Todays News

Covid-19 Restrictions

What are the new restrictions?

                •             10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants from Thursday

                •             Table service only in hospitality venues

                •             Work from home if you can

                •             Customers must wear face coverings in taxis, as well as staff in retail

                •             Staff and customers in indoor hospitality must now wear face coverings

                •             From Monday, only 15 people can attend a wedding service and reception – 30 people can still attend a funeral

                •             A maximum of six people can take part in indoor team sports

                •             Large sports events and conferences will not take place from 1 October, as previously planned

                •             Businesses will be fined £10,000 and could be closed if they breach regulations

                •             The fine for people not wearing face coverings in shops, supermarkets, public transport, taxis and in indoor hospitality will double to £200 for a first time offence, from £100

                •             This fine will be the same for those who break the “rule of six”

                •             Those who have been shielding do not need to do so except in local lockdown areas.

What was already restricted?

                •             Social gatherings of more than six people indoors and outdoors are banned in England and Scotland

                •             In Scotland, only two households are allowed to be part of the group of six

                •             In Northern Ireland, no households are allowed to mix indoors and no more than six people from two households can meet outdoors from Tuesday evening

                •             In Wales, six people are allowed indoors and 30 people outdoors

                •             Venues, including pubs and restaurants, are legally required to request customers’ details for test and trace and keep them for 21 days

                •             Face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets and on public transport unless they are exempt for medical reasons.

What are you allowed to do?

                •             Households or support bubbles of more than six people can still gather

                •             Groups of more than six people are allowed for work or education

                •             Places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six people in total

                •             Funerals with up to 30 people are allowed in England and Wales and 20 people in Scotland, while it is up to the venue in Northern Ireland

                •             Weddings of up to 15 people are allowed in England

                •             Organised team sports outside carried out in a “COVID-secure way” can have more than six people

What happens if you break the rules?

                •             For people who do not wear face coverings, and who are not exempt, in places legally stated there are fines of £200 in England, or £60 in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

                •             People with coronavirus symptoms who do not self-isolate will face fines of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offences from 28 September

                •             If people prevent others from self-isolating – such as bosses threatening redundancy – they can also be fined

                •             Businesses who break the mask and “rule of six” will be fined £10,000 or closed down

                •             Anyone who breaks the rules on social gatherings will be fined £200 with the penalty doubling on each further repeat offence up to £3,200

                •             “COVID-secure marshals” will enforce social distancing rules in town and city centres, the prime minister has said

                •             Border Force is also stepping up the enforcement of quarantine rules for travellers into the country.

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Huawei 6 weeks on

Wow!, so much has been going on, so this is the story so far, the US government has removed the restriction on Huawei products being brought and sold by US companies, all in all what can we decipher is that the whole banning of Huawei was not down to security issues but basically it was more like an economic balance policy trying to make US companies more attractable to the world, unfortunately Australia & New Zealand followed the United states and also banned all Huawei products while other western countries held off.

We think the some other reasons to restriction removal could be down to the 5G roll out, since Huawei has put in $billions of dollars into their R&D and has the majority of the 5G patents this has kept them 18 months ahead of their competition.

The lifting of the ban, US tech companies and seen a small rise in their market share price, but all of this has placed a second thought wanting to deal with them.

This is only a small snippet on what has been happening, this whole Huawei is so complicated and the banning has left this whole thing in a mess.

Facebook suffers huge outages

Last night Facebook suffered its worst outage ever leaving millions of customers with no access to feeds for up to 8 hours, Instagram another part of the Facebook empire also suffered the same fate, so many users yet again took twitter with the hashtag #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown have been used more than 160,000 times so far, it is not sure if WhatsApp has suffered the same fate.

At this point, there has been no response from Facebook about the incident

Internet turns 30 today

The internet turns 30 years old today, the inventor Sir Tim Laid wanted the world to be interconnected and for free with no restrictions, but over the past few years, Sir Tim has noticed several warning signs, one of which is a vast amount of companies offering free content or software to gain personal information. This type of activity treads all over the aspect of privacy.

The other warning signs are the ease in which misinformation (fake news) is easily spread about the social media websites with no verification of its authenticity, as more and more of us use the internet for news and the speed in which we receive this, things can get easily out of hand.

We should all be responsible for what goes on the internet.

Keep the internet clean and let’s see the next 30 years be more beneficial to mankind

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Google chrome is 10 years old

Google Chrome first announcement and appearance was in the year 2008, soon after the release, it gained ground overtaking the well-established Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Users found that the clean clutter free of the homepage and the speed in which the chrome browser delivered its results was a seller

Over the years there have been better and better features appearing on the browser, now 10 years on Google is releasing a major update to Chrome, New Look, Improved Password Management plus loads more.

Users on the Mac can now use the search bar/address bar for search results now display relevant information as you type

If you are Chrome user, you’ll enjoy the 10th birthday update

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FBI wants you to reboot your router

In the past few months, there has been a malware threat called VPNFilter, this malware has the ability infiltrate some home user routers and cause it to be a part of a collective to cause a DDOS (Denial of Service) attack on specific websites causing that website to go offline.

The other thing that this malware target is none secure web traffic that the user views and inserted malicious code to web the traffic enabling it to spy on your previously viewed pages and gain access certain unsecured data and pages and pass it on to a centralized server

Below there is a small example of the affected 500,000 routers listed

Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Linksys, Microtik, Netgear, QNAP, TP-Link, Ubiquiti, Upvel & ZTE

The reason why the FBI is asking users to reboot their routers is that they have gained access to the main server that was doing all the collecting this data.

We at GT-systems encourage our users and clients to always browse the internet on secure websites and always use 2FA (2-factor authentication) for logins

Find out more at the Fortinet website – Click Here

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Are you ready from 25th May 2018, The regulation requires organizations to prove that they know where personal data is and where it isn’t. For more in-depth rules for business & Organisations and Rights for citizens Click Here

Today’s News – Keep your guard up

We all out there thinks this virus has been forted, this is not the case there has been a sudden increase in variants to this malicious Virus, been vigilant as what email and files you open.

 

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