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world network and broadband connections

20th November, 2017 - 10:40 am (6 Comments)

Most of you reading this are probably allowing your broadband ISP to manage the Domain Name Service (DNS), which translates IP addresses back and forth into human readable form (e.g. domain names like ISPreview.co.uk), but now there’s a new choice in the form of Quad9.

ip address internet protocol

17th October, 2017 - 1:55 pm (14 Comments)

Europol, which helps the 28 member states of the EU (inc. UK) to fight serious international crime and terrorism, has called on broadband and mobile providers to end the use of Carrier Grade NAT (CGN) in order to “increase accountability online” and stop people “sharing the same IP address as a criminal.“

wifi hotspot zone

16th October, 2017 - 12:45 pm (6 Comments)

Security researchers have revealed bad news for WiFi wireless networks everywhere. Several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the WPA2 security protocol, which helps to keep modern Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) secure via encryption, have been found.

censorship uk internet stop sign

13th October, 2017 - 12:28 pm (15 Comments)

The Open Rights Group‏ (ORG) has this week helped to highlight how some of the UK’s biggest broadband ISPs are continuing to allow their Parental Control filters to block masses of innocent websites, often for seemingly bogus reasons (e.g. blocking a small gardening business for “pornography“).

blocked_uk_website_parental_control

11th October, 2017 - 10:44 am (1 Comment)

The Government has today published their Internet Safety Strategy green paper, which sets out how they intend to tackle online dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn. But it also appears to soften earlier plans for a mandatory approach to network-level ISP internet censorship.

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28th September, 2017 - 4:47 pm (7 Comments)

Broadband ISP TalkTalk, which already blocks nuisance calls at the network level and recently enabled Caller Display + Last Call Barring for all users at no extra cost, has today launched a new phone security feature called ‘Check and Report‘ that helps customers to identify and stop unwanted calls.

censored access internet

28th September, 2017 - 12:15 pm (11 Comments)

The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has warned that the European Commission’s new plan for tackling “illegal” online content risks forcing internet providers to adopt aggressive filtering and monitoring technologies, which could end up removing legitimate content.

danger uk internet security problem

11th September, 2017 - 4:04 pm (12 Comments)

Fears are growing that potentially up to 44 million consumers in the United Kingdom, including customers of BT and possibly other broadband providers, could be caught up in the huge personal data breach that hit US credit rating firm Equifax from May – July 2017 (details were only revealed last week!).

telephone support rage and complaints

6th September, 2017 - 12:20 pm (13 Comments)

A new report claims that customers of BT’s broadband and phone services are being targeted by fraudsters based in India. The criminals will often call and pretend to act as official customer support agents in order to hijack your PC / steal money, although this crime is by no means unique to BT.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

10th August, 2017 - 1:44 pm (2 Comments)

Once again the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today whacked broadband ISP TalkTalk with a £100,000 fine, which comes after several accounts at their outsourced Wipro call centre in India were used to access the personal data of 21,000 customers.

internet emergency

7th August, 2017 - 9:51 am (8 Comments)

The Government has today set out details of their new Data Protection Bill, which aims to give individuals more control over their data online by introducing a new “right to be forgotten” (i.e. asking for your personal data to be deleted) and enabling emails or files to be moved when switching ISP.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

20th July, 2017 - 2:11 pm (0 Comments)

Low cost ISP TalkTalk, which already blocks nuisance calls at a network level (last month they blocked more than 100 million scam calls), has today announced improvements that will introduce further protection for customers and at no extra cost.

censored access internet

17th July, 2017 - 11:47 am (17 Comments)

The Government has confirmed that, from April 2018 onwards, they will require broadband ISPs to block access to pornographic websites that fail to introduce at least a Credit Card based Age Verification system. This is intended to stop children being able to access naughty images and videos.

internet spying eye

30th June, 2017 - 2:17 pm (8 Comments)

The High Court in London has today approved a request by Liberty, a human rights group, to challenge part of the Government’s controversial Internet surveillance powers in the new Investigatory Powers Act. The effort is being supported by £53,313 raised via crowd-funding.

superhub v2

23rd June, 2017 - 7:43 am (8 Comments)

A new study conducted by consumer magazine Which?, which examined the security of connected devices in the home, has chastised Virgin Media for setting up their SuperHub v2 (VMDG485) cable broadband routers with a default password that is the same for many of their customers.

queens_speech

21st June, 2017 - 11:52 am (3 Comments)

The annual State Opening of Parliament, in which the Government enlists the Queen to promote their policy plans for the forthcoming year, has today revealed that the “new” minority Conservative administration intend to push forward with tough new rules for controlling Internet content.

superhub v2

12th June, 2017 - 11:07 am (0 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media has patched a security flaw in their NETGEAR based SuperHub 2 (VMDG485) and 2AC (VMDG490) broadband routers, which meant that a hacker could abuse a file backup routine for the device’s configuration and use it to gain admin level access.

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