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Password management & security: the do’s & don’ts

November 19th, 2015, by

Password management & security: the do's & don'ts

Despite campaigns recently to increase awareness about the need for secure passwords in the UK, many web users leave use themselves open to hackers by choosing easy to guess and insecure passwords. A survey by Visa Europe found that “over three-quarters choose passwords relating to friends, family and memorable dates” whilst following a phishing attack on Twitter it was found that the five most common passwords are: password1, abc123, myspace1, password.

A recent UK Government report carried out as part of the Get Safe Online campaign found the following information:

  • 66% of users use the same password for more than one website
  • 46% of users use the same 2 to 3 passwords for every website they access
  • 45% of users use passwords made up only of dictionary words or names (the most easily cracked)

The lack of proper password security is one of the factors contributing to the ongoing problem of online fraud in the UK. The UK Cybercrime report identified the following worrying statistics: Read the rest of this entry »

8 ways to save money on software

February 8th, 2009, by

8 ways to save money on software
In this article we list a collection of eight open source programs which could potentially save you hundreds of pounds. But what is open source you ask…read on…

What is open source?

An open source product (usually a piece of programming) is the result of a project that has been contributed to by a collection of volunteers. These volunteers are often spread around the globe and collaborate online. Each contributor works on a section of the project, once the product is complete it is available freely for anyone to use and, in most cases, modify.

“The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, and people fix bugs. This can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.”

Who’s using open source?

You are, right now, and us too! The open source web server Apache is the most popular HTTP server on the World Wide Web and as of August 2008 Apache served 49.82% of all websites. The Internet Protocol (IP) which carries network data all around the internet is open source, as is Firefox, the record-breaking web browser used by nearly 20% of web users worldwide. The BBC, Google and NASA all support open source projects.

Why should I use open source?

There are many reasons to use open source software, but the key point for many is cost. Open source is free. Even complex commercial packages such as the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, have free open source equivalents.

The List

Below we list the 8 applications that could save you money.
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