iBox Security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:37:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Modern Software Development http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:14 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4737 Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time. The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a… read more →

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Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time.

The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a company for particular members of staff accessing for example a CRM or CMS. Within the development team here, we specialise in creating CRM software for clients looking to really consolidate and manage their customer accounts, communications and transactions.

With these benefits, it comes naturally that there are some drawbacks. With web-based software, security is usually the main concern for our clientele. Luckily our main skillset here is just that. We build our software with powerful tools enabling malicious entry and corruption to become virtually impossible.
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Although the way businesses are using software is changing, the way we build it remains a stressful but very rewarding process. The stages of software development will never change from the time old 7-stage concept of planning, designing, developing, implementation, testing, deployment and maintenance. Each of these being delegated to an individual across teams within iBox Security to ensure the finished product fits the specification, combines form and function, and exceeds expectations. Because that’s what we do.

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eBay kills off Magento Go http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ebay-kills-off-magento-go/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ebay-kills-off-magento-go/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:22:33 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4653 Tuesday 1st July the company eBay, who purchased ecommerce platform Magento in 2011, has announced that it shall be shutting down its Magento Go platform in February 2015. The Go product being shut down will affect somewhere in the region of 10,000 small businesses, who will need to find alternate online store solutions before the platform is shut down in… read more →

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Tuesday 1st July the company eBay, who purchased ecommerce platform Magento in 2011, has announced that it shall be shutting down its Magento Go platform in February 2015.

The Go product being shut down will affect somewhere in the region of 10,000 small businesses, who will need to find alternate online store solutions before the platform is shut down in February.

Having worked with Magento since its beginnings in 2008 we host, develop and design Magento stores on a daily basis and are offering FREE migrations from Magento Go onto Magento Community, if you move onto hosting with us.

Contact our team today to find out more about our free Magento Go migration.

 

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iBox Built for growth & exciting developments http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-built-growth-exciting-developments/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-built-growth-exciting-developments/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:12:35 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4386 2014 has already been an exciting year with recently acquiring clients from a successful web development agency, who pivoted their business into new markets, this has brought us new growth and businesses to work with. Further to this acquisition, iBox has announced a plan for continued growth in the second half of 2014, partnering with a great business locally to bridge the… read more →

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2014 has already been an exciting year with recently acquiring clients from a successful web development agency, who pivoted their business into new markets, this has brought us new growth and businesses to work with.

Further to this acquisition, iBox has announced a plan for continued growth in the second half of 2014, partnering with a great business locally to bridge the gap between development and support for new and existing clients. In addition to this recent partnership, our growth this year involved increasing the number of staff particularly on our development services team of which we recently announced a new team member.

With all these exciting developments and new team members set to join in the coming weeks, we found it was time to bet on growth and we have just completed our move into our new home – doubling our office space by taking the top floor of Halliday House in Derby, this allows us to continue our plans for growth this year.

Our new home Halliday House allows us to continue our growth by not only adding new members of staff but as quoted in a recent Business Link article “The move will allow us to continue to develop our culture which we believe to be an important factor to our success. We ensure we have a great working environment so allowing more breathing room in the office will come as a relief for some.”

With the move into our new home complete, we are focusing on coming developments both internally and client projects. Interested in working on great web and software projects? Get in touch with us via our jobs page. Have an interesting project we could help with? – get in touch by clicking here.

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iBox-Security announces strategic partnership deal with leading ICT company http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/announces-strategic-partnership-with-leading-ict-company/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/announces-strategic-partnership-with-leading-ict-company/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:09:00 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4382 Web & Software development and security specialists, iBox-Security, have just forged a strategic partnership deal with the leading IT support business, ICU IT. Started by a group of IT support specialists over 12 years ago, ICU IT is one of the premier tech support companies in the midlands whose services include IT support, business continuity, hosting and cloud services along with… read more →

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Web & Software development and security specialists, iBox-Security, have just forged a strategic partnership deal with the leading IT support business, ICU IT. Started by a group of IT support specialists over 12 years ago, ICU IT is one of the premier tech support companies in the midlands whose services include IT support, business continuity, hosting and cloud services along with consultancy & advice.

