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National Cyber Security Awareness

January 20, 2012

Security & how to be secure?
October is the National Cyber Security Awareness month Please see below the risks and how to avoid them.

Threats to your mobile phone:

1: Data leakage. A stolen or lost phone with unprotected memory allows an attacker to read the data on it.

Solution - Set a passcode lock, check out James' Tips opposite.

2: Improper decommissioning. When a used phone is disposed of or transferred to another user without removing sensitive data, this allows an attacker to read it.

Solution - Make sure the handheld is wiped. Check out James' Tips opposite before you sell on or Recycle.

3: Unintentional data disclosure. Most apps have privacy settings, but many users are unaware (or do not remember) that their data is being transmitted, and don’t know how to change the settings to stop it.

Solution - Only download from the reputable App stores such as Blackberry App World, Android Market Place, Apple App Store and Nokia Ovi Store.

4: Phishing. An attacker collects user credentials (eg passwords, credit card numbers) using fake apps or (sms, email) messages that seem genuine.

Solution - We have all had those SMS messages saying we are entitled to compensation for the accident that we never had. Don't be tempted to call the company on a premium rate number or give them any information that you think they may have when they don't even know your name.

5: Spyware. The user unknowingly installs spyware that allows an attacker to read or guess personal data. This includes software that asks for and then abuses access privilege on the smartphone.

Solution - Only download from the reputable App stores such as Blackberry App World, Android Market Place, Apple App Store and Nokia Ovi Store.

Other tips include and are not generalised to Smartphones;

1: Always have a complex password on your computer, smart phone, etc. (even though passwords are considered a weak security measure). If you lose your iPhone or Droid, no one should be able to find and use your smart phone without having to first crack your password. Apps like 'Find my iPhone' and 'Blackberry Protect' are also useful to help locate and remotely wipe your device.

Find my iPhone app

2: Install, run and keep anti-virus software current on your computer, smart phone, etc.

3: Back up your phone and check to see if there are any software updates that can be applied.

Check out the Stay Safe Online website for more info on staying safe online and also take a look at Action Fraud in the UK for more local information. www.staysafeonline.org


DJATOM Cares - Recycle, Power To Change & Carbon Footprint Reduction

January 20, 2012

DJATOM Cares - Recycle, Power To Change & Carbon Footprint Reduction

DJATOM Website Service avoids printing anything and instead focuses client information over the phone or by SMS and by sending correspondence via Email and PDF formats.

It is suggested that if you do need to print anything that is sent then please shred personal documents & recycle where available afterwards. Together we can reduce waste and our carbon footprint.

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Brits Waste £134m A Year By Not Unplugging Chargers

January 20, 2012

The average UK household could save £60 a year by unplugging laptops and phones

UK households waste £134 million a year by leaving gadgets plugged despite the device being fully charged, according to a study by EON.

Nine out of ten people keep gadgets on permanent charge, despite the potential damage to the battery life, the environmental impact and the possibility of saving on average £60 a year on their energy bill.

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