Warning: Businesses Targeted By Fake Invoice Email Scam

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Businesses are being warned to be extra vigilant when receiving email invoices. A new phishing scam is doing the rounds, which targets businesses by using fake invoices and attachments.

How does the scam work?

The scam will appear as an email with an attachment. It may say you need to pay an invoice or sometimes that it has already been paid. Naturally, users click to download the attachment to open up the invoice and find out what they’re being charged for. This is when the email unleashes embedded code onto your computer, which can be used to launch malware and viruses, and steal personal data from your PC.

Due to the nature of the attack, the scam is able to bypass usual security software. However, cloud users can rest assured that they are safe from this form of attack because information is stored online, rather than on a local PC.

What to watch out for

The email may look like it comes from a legitimate company because it comes from an email address which appears to be associated with a large organisation. However, look twice before you open the file. Some of the main clues that this is a phishing attack rather than a real invoice include:

1. There may be spelling and grammatical errors
2. There may be no email signature
3. The email contains only a single line of text, and no personal greeting

However, these emails can be made to look very professional, so be wary of any invoice you are not expecting. Also, it is imperative that you make sure your employees – particularly those who deal with payments – are aware of the scam.

If you need further details about protecting your business from phishing attacks like these, please do contact JDM Computing. We are more than happy to help you ensure your business benefits from the highest level of security.

Ofcom Plans for UK to be at Cutting Edge of IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been much talked about over recent months. Now, with an estimated 40 million devices in the UK connected to the IoT, Ofcom has stated its intention to ensure the country plays a leading role in the development of IoT.

Ofcom has published plans to create a regulatory environment to foster innovation and investment in this fast-growing sector. By the year 2022, in the UK alone, 320 million devices are expected to be connected to the IoT.

Ofcom’s plan focuses on data privacy, network security and resilience, spectrum availability and network addresses, responding to a consultation launched last summer. To ensure the Internet of Things progresses on both a UK-wide and global basis, Ofcom will work with the ICO, the government, other regulators and businesses.

What is the Internet of Things?

Before we go any further, let’s take a minute to discuss the Internet of Things. What exactly is it, and how will it affect us?

Essentially, the IoT is a network of devices and physical objects that can communicate with each other over the internet, without the need for human intervention.

IoT goes beyond the items you’d expect to be connected, such as smartphones, laptops and PCs, extending into everyday household and business products. For example, in the not too distant future, your car, thermostat, kitchen appliances and lights, may well be connected through the Internet of Things.

Benefits are numerous for both businesses and individuals, offering advantages from energy saving to product and vehicle tracking. Your fridge may be able to inform you when you’re out of milk and send out an order for more. Your office heating system will turn itself off when there’s no one left in the building. It’ll save money and boost efficiencies.

Last March, prime minister David Cameron said: “I see the internet of things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change.”

The IoT is the future of online technology – and Ofcom’s plans aim to ensure that in the UK, we’re at the cutting edge of it.

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JDM Computing LTD has been trading for seven years. We offer computer support to Manchester and Stockport’s businesses. We have a long term view, and have continually grown during our time in the marketplace.

Unlike larger, faceless, profit-hungry companies, our values have always remained core to the business. They are: honesty, service and great customer support – and they help us to deliver our consistently good service to our customers.

Because we are local to Manchester – rather than operating from further afield – we can deal with any problems of our Manchester and Stockport clients quickly. This is an important aspect of our business, that allows you to remain confident that you are never more than a quick phonecall away from local, helpful computer support.

At JDM, we give you that “local” trustworthy computer support. But rest assured it’s all backed up with professional experience, knowledge and advice.

Contact JDM Computing for further details about how we can help your local business with our Manchester computer support service.

Banning Tablet Computers Is Modern-Day Grounding For Kids

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A new study has shown that today’s parents use tablet computers in a bid to control their children’s behaviour. A parenting website has branded restrictions on tablet computer use as the “modern version of grounding”.

The Childwise study suggests parents reward children by allowing them to spend more time on their tablet computers, and restrict time spent on tabs as a punishment.

According to the survey, there has been a big increase in the number of children using tablets such as iPads. The Childwise study has tracked trends in UK family life for two decades.

Technology and children

Children are now growing up surrounded by a wealth of technology, including tablets, laptops, smartphones and video games. In fact, the study suggests that children now spend more time online than they do watching TV.

Tablets are now overtaking laptops as children’s technology of choice, becoming a vital tool for parents in bargaining within the home. The study describes tablets as “controllable” because they can be given and taken away to reflect positive or negative behaviour – as rewards, children can extend the activities available on their tablet through the purchase of apps.

The study points out that there is also the strong perception of educational advantages.

The study took a sample of 2,000 children between the ages of 5 and 16. It showed that some of the favoured online destinations of children included YouTube and online Minecraft.

The research director Simon Leggett says access to the internet is now so integrate into the lives of children, they no longer view it as a privilege but as a fundamental right. Children in the 13 to 16 age group used the internet for an average of 2.5 hours a day, while two-fifths of five to seven year olds spent an average of an hour a day on the net.

Why is this important? As a business, looking at the prevalence of the internet and computers in young people’s lives should instill the importance of a strong internet presence. After all, if five year olds are doing are accessing the benefits of the online world, you should be too.

 

Is This The End For Google Glass?

Google is closing its order books for the much-hyped Google Glass – could this be the end for smartglasses?

The Google Glass Explorer programme, which allowed developers to purchase this technology for around £990, is set to close as Google ends sales of its innovative product. However, the internet behemoth says that while production of Google Glass in its current form will halt, future versions of the product will become the focus of attention.

Google Glass has been on sale in the UK since last summer but orders for the product will cease from next week. But for those companies using Glass, support will continue.

Future Google Glass will be produced by a different team and the company says it remains committed to working on the product. However, there has been no indication as yet, of when a new version of Google Glass will be available on the market.

Has Google Glass disappointed?

With the wearables market set to explode over the next few years, Google Glass was earmarked as an innovative product early on. The eyewear allows users to access information using a screen above their right eye. Users can take pictures and record video, as well as access information such as directions.

However, the technology has not taken off in the same ways as other wearables like smartwatches, with critics suggesting the product has failed to evolve as promised.

However, Google is adamant this isn’t the end of Glass. Here’s what it posted on its Google Plus page: “Since we first met, interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology. Glass at Work has been growing and we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace. As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we’ve outgrown the lab and so we’re officially “graduating” from Google[x] to be our own team here at Google. We’re thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality.”

So bearing this in mind, it might be more of a “see you later” for Google Glass, rather than the last goodbye.