Bringing together the success of both companies and combining the services offered, the partnership plans to improve the technical support arm of iBox to clients at the same time as assisting both companies target new markets here in the Midlands and beyond. Whilst ICU IT will be able to aid clients by bringing in bespoke software development, high end web development and network security testing to a diverse range of businesses in their portfolio.

Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security spoke about the partnership, “Over the last 6 years we have grown in leaps and bounds from a small development company to a leading software & web development agency in the Midlands. Our aim has always been to provide the best service possible, helping clients to increase revenues, efficiency and improve their business operations. Together, with ICU IT, we are able to provide a missing service to our existing client base as well as expand our own products and services to new markets.”

Clive Wragg, Director of ICU IT recently spoke on the deal, “We are delighted to have forged this relationship with iBox Security and see this as an important step to assist our clients further with regard to IT security, along with the provision of bespoke software and web development. Our growth plans are similar to those of iBox and this collaborative approach to the markets needs will be undoubtedly well received.”

iBox-Security, based in the centre of Derby, employs a team of talented designers and developers who consult and provide development services in web, software and security to clients all over Europe in a variety of sectors.

ICU IT has staff across two offices in the Midlands, located in Derby and Nottingham, and work together with accountants, solicitors, automotive, construction sectors together with a variety of other SME’s across the UK and beyond.

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Truecrypt – The ‘Uncrackable’ becomes… Well… Crackable… http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/truecrypt/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/truecrypt/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:23:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4404 Popular OpenSource encryption software Truecrypt, known by all who use it as ‘uncrackable’, has bid a very abrupt goodbye to us all in the last couple weeks. Due to Microsoft revoking support for Windows XP – Truecrypt can no longer claim to be secure enough to protect user data. Resulting in their decision to abandon ship. The Truecrypt site is… read more →

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Popular OpenSource encryption software Truecrypt, known by all who use it as ‘uncrackable’, has bid a very abrupt goodbye to us all in the last couple weeks. Due to Microsoft revoking support for Windows XP – Truecrypt can no longer claim to be secure enough to protect user data. Resulting in their decision to abandon ship.

The Truecrypt site is now officially a page of instructions on how to migrate anything protected through Truecrypt to BitLocker, along with warnings concerning the softwares potential security issues also stating that development for Truecrypt officially ended in May 2014.

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It would seem that the group of anonymous coders, responsible for all things Truecrypt, really have thrown in the towel after just over a decade of developing and working on the software. All the while, remaining as anonymous as ever.

After the Truecrypt coders gave up – warning that the product was no longer secure due to Microsoft no longer supporting XP – there is now hope among devoted users that someone, somewhere, will pick up this software and bring it back to it’s former glory. Until then, Windows users are urged to migrate all secure data to BitLocker as a precautionary measure against any security threats that may or may not arise.

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For instructions on how to migrate all data from Truecrypt to BitLocker, click here

Full articles can be found both here and here

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Inspiring teens to follow their dreams http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/inspiring-teens/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/inspiring-teens/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:41:26 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4388 Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of 70+ teenagers on the benefits of choosing the right course in life – particularly where education is concerned and what the highs and lows of being in the tech industry involve. The event, aimed at teaching teens all the necessary team building and employment skills they would need to go into the… read more →

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of 70+ teenagers on the benefits of choosing the right course in life – particularly where education is concerned and what the highs and lows of being in the tech industry involve. The event, aimed at teaching teens all the necessary team building and employment skills they would need to go into the work place (many for the first time), was held at the Hollowford centre.

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With a room full of 16-18 year olds, all of which are interested in technology, it’s easy to tailor career advice – however, when discussing education, that’s another problem altogether. This group had joined an apprenticeship course, provided by local training academy 3aaa in Derby. This meant that the apprentices had chosen to avoid higher education, with the idea of learning and working at the same time.

Following an introduction to how I started in business, I discussed what it takes to be a great employee for a software company like ours as well as how where you start on your journey won’t necessarily be where you end up. With many young people starting businesses online now days, there is every possibility that one of these young people are the next Richard Branson or Alan Sugar.

Following the 15 minute talk – several teens from the audience pitched questions and even asked for jobs on the spot (of which we are currently reviewing the CVs) – I look forward to seeing how everyone gets on in the future.

