting for a quick solution (especially for a temporary bodge) to attach network equipment up the University network. Don’t do it. Please! In the past it was unusual for network equipment to be so widely available, … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Screenshot …

One of the latest stories from the security world is about a Christian pastor caught undertaking the kind of web browser activity you would not expect (or maybe you would) because he had taken a screenshot (presumably to capture the … Continue reading

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Who Would Want To Hack My ${Device} ?

One of the most common things you hear when talking about security to ordinary people is a variation on the question asked in the subject: Who would want to hack my desktop, laptop, phone, router, intelligent thermostat, smoke detector, etc. … Continue reading

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What Do You Do With Your Old Phone, Tablet, and Laptop?

In the case of devices provided by the University, it is of course the University’s responsibility to maintain device security. But for your own personal devices? That responsibility belongs to you. Wiping a phone may seem like a waste of … Continue reading

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Time For WordPress Updates Again! And Automating Backups …

Today, WordPress announced a critical security update that should be applied to all installations of WordPress. Whilst you are hopefully applying updates to the main WordPress installation automatically, now would be a good time to log in to the control … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For 2015-06-30 23:59:60?

Yes there really is such a time as 23:59:60 … at least there is on the 30th June 2015, when a leap second is inserted into standard time (I’ll gloss over exactly what that is as the full details would … Continue reading

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Why Use The VPN On A Mobile Device?

One of the things that has surprised me during the project to implement a new VPN (more news of which will come shortly), is the number of people who wonder why anyone would want to use the VPN on a … Continue reading

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