A-Plan Blog

malware
02 Jul

500,000 Routers Affected by Malware

In May, researchers at Talos—a cyber-intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers in more than 54 countries worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers: Linksys MikroTik Netgear QNAP TP-Link   A more recent update shows

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windscreen
29 Jun

Heat wave causes surge in windscreen damage

The recent hot weather has led to a surge in calls to windscreen repair companies for replacement glass services, following glass expanding in the heat. When this is combined with air conditioning and pre-existing chips, it causes windscreens to crack. The difference in temperatures between the heat outside and the cold interior of your car

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self-employed
28 Jun

5 reasons to take out business insurance

As a business owner, you need the peace of mind that you’ll be able to keep your business up and running, whatever happens. Taking out business insurance is an advisable step towards protecting your livelihood, and here are some of the reasons why: 1. Cover for claims against you We live in a world that

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25 Jun

Drink Driving: The Law

You don’t need us to tell you that drink driving is against the law; it has been since 1967, and we’re all aware that the penalties for getting behind the wheel after too much alcohol are serious. That said, there’s still plenty of confusion on the subject, so let’s look at drink driving in more

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unoccupied
19 Jun

How to protect your home while you’re working abroad

While you’re working abroad for an extended period, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your home is safe in your absence. Protecting your home is about more than just locking all the doors and windows and leaving a key with a neighbour so that they can pop in from time

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13 Jun

Upgrading your TV – Does your contents insurance fully cover you?

With the 2018 Football World Cup about to kick off this week, retailers will expect to see a significant rise in sales of TVs ahead of the tournament. A report from ThisIsMoney.co.uk said of TV’s sales around the time of the 2014 World Cup: “Sales of widescreen televisions have boomed at Tesco and John Lewis

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cameras
11 Jun

Cars and cameras: the good and the bad

It’s amazing how many different ways cameras are used on the roads these days. They can both get you into trouble and keep you out of it – whether you realise it or not. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which cameras could help or hinder you behind the wheel. Enforcement

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health and safety
07 Jun

Average Health and Safety fines rise to £126,000

In 2016-17, the HSE had a 93 per cent conviction rate, with the average penalty costing organisations £126,000. Are your health and safety policies sufficient enough to avoid such a staggering fine? Worse than that, an unsafe working environment can result in injuries to your staff. And, in about 140 cases a year in the

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travel
04 Jun

10 tips for stress-free travel

Where are you jetting off to this year? As the summer approaches, and with it the start of the holiday high season, we’re sharing some stress-free travel tips to help you make the most of your time away. 1. Shop around for the best deal The price of a holiday varies considerably throughout the year,

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garden
29 May

Bringing the inside outside

Gardens, balconies, decks…whatever the outdoor space you have, you want to make the most of it during the summer and make it feel like an extension of your home. Here are some quick tips to make the most of your outside space: Bring your favourite things into the garden Style up your garden furniture by

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