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“We recommend that you reset your password…” http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/recommend-reset-password/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/recommend-reset-password/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 13:04:40 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4372 That fatal request that sites make. The one request that lets you know that your data isn’t safe. While these sites have state of the art security measures in place, sometimes it’s not enough. One tiny loophole and sensitive data – passwords, bank details, etc. – are all exposed. And, for someone who knows what they’re doing, it’s then a… read more →

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That fatal request that sites make. The one request that lets you know that your data isn’t safe. While these sites have state of the art security measures in place, sometimes it’s not enough. One tiny loophole and sensitive data – passwords, bank details, etc. – are all exposed. And, for someone who knows what they’re doing, it’s then a matter of time until your data is potentially in the wrong hands.

We hear about security breaches all the time. From something as casual as Facebook to somewhere as upstanding as Natwest. What are you supposed to do when a security breach provides skilled hackers with access to use somewhere like eBay with your information and money?

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Third party corporations will pay hackers a healthy sum of money for your personal details, so they can force-feed their mass marketing schemes directly to your screens, doors, telephones and to everyone you know. Like many companies that handle sensitive data, eBay has failed to recognise the extreme importance of having the very best network security systems in place before an attack. For this reason, eBay has failed it’s customers and allowed their ‘personal data’ to be released to the highest bidding third party, who knows?

eBay has told all it’s users to update their passwords, too little too late. Their flagrant disregard for network security has caused devastating effect on the international community, but the worst part? It  took them 3 months to find out that their own databases had been mined for sensitive information about you and me.

We are told that, although personal data for around 233 million people has been released, no financial data has been found as it is embedded in a separate database. However this does not stop identity fraud taking place, cold calls, and the constant reminder that out there in the corporate world, your profile could be being pieced together by someone you’ve never heard of.

Co-author Zak Vickers

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Cyber threats and data loss – we’ve all read about it http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/cyber-threats-data-loss/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/cyber-threats-data-loss/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 07:23:07 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4355 Its no surprise there is always news about a large corporation (or country for that matter) that were subject to a cyber threats & attacks, whose networks were infiltrated, infected with virus or suffered a loss of data be that by some form of failure (human error or machine) or more commonly by that of a sophisticated attack on a… read more →

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Its no surprise there is always news about a large corporation (or country for that matter) that were subject to a cyber threats & attacks, whose networks were infiltrated, infected with virus or suffered a loss of data be that by some form of failure (human error or machine) or more commonly by that of a sophisticated attack on a corporates network. In todays world businesses are more reliant on IT than ever before, all your client data – in the cloud, contracts and IP data – in the cloud, its been known for PLCs to store crucial data on Dropbox syncing across various machines inside and out of the local network. So with so much data floating around our systems on a day to day basis how are businesses small and large meant to keep an eye on what data is where and is it really safe? The guardian recently posted an infographic depicting some crucial facts about data loss and cyber security threats including a very important quote:

A staggering 72% of businesses that experience a major data breach shut down within 24 months, which suggests that the most effective strategy will be to focus on preventing breaches from occurring in the first place. As well as the financial consequences of data loss, the impact on a company’s reputation can contribute heavily to a loss of customers, which can also cause it to shut down.

So not only is the act of losing data a thing to be concerned about but the publics perception of such a thing can cause complete loss of reputation. Destructuve data loss infographic   Image credit to Imprima

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Google Glass alternatives http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/google-glass-alternatives/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/google-glass-alternatives/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 11:59:12 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4289 So Google Glass is one of the new big things that is circulating around the world of technology. Wearable technology is said to be the future for everyone. It’s all very Star Trek really. When we say wearable technology, the first thing that comes to my mind is a computer interface on my wrist, again… INCREDIBLY Star Trek. In reality,… read more →

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So Google Glass is one of the new big things that is circulating around the world of technology. Wearable technology is said to be the future for everyone. It’s all very Star Trek really.

When we say wearable technology, the first thing that comes to my mind is a computer interface on my wrist, again… INCREDIBLY Star Trek. In reality, it’s much simpler in most cases than what people imagine. Wearable technology can range from the more well known Google Glass to the less publicised Fin bluetooth ring. One of my favourite products is the FitBit wrist band. Something I bought on a whim, but haven’t taken off since! This piece of wearable tech is simply a tiny little pedometer that fits inside a band that goes round your wrist. There’s no interface as such, just lights that appear to display your progress throughout the day. There are more features that the FitBit offer of course, varying from measuring how well you sleep to waking you up in the morning with a silent alarm.

