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Compliance

If your business accepts Credit and Debit Card Payments, then PCI-DSS Compliance is Essential For Your Business

Call us today on 0800 077 6311 for a Free Compliance Health Check and avoid a huge fine or even the loss of the ability to transact credit and debit card payments

Use Our PCI-DSS Level 1 Compliant Card Payment services for Your Peace of Mind

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The security of our systems is independently assessed and constantly monitored by our Award-winning Cyber-security consultant organisation.
Our Payment Processing can be simply integrated with your web site, with our fully web-configurable Telephony services, or any combination of these to meet your business needs. Add auto-updating of your CRM program to substantially reduce your administration requirement. Available 24 x 7 so that you can focus on improving profitability and cash flow! Comprehensive reporting included!

PCI Compliant processing and call recording with calls routed to your sales staff, including homeworkers. Tokenisation for repeats and refunds.

Concerned that you might not be compliant in respect of your data capture and storage processes but don’t want to change your Payment Service Provider? Get in touch, we may be able to help!

Call centres

Concerned that your Call Centre might not be compliant in respect of your data capture and storage processes, but don’t want to change your Payment Service Provider?

Get in touch today, call 0800 077 6311, we may be able to help!

Any Call Centre that handles credit and debit card details has a duty to protect their customers from fraud

More than £1.6 million worth of fraud occurs on UK credit and debit cards every day.
A fraudulent transaction takes place every eight seconds.
One in five of the 200+ UK contact centres that took part in a recent ContactBabel survey are not fully PCI compliant.
Build and maintain secure systems.

What are the penalties for non-compliance with the PCI data security standard?

Non-compliant operations may lose the right to accept credit card transactions or be fined.
Mastercard recently updated its merchant compliance plan, with fines for a fourth PCI DSS violation now ranging up to $400,000 for non-compliant merchants.
In February 2015 an online travel insurance company was fined £175,000 for storing data in a manner that breached PCI DSS requirements. The data including names, payment card details (including CVV and expiry dates), dates of birth, address, email addresses, phone number, travel dates and destinations and medical screening was stolen by hackers.
Also in February, Islington Council was reprimanded for three serious data breaches in the course of a year; one resulting in a £70,000 fine. The ICO found that the Council failed to disable call recording when bank details were being given. They also identified failures in protecting staff access to sensitive data and discrepancies in server access requests.
Future standards of PCI DSS will undoubtedly be more stringent, with concomitant naming and shaming of non-compliant brands in the press. Avoid these headaches and make sure your business has robust processes in place to protect your profits and customers.

The security considerations

PCI compliance is about more than just securing your systems and encrypting your data.
In many ways, those are the easy parts. Where those systems and data come into contact with humans is the weak point. In a complex operational environment, where hundreds of people might be coming and going every day, proper security procedures are absolutely essential.

This app makes texting on your phone as private as possible

 

Encrypting your personal messages, by yourself, can be extremely difficult, but one app is laying the groundwork for your renewed personal security. It’s called “Signal,” and the app is so impressive, that both Edward Snowden and Facebook laud it for its world-class security.

Here’s what you need to know.

TalkTalk and Post Office routers hit by cyber-attack

TalkTalk’s DSL-3780 router is affected

Thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office customers have had their internet access cut by an attack targeting certain types of internet routers.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office told the BBC that the problem began on Sunday and had affected about 100,000 of its customers.

Talk Talk also confirmed that some of its customers had been affected, and it was working on a fix.

It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack.

Earlier in the week, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom revealed that up to 900,000 of its customers had lost their internet connection as a result of the attack.

The Post Office provides a broadband service that runs off the back of TalkTalk’s service

It involves the use of a modified form of the Mirai worm – a type of malware that is spread via hijacked computers, which causes damage to equipment powered by Linux-based operating systems.

Mirai was also involved in an earlier attack that caused several of the world’s leading websites to become inaccessible, including Spotify, Twitter and Reddit.

Several models of router are vulnerable to the latest cyber-assault, including the Zyxel AMG1302, which is used by the Post Office.

“We would like to reassure customers that no personal data or devices have been compromised,” said the Post Office’s spokeswoman.

“We have identified the source of the problem and implemented a resolution which is currently being rolled out to all customers.

