So what does the Heartbleed SSL bug mean for the average user?

For those that are not aware, Heartbleed is a bug with OpenSSL, which is the cryptographic software used by web servers, which is used to secure thousands, if not millions of websites worldwide.

With many high profile websites, such as Yahoo and Tumble warning users to reset their passwords everywhere. Whilst Google has taken a different tact, saying that logins for its services did not need to be reset unless they were used on other sites.


The conflicting guidance is further complicated by the fact that experts say updating a password is useless unless a site has patched its servers – but it is not always obvious to the average user when a website has been patched. – I’ve opted for installing the free Google Chrome web browser plugin Chromebleed

With two-thirds of websites potentially affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability, officially called CVE-2014-0160, we are all being advised now is as good a time as any to change your online passwords. – Of course, we should all update our passwords on a regular basis anyway.which will warn if you are visiting a website that has not yet been patched.

A number of web researchers are reporting that some sites are seeing networks of bots probing them for the Heartbleed weakness. – So ensure you patch your servers sooner rather than later.

Staff Guardian makes the finals of Somerset Business Awards

On Thursday 24th October 2013, Staff Guardian was announced as a Finalist in the New Business of the Year Category at the prestigious Somerset Business Awards.


Somerset Business Awards 2013 – Simon York Photography


The Somerset business community came together last night to celebrate business excellence at the 2013 Somerset Business Awards. Held at the newly refurbished Westlands Conference and Leisure Centre in Yeovil, nearly 350 influential business people attended the most popular event on Somerset’s business calendar. Hosted by Heart FM presenter, Cormac MacMahon, this year’s Somerset Business Awards was deemed the most successful in its nine year history, with the highest standard of entries to date.

The county’s annual Business Awards are organised by the Somerset Chamber Printof Commerce, in conjunction with main sponsors, Albert Goodman, and a wide range of individual award sponsors from Somerset’s vibrant business community.

More information about the Somerset Business Awards is available at

Staff Guardian Wins Innovation of the Year

Staff Guardian, the most innovative lone worker safety solution wins Innovation of the Year at the Business Leader Awards.

Presented by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and the Principal of Weston College

Mike Turner, whose business won Innovation of the Year comments: “Winning Innovation of the Year demonstrates that Staff Guardian is a business that offers a truly innovative solution for lone workers; and highlights this to potential customers as we continue to grow in the market.”Mike-Turner-Awards-300x198

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