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Esports, whether they are deemed true sports or not, have become one of the most popular pass times in the world. Esports fans consist of; the professional gamers who play competitively, the amateur gamers who play for fun, streamers, analysts, online audiences and live audiences. Esports have a place for everyone and anyone. Due to the fact that the majority of the most popular esports franchises are free to play and free to watch on streaming sites such as Twitch, it is not difficult to see why esports are competing with traditional sports in viewing figures and popularity.

Audiences are free to bet on the outcomes of live esports matches, like they would if they were watching a traditional sport such as football or tennis, esports are becoming more and more popular each passing day and with this popularity comes investment and with investment comes even more popularity.

Iain Fenton, writing for ‘Technolgiblog’ gives us a sneak peek into the world of esports and runs us through a top five list of the most popular esports.

Dota 2

Officially released in 2013 after two years of beta testing, DOta 2 is an online battle arena multiplayer game. Dota 2 is played in matches between two teams that consist of five players. Each of the 10 players independently control a title character, each one, of more than a hundred characters, have their own unique skills and abilities to use in matches. A team wins by being the first to destroy their opponents ‘ancient’ a large structure located in the opposing teams base.

According to statistics website Newzoo.com, Dota 2 was the third most watched game on Twitch – the primary medium for professional esports coverage – during March 2017. Some major gaming publications, including PC Gamer, have called Dota 2 one of the best computer games of all time. Since its release in 2013, Dota 2 has been the most played game on Steam with over 630,000 average players per hour in 2016, nearly double that of the game in second place.

Dota 2 tournaments and league events are also extremely poplar with audiences. The best Dota 2 players in the world are currently competing at the Kiev Major where there is a prize pool of $3 million – one of the biggest prize pools in esports history. The game has been known to become a “way of life” for many players – the addictiveness of the game has been likened to gambling and poker. Some universities have even held Dota 2 seminars teaching students the fundamentals and core skills to use in the game. 

League of Legends

The most popular and watched computer game of them all, there is no stopping League of Legends. Similar to Dota 2, League of Legends or LoL as it is affectionately known, is an online battle arena multiplayer game. LoL has the largest footprint of any game within streaming media communities. It is the most watched game on Twitch by quite a long way. In 2016, the company that developed Lol – Riot Games – suggested that there are over 100 million active players playing LoL each month.

League of Legends has one of the biggest competitive scenes in the world. LoL esports tournaments take place all over the world. Regional LoL tournaments exist in USA, China, South Korea and various other regions. These regional tournaments end at the annual World Championship. The 2016 LoL World Championship had a prize pool of over $6million and an audience viewership of 43 million unique viewers.

CS: GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is a multi-player first person shooter game. A different kind of game to LoL and Dota 2 completely, CS: GO pits two teams against each other and are tasked with eliminating one another whilst completing certain objectives. CS: GO is especially popular with female gamers – CS: GO hosts female only tournaments and there are many female esports athletes who play the game.

However, some female CS: GO athletes have complained about the female only events, one such person is ESports pro Julia ‘CSGO’ Strunkowski, she says: “The problem with female only events is that we are staying on the same level. Right now my me and my team are trying to become better as a team, to win events but we don’t really need much to win it. If we could play against males, we would need to do even more and harder work for it. I really hope that one day some girls fight hard enough and put more time into the game so that there will be a girl who competes with and against males.”

CS: GO is, however, currently the most popular esports franchise to watch in the UK and is regularly competing with LoL for the number one most watched esports franchise on Twitch. CS: GO won the esports game of the year award in 2015.

FIFA 17

Although the FIFA football franchise has been around the gaming scene for decades, it is a relative new comer to the esports scene. For those of you who don’t know, FIFA 17 is a football game, it’s not complicated, it’s not particularly strategy based – it is just football. However, it’s popularity is growing.

Real football clubs across the world are beginning to see the value in esports. Major European football clubs such as PSG, Roma and Wolfsburg have begun signing professional esports FIFA athletes to represent the respective clubs at esports tournaments. These football clubs are recognizing the huge audiences that esports are attracting and the massive growth in the sector. Two of the biggest clubs in the world – Barcelona and Real Madrid are expected to announce an esports team in the near future. Television broadcasters have begun buying the rights to air esports FIFA tournaments on their channels. Fox Sports in the USA and BT Sports in Europe are the first TV channels to do this. The growth of FIFA as an esports is set to become massive, it is just up to the FIFA developers – EA – to provide a game capable of being balanced and competitive enough for professional gamers to compete in.