Of course, technology is always advancing. In an alarmingly small amount of time Google have presented the world with Google Glass. The concept has taken the world by storm, with thousands of people on waiting lists to be chosen for the next prototype to surface. Giving people the ability to have a head up display, showing web searches, messages, emails and everything else seemed like it was only possible in movies. Potentially not anymore. Wearable tech does seem to be what the future holds for us all.

Glass is all well and good if you can afford it, which Google haven’t made it easy to. And is you’re prepared to go on the extensive waiting list. As with everything, there are always alternatives to the expensive and brand heavy products.

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This is the Recon Jet. The Jet is mainly targeted at the more athletic among us, as the design gives away. This product brings together everything from a GPS to your social media feed in a head up display. The built in sensors also measure things like speed and elevation gain, just to emphasise who this product is aimed at. I mean, I could really do with knowing my daily elevation gain while I’m sitting at my desk. Although they are already sold out of all models of the Jet, buying one would set you back a good $600 at the minute.

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Epiphany Eyewear is i much more stylish alternative to the Glass. The design concept is virtually no different from standard glasses, even offering transition and prescription lenses upon ordering. Epiphany have one aim in mind and that is video recording. Available in 8, 16 and 32GB they have the potential capacity for up to 8 hours worth of video footage. Buying a pair of these could cost you anything between $300 and $500, depending on how much storage space you pay for.

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The TelepathyOne is one of the few pieces of wearable technology that I am actually excited for. Not much is known about this product yet. The main aim of the product, however, seems to be to enhance social connectivity. The sleek and stylish design could easily knock Glass off the top when it comes to looks. As someone who wears prescription glasses, this product seems like it would be the only one that could be used along side them. While the thought of a head up display is exciting, I don’t know many people who would still enjoy it if they couldn’t see it after having to take off their glasses.

While buying one of these products is all well and good, the creative ones of you might be more interested in this.

Build a Google Glass alternative for $200

If anyone manages to come close to the intended final product, you let us know.

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What we do http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/whatwedo/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/whatwedo/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:04:12 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4118 By now, those of you who follow our blog, you will have seen posts come from each of us here at iBox Security. But what do we actually do when we aren’t posting thrilling blog posts for you all? Hopefully this will give you that little insight that will spark your curiosity and interest. Here’s what we do. We have… read more →

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By now, those of you who follow our blog, you will have seen posts come from each of us here at iBox Security. But what do we actually do when we aren’t posting thrilling blog posts for you all? Hopefully this will give you that little insight that will spark your curiosity and interest. Here’s what we do.

We have our web designers. Their role is to manage and build the sites for our clients. They handle all the data entry and content for our clients. There is some work involving coding languages, such as HTML and CSS, but we primarily use platforms like WordPress and Magento.

Our web developers are the ones who code and maintain our sites. They need a relatively in depth knowledge of an array of coding languages. These include; HTML, CSS, PHP, AJAX,  JavaScript and more. Our web developers are the ones we call on to write our more advanced coding requirements.

Our graphic designers are responsible for what you see on our clients sites. They design and create anything from individual graphics to whole webpages using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Our graphics people need to stay up to date with the latest styles and trends, both in web design and in general surroundings.

Our Social media gurus are in charge of our social channels. They ensure that our social networking pages are up to date with all the information and new posts on a daily basis. Our SEO is their primary responsibility, meaning they determine where we rank on Google for different search terms. For all of this, the main part of their role is to keep up with everything that is ‘trending’ among our target audience and ways to expand on that.

Lastly, we have our account manager. Their job is to keep everything in order. They work with all departments of the company, ensuring that clients are happy and keeping track of where we are with different projects. Other duties include being the primary point of communication between clients and the company, managing our data and helping to build on our companies sparkling reputation.

Here at iBox Security we are constantly learning. We learn independently and we learn from eachother. Our coders are learning how to optimise our SEO, our graphics people are learning how to code, we bounce our skills around to better ourselves and the people around us.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin 

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