“For those customers who are still having problems, we are advising them to reboot their router.”

Doing so causes the machine to make use of updated software.

Zyxel’s AMG1302 router fell victim to the Mirai worm

The same router is also used by Kcom, an internet service provider (ISP) based in Hull, whose customers have also been affected.

“The vast majority of our customers are now able to connect to and use their broadband service as usual,” the firm said in a statement.

“Our core network was not affected at any time and we have put in place measures to block future attacks from impacting our customers’ routers and their ability to access the internet.”
Attack widens

TalkTalk also confirmed that its D-Link DSL-3780 routers were affected but said only a small percentage of its customers used them.

“Along with other ISPs in the UK and abroad, we are taking steps to review the potential impacts of the Mirai worm,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

“We have deployed additional network-level controls to further protect our customers.”

Security researchers had previously suggested that the routers were vulnerable to the Mirai malware.

One expert warned there could be worse to come.

“The next step for attackers could be to hack into other home devices once they gain access to the router, like web cams, smart TVs, or thermostats,” said Pavel Sramek from the cybersecurity firm Avast.

Don’t Go On Public Wi-FI Before Reading This!

We Investigate How Safe You Really Are On Free Public Wi-Fi

Public WiFi is a fantastic thing, the freedom you feel of using your laptop in a coffee shop is a new age delight, But just how safe is connecting to these free open networks? What are the dangers which are waiting to compremise your personal details? And How can you stay safe and protected?

According to a Nielsen/Harris poll in March 2014, over 66% of U.S adults say they have used public WiFi with over a quarter of those admitting to checking a bank account whilst on an open, unprotected internet connection. It can seem completely harmless as the dangers aren’t visible whatsoever, but they are certainly real…

A public WiFi connection is rarely protected properly, meaning hackers can intercept requests being made on the network. An example of a request is hitting “Log In” on a social media site, this sends your username / email and password over the network, to the servers of the website you are using which checks if they are correct.

If you are using public WiFi, you should hope you have input your details incorrectly, as they could well have just been sent straight to a criminal’s computer! The majority of people use the same password for almost every account or service, so once one domino falls, the rest are likely to follow. Their next target is normally your email account because it can be used as a “master key” for every other account / service, sending requests to reset a password to whatever they choose.

The ramifications caused by simply signing in to a social network may seem bad, but the effects are far worse when you use your banking details on a free public wifi network: in the same way that social media logins are sent to a hackers computer (oversimplification), credit / debit card details and banking logins are susceptible. As you can imagine, credit card details can be exploited far more than social media logins. They can be used to empty your bank account or even sold on the dark web, both of which being awful options for the victim!

If You Use Public Wi-Fi on Your Phone or Tablet You Are at Risk!

This may sound very scary, but there are ways you can protect yourself. Your first option is to not use any public WiFi network, but that is a rather drastic measure and isn’t necessarily a solution to our problem – consumers want to use it and stay safe while doing so. Your best option is using a AntiVirus, our favourite is Scanguard, a security suite made for smartphones, laptops and desktops. The software is primarily an antivirus, but it has a array of speed up, optimizing and security tools built right in that can be activated with one tap.

Thousands of people across the globe are all starting to use ScanGuard™ free analysis tool to make sure they stay protected. Right now this can be downloaded for free by clicking here.

To stay Malware and Virus free when using public WiFi we highly recommend using ScanGuard, which will sit silently on your computer and alert you to any threats it detects.

Even if you have a new computer or don’t use public wifi, we would recommend you try ScanGuard™ to analyze your PC. Simply run a 30 second scan and see for yourself. You’ll be surprised just how many people have malware on their computers collecting there personal information leaving you at risk of fraud or identity theft.

Click here to download ScanGuard™. They are offering a free version of the Antivirus software which for a limited amount of time includes free Speed Boost.

Source – http://www.weblifeadvice.com/is-public-wi-fi-safe

Your Personal and Financial Details are at Risk!

Malware, short for Malicious Software, has been wreaking havoc on computers and networks for decades. Since the first example was found in the early 70s, the numbers showing their growth are worryingly impressive: it really took until around 2005 for it to take off, but at that point there were thousands of new examples being found every day on the internet. In 2012, AV-TEST claims malware hit the 100,000,000 mark, which almost doubled in the next year alone. In 2015, the number topped half a billion different cases, with more than 1 million new ones found daily.
Now, the internet is big, but avoiding that many opportunities for malware to infect your computer is tough even if you are clued up on the subject!