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a free-to-play turn based card game between two opponents. It is based on the lore of the existing Warcraft series (another extremely popular esport) where each player has a selected hero with a unique power and a constructed deck of 30 cards. The players must then use a variety of different tools and tactics in order to reduce their opponent’s health to zero.

The developers of Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment, have reported that there are more than 50 million Hearthstone players. Similar to other esports, the best of these players compete in tournaments for cash prizes which are streamed free of charge for any viewer with an internet connection to watch.

 

Could you imagine your life without your smartphone? For most of us, forgetting our smartphone somewhere and going a full day without the convenience of checking our emails, messages, social media accounts, using payment portals along with our favourite apps and games sounds like medieval torture. Irrespective whether you’re a diehard Apple fan or prefer the fluid compatibility of the Android operating system, few can deny that smartphones have firmly cemented themselves as a vital and integral part of our daily lives.

The Mobile Landscape

The last decade, in particular, has seen the meteoric rise of the smartphone and associated industries such as mobile gaming and app development. The number of smartphone users is expected to continue to rise, reaching an estimated 6 billion users by 2020. The industry is by all accounts a dynamic and progressive one and the mobile landscape will continue to grow rapidly as new devices, apps, services and technologies enter the market.

The Rise of Mobile Gaming

As smartphones have become a mainstream consumer device with a growing market that has yet to reach its zenith, it makes sense that developers have flocked to create a staggering amount, and variety, of mobile games. More and more people prefer to access the internet on their smartphones, so it naturally makes sense for game developers, online sportsbooks and top online casino sites to take advantage of this by designing and developing dedicated mobile apps and mobile-friendly sites.

According to some industry reports, the global mobile gaming market was purported to be worth an estimated $35 billion in 2016, up from an estimated $30 billion in 2015. By some estimates, this number is likely to swell to $52.5 billion by 2019. No doubt the industry is a lucrative one, and mobile software companies and developers have as a result saturated the gaming sections of app stores. There are thousands upon thousands of mobile game titles to choose from and players are really spoilt for choice when it comes to the sheer amount and variety of mobile games available.

Standing Out From the Crowd

In a highly competitive and overcrowded space such as mobile gaming, most developers are experiencing the same dilemma- how can they stand out from the crowd by creating compelling games for audiences who want to play them? How, you ask? The most successful mobile game developers know that to really make a big impact on a market as competitive as this one, they have to:

  1. Make The Absolute Most Of Smartphone Capabilities

The rate of advancement of mobile technology and software development means that the playing field is always changing. A game developer who knows how to take advantage of the higher specifications of the newest devices is quick to separate themselves from the rest. Different factors come in to play with the release of devices which have sharper screen resolution enabling even better 3D graphics and faster processors that allow for more complex gameplay. All of these aspects add up to provide the player with an improved user experience.

  1. Precise Positioning For Target Audience

In a space as saturated as this one, more developers are opting to design and develop games that are explicitly positioned within a target audience. Some developers prefer to take the indie route and take full advantage of their acute knowledge and understanding of niche audiences and in this way, deliver a unique and high-quality gaming experience that’s highly targeted.

Mobile gaming is growing, and has grown, in so many ways, and as tech advances it looks set to continue to enjoy an upwards trajectory for a long time to come.

 

 

When we talk about construction projects, we’re talking about jobs that are done on a large scale – and due to its scale, it lends itself to many opportunities for failure. Things go wrong quite quickly if one person or the other doesn’t focus correctly, makes the wrong choice, or ignores some of the important aspects.

It’s for these reasons that the whole project needs to be started in the right way – and that means you have to choose the right equipment for the right job. Ever wonder what your major deliberations should be? Here are your top considerations when selecting equipment and machinery for your construction project.

