Alarm bells should be ringing!
Stories about IT failures have littered the press over recent years, and it really is important to look at the effects these can have on Digital awareness, and a certain reluctance in people taking opportunities that are there. Unfortunately these often big, expensive and negatively written news reports have a subliminal impact. Big IT doesn't work. The trouble is, when IT does work we do not hear about it. At the most recent Digital Leaders NW in Manchester, we discussed the topic (around the task of growing inclusivity among businesses), among others, and were in general agreement that there needs to be more by way of positive exemplars. These need to be written (or supported in creation) by the people who themselves know the ins and outs of the success. Let us be honest here; In getting to a successful conclusion, there are always a few stumbles and hard lessons on the journey.
This is how we build up trust, transparency and progress.
There was a very interesting article on the ITV news web site (and several others by now I guess) based on data from a Zurich Insurance survey :
These one-in-three? Has anyone looked at what their state of Digital Awareness is?; Where are they in the Digital World?; What research has been carried out?
I think regionally the Digital Leaders could get a look at the data and do some exporation. Could it be a problem with their capacity to meet the challenges of the new Digital World?
I have looked at what various Business Organisations are doing. The FSB is stuggling to grow numbers, but when you look on their own web sites you see very limited take up of Digital Networks. From a total of around 200,000 members (pretty large, but falling) they have barely 4000 on linked in for instance. It helps answer the question, but more research is needed.
Something for the next meeting of #DLNW?
A change again. You will see above, the Embedded version of Small Business TV, which has grown out of the development of Lancashire Regional TV, and prior to the On-blackpool.tv.
Why the changes?
While Lancashire Regional TV (LRTV) has grown, both in size and in signups, a venture provided for free must be paid for. We want LRTV to continue to flourish, and we see the future as one that will have a local Blackpool platform for video being free to access for all comers. We can provide the talent and techniques to help you grow your ideas, whether you are a school, college, charity, CIC, community organisation, but we need to cover our costs at least.
Small Business TV is a “for profit” venture aimed at doing just that, but its purpose is to allow organisations to learn to help themselves.
It is still early days. You can still access LRTV at www.Lancashire-Regional.TV, and jot will still be free - but we need to to sign up. That way we get the opportunity to develop and access funds to grow this platform.
SBTV is offered free (Sign up now and it is currently free). You will get access to around 200 training videos, with many more to come in the near future. The cost will be low.
Sign up today.
Faster than a Grieving Pullet
Screenshot from the Sunday 27th Upload of a 3 Gb video file
Coverage of Superfast Broadband’s celebration of the newly connected Blackpool Airport Estate
Alas, Lytham St Annes is still poorly served...... hence my screen grab above. What I call a little short of credibility, my upload speed for a 3 Gb video file was
No Small Success
I am looking forward to hearing more about the Celebratory event being publicised and planned for Saturday November 13th. A great way to celebrate all of the success in the organisation in the last 40 years - and for NEARLY HALF of that time, just one person was chairman. Steve Pye.
It’ll be a double celebration then?
More information from the FSB branch and the VISIT BLACKPOOL web site.
Eyes Open - it’s Happened for Years
Resort ‘losing its youth’ over lack of jobs
Question time: The panel at Gordon's Back Blackpool Businesses event at Blackpool Town Hall. Panelists, from left, Geoff Reeves, John Barnett, Gordon Marsden, Claire Smith and Mark Yates.
Blackpool is losing its young people to other parts of the UK because of a chronic lack of job opportunities in the town, it has been claimed.
I noticed the piece in the Gazette regarding the Youth of Blackpool and would like to draw your attention to what we are up to at the 3e Partnership CIC.
1. We are currently managing enterprise Clubs in the Blackpool High Schools in partnership with Mike Taplin at Blackpool Council
2. We have arranged with Business in the Community training sessions with 30 local businesses who have become Mentors for our student support projects
3. We are based at Blackpool 6th Form College where we have been working with Students giving them Work Experience
4. We organised Work Experience for 230 students at Highfield School Year 10 Students in 2012.
5. We are working with both Blackpool Sixth Form College and Blackpool & Fylde College on some initiatives with their Students regarding work Experience and enterpise clubs.
