Category Archives: Security

Burglary

What is cryptojacking?

Category : News , Security

Cryptojacking is a form of cyber attack by unauthorized use of your computing device to mine cryptocurrency. This could be initiated by opening an attachment from an email or clicking on a link, the most common form of malware delivery.

However, if you surf the web and a webpage has been compromised then cryptojacking doesn’t need a programme to be installed. (JavaScript runs on just about every website you visit. So when you load a webpage, the in-browser mining code just runs. No need to install.)

The simplest way to protect yourself from cryptojacking is to install a cryptojacking blocker. Installing a cryptojacking blocker means adding a browser extension so that it blocks a list of domains associated with the cryptojacking code. This tool can block all web-based cryptocurrency miners irrespective of their source. It detects potential mining behavior inside loaded scripts and kills it immediately.

If your device is compromised, you may or may not experience a slowing of the PC or Laptop. If it is a mobile device compromised, then the battery life may be effected.


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Portable Appliance Testing

Category : Security

Portable Appliance Testing also refer as PAT Testing. It is the term used to describe the process by which electrical appliances and equipment are routinely checked for safety. The purpose is to prevent electrical accidents in the workplace. A full PAT test should include visual inspection and a more in-depth check using specialist PAT testing equipment. PAT testing is not required by law. The Law does require that employers must ensure that all electrical equipment they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained.

There is no legal obligation (at the moment) for private landlords to carry out PAT testing on electrical appliances in their properties. However, as a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical appliance in your property.The regulations are different for HMO landlords. In this case, annual PAT tests are compulsory for all electrical appliances.

You do not need a qualified electrician to carry out your PAT Testing. But you need a competent person who understands how to carry out a full visual inspection and PAT Test.

Electrical classes in PAT testing

Electrical appliances are mainly categorised as Class 1, 2 or 3, with Class 1 being the most dangerous and Class 3 the least dangerous.

The class of an appliance helps determine whether it needs to be PAT tested and to what degree. Class 1 appliances need a full PAT test, Class 2 appliances need a PAT insulation test, and there is no need to PAT test Class 3 appliances.

Class 1 appliances
This type of electrical equipment has only basic insulation and relies on an earth for protection.

Examples of Class 1 equipment are kettles, toasters, irons, microwaves, electric heaters, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, vending machines, photocopiers, floor standing printers, industrial machinery, Desktop computers,  laptop cables, mobile phone chargers, extension lead etc.

Class 2 appliances
Class 2 products are commonly known as ‘double insulated’. This type of electrical equipment has extra insulation and so doesn’t rely on an earth for protection, which makes it safer.

Example of Class 2 appliances are Deskstop printer, hedge trimmers, lawnmovers, drills, food mixers, lamps, television, dvd players, cd players, hair dryers, hair straigthener etc.

Class 3 appliances
Class 3 appliances are low voltage items and are the safest class of electrical appliance. Their charging leads may need to be PAT tested.

Example of Class 3 appliances are laptops, torches, cameras etc.

TwoLet Properties is a forward company, and we are always looking for ways to do better and expand our knowledge base in the property market. Recently, one of the Director Ronna Fu studied and passed the PAT Testing Fudamental Online course. She did the course to increase her knowledge in all aspects of property maintenance and provide better service to their clients.

Need someone to do PAT testing on your property? Fill out the form here for more information. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your questions.


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Cyber Crime Alert

Category : News , Security

Cyber crime is a general term for computer-oriented crime which take place online or where technology is a means and/or target for the attack.

We may think that the only form of cybercrime we worry about is hackers stealing our financial information through the internet. The UK regional cyber crime unit have seen an increased of other form of cyber crime beside computer-oriented crime. For example, in the past few days, criminals have been using an automated telephone messaging service within the UK, claiming they are from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit. The person listening to the message are told that their internet connection had been compromised and that it would be shut down within 24 hours. The message then invites the person listening to press 1 on their keypad to speak with the technical department. Do not do this!

Although the UK is covered by both regional and local cyber crime units, this is the first time the unit have known the criminal purport to be from a legitimate UK Police department. This is a total fraud and no one should react to the message by pressing a key other than to disconnect the call.

Any similar reports to Action Fraud please.


Burglary

Incident Summary

Category : Security

The overwhelming number of burglars are unskilled people who go through open or unlocked windows and doors.  This week 2 of 5 burglaries in the city were via open and/or unlocked windows or doors. Open windows and doors represent an easy target for opportunist thieves. But home security expert says homes could still be vulnerable due to bad locks. Don’t make it easy for them – remember to keep your home secure.

A builder posted the video of him using a simple butter knife to open a door by jamming it into the slender gap by the handle and jamming open the bolt. This shocking footage shows just how easy it could be for burglars to break into your home.

Call the police on 101 if you have been a victim or a witness of such crimes. You can also make a report on www.contactcambspolice.uk/Report/. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


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Fire Safety Awareness

Category : News , Security

Recently the two directors of TwoLet Properties Management attended the Fire Safety Business seminar at the Fire Station in Standground, Peterborough. “We like to keep ourselves up-to-date on all regulations and legislations relating to buildings and properties. We found the fire safety training very informative and we were able to apply the knowledge we gained that day”, said Ronna. The course raises awareness of the dangers associated with fire and the practical steps that can be taken to minimise and control the risks that fire presents.

Knowledge on fire safety is very important, as failure to comply with government fire safety regulations could potentially lead to prosecution, fines or legal claims. Fire safety training is therefore compulsory for all organisations.

The seminar covers a wide range of subjects. This include:

  • Explanation of the Fire Safety Order
  • Threat of fire in a workplace and behaviour of fire
  • Applicable legislation
  • Risk assessment
  • Fire prevention and awareness
  • How to minimise the effect of fire
  • The importance of fire doors
  • Signage and fire exits
  • Key responsibilities of the individual

The training equips the directors with a better understanding of their responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) and learning the process of conducting a fire risk assessment in a commercial building.

