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Paul Holland

Founder & CEO of Beyond Encryption

Private Lives?

As the third lockdown continues, it is somewhat ironic at a time when most of us are spending more time than ever in the privacy of our homes, that the subject of online data privacy has never been more in the public eye, with significant coverage and comment in many national newspapers in recent weeks.

The widely reported spectre of data sharing between WhatsApp and parent company Facebook has once again highlighted growing consumer concerns over just how much of their online data is being shared, with whom and for what purposes.

While the WhatsApp privacy debate has powerful arguments on both sides, it is clear that the value of protecting user privacy online has never been greater - and privacy is something that sits right at the core of Mailock's functionality - meaning users can rest assured that no secure email they send can be read by anyone other than them and their 'authenticated' recipient, not even by us!

Privacy and security to be the cost of increasing HMRC revenue?

HMRC is reported to be considering recovering unpaid, owed taxes by requiring banks and wealth managers to share sensitive information about their clients' savings and investments, directly with them.

As recently reported by the Sunday Times, HMRC estimates that around £5.5 Billion is underpaid each year by the UK public either through erroneous or deliberate under-declaration of income on tax returns, typically in the form of savings interest and/or investment profits.

Many tax returns are already mistakenly shared in open emails each year, by advisers and consumers alike and in the Sunday Times article, George Bull, a senior tax partner at the business advisory firm RSM, expressed privacy and security concerns about this latest proposal; specifically regarding the requirement for mass consolidation by banks and investment firms of personal information such as National Insurance numbers, which in Bull's view "raises the spectre of data-hacking and identity theft on an unprecedented scale."

Leading IT distributor Westcoast has recently acquired a minority shareholding in Beyond Encryption. Westcoast, a leading European IT distributor for global brands such as Microsoft, Apple and HP, with revenues of £2.8 Billion in 2019, has made this investment at a time of unparalleled threat from cyber-crime to businesses and the wider public.

Founder and Managing Director of Beyond Encryption, Paul Holland commented "BE and Westcoast share similar values, recognising the importance of our people in delivering technical excellence and helping our customers lead better and safer digital lives. Having a company of the size and strength of Westcoast, as an investor, is an incredible compliment to the hard work the BE team has put in."

Huw's News

Advanced, one of the UK’s leading and most highly respected providers of business software and services, recently published its Annual Business Software Trends Report 2020/21, providing useful insights into how technology has impacted business in the past year, based on feedback from over 1,000 senior UK decision makers.

A specific sector of the report highlights trends relating to cyber-crime, where a key finding is that slightly fewer polled decision makers (70%) than in 2019 (72%) consider themselves to be well prepared for a potential cyber-attack. While at first glance this appears to be a modest reduction, it is in reality the cause of significant concern when 'only 36% say cyber security will be a business spending priority for the next 12 months – quite a drop from 43% last year'. The report's stark and highly worrying conclusion being that 'Covid-19 has potentially distracted organisations from investing in cyber security, which is actually critical given the pandemic has opened up a number of new security risks'.

You can read the full highlights of the report here

Unipass Mailock gets Royal Seal of Approval

In the January issue of Beware, we reported that Beyond Encryption & Origo's Unipass Mailock email security system had just been released by Royal London - the UK's largest mutual insurer, with Group funds under management of £100 billion.

As a follow up to that article, the early stage deployment of Unipass Mailock has gone very well; highlighting both the value of the system to users and the benefits of the shared commitment to service excellence from Beyond Encryption & Origo - something clearly reflected in feedback received to date.

Stephen Butler of Royal London commented "The perception we have from our IFA's is that Mailock is a significant improvement over what they had before..."

"I work with a number of software suppliers and am used to them taking weeks to identify issues and offer resolutions; I have been really pleased with the speed of response with Unipass Mailock; very, very impressive."

To discover what Mailock can do for your business please contact us: info@beyondencryption.com

Vaccine Email Scam Preys on the Vulnerable

A recent BBC article has once again underlined how email fraudsters are using the Covid-19 pandemic to their advantage.

The article, which you can read here, details how thousands of members of the public have been targeted with emails asking them to click a link if they would like to receive the vaccine and then asking them to enter their bank details.

In response to reports of the scam, the NHS has re-confirmed that the vaccine is free of charge and it would never ask a patient for their bank account details.

To discover what Mailock can do for your business please contact us: info@beyondencryption.com

Top Tips

Which? lists 10 tips as to how to tell if an email could be part of a scam on its website. These are:

1. Check the 'from' address

2. Is the greeting impersonal?

3. Check contact information and dates

4. Check branding

5. Chick if the linked website is legitimate

6. Asking for personal or bank details?

7. Poor spelling, grammar or presentation?

8. Trying hard to be 'official'?

9. Trying to rush you?

10. Check with real company, brand or department