Category Archives: Info Security

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies: an update

Bitcoin accepted here

Cryptocurrencies: a caveat and an update In this update to his recent post on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, John Clamp argues that it’s too early by far to rule out a sea change in finance resulting from blockchain technology. That having been said, the horizon is not without its cloudy quadrants. Critics abound When it comes to fundamental ‘memes’ such as money many observers scoff at Johnny-come-lately pretenders to the throne. That’s not surprising. After all, it’s not like governments and central banks aren’t pushing back, and while

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Data protection and the GDPR: the expert debate

Data protection: the biometric approach

Data protection and the GDPR: What are experts saying about it? SEO, legal, and academic experts are right up in the GDPR. And it’s scary stuff. That’s right. When it comes to data security, the protection of the data your customers have handed over to you (even when they haven’t realized that’s what they’re doing), it’s not only SEO experts who are analyzing and discussing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). There are a whole bunch of lawyers, too, and academics. But first, let’s refresh ourselves about

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SMEs, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and the future of money

Are Bitcoins the future of money?

SMEs, ‘cryptos’, Bitcoin, and the future of money – why you should be thinking about it now.  By John Clamp.  Yes, we’re going to be talking about Bitcoin, cryptos, and all that jazz.  Tech Cache author Joe Albano has called Bitcoin ‘the Napster of digital currency’ (an initial product soon to be superseded). Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, referenced Dante’s Inferno when talking about it (‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’). Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has called for Bitcoin to

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The European Commission v. the Equifax Breach

The EU's GDPR responds to the Equifax Breach

By John Clamp.  Once more there’s a breach; this time an Equifax Breach. Another day, another security disaster at another major data controller. Hackers who gained access to the network of credit agency Equifax walked away with the social security details of 143 million Americans. That’s almost half the entire population of the United States. 400,000 Britons and 100,000 Canadians also had details, including bank account numbers, stolen. Here at we thought we’d do a thought experiment on the Equifax breach. We’ll look at the possible

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Five ways to prepare for the GDPR

Prepare for the GDPR before it's too late

Five ways to prepare your business website for the new Euro-regulations on data protection Euro-what? It’s the GDPR we’re talking about here. The General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union. The legislation has been enacted in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and the Regulation comes into force next year, in May.  Believe it or not, you must prepare for the GDPR or you’ll put your business at risk. You may not know it yet, but if you have a website and have any dealings with European

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SEORW’s Essential WordPress Plugins for 2017

essential wordpress plugins 2017

Plugins: more WordPress power at your elbow What on earth are ‘plug-ins’? A plug-in, or ‘plugin’, depending on how good your spelling is, is software that adds functionality of some kind to your WordPress database. Plug-ins are designed to target specific aspects of WordPress functionality, such as load speeds and the compression of large files such as pictures. Below is a list of essential WordPress plugins we consider too important to have on your site in 2017.   Plugins developed because, while WordPress has lots of tools

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation: T Minus 10 months and counting….

At 260 pages, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation isn’t as chunky as some EU law, but when it ‘goes live’ in May 2018 it’ll mark a watershed in information security and data protection law. You may not think it applies to you, but it almost certainly will, and that opens SMEs and e-commerce to fines and other penalties that in some cases they may not survive.   Here at, we’ve read the law in full. Here are our key takeaways:   Time to bone

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