What Are ‘Virtual’ Credit Cards? 

Virtual Credit Cards

In this tech-insight, we take a look at the world of virtual cards, who offers them, their benefits, and other secure payment alternatives. What Are Virtual Credit Card Numbers?  Virtual credit cards and their card numbers (as the name suggests) only exist in the virtual world, e.g. in an app on your phone, and are…

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‘Only’ Double IT Spending Growth (To $5 Trillion)

5 Trillion Global IT Spend

New research from Gartner has predicted that global IT spending this year will reach $5 trillion and IT spending growth will be more than double that of 2023.  A First – Spending More On IT Than Communications  In its IT spending forecast, Gartner predicts that the massive $5 trillion global spend means that spending on…

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Cyber Criminals With A PR Department

Cyber Criminals With A PR Department

A whitepaper by researchers at Sophos highlights how, rather than remaining anonymous, ransomware gangs now engage with the media to shape the narrative around a hack and gain a tactical and strategic advantage.  The Ransomware Threat  Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or data (typically by…

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Cameras In Airbnb Properties – What Are The Rules?

Hidden Cameras in AirBnB

Following the Metro recently highlighting the issue of undisclosed cameras being used by a small number of Airbnb hosts, we take a look at what the rules say, reports in the news of this happening, and what you can do to protect yourself.  Do Airbnb Hosts Have The Right To Film Guests?  You may be…

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Avoid Getting Stung With Roaming Charges

Avoid Data Roaming Charges

In the wake of the recent news that Scotland’s Health Secretary, Michael Matheson, received an £11,000 roaming charges bill from his holiday, here we look at some of main ways you can keep data roaming charges down.  What Are Data Roaming Charges?  Data roaming charges are fees that you incur when using your mobile phone’s…

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How To Make a QR Code

In this tech insight, we look at QR codes, the many different methods to generate them, the benefits of doing so, and the future for QR codes as the successor to barcodes.  What Is A QR code?  A QR (Quick Response) code, first designed in 1994 by Japanese company ‘Denso Wave’, is a type of…

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Blockchain Bill 

In this insight, we look at the introduction of the Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 (ETDA), what it means and why it’s so significant, plus its implications.  The ETDA  The Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 (ETDA), which was based on a draft Bill published by the Law Commission in March 2022, came into force in…

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Why Is There Only One Monopoly Commission?

Monopoly Commission

In this insight, we take closer look at the subject of tech companies getting into trouble over antitrust issues, why it happens, what can be done, and what part organisations like the UK ‘Monopoly Commission’ plays.  The Monopoly Commission  The Monopoly Commission dates back to a previous incarnation of a regulator and is often used…

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Laundering Money Via Spotify?

In this insight, we look at how, according to an investigation by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), criminals may have been using Spotify to launder money since 2019.  How?  The reported money laundering process, which was noticed by analysts from the National Operative Unit of the Swedish Police Force, involved a web of activities using…

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How To Check Your Web Usage

Bandwidth

In this insight, we look at the many ways to check how much bandwidth you’re using, thereby helping to avoid exceeding data caps, and providing other benefits.  Why Monitor Bandwidth?  As we move deeper into the digital age, internet usage is skyrocketing, and with it, the necessity to manage bandwidth. For businesses, this is even…

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