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TalkTalk Logo 2017

17th January, 2018 - 2:06 pm (8 Comments)

Low cost ISP TalkTalk has launched yet another free tool to help their broadband and phone customers tackle the scourge of nuisance calls (e.g. unwanted marketing and scams). CallSafe will automatically check who is calling and “make sure it’s someone you want to hear from.”

internet privacy and security uk isp

10th January, 2018 - 1:43 pm (5 Comments)

The Information Commissioner’s Office has today hit Carphone Warehouse with a £400K fine after a 2015 hack, which resulted in a major breach of personal data for 3.3 million customers + 1,000 staff and indirectly affected the CPW hosted mobile site for UK broadband ISP TalkTalk.

wifi uk internet security

9th January, 2018 - 9:22 am (0 Comments)

The next generation of WiFi or Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) equipped broadband ISP routers and devices will benefit from a new security protocol called Wi-Fi Protected Access III (WPA3), which should eventually replace the WPA2 standard that has helped to keep networks encrypted since 2004.

censored access internet

5th January, 2018 - 11:37 am (12 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, has quietly signed-off on a controversial impact assessment for the new Age Verification system, which underpins their plan to force all UK broadband ISPs into blocking websites that contain pornographic content (unless they use age verification).

teamviewer

20th December, 2017 - 9:46 am (14 Comments)

Broadband ISP TalkTalk is facing criticism after they once again blocked UK customers from being able to access the TeamViewer service from their network, which apparently stems from a fear that it is being used by scammers to target their subscribers.

uk fibre optic submarine cable map by telegeography

4th December, 2017 - 9:35 am (7 Comments)

Breaks in the high capacity fibre optic data cables that link countries around the world together and on the internet, many of which sit on the seabed, are not uncommon. Now a new report has warned that other countries and terrorists could potentially cripple the UK by attacking those.

internet spying eye

30th November, 2017 - 4:24 pm (11 Comments)

The Home Office has launched a consultation that proposes to make a number amendments to their controversial internet snooping Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which at the end of last year ran into trouble after the CJEU found that some aspects were not compatible with EU law.

blocked website parents network level isp filter

29th November, 2017 - 12:01 am (5 Comments)

Ofcom has published their latest report into the use of media by UK children and parents, which among other things finds that around two in five parents of children aged 3-4 (39%) or 5-15 (37%) use network-level filters on their home broadband ISP. The vast majority of those find them useful.

world network and broadband connections

20th November, 2017 - 10:40 am (10 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.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

28th September, 2017 - 4:47 pm (9 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 (19 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.

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