5. We were awarded with a recognition "Badge of Honour" because of the work with Students during Global Entrepreneur Week.
In addition to the above we have been working with and promoting Local Charities, such as Princes Trust and Aspired Futures to name but a few.
All our work has been done under the radar and been self funded by John Rudkin and myself.
This includes the Launch of our Local Community TV Channel, of which some of you feature and that now boasts nearly 100 videos in its members area.
It started life a www.on-blackpool.tv but has morphed into www.Lancashire-Regional.tv
Happy to discuss further with any of you, but suffice to say that there are things happening in the Town and it has been achieved by people who care passionately about the area, and who have made a lot of sacrifices to help others.
And we have funded everything ourselves to prove the point that anything the mind can conceive - you can achieve - and you dont need money to do it - just integrity and commitment.
We havent given up on the youth of Blackpool or the Fylde Coast and the proof is all stated above and can be seen on our 2 highlighted websites.
And this is only the beginning.............................
3E Partnership CIC
Blackpool 6th Form College Blackpool Old Road Blackpool FY3 7LR
Telephone: 01253 394 911
Website URL: www.3e-partnership-cic.co.uk
Just to be serious for a moment; I was a teacher in Blackpool. I left the classroom but I know that Blackpool kids can be as good, if not better than any you will find. I've worked in the education and IT related sectors for many years, and I have had the pleasure of retaining connections in the area, and working alongside many respected people during that time. Some of the work done by Blackpool Schools has been brilliant; equally I have seen some really inspirational college FE and HE work, at Blackpool 6th and Blackpool and the Fylde. Sadly I have seen the decimation of some key services along the way "for the better" or "for the sake of"? Common Sense was one thing often missing in the decisions made. As far as retaining the resort's youngster go, I saw Blackpool and Fylde leading the World in Technical Illustration and Design (only to take its degree work to London too attract the right sort of opportunities for its students). At one time part of the German Design Industry was run by ex Blackpool students. We have ex-Blackpool students in Hollywood; I can point to others running massive IT projects; yet more have become global entrepreneurs. Hello? Why are they not on the panel? A - Level equipped youngsters from Blackpool are as good as it gets, but there are pressures that cannot be ignored - created by the circumstance of the town. There are examples of wonderful companies set up by ex Blackpool youngsters all over the World running successful, rewarding companies who just weren't given the chance to be listened to. Why not ask them - what might have helped you stay? Then there are actual entrepreneurs trying to set things up in the town, only to hit blockages. Why? I know personally that some have a strong desire to do things locally, but for reasons, had to leave to get the support and recognition they needed. The council could do more, but then there is a need to beat the negative vibe that surrounds the way we all talk about and talk-up the area. Let's see quality standing out instead of what we hear so much about. Alas when talking to those very young people the replies might be pretty much staring us in the face or even painful to hear. It is opportunity, and a clear path and guidance. We are trying to help in our own way. We being: http://www.Lancashire-Regional.tv/media/could-you-be-a-mentor and this is just the start. There is no one solution or answer, nor is there a quick fix, but that doesn't mean it needs to go on as it is.
Fylde gets to Check Out Opportunities
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Swinging in the branches
I attended my first FSB Branch Meeting since leaving the Committee last year. It was in Fleetwood on Monday Evening. It was a nice, bright, crisp day, and really Spring like, so with a slightly brighter evening I set off for Fleetwood. I picked up Rosey and Rob, who work with us and 3E Partnership - and unfortunately was just about 10 minutes late for the start. It is a shame we missed the first few minutes, but when we arrived we were ushered in and grabbed seats at the back.
The Agenda was a little different to the norm (the previous committee’s norm, but as a first it was informative and yes, enlightening. It is difficult not to compare, but turnout was about what I expected. About 28 people, made up of new Branch Committee, 6(?), Regional Committee (5) and the remainder members or potentially new members. 3E added to the numbers by 3, me being the only member - so I estimate the actual turnout excluding us was about 14 people. Reasonable. I was not surprised to hear that there had been 16 apologies. I recall the previous branch regularly had 30 plus attendees, even at the AGM having offered a meal, still up to ten didn’t bother to turn up. That was a shame, and in my opinion the “no shows” should have been made to pay for the food they wasted!
