As part of our ongoing work to ensure the safety and security of our members, STEP is currently working towards becoming fully compliant with the latest Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards. This means that we will be making changes to the way we accept payments and handle sensitive information. What is PCI Compliance? PCI Compliance… Read More STEP and PCI Compliance
In April I provided advice to STEP members on how to handle the protection of their online accounts following the revelation of the ‘Heartbleed’ exploit. A new exploit dubbed ‘Shellshock’ was discovered last week and it is widely recognised as being more serious and far reaching than Heartbleed. With the potential to affect everything from… Read More The ‘Shellshock’ IT exploit: what you should do to protect your home and office systems
Last week several STEP members reported receiving suspicious and unsolicited emails from an individual purporting to work in international taxation. What made the spam email particularly unusual was the attention to detail the sender had paid to make it look like legitimate correspondence and the citation of STEP to add credibility to its content. It… Read More If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably just spam
When STEP Members contact me for technical help on using our online services, the advice I provide is often based on the operating system of their computer. Most members are using a recent version of Windows but some are still running Windows XP, which increasingly is going to affect how you access STEP’s online tools.… Read More Are you due for an upgrade?
A critical new online security exploit dubbed ‘Heartbleed’ was announced on Monday night after being discovered by a member of the Google security team. The vulnerability is widely considered to be one of the most serious security flaws in the history of the internet and has been potentially exploitable since December 2011. Heartbleed affects the coding… Read More Heartbleed Exploit: STEP’s response and cyber security measures you should take now