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10 ways businesses can minimize the risk of identity theft

Identity theft has been a huge problem for a long time now, however fraudsters are now getting more sophisticated and trying to stay one step ahead.In the unprecedented midst of a pandemic, we are seeing a sharp increase in all types of fraud.  Experienced fraudsters are exploiting the current chaos and sadly we are seeing…

Identity theft has been a huge problem for a long time now, however fraudsters are now getting more sophisticated and trying to stay one step ahead.

In the unprecedented midst of a pandemic, we are seeing a sharp increase in all types of fraud.  Experienced fraudsters are exploiting the current chaos and sadly we are seeing more people turn to fraud in an attempt to boost their income.

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  • As an SME, it is important to discuss the risks with your customers and suppliers to increase awareness of suspicious emails and cold calls claiming to be from your business.

    All businesses are different and so your risks and exposure to identity theft will differ. Using some of the points below you should sit down and work out what risks you face, both as a business and on behalf of your customers. Where are the danger points and what can you do to stop them, or at least lessen the risk?

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    Microsoft launches Azure Communications, adds VoIP, video, and messaging

    Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other…

    Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. 

    The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other business phone systems, the technology streamlines communications, in this case via the same infrastructure used by Microsoft Teams. 

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    Can cloud backup be hacked and is it immune to ransomware attacks?

    Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the…

    Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!

    It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the cloud and they look after your data – therefore they’re cloud data backup, right?

    cloud storage, not cloud backup.

    So, in attempting to answer the question as to whether cloud backup can be hacked, or if it is immune to ransomware, we first have to establish what cloud backup actually is.

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    Cloud backup: the good, the bad and the illegal

    By its very nature, ‘backup’ means data must be retrospectively accessible for far longer than a mere few days.

    Sixty days is the generally accepted bare minimum, but GDPR requirements and compliance regimes in highly regulated industries like finance can push this to several years or more.

    This is where cloud backup, as a concept, really comes into its own. It stores huge volumes of backed-up data in a powerful data centre elsewhere (aka the cloud). If disaster befalls the office, it doesn’t take the backed-up data with it, b

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    Oracle and Salesforce face class action lawsuits over online ad tracking

    Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a…

    Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.

    As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a Dutch non-profit foundation called The Privacy Collective. 

    According to the collective, Oracle and Salesforce are just two of many companies which use cookies to track, monitor and collect users’ personal data and share it through a process known as real-time bidding where this data is auctioned off to advertisers. Data about users’ interests, locations, income, relationship status, gender, age and education is collected to support this practice and build profiles of users online without their knowledge.

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    Box boosts cloud security with automated classification

    Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s…

    Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.

    It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s history and security-conscious and highly regulated organizations including NASA use it to to secure data in the cloud.

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