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This last week we have been working with York clients to remove and resolve security vulnerabilities. So often we find that security is an afterthought to many small and medium businesses, but it’s so important to get the message across that security should be top priority. Cyber security should be a real focus for all businesses in the current threat environment.

Ransomware can be a big problem for your business if you find yourself infected. It can spread from one machine to any other computer connected to your network, where it will start encrypting and deleting files unless a ransom is paid.

For more information check out this guide to ransomware, and get in touch to find out how we can help prevent a ransomware attack on your business.


GDPR

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GDPR is here. Have you done everything you need to?

In the run up to the GDPR implementation we saw thousands of privacy policy emails flying about, but what do you actually need to do on your website?

So far, since GDPR is now in place, we’ve been helping clients update cookie settings, and cookie notification banners, as well as adding new terms & conditions and privacy policies to client’s websites.

If you need help getting up to date, get in touch and we’ll create a custom plan to get your business compliant. You can also check the ICO website for further information.


Google lawsuit – Does Google owe you money?

The people behind YouOweUs.co.uk are taking Google to court.

It is alleged that Google unlawfully collected data of iPhone users between June 2011- February 2012, via ‘The Safari Workaround’, a trick to obtain the users personal data by bypassing the iPhone’s built in privacy settings for the default web browser. This would then be collected by Google and used to send targeted ads to the user.

Class Representative Richard Lloyd, with Mishcon de Reya law firm, has formally notified Google of a class action claim. This could cost the tech giant up to 2.7billion.

Whilst targeted ads are common, with Google making vast sums of money from marketing alone, Richard Lloyd alleges that this was done illegally, as the UK has laws in place to protect an individual’s data. The Google You Owe Us Team estimates 5.4 million users could have been affected by this, and could be eligible as part of the claim.

The payout would be distributed amongst UK iPhone users. So, does Google owe you money?

From YouOweUs.co.uk, you are part of the claim if:

a) You were at any time between 1 June 2011 and 15 February 2012 present in England and Wales and whilst present:

i) Did you have an Apple ID?

ii) Did you own or were you in lawful possession of an iPhone?

iii) Did you use the Safari browser to access the internet?

iv) Did you keep the default security settings in the Safari browser?

v) Did you not opt-out of tracking and collation via Google’s “Ads preference Manager”?

b) Were you resident in England and Wales on 31 May 2017?

If the case is successful, members of the claimant class will be asked to register in order to receive money they are owed.

Whilst the payout to individuals might only end up being a few hundred pounds, it’s still worth checking out YouOweUs.co.uk for more info.


Backup & Redundancy

Category : Backup & Redundancy

There are many options when it comes to data backup. Do you work in a Cloud based environment? If so do you still need to backup? Do you trust your provider? We have many clients that operate with local data and as you can imagine, the presence of an offsite backup is highly important. Genius Services can provide the ultimate in online and offsite backup solutions insuring your data is protected, safe and encrypted to the highest standards.


Cat5-6 Cabling & Wifi Post #1

Network cabling, whether it’s cat5 or cat6 is the Foundation of any computer network. As businesses grow or take on new premises there is often a requirement for a new network cabling installation or an extension of an existing system. Genius Services only install the very best in network and data components insuring a high quality installation that will stand the test of time.


Network Solutions post #1

Category : Network Solutions

Computer networks really are our bread and butter. On a daily basis we look after many company’s network infrastructure, from network sockets in the floor or on the walls to managed switches and virtual arrangements. Along side conventional wired systems we provide business grade Wi-Fi Solutions. Get in touch now for more details and a free network survey.


Server post & NAS Storage #1

We work with many businesses that do not always require large-scale infrastructure such as high performance servers. Often businesses require storage on site and in many cases we install NAS drives. You can consider a NAS drive to be similar to a plug in hard drive, however instead of connecting directly to a computer the NAS drive connects to your network via ethernet cable. The beauty of this arrangement is that all people within your organisation will be able to connect to the device just as if it were a larger Business Server.