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January 15, 2019  2:17 PM

New CISO is dead serious about security

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
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Our new CISO has just issued a warning across the company. He's going to blame staff for any blunders. And he's going to make sure they NEVER do it again... 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

April 13, 2018  11:46 AM

Phishing for beer

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Security researchers have identified several commonly used phishing attack vectors to lure unsuspecting users into a false sense of security, where they inadvertently give away personal information to complete strangers. "Vishing" is the use of voicemail to solicit a return call in which a user...


February 1, 2018  11:34 AM

Alexa makes children rude

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Smart speaker devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are making children ask for things without say "please", research from Childwise has found. The research found that the way individuals communicate with such devices will be reflected...


June 13, 2017  1:53 PM

Beer, pee and charge phone

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Among those ever present first world problems is how to keep your phone charged - especially if you are out on the razz. The University of the West of England may have just the answer. It has developed a pioneering solution, based on taking a pee. Apparently there's some pretty clever microbes...


May 17, 2017  11:02 AM

Shinder fires up Tinder

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Best app we've come across recently has to be Shinder. Shinder is a kind of dating website from self-styled comedian/entrepreneur, Sheridan ‘Shed’ Simove. Best practices for online dating suggests your best chance of success is by being the first profile found on the online dating app or...


February 23, 2017  10:49 AM

Brits battle boredom staring at phone screens

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A new survey has found Brits are now less bored today than they were 20 years ago, because they have a smartphone. Greg Tatton-Brown, spokesman for online gaming site Casumo.com, who commissioned the survey through OnePoll, said: “the Smartphone is a vital part of everyday life in the 21st...


January 17, 2017  10:43 AM

Donald trumped on Twitter by ex-GDS staffer he mistook for daughter

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Downtime’s thoughts today are with ex-Government Digital Service staffer Ivanka Majic’s Twitter mentions, after gaffe-prone president elect Donald Trump mistakenly copied her into a tweet hailing the “character and...

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August 24, 2016  10:30 AM

Hackonomica

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
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The BBC has reported that the University of Bournemouth was attacked 21 times by ransomware. the observant report notes, that this occurred in spite of the university having its own cybersecurity course. As every Comp Sci student knows, the first thing you do when you log onto the college network...


August 2, 2016  11:25 AM

Finding Dory: Tech’s wet moments

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
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As Computer Weekly trawls the archives, Downtime has dug up a number of tech turds - the kind of things they wish they'd never said. But like Dory, IT has a tendency to forget.

  1. So 16 years after Windows 95 claimed it had got rid of the command line prompt, there's still one on...


July 20, 2016  10:59 AM

BrackWust Bot grills guest’s sausage

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
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The BrackWust Bot looks like it could become hotter than a hot potato this summer. The Bot was recently used at the 53rd Stallwächter-Party of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Berlin to continuously grill German bratwursts on a regular gas grill all by itself. According to its...


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