Category Archives: General

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

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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Lock Up Your Computer: It’s A Portal Into Your Life

  As we do more and more on line, it is easy to overlook just how critical security can become. With consequences varying from losing the only photos of your off-spring’s first year of life to having your bank accounts emptied. … Continue reading

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Public PCs Are Risky PCs

In various places you will find hints that security people really don’t like people to use public PCs in places like cyber cafés, etc. It turns out that this is not just a theoretical risk, but a genuine threat that … Continue reading

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The New Firewall

As you may be aware, we have a new firewall to replace our existing firewall. This blog posting will go into more detail on what is happening and why than the normal communications. And BTW: In case you’ve seen a … Continue reading

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Living With Google Two-Factor Authentication

If you have not already heard, Google allows two-factor authentication (“Google 2FA”) for access to their services – which includes our own Google domains. This adds greater security to accounts by requiring what is in effect a second password that … Continue reading

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Staying Safe with USB Storage

When considering any kind of USB storage, it is worth remembering that encryption is not just required (if you are storing personal data) but a pretty good idea everywhere. If you lose a USB memory stick or a larger USB … Continue reading

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