Global ransomware attack causes chaos

Global ransomware attack causes chaos – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40416611

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Router Hack Risk

Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

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Do you own a residential building over 18 metres high which is cladded?

Melanie Dawes the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has sent a letter to owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England.

DCLG are offering, private owners of residential buildings an opportunity to test cladding on blocks over 18 metres high through arrangements put in place with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

These checks will be paid for by DCLG, and the information will be available to DCLG from BRE.

Where owners consider that they may have concerns about cladding on buildings over 18 metres high, there is a process to follow described in the letter.

DCLG have provided an email for enquiries: PRShousingchecks@communities.gsi.gov.uk

The letter and downloadable data return form are available here.

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Do you totally rely on your spellchecker?

PPG Proofreading LogoDo you obey your spellchecker religiously? Do you do everything it tells you to do even when you don’t know whether it’s right or wrong? Your spellchecker is only as good as your knowledge of the English language.

Let me give you an example of what my spellchecker was telling me to do today:

I’d written the sentence (referring to some website content): “I think your content is fine, however,….”. My spellchecker was telling me to change ‘your’ to ‘you’re’ which is obviously wrong in this context. It was thinking that ‘content’ meant ‘happy’ in which case ‘you’re’ would be right.

OK, this is a fairly clear-cut example and I knew the difference and chose to ignore it. Would you have done the same?

This is an example of ‘contextual spelling’, first introduced in Word 2007. Whilst it’s a great facility to have, unless you know what is right or wrong, it can only serve to confuse.

You can turn the option on or off by clicking File, Options, Proofing (Word 2010) and (un)checking the ‘use contextual spelling’ option and then clicking ‘OK’ to save your settings.

If you still have doubts and want to ensure that your ‘content’ is right, speak to a proofreader.

Let me know if I can help.

Peter Clarke

Tel: 07843 304743

Email: peter@ppgproofreading.co.uk

Website: PPG Proofreading

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I have to retain accounts for HMRC purposes, especially income tax, for any business / sole trader that has ceased trading within previous years, would they have to comply with data protection in either current or future forms?

It is important to remember that we are only talking about third party personal data under the data protection rules.

If you are holding this as part of your responsibilities then you will need to comply with the Data Protection Act until May 2018 and the GDPR thereafter.

You need to think carefully about the storage and disposal of personal data. 

How can Crimson Crab help…

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Crab Alert: Apple Mac computers targeted by ransomware and spyware

From the BBC: Apple Mac computers targetted by ransomware and spyware

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If I cease trading before the new data protection laws come into play, do I have to comply, or does it only apply to active businesses / sole traders?

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force in May 2016.

There is a two year lead in period to enable businesses to become familiar with the new regime and so the critical date is:

25th May 2018

The law applies to anyone who processes personal data (which includes storage and disposal) in whatever capacity.

How can Crimson Crab help…

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What is going to happen to EU laws after we leave the EU?

The government intends to implemnt the Great Repeal Bill to ensure their is continuence of laws. All the information you need to know is given in this article by the BBC.

Posted in F2 Business Huddle, What we are being asked about

June F2 Business Huddle

Networking with a purpose

Friday 9th June 2017 

Midday until 2pm

Denvilles House
33 Emsworth Road
Havant
Hampshire, PO9 2SN

Reputation Matters

Reputation Advocate, Graham Martin from Red Pixel Creative will provide an overview of key elements that are used in graphic design and how they help to bring a successful design together.

If you miss this one the Next F2 Business Huddle is on 14th July 2017.

£14 on the door includes a light lunch and free parking. (Reputation Advocates – £10.)

Read more and book your place..

Posted in Crimson Crab, F2 Business Huddle, Reputation Advocates, Reputation Matters

What do I need in my business letterheads?

From a compliance perspective your clients are entitled to know the details of the legal entity that they are dealing with, especially if a business or trading name is being used. If the legal trading entity is a registered body there are some very specific disclosure requirements.

The information must appear in business letters and electronic equivalents including emails. To give you peace of mind we can check out your letterheads for compliance read more…

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