Some general guidelines

As said, each construction job is different, so there is no ideal formula to get the balance right. However, managers and foremen should seriously consider the following:

  • Best service at the lowest of cost – It’s a no-brainer; you want the lowest cost. However, you want the best service as well, so you’ll need to strike a good balance. Mind you: often the lowest cost alternative may end up costing you more in the long term due to inefficiency, multiple down-times, and expensive repairs when things go wrong.
  • Standard is good – if at all possible, choose standard equipment. It gives you many more options and flexibility.
  • Easy to repair – Choose a brand that is reputable and has high quality performance but that is common enough for there to be available spare parts and easy repair options – to minimise downtime and expensive repairs.
  • Able to handle the major issues – There are lot of things to do on a construction site; make sure your machinery can handle most of it.
  • Flexibility – The more different kinds of jobs the machine is useful for, the more it’s worth the expense.
  • Keep it small – Bigger is not always better. Keep it as small as possible.

The truth is that you will never have the perfect equipment for the job at hand – since each project is different and each project will have its own requirements, finding a piece of machinery that fits the requirements of that particular job is hard. You’ll have to make do with the best equipment for the job that’s available – and that’s one of the reasons why the construction industry is so challenging.

It’s an industry with a lot of variables, and there is no perfect formula for the whole. However, a lot of problems can be avoided simply by thinking things through and making the most logical decisions based on the requirements and the common sense pointers outlined above. For instance, you can choose to hire machinery (such as machinery and equipment from plant hire Preston experts like Ruttle) rather than buy it outright – this is a practical solution for many projects. In the end, it’s all about efficiency, after all.

 

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If you’re in the business of public safety, weather events are something you keep a sharp eye on, not only to alert people to seek shelter but to make sure you’re ready to help those who get caught in the storm or its after-effects. Earth Networks can help you get out in front of potentially harmful storms with its real time weather tracker and lightning alert app.

Emergency Plans

It takes a lot of time, money, patience and input to create an emergency preparedness plan for your operations, whether you run a local school district, municipal government or state agency. You hold regular disaster drills offer public information campaigns to make sure everyone, from preschoolers to older adults and first-responders too, knows what to do in an emergency. The only thing you may not have prepared for is advanced weather alerts.

Weather Tracking

With Earth Networks’ real-time weather tracker, you don’t have to guess where a storm is moving, you can see it for yourself with real-time data and storm visualization. The web-based weather dashboard alerts you to storms and provides you collaborative monitoring abilities so your response team can make decisions quicker and take action sooner to mitigate risks.

The system is supported by a network of 12,000-plus, professional-grade weather stations around the world that provide weather updates every two seconds. It’s also customizable, with the ability to include and overlay your own points of interest and maps.

Mobile Weather Alerts

A mobile solution for weather monitoring is offered in Earth Networks’ lightning alert app, which delivers alerts and weather data to those in the field. Outdoor recreation areas especially have a need for this system and its advanced notifications of area lightning strikes so they can ensure guest safety before the storm hits.

Along with its benefits to public safety, Earth Networks offers an advance warning to businesses and other organizations sensitive to weather conditions such as utilities, education, airports and more. With a weather dashboard, you’ll know as soon as possible when to put your own emergency plans into action.

 

 

The mobile casino game revolution is truly underway, with more applications becoming available on an almost daily basis. The only real challenge can be deciding on which apps offer the best bang for your buck. Here is our list of the top 5 mobile casino apps to help you make a decision when wanting to play on the go.

  1. Zynga Poker

Zynga Poker first made its appearance as a Facebook game, and gained an enormous following. The mobile version, available for both iPhone and Android, has cross-platform play, meaning that you may go head to head with Facebook players direct from your mobile device. The result is an online multiplayer poker game that boasts a staggering 16 million daily players. As far as mobile-based casino applications go, Zynga Poker is certainly top of our list. The only real downside is that it is a 100% poker app, so you will have to look elsewhere if you prefer roulette, blackjack, or any other casino game.

  1. Royal Baccarat

The Royal Baccarat app, also for iPhone and Android, is another focused mobile casino game experience, offering only a single game. But, Royal Baccarat provides the best baccarat experience possible on a mobile device. It doesn’t have much in the way of flash and fancy graphics, like Zynga poker, but makes up for this by being incredibly clutter-free and easy to understand. A must for baccarat fanatics.

  1. Big Win Slots

If mobile pokies are your thing, look no further than the Big Win Slots app for iPhone and Android. This convenient, easy to navigate app has a selection of dozens of slots games, both 3 reel and 5 reel, which are updated on a monthly basis. There is such a variety of themes to choose from that even the most seasoned pokies players will find something that suits their preference. The focus is exclusively on mobile pokies games, however, so you’ll have to look to the Big Fish Casino app below for a wider variety of games.