The main way people with Windows desktops or laptops protect their computer is with Microsoft’s own “Security Essentials”, a completely free tool and the most popular antivirus in the world. The product’s popularity and success is likely due to it being included as default in every Windows machine post 2010, of which over 200,000,000 are sold every year. The next most popular for Microsoft users is Avast antivirus, with a 20% market share in the antivirus space in 2015.

In the antivirus world, Apple Macintosh computers are often rather neglected. Most people think they don’t need an antivirus for their MacBook or iMac because they “can’t get viruses”. The truth is, Macs are susceptible to malware, they just are less common. After all, if you were a hacker and wanted to control as many people’s computers as possible in the shortest amount of time with the least effort, would you target the 10% (roughly) of the world’s laptop owners? Creating malware for computers running Windows is proven and, unfortunately, yields results!

Not only do Macs need protecting, but mobiles do too! This is specifically true if you own an Android phone, as security specialists F-Secure revealed that 97% of all mobile malware is targeted at Android phones, the most popular smartphone operating system used today. You may have heard about the most recent Android security threat, a fault with Qualcomm processors which is said to affect almost 1,000,000,000 (yes, that is a billion!) users.

If you want to protect your laptop or desktop (Windows or Mac) and even want to safeguard your smartphone too, we suggest using our favourite antivirus PCProtect. We found it to be the most efficient, resource-light and friendly solution on the market. Their native applications are a great way to keep all of your personal details on lock down from any malware.

Thousands of people across the globe are all starting to use PCProtect™ free analysis tool to make sure they stay protected. Right now this can be downloaded for free by clicking here.

To keep your computer malware and virus free we highly recommend using PCProtect, which will sit silently on your computer and alert you to any threats it detects.

Even if you have a brand new computer, we would recommend you try PCProtect™ to analyze your PC. Simply run a 30 second scan and see for yourself. You’ll be surprised just how many people have malware on their computers collecting there personal information leaving you at risk of fraud or identity theft.

Click here to download PCProtect™They are offering a free version of the Antivirus software which for a limited amount of time includes free Speed Boost.

Source – http://www.weblifeadvice.com/beware-of-malware

Don’t Bank Online Before Reading This!

Banking online is extremely convenient – gone are the days of having to visit a cashpoint to see what your balance is. But online banking is far more than just checking a balance, you can see every single one of your transactions, set up and manage direct debits, standing orders and even apply for new accounts. If you bank online, it’s likely won’t even need to even enter your local branch in your life. Unfortunately, as with every technological advance, banking online has it’s drawbacks: it is generally susceptible to hacking, but not in the way you might think…
The security measures taken by the bank themselves are some of the best in the world, their walls are near enough impenetrable! Hackers needed to get smart. In general, the only way you can enter an online banking account by submitting a username, password and giving random characters from your memorable information, so the hackers need a way of stealing this from you. The way this is done in most cases is by using keylogging software, which can record every key stroke you make whilst connected to the internet, recognizing when you connect to a banking site and sending what you type back to the hacker.

Very recently a piece of malware was discovered that affected Android phones and spread through the Google Adsense network (the biggest advertisement delivery network in the world). The “Svpeng trojan” downloads itself, then hides the application it has created on your phone. From then, the malware creates fake phishing browser windows of banking and social media sites, tricking users into supplying their details. Over 15 million websites use Google Adsense to monetize their content, including most of the biggest sites in the world like YouTube and MSN. Most people choose not to protect their smartphone, which can be a grave mistake (especially if you use an Android phone!)…

Protecting your smartphone from malware is just as important as keeping your laptop or home computer safe as the effects can be just as devastating. We recommend PCProtect to all of our readers as a solution to the problems caused by malware on all devices.

 With their security suite you can safeguard all of your devices (laptop, desktop, iPhone, iPad, android phone and tablet) with just 1 subscription, which is great for keeping things safe and tidy. Thousands of people across the globe are all starting to use PCProtect™ free analysis tool to make sure they stay protected. Right now this can be downloaded for free by clicking here.