Presentations were OK. I will not list them all, but we had the obligatory branch introductions, a very short introduction by the Regional Chairman talking (more to come), and 4 or 5 short 10 minute (!!) pre-selected presentations. A real mix of styles, subjects and techniques mixed, it was fascinating as always to see and hear the stories and experience the personalities.
Some really interesting ‘facts’ were offered by the FSB presentations. These came from the Regional Chair, and it was good he was open and direct:
It is the 40th Anniversary of the FSB (first established in the area, and now a £27m business itself with just short of 180,000 members. That fact was a surprise as it has dropped considerably - a shame. The Regional Chair stated that he fought hard to get the Conference in Blackpool, but that the National Committee (based in Blackpool?) had concluded that the town didn’t have the facilities needed. That is a shame - indeed it surely goes right against the grain in the “KEEP BUSINESS LOCAL” campaign, but they must know best?. One point made which rather more - or equally disappointing was that the FSB wanted to attract Ed Milliband to the Conference, and the Regional Chair suggested that the Leader of the Labour Party was actually frightened of the area!
Frightened of BLACKPOOL? I was amazed. Did he really say that?
It certainly didn’t put Chukka Umana @ChukaUmunna off when we met with him and long time MP Gordon Marsden @GordonMarsden at the Blackpool Tower and we had a brief chat (you can see that on http://bit.ly/1gmJuTx http://www.lancashire-regional.tv).
Anyway, an interesting evening.
Regional Chair Gary Lovett discussing his defence of a Blackpool based Conference
I came across this “short” tutorial while looking at some content to publish about ‘Safer Internet Day 2012’ I’m not sure whether you have managed to glance through it all, but if I was a PC first-footer, this would frighten me half to death. I mean - it’s astounding what PC users face daily, just to have safe passage on the World-Wide-Web.
Secure your PC by easy to follow steps:
A blog about a series of Tutorials who will show you how to secure your PC and to understand it…This blog explains you what needs to be installed on your PC to make it secure on a maximum…
This blog was made in ‘urgence’ because some friends have some problems with security and I want to share this knowledge also with you my readers…
The author is “Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEE-SECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).
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What Is The Minimum Required To Secure Your PC?
As probably most of PC users know, a PC needs an antivirus and a firewall, that is the strict minimum. But that is not all, Windows updates must be done also and some updates which most of users don’t know, ALL installed programs on the PC must be updated!!!
Why are the updates relevant to security may you ask?
In ALL programs are discovered vulnerabilities, so when discovered by their manufacturer there will be a new update released. Those updates are necessary to install as they close the security holes in the programs. Because of those security holes a PC could get remotely controlled over Internet.
The most known vulnerable programs are: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Java, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, ITunes…
Do you have installed the latest Java on your PC? Check here: Verify Java.
Advice: Chose an other firewall than the Windows firewall, best is to buy an Internet Security Suite, which contains an antivirus, a firewall, an anti spyware, an anti rootkit… I recommend “Norton Internet Security” which I use since years on my working place and as well at home. This Security Suite is easy to handle, the most important for a user, you don’t remark even that it is existing on your PC…
To make sure that ALL your installed programs on your PC are every time updated, use Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). Once installed on your PC it checks automatically for all updates of your installed software and installs them, very easy procedure.
The Secunia PSI is a FREE security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. Attacks exploiting vulnerable programs and plug-ins are rarely blocked by traditional anti-virus and are therefore increasingly “popular” among criminals.
The only solution to block these kind of attacks is to apply security updates, commonly referred to as patches. Patches are offered free-of-charge by most software vendors, however, finding all these patches is a tedious and time consuming task. Secunia PSI automates this and alerts you when your programs and plug-ins require updating to stay secure.
The figure shows the scan of a new laptop (mine), as you may discover yourself the laptop even as a brand new one doesn’t have installed all he updates and would be vulnerable if not updated… It is only secure by 95%.
After a couple of minutes PSI has already downloaded one program and started the download of a second program, the progress is now already 97%.
Protect your children: Norton Online Family
Protecting Your Facebook Account, How Secure Are Your Settings???
