Weekly Round-up [#22]

Last updated Monday, May 31, 2021
Weekly Round-up [#22]

More data stolen in January 2021 than in all of 2017, says report

A total of 878.17 million data records were compromised worldwide in January 2021 alone, more than in the entire 12 months of 2017, setting 2021 on course to be a record-breaker in terms of breach volumes.

Source: Computer Weekly

These new Microsoft tools make it much easier to manage Windows 10 PCs

One of the advantages of a Microsoft 365 subscription is just how much it lets you automate. At the heart of the platform is the Microsoft Graph, a set of APIs that link the underlying services together and allow you to write your own code. Microsoft has significantly expanded the graph APIs since their original launch as the Office 365 APIs.

Source: Tech Republic

IR35: MPs denied vote to amend Finance Bill to ‘curb or kill’ umbrella companies

MPs were denied the opportunity to vote in favour of amending the incoming Finance Bill to ‘curb or kill’ umbrella companies, prompting industry watchers to double down on calls for regulation.

Source: Computer Weekly

Apple patches dangerous security holes, one in active use

We’ve seen several news stories talking up some great new features in Apple’s latest software update for iOS, which was released yesterday. However, we’re much more interested in the security patches that arrived in the update to iOS 14.6, because Apple fixed 38 significant bugs, covered by 43 different CVE bug numbers.

Source: Naked Security by Sophos

MEPs urge European Commission to revise UK adequacy decisions

Members of the European Parliament are calling for the European Commission to ensure EU citizens have greater privacy rights.

Source: Computer Weekly

Email Marketing: The Definitive Guide

A complete guide to email marketing. This expert-written guide covers list building strategies, open rates, and more. Very good read, for anyone working on the digital marketing channel that delivers the best ROI.

Source: Backlinko

Online Safety Bill: an opportunity for tech to get it right

Long-awaited proposals for regulating internet companies still leave much to be defined – and the tech sector must take the lead in finalising a plan that works for society and government.

Source: Computer Weekly

Microsoft enables more Azure services to run anywhere via Azure Arc

Microsoft is filling out and repositioning some of its key Azure services, including its Azure Application Services, Azure Applied AI Services and Azure Communication Services.

Source: ZDNet

Microsoft Teams Speed Dial feature aims to bring "one tap dialling" to mobile devices

Over the last 12 months, companies have transitioned to remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the switch, telecommuters have leveraged a vast suite of virtual collaboration tools and video conferencing platforms a la Microsoft Teams and Zoom in lieu of in-person meetings. A planned Microsoft Teams feature for iOS could make it easier for mobile users to connect with their video call contacts.

Source: Tech Republic

Industry reflects on three years of GDPR

Looking back on 12 tumultuous months, we assess how GDPR has weathered the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, and consider what the coming year may hold for data protection.

Source: Computer Weekly

Internet Explorer 11 Support Ending Next Year on Windows 10

IE 11 will hit its end on June 15, 2022 for Windows 10 versions 20H2 and later, as well as on Windows 10 IoT versions 20H2 and later. IE 11 support will continue on other Windows products, though.

Source: Redmond Mag

GCHQ bulk interception programme breached privacy rights, Strasbourg court rules

European Court of Human Rights finds that the UK’s bulk surveillance programme breached citizens’ privacy rights.

Source: Computer Weekly

Visual Studio 2019 upgrade brings C++ 20 support

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2019 v16.10, an update to the flagship IDE that emphasizes C++ 20 support, and a preview of Visual Studio 2019 16.11, a point release that centres on a new Hot Reload capability. Both releases were published on May 25.

Source: InfoWorld

Millions of pounds lost to crypto fraud on social media

British citizens have lost more than £63m in the past year to investment fraud conducted via social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, with almost half of the scams relating to cryptocurrency, according to new figures from Action Fraud.

Source: Computer Weekly

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