To stay safe while banking online we highly recommend using PCProtect, which will sit silently on your computer or phone and alert you to any threats it detects.

Even if you have a brand new computer or don’t bank online, we would recommend you try PCProtect™ to analyze your PC. Simply run a 30 second scan and see for yourself. You’ll be surprised just how many people have malware on their computers collecting there personal information leaving you at risk of fraud or identity theft.

Click here to download PCProtect™They are offering a free version of the Antivirus software which for a limited amount of time includes free Speed Boost.

Source – http://www.weblifeadvice.com/dont-bank-online-without-a-free-av-scan

PC Owners Swarm To Do This Today…

Is your PC running slow or unprotected?

Is your PC running slow or unprotected?

Thousands of PC users across the UK are swarming to claim a system that has gone viral in the last 24 hours. This new system is protecting people’s computers from hackers, unwanted software, instantly speeding up performance and saving people thousands in repair costs.

By Sarah Hansworth, Web Life Advice – Windows Technician Sarah Hansworth investigates a free scan that has just gone viral in the UK.

If you live in the UK and have a Windows computer that is older than 6 months old, not running how you would like it or want to increase your security then this may be the most important article you ever read.

Thousands of people across the UK are rushing to get their hands on the latest system that is instantly protecting PC users after fears rise for the security of our internet.

Experts are now calling it; “A Game Changer for internet users.”

An elite team of Certified Microsoft Developers have built a security tool that they believe will be the last piece of software consumers will ever need.

The software uses a unique algorithm to instantly increase the security whilst speeding up your system. First, it identifies flaws on your network and any hidden threats on your device. Then it locates redundant files and cached memory, removing the hidden files that make your PC run slow.

The software isn’t an alternative for your Antivirus, but an additional layer of security that is more advanced than any Antivirus product out there. Anyone can use it, and it takes 5 minutes to setup.

Creative Director, Christian Garcia, from ScanGuard, explains; “Our main objective for creating the application was simple. Over the past few months malware has been on the rise, and most Antivirus products have been struggling to keep up. We wanted to build a software that gave consumers an additional layer of protection, at the same time help speed up their devices. With the right care Windows computers can last for years.”

He continues, “People already love the system. Our plan is to give as many licenses away for free so that it goes viral. We feel good knowing that we’re helping make things faster and more secure for our customers.”

Sound too good to be true? One user we spoke to said, “I was attacked by a harmful Trojan just a few days which managed to hack my bank account. When I phoned the bank, they suggested I download Scanguard as their partner security application. Once I downloaded it, it instantly removed the harmful Trojan from my PC and also helped speed it up.”

How Do I Claim This Free Scan?

If you own a Windows Computer then you are eligible for a free security scan. Scanguard™ are offering the scan free until 6th December 2016.

Download Your Free Copy of Scanguard™ Here

To maintain peak performance and keep your computer secure, schedule the scan to run every 7 days. It roughly takes 10 minutes to fully analyse your system.

Once you have downloaded the software they will give you licenses for all of your devices, including your Office & Home PC, Smartphone & even Tablet.

Source – http://weblifeadvice.com/412?voluumdata=BASE64dmlkLi4wMDAwMDAwMy1hZTJmLTQ5M2EtODAwMC0wMDAwMDAwMDAwMDBfX3ZwaWQuLmZiMjZlODAwLWI5YmMtMTFlNi04NDE3LTg0NTliZjk0ZTYwOF9fY2FpZC4uNGNlNzliMzUtOGMyYy00ODBjLWIwOWUtY2YwZTU0MTgwNjc3X19ydC4uUl9fbGlkLi42MzNkZDIzMi1lY2QwLTQwZmItYjA1Ni04MGI4NGIzZTZjZGVfX29pZDEuLmQ0ZDU1OThhLTJlNGEtNDQ2NC1hOGQ5LTk5NTg5NjdmMzMxYV9fdmFyMS4uNTQyMjIxNl9fdmFyMi4uUGxhY2UtSGVyZV9fcmQuLnBhaWRcLlxvdXRicmFpblwuXGNvbV9fYWlkLi5fX2FiLi5fX3NpZC4u&source=5422216&ADID=Place-Here#.WEN3zE2fQMg.facebook