Recently (Feb, 2011) BITDEFENDER launched a new Beta program, here is the text and screenshots from it:
Posts on your wall, comments from friends, Inbox messages: sharing’s the name, having fun is the game. Well, at least until an infected link or a ton of spam steps in to spoil it.
Using in-the-cloud scanning, BitDefender safego keeps your social networking account safe so that you and your PC don’t get into e-trouble. An efficient BitDefender spam repellent also helps keep your message flow free from this kind of blah-blah.
And that’s not all. With BitDefender safego you get a privacy rating that tells you whether you’re an easy prey on the personal data theft front as well.
and here below how it looks in practice…
As shown in image below SAFEGO shows you the infected links on the right-hand side and provides you also a red icon. By clicking this “red icon” a new window opens with an alert message and a button. When clicking this button you could send a message to your friend who’s link is infected to alert him…
WOT goes social – Preview the beta version now!
Wed 16 Mar 2011 09:00:35 AM UTC — annaleena
Social networking - on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere – is a big part of what people are doing daily on the internet. Social media allows messages to spread far and fast and become popular, even viral. When the messages come from someone that you know and trust, it’s often perceived as safe. Put these factors together, and you’ve got a very tempting target for scammers and hackers. Typically, a scammer takes over an account and uses it to spread links which are contaminated, lead to phishing or malicious sites, or intend to capture more accounts.
As you see here, soon there will be a new version of WOT released, stay tuned and download it when available…
Update (23.03.2011): it works now, here below a screenshot…
How Does It Happen - An Infection Of The PC?
As already mentioned above, the “Drive by Download” is on the mood and it is the most dangerous way to get the PC infected. “Drive by Download” means, your PC will get infected while visiting a web site. And that could be any web site, even web sites from government and/or Newspapers… Even if you have installed an antivirus and a firewall your PC could get infected, because of the security holes in installed programs on your hard disk when they are not updated…
How is this possible?
Not every webmaster (people who take care of that web site and/or are creating that web site) has the necessary security knowledge, nor does the owner of that web site wanting to spend more money for security awareness…
Against of what most people think, a PC can also getting infected when not connected to the Internet. Any storage medium (CD, DVD, Memory Cards, Flash cards, USB Stick, USB drives&hellip who is infected can infect a PC while using it on the PC.
What Else To Install On The PC For A Better Protection?
I recommend to install also the following programs:
Have also a look here on my French Knol and use translation tools:
ThreatFire™ AntiVirus protects when others can’t
PCs are under constant attack from viruses, spyware and identity theft. Every day you hear about a new threat to your PC. They’re coming faster than ever before, they’re getting harder to stop and traditional antivirus products are not able to keep up.
Will your antivirus software catch the latest malware that just came out today? In most cases, no, because it simply does not know how to detect it yet. But ThreatFire’s ActiveDefense technology does, and has proven to provide up to 243% more protection when combined with traditional AntiVirus products. See the table below.
What Else Do I need To Do?
While surfing on Internet you could find an infected web site which would also infect your computer when visiting it, these web sites could also bee web sites from Governments and other serious companies, nobody is perfect! How can I know if a website is infected and/or a trustful site? Use WOT (Web Of Trust), it is shown below with download link…
WOT is also available as an extension for your browsers:
Other similar products are:
McAfee SiteAdvisor™ software
McAfee SiteAdvisor™, software is an award-winning, free browser plug-in that gives safety advice about Websites before you click on a risky site. These site ratings are based on tests conducted by McAfee using an army of computers that look for all kinds of threats (detailed below). The result is a guide to Web safety. The SiteAdvisor software is free, easy to install and even easier to use. And it doesn’t collect any personally identifiable information.
TrendProtect is a FREE browser plug-in that helps you avoid Web pages with unwanted content and hidden threats. TrendProtect rates the current page and pages listed in Google, MSN, and Yahoo search results. You can use the rating to decide if you want to visit or avoid a given Web page. To rate Web pages, TrendProtect refers to an extensive database that covers the following information for billions of Web pages:
Phishing scam detection
Norton Online Family
Choose Strong Passwords
No need to explain more, just watch the video below, it says ALL
What Else Do I need To Know?