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Lock Replacement

Category : DIY , Project , Security

door_lockFire exit door refers to final exit door leading to the outside of a building, although the term is also refer to doors inside the building leading to the final fire exit. The purpose of the fire exit door is to allow a quick and unhindered escape through a well lit door into a place of safety while stopping unauthorised access from the outside. It can also be opened from the outside with key-lock overriding the lock.

Fire exit doors should open easily and, wherever possible, in the direction of traffic flow. If it is a security door it is usually kept locked and can be used by members of the public in an emergency situation. The locking device is usually a panic or push bar. It is not necessary for a fire exit door at the end of the escape route to be fire resistance.  The doors must never be obstructed and have to be clearly marked and well lit. There should be fire exit signs fitted above the doors.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to worry about locking doors, but leaving one unlocked you can almost guarantee you’ll have uninvited guests. However, this presents a problem. From purely a security perspective, you would want the most advanced locks fitted and keys would be kept by a select few. But you can’t just consider security – especially if it’s a fire escape door. What does the law say about these doors, and how do you manage both the security and fire safety risks? In general, doors on escape routes shouldn’t be fitted with locks, latches, or bolts unless these are simple fastening, which can readily be operated. Although it’s preferable not to fit any secondary locking devices to fire exits. If locking is necessary, there are few points to consider.

Fire exit doors must not be locked or fastened in a way preventing people from opening them in an emergency. Therefore, it is necessary to change the lock to push bar, panic bar or a thumb lock.

Thumb-turn lock offers the ideal security solution for this instant. The above image is a fire door with key lock. This is not ideal as the door needs to be kept lock at all time. If you have locked your door and could not find the key to get out in case of an emergency, what would you do? As it is a community centre the door needs to be fitted with security device for easy exit and cannot be opened from the outside. The  thumb lock is the ideal solution for this instance. The door can be locked and unlocked from the inside without the use of a key or compromising on security.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please feel free to call us on 07421 139612 or contact by filling the form, if you require any further information.


Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Category : Environment , Security

carbon-monoxide-alarmEvery home with at least one fuel-burning appliance or heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is produced by devices that burn fuels. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential CO source. Electrical heaters and electric water heaters, toasters, etc., do not produce CO under any circumstances. An alarm should be installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. Carbon Monoxide Alarm monitors the presence of deadly CO in the home, providing a constant protection against the effects of this deadly gas.

Carbon monoxide or CO is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, like gas, coal, wood and oil. Carbon based fuels are usually safe to use, however, when the fuel does not burn completely, the excess CO is highly poisonous and can incapacitate or even kill within a short time. When CO enters your body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, the brain and organs. You cannot see, taste or smell CO but it can kill quickly with little warning. This kind of death normally happen when the person is sleeping or during the night. This is why every gas, oil and solid fuel appliances and flues must be properly installed by qualified engineers. Lower quantity of CO levels that do not kill immediately can cause serious harm to health if breathed in over a long period. In extreme cases paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to CO.

This is why having carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important. Beside that, it is a legal requirement that every landlord must carry out a check to ensure that smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are installed to comply with the Regulations. The alarms need to be checked that they are in proper working order on the day a tenancy begins where it is a new tenancy. A new tenancy is a tenancy granted on or after 1st October 2015.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with many common ailments or food poisoning, viral infections, flu or simple tiredness. The list below are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe throbbing headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Stomach pains
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Pains in the chest
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fast heart rate

What to look for in Carbon Monoxide alarm.

It is important to ensure that the CO alarm complies with British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark. These standards show that the alarms have been extensively tested to ensure their quality including sensor reaction times, minimum alarm sound levels and temperature resistance. Currently most CO alarms last between 5 and 7 years. CO alarms should be installed, checked and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.


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Smoke Alarm

Category : Security , Tenancy

From the 1st October 2015, all rental properties will require at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.

Do you have any fitted in your properties? If not, you are breaking the law. Do you know that your local authorities can impose a hefty fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice. Landlords should be aware that the regulations do not contain all the fire safety requirements which their properties may be subject to. There are fire safety requirements under other legislation which may be applicable, such as under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Not sure of how many smoke or fire alarm to fit? Below are several ones you could choose from. Read their ratings and reviews to help you to make a decision.


GDPR

Preparing for GDPR

Category : Security

Recently, the directors of TwoLet Properties Management took part in the GDPR training with RLA. The training equipped the directors with the knowledge of the rules of the upcoming changes in GDPR and taking steps to becoming compliant.

On the 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by a new piece of legislation called the EU General Data Protection Regulation (better known as the GDPR). It is the biggest change in Data Protection law for 20 years and will affect all businesses that use customer data.

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GDPR Overview

Category : Security

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018. This regulation standardizes data privacy laws across the European Union (EU), and EU citizens are entitled to exercise their GDPR rights.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. Under GDPR, EU data subjects are entitled to exercise the following rights:

Right to Access: Find out what kind of personal information is held about you and for what purpose.  The controller shall provide a copy of the personal data, free of charge, in an electronic format.
Right of Rectification: Ask for your information to be updated or corrected.
Right to Data Portability: Receive a copy of the information which you have provided under contract so that you have the right to transmit that data to another controller.
Right to Restrict Use: Ask for your personal information to stop being used in certain cases, including if you believe that the personal information about you is incorrect or unlawfully used.
Right to Object: Objecting to use of your information (where a party is processing it on legitimate interest basis) and to have your personal information deleted.
Right to be Forgotten: Also known as Data Erasure. In certain circumstances, you may also have your personal information deleted.