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Ben is an accomplished and experienced freelance writer who has featured in a number of high profile publications and websites. If he’s not reading the financial times you’ll find him listening to live music or at the coast surfing.

Oopsy DDoSy: Accidental DDoS Attacks Causing Major Grief

Even in these tumultuous times of omnipresent DDoS threats, you may have found a way to convince yourself that your website is immune. You might think you don’t have many competitors, certainly not the kind who would launch a DDoS attack for a marketplace advantage. You might know that if you receive a DDoS ransom note the best thing to do is ignore it and then ride out any tiny DDoS-for-hire attack that could follow. You might not be on anyone’s political radar for hacktivism, and you might be too small for script kiddies to target you in the hopes of watching the ensuing downtime backlash on social media. Yes, you think, my tiny online store selling pillows cross-stitched with obscenities is perfectly safe. However, did you know that one of the most significant DDoS threats is accidental...

How European E-Commerce Is Catching Up To The Rest Of The World

European markets are often referred to as one entity, with analysts sometimes ignoring that the individual countries that make up the European continent are starkly different in their economic makeup. This is the case for e-commerce too, with countries in Western Europe showing more maturity in e-commerce markets than countries lying towards the east. The 2017 European E-commerce Report found that while the UK, Denmark and Germany showed e-commerce take-up of 87%, 84% and 82% respectively, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania showed the lowest percentage of consumers using e-commerce services. Understanding this difference is key to understanding how the overall European market is catching up with countries such as the US and China. In essence, while Western European markets are reflecting a ma...

The 5 Best Business Technologies To Help Grow Your Organisation

Technology is beneficial to businesses both large and small because it doesn’t only make day-to-day tasks easier and more streamlined it also enables organisations to unlock their growth potential. Much of this will free up time that can then be better spent in areas that require less focus on technology and more of a human touch – such as face-to-face communication with customers and clients to help build relationships. This technology will have long-term benefits for your businesses and only help it to go from strength to strength. So, what should you be investing in?   1. Chatbots This year the use of chatbots is expected to increase as companies see the benefits of technology that was once just an experiment. Also known as ‘conversational agents’ – this software is able to mimic ...

Expanding Your UK-Based Business: The Beginner’s Guide To Building A Team In The US

When you’re expanding your UK based business to the US, one of the factors you’ll need to consider is who’s going to work for you overseas. Hiring US workers can feel like a logistical nightmare, so it’s natural to feel tempted to send some of your UK-based workers to America. However, without residency permissions, they’ll only be able to visit the States intermittently. Or, you’ll have to embark on a complicated process to relocate a portion of your workforce permanently – and that’s if your workers are prepared to move at all. But, there are other ways to build a team in the US. Here’s how you can do it. Use Contractors If you want to keep your costs down and make little in the way of permanent commitments, hiring contractors to perform tasks for you could be an option. However, proceed...

The Recent And Rapid Evolution Of Botnets (And What It Means For Your Website)

A botnet has never been a particularly nice thing. Even going all the way back to 2000 when GTbot was causing rudimentary denial of service attacks, botnets were designed for one thing and one thing only: malicious activity. While the aim of botnets hasn’t changed much in the last 17 years, what has changed is botnets’ capacity for nastiness. The last couple of years in particular have seen a rapid evolution in the size of botnets as well as the size of attacks they’re able to perpetrate thanks to a combination of attackers’ ingenuity and the new breed of less than secure internet connected devices. Botnet Basics A botnet is a network of internet connected devices that have been infected with malware, allowing an attacker to control them remotely without the permission or even awareness of...

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