Watch those videos below by clicking on the appropriate link who opens than in YouTube to know more about the present vulnerabilities. The videos are made by SYMANTEC, the manufacturer of “Norton” products and they explain very well, I recommend them…
|Symantec Guide: Phishing|
|Symantec Guide: Botnets|
|Drive By Download|
|Losing Your Data|
|Trend Micro: Malware|
Related links, non exhaustive list:
AV Comparative Test December 2010 (PDF File)
Be Aware of Public Wi-Fi!!!
Protect yourself on public Wi-Fi: ALL your data could get seen when not taken the right precautions on an public Wi-Fi Access…
First of all, check out to know more about how easy it is to get information about your online communications (passwords and private information&hellip as also on how easy it is to hijack your accounts while using a public Wi-Fi!!! Follow this BBC investigation and be surprised Why personal data is at risk on unsecured public wi-fi!!!
Lessons to learn: coming soon, stay tuned…
As learned already now by the shown videos above, you will certainly know how to protect you against it? OK, what should we know???
- A public, non secured Wi-Fi Access can intercept all of our internet traffic…
- With special programs (even Freeware programs like FireSheep) it is possible that a third person could break in our PC and MAC and steal our PWs (pass words) and log-ins and also so sending messages with our identity!!! Not really funny isn’t???
So how can we protect us again those threats (MAC and Windows and Linux)???
By using a public Wi-Fi Access, called also HotSpot it is recommended to use a private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway.
Such a good and FREE and also for MAC users FREE program is “Hotspot Shield”:
Get behind the SHIELD! 100% FREE!
Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.
Protect yourself from identity theft online.
Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.
Works on wireless and wired connections alike. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth.
Works on the PC and the Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 7 and Snow Leopard)
Hotspot Shield protects your entire web surfing session; securing your connection at both your home Internet network & Public Internet networks (both wired and wireless). Hotspot Shield protects your identity by ensuring that all web transactions (shopping, filling out forms, downloads) are secured through HTTPS. Hotspot Shield also makes you private online making your identity invisible to third party websites and ISP’s. Unless you choose to sign into a certain site, you will be anonymous for your entire web session with Hotspot Shield. We love the web because of the freedom that it creates to explore, organize, and communicate. Hotspot Shield enables access to all information online, providing freedom to access all web content freely and securely. Secure your entire web session and ensure your privacy online; your passwords, credit card numbers, and all of your data is secured with Hotspot Shield. Standard antivirus software protects your computer, but not your web activities.
And what about Apple and Apple related products???
The best way to find this out is to follow my scoop who collects (curation) all the news about Apple (in)security and this in English, French and German. Here is the address:
Must Know News…
|Danger connu est danger vaincu (FR) / Gefahr erkannt ist Gefahr gebannt (DE) / Forewarned is forearmed (EN).|
Software horror stories (EN):
Software horror stories (EN)
Software problems (EN):
Software problems (EN) (16.02.2010)
Is there Any Possibility To Check My PC Online?
Yes you may use www.internetmonitor.lu where you will find on the right hand navigation different free services for checking your PC online.
Internet Monitor is a multilingual (DE, FR, EN) web site dedicated to PC security…
|Danger connu est danger vaincu (FR) / Gefahr erkannt ist Gefahr gebannt (DE) / Forewarned is forearmed (EN).|
Windows automatic update must be activated on your computer…
An antivirus, better an “
ALL your installed programs on your PC need to get updated. Use one (or all&hellip of the proposed updating programs…
Stay informed about newest threats…
International Security News
Find here below the news about security in real time, updated 24/24…
ICT Security News RSS Feeds English
Real-Time Outbreak Monitor
Watch web threats in real time online: http://www.commtouch.com/security-center.
Smartphones are getting more and more targeted from the Internet Mafia, there fore it is necessary to protect them!
Whether your phone is lost or stolen, or is targeted while you’re surfing the internet, you know your personal data is always safe when having installed a Mobile Security Suite!
Non exhaustive list of Mobile Security programs:
In case of trouble, virus infection or similar use following programs whiche are LIVE-CD’s (non exhaustive list):
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