  1. Big Fish Casino

The top 3 on this list may focus on offering the best possible experience of a single casino game, but Big Fish Casino is all about variety. This iPhone and Android app offers poker, blackjack, slots, craps, and roulette, as well as a number of slots games. Big Fish Casino also provides multiplayer poker options, and allows you to send a number of gifts and presents to online friends. An all round excellent mobile casino experience.

  1. GSN Casino

The GSN Casino app available for iPhone and Android also provides a wide variety of games, including bingo, poker, and blackjack. But the focus of the GSN casino app is firmly on mobile slots games that stand out from the crowd. Ever wanted a slot game version of Deal or no Deal? Well now you have it. How about a Wheel of Fortune slot game? Also available. As far as off the wall slot games go, the GSN Casino app has got you covered.

Make Your Choice

Each of these top 5 mobile casino apps has their speciality, and you can make your choice for your personal preferences. Zynga Poker is the best mobile poker experience, although poker games are also available at big Fish Casino and GSN Casino. You won’t find a better baccarat game than Royal Baccarat, but if it’s a focus on great variety of top slots games you’re looking for, Big Win Slots is the way to go. Make your choice and jump into the mobile online casino world.

 

Kik is a widely-used chat messenger worldwide. It has a very simple procedure to use it. To start using this application, you need to create a Kik app account. All the communication that happens on this app is done on the basis of username. Learning the procedure of account creation and signing would help you use this application in a hassle-free way.

Process of creation of new Kik Messenger Account

To use this application, you need to login. For this, you need to have your Kik account. This requires you to download, install and register on this application.

Download this application

To download Kik App, you need to select the type of device on which you want to download the app. There are different versions of this app for different types of devices.

Some of these app versions are for Android, iPhone and iPad, Mac, for BlackBerry and Window phone. You need to select the download option as per the OS of your device. Kik app is available for free download on Amazon App Store, Google Play Store, etc.

Sign up procedure

Once you have successfully downloaded the kik app, you need to perform the below mentioned steps:

  • Click on the recently downloaded Kik messenger app.
  • Click on the “sign in” option. Now click “Create new account” link. You will be asked to furnish few personal details such as your full name, birth date, preferred Kik username, email id, and a Kik password. Providing phone number to your account is optional.
  • Once you add all this information, you are now required to enter a correct CAPTCHA code.
  • Once the captcha code entered by you is verified, you can complete your account creation process by adding a profile photo. This completes your Signup process. You need to use these details to Login to your account.

Important things to note while doing the account creation

  • Specify the age

When you register for this app, you need to enter your birthdate. On the basis of your age, you will be granted permission to open an account. To use Kik app, one has to be atleast thirteen years of age.

  • Phone Numbers

People who designed this app understand and respect the privacy of others. Due to this reason, they have not mandated to provide phone number while creating a new account.

  • Kik Usernames

Username is very important when it comes to interacting with your friends. You need to be very careful once you enter the Kik username, as you cannot change it again. The username you provide has to be unique and preferably difficult to guess. This would help you to prevent communication from unwanted people.

  • Kik Password

Select a strong password so that it becomes hard for others to decipher. The length of the password should be at least eight characters. It should be a combination of both uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.

Login to your Kik app account

Once you have provided all the details keeping in mind the above mentioned points, you are ready to start off with this chat app. On the home page of the kik app, you will find login button. Click on it and enter your username and password. This will open up your Kik app account. Now, you can easily chat with your friends using this intuitive and self-explanatory app.

This is especially useful for all those people, who are new to Kik messenger. Using this elaborate explanation of the login procedure, you are now ready to use your Kik app account without any hassle.

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New apps come into the Android and iOS market every month. Whether you are a casual gamer or someone looking for something beefier, you will always find your ideal gaming app. With regards to this, January 2017 didn’t just slip away unnoticed. This month was marked by the entry of new apps for users who have an appetite to play online games. Therefore, this list is just a reinforcement of new apps which people have discovered on the internet this year.

5 Nights at Freddy’s

This app was built on the most popular horror franchise in gaming niches. As a player, you will find yourself playing the role of a security officer guarding animatronics. The game also incorporates other mechanics to give it an appealing look. There is a mini game in the app which features multiple endings and a custom night as well. The app can be purchased for a small cost. The premium version doesn’t come with in-app purchases.

