iBox Security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:22:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 EMBL: Why Software is crucial for small businesses http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:27:37 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4803 In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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EMBL: A safety first approach to IT security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:16:18 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4806 In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out… read more →

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In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out of date software, weak passwords, staff training and much more.

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Is your computer as secure as your security providers say? http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:10:26 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4787 We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free? Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! … read more →

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We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free?

Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! 

But is it? Is it as brilliant, super and fantastic as we are led to believe? While not all of us have the know-how to question the security of this software with research and findings to back us up, a security researcher at COSEINC by the name of Joxean Koret does. He claims that the big name Anti-virus software providers sport some majorly serious security problems. His main claim being that these security programs are as vulnerable to attacks as the apps they claim to protect are.

Korets main point was that Anti-Virus programs are given the highest privileges available. Now, should that program become compromised, that would result in the virus or breach having those exact same privileges. As most of you can imagine, a virus having administrative privileges isn’t the best thing that could happen to your system.

He also explains how anti-virus software is updated via insecure HTTP connections. He states that it would all too easy for potential hackers to attempt a man-in-the-middle attach by intercepting the HTTP connection. This would be done by coming in between the client machine and the server, therefore gaining access to the anti-virus software without being detected.

Koret listed in his report, which can be found here, some of the vulnerabilities he found while conducting his research. Those listed are largely associated with the big name vendors, meaning that thousands of homes across the world are potentially just as vulnerable with the software as they are without it.

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iBox expands development team further in 2014 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4384 iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web. The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back… read more →

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iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web.

The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back end web services that will help clients work smarter, more efficiently and allows our bespoke software applications to integrate closer with customers day to day operations.

Working on a new CRM system for an existing client, Zak comments “CRM systems are truly the life blood of growing businesses and having them tie in closely to business processes allows companies not only to manage their sales pipelines but follow up effectively on new leads, repeat business and seek areas of improvement for future growth.”

Sean Price Managing Director comments “iBox work within the web & software development industry, with a core focus on security –  due to the nature of our business, providing computer security consulting - we tie this knowledge and experience in with all software (web or otherwise) that we build.”

Over the coming months, iBox has plans to add further members to our exciting growing company. If you want to find out more – head over to our vacancies page.

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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.

 

Magento GO

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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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