GOOD WITH PEOPLE
Farmers are the UK’s most sociable profession, meeting with colleagues outside work 12 times a month on average, followed by estate agents (10.4 times), electricians (9.6), builders (7.3) and people in advertising/media (6.8). According to research by experiences company Boundless, the least sociable professions are sports and leisure (0.2 days a month), property developers (0.9), taxi/lorry drivers (1.8), teachers (1.9) and customer service/call centre agents (1.9).
WORKPLACE WEEK LONDON 2018
November 12 marks the start of Workplace Week London 2018, a week long programme of workplace tours and fringe events that will see some of the world’s leading firms open their doors to the public for the first time. Now in its seventh year, the event organised by global change management firm Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) has so far raised more than £100,000 for BBC’s Children in Need.
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THE COST OF ONLINE CRIME
Entry-level hacking tools are available on the dark web for less than the price of a cup of coffee and a complete toolkit for little more than £100, warns VPN comparison service Top10VPN.com in its latest Dark Web Market Price Index. There are even lowcost manuals and guides describing how to commit different types of online fraud. For just £101.19, a would-be hacker can buy a complete toolkit including:
Anonymity tools that enable hackers to cover their tracks, including crypters that disguise malware as benign files (£10.51);
Carding software for cloning credit and debit cards (£33.83);
Cryptocurrency fraud malware for stealing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from people’s computers (£5.01);
A keylogger for capturing every keystroke on a victim’s computer (£1.58);
Malware, including ransomware (£37.43);
Readymade Phishing pages set up to mimic the world’s most popular consumer brands (£2.07);
Remote access Trojans that allow a hacker to take full control of a computer to log keystrokes, access private files or spy through a webcam (£8.47); and
WiFi Hacking Software, available for free on the normal web, but often bundled with additional services or customer support on the dark web (£2.29).
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY
The 1960s were the heyday of client entertainment, according to new research undertaken by Barclaycard to mark the 50th anniversary of its corporate credit card. In the 1960s, 34% of employees regularly claimed for dinner at a restaurant with a client, compared to 27% in the ‘70s, 28% in the ‘80s and just 10% today. Workers today are also less likely to socialise with clients over drinks, with just 7% regularly reclaiming expenses for a round, compared to 27% in the ‘80s.
SURVIVOR, BOOSTER OR BORROWER?
Where battery life is concerned, Britons fall into three distinct personality types, claims Huawei: Boosters, who are fearful of dropping below 50% charge and carry around chargers so that they can top up at every opportunity; Survivors, who make their battery last for ages by closing apps and keeping their phone on airplane mode; and Borrowers, who are always asking to borrow chargers from friends or colleagues because they forgot to charge their smartphone. Its research suggests the respective breakdown for the UK population is 41%, 39% and 20%.