The Little Fox

This game was designed to feature infinite running within a unique premise. The developer of this game says that it’s one of a kind app which features infinite running in a hexagonal play field. What this means is that users will have multiple directions in which they can run to. The game features a young adorable Fox as a character that keeps you busy. The interface is colorful and rich with graphics too. It’s fun to have the Little Fox app on your phone.

Jackpot city

Jackpot city is a highly ranked casino app which can be downloaded and installed in both Android and iOS devices. The app is optimized for the ultimate mobile experience. The gameplay is amazing since Jackpot City was designed to produce HD graphics on a mobile phone. It comes with 71 casino titles which also includes video poker, mobile slots, and even progressive jackpot. Though this app was not launched in 2017, it still continues to attract a huge attention which makes it feel relatively new in the market.

888 slots

If you’re looking to play slots for real money, don’t go too far. This app received some interesting upgrade in 2017, and now it features mobile friendly blockbusters such as Jack Hammer, Starburst, etc. The app also features video poker, jackpot games, and live games as well.

Born to be rich

This one is for the iPhone 5 users since the app is strictly optimized for that device. Born to be rich is basically a collection of new slot machines in 2017. Designed by Smash Atoms games, this app promises to make you have a field day with your iPad device. It’s among the greatest apps to be launched on the internet this year.

Royal Vegas online casino

This is yet another casino app that keeps updating their slots machines on a regular basis. If you want to feel that your time is really being compensated, this is the app to download. The app comes with a wide selection of real money games to play. It has new games in 2017 as well. You definitely need to check it out to see what we mean by saying a great selection of games.

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Pretty much everybody has a smartphone these days, and they are very impressive devices. Do you remember when you bought your first mobile phone? I bet that you were impressed with its ability to send messages and make calls, and it probably had a clock on its LCD face! Back then, this was the height of technology, but now things are a lot different! You probably have a phone in your pocket that can access the internet, send and receive emails and much more besides, with a full colour screen and a wealth of fantastic functions and features. Furthermore, it probably costs you next to nothing to run!

Whether you have an iPhone – one of the most popular devices on the market – or one of the many Android phones, you can download many useful and fun apps. These range from practical apps such as maps and directions, to a vast array of fun games and more. Your smartphone most likely includes a decent camera, so you can take excellent snaps whenever you wish, and have fun with them to. Indeed, there are many apps that allow you to manipulate photos on your phone, some of which are great fun to play with your friends.

Old Person Fun Photos

Have you seen those apps where you can change your looks? There are some excellent ones about, and we particularly like Oldify 2! This is the new version of Oldify, and is a vast improvement on the original. What does it do? Well, it sounds ridiculous, but you use it on a photo of you – or your friends – and it gives you a rendition of you when you are old! Imagine being able to share daft photos of an aged you, or even your kids, and having a laugh over it! It’s a great way of enjoying the capabilities of your smartphone, and it is also an excellent conversation starter, and the best old person picture app around.

Of course, this is just one of the many fun apps that you can use on your smartphone, but it is very cheap to buy and will guarantee you hours of fun. Try it on a photo of someone as a baby and you won’t stop laughing – it really is that good! We found it to be easy to download and use – it takes just a few minutes to set up – and it is available for iPhone or as an aging photo app for Android phones, too.

Why not check out the superb and fun Oldify 2 now; try it on some of your photos and send them to your friends or, better still, try them on your friends’ photos and send them back to them! It’s a fun way of starting a conversation, and as it takes only a few seconds to use, you don’t have to set aside any particular time to use Oldify 2! Download it now, it will be the best app you’ve played with in years.

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Online Divorce Could Simplify Proceedings and Reduce Stress

A pilot project that allows digital issuance of divorce proceedings could pave the way towards “no-fault” grounds for ending marriage.

England’s most senior family judge, Sir James Munby, has backed a pilot plan in which divorce proceedings will be allowed to be issued digitally for the first time. The move could reduce the bureaucracy and stress faced by thousands of divorcing couples every year.

However, the day of paperless divorce becoming a reality for everyone could still be some distance away, as reformers struggle through the bureaucracy of reducing bureaucracy.

Fewer divorces

More than 110,000 divorce proceedings commenced in 2015, marking a continuing drop in divorces since statistics peaked at 165,000 in 1993.

This should, however, be considered in combination with the stepwise reduction in marriages over the past 40 years. As one family lawyer remarked in an article for the Daily Telegraph, “Many businessmen and women are simply choosing not to marry and, therefore, that is affecting the numbers of divorces too.”

Simplified proceedings

Despite the year on year fall in the UK divorce rate, a simplified online process would still have a major impact on almost a quarter of a million people every year – people who are already going through one of the most stressful events imaginable.

The proposed reforms were published last September by the Ministry of Justice, in its consultation paper Transforming Our Justice System.

The paper stated the aim of removing some of the bureaucracy from what are often stressful and lengthy proceedings. It also sought to simplify the administrative processes by using digital forms. To this end, it said that work is already underway to allow divorce applications to be made and managed online.

A long road ahead

Despite the positive voice of reform, it would be unrealistic to expect people to be able to complete their divorce proceedings at the click of a mouse any time soon.

Consultation has been carried out with “end users” (ie those who have been through the process of divorce) to gain insights on any shortcomings with the current system, and how these can best be overcome.

The next step will be a small pilot project. Sources state that the pilot is due to commence shortly, but even this will require some changes to the rules for divorce, by way of a Practice Direction. To date, no such Direction has been published.

While there is clear enthusiasm to develop and roll out an online system, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has not committed to a timeline for when this will be available to the general public.

Of course, one major hurdle for an online system is that many divorces lead to disputes and disagreements over the splitting of assets and childcare that cannot be resolved without the help of the best divorce lawyers.

Digital revolution

The proposed pilot is one of several digital projects underway, proving that the digital revolution is even having its effect in the most established and traditional legal areas. Other projects involve such areas as probate and tribunals, but will not necessarily have the usual speed associated with the digital age.

Each project will proceed at its own rate and the process of modernisation is likely to be of a slow and piecemeal nature. At best, commentators predict it might be possible to complete their initial divorce petition online by late 2017.

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In 2016, small businesses were virtually targeted, be it through ransomware, hack attacks or denial of service attacks, and it is becoming an increasingly worrying trend.

You would think that cyber criminals would go for bigger, more established companies, but that isn’t the case anymore. Smaller businesses are being targeted as they are said to have lower defences than larger organisations, which would make sense as smaller companies have fewer human and financial resources. Cyber criminals thrive off of small businesses for these reasons, as well as having a better chance at accessing their victims’ customer data and intellectual property as opposed to a larger company.

Hacking claims reached international news level in the beginning of this year, in the form of Russia allegedly meddling with the US presidential election. The director of National Intelligence General James Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Democratic Party in America to be hacked, with the motive said to be revealed ‘soon’.

Criminals are constantly discovering new ways to exploit the Internet to generate illegal income, and it’s something that will continue to rise unless IT security becomes more robust.

For small and medium sized businesses, the solution is to hire professional IT support in Essex – companies such as Networking 2000 can offer a fast, reactive team of highly experienced IT engineers to help with a range of IT and communication services. Don’t be the next victim on ransomware or hacking, upgrade your security today.

Essential Tips To Prevent Hacking

The most common cause of a computer or network being compromised is when a virus or hack is installed on a computer via an email attachment or link. Phishing emails are sent that mimic trusted suppliers, banks and popular websites, which encourage an individual to download a file. For instance, the file may be said to contain personal information that requires verification – when this is opened, it installs hacker’s software onto a computer that allows the hacker to then take control.

Another more recent tactic we have seen is that hackers send an email that pretends to be from a local council, issuing a speeding ticket or fine for illegal parking. Recipients are invited to “verify” their vehicle, which involves again downloading a file that if opened, will install a virus that gives the hacker control of the computer.

Sometimes the hackers are far more direct and telephone their victims, claiming to be calling from a Microsoft support team. They aim to convince their victims that their computer is in danger of becoming disabled due to a system errors, and request access to the computer. Once they gain access, usually via a service such as LogMeIn, they install the virus while pretending to help the victim.

It is often weeks after the security breach that the hackers make their move, so it is not always clear to IT support how or when the breach initially occurred.

There are many methods used by cyber criminals to steal private information that can then be used to attack a business. Ensure all staff are educated about computer security and are informed to never download or open an email attachment from an unknown source.