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The 14th of May was another troublesome day for Facebook and its companies. It was revealed (and also announced by Facebook themselves) that a security flaw in the app’s software allowed attackers to bypass WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption and secretly install spyware onto users’ devices. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber-actor”. They add: “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices, the company said in a statement. What to do? Facebook did advise all its users to simply uninstall the app and re-install it or update to the latest version, claiming most users had already done so. The breach arose from the fact that the software suffers from a “buffer…

If you’re operating a business online, it’s highly likely that your social media presence is of great importance. We’re in an age where social media platforms dominate, and a successful social media can be the make or break factor when it comes to a thriving business. Instagram has more than 1 billion active monthly users, with over 80% of those following some form of business account. Instagram offers huge marketing potential for online businesses and if used correctly can greatly increase your audience and the engagement of your brand. Read below to discover 5 tips on how to optimise your business Instagram for greater engagement. Business Profile First of all, Instagram allows you to choose between a business profile and a normal user profile. You’ll obviously want to select the former; doing so will allow you to have privileges not available on a normal profile. These include Instagram Ads, Instagram…

Yet again, hackers strike with another scam, this time it being Sextortion as American media originally reported it a few months ago and it now seems to have also hit the UK and other countries worldwide. So let’s take it from the start and explain what Sextortion actually is which also now has a definition to it on Wikipedia. Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion. Sextortion is an online crime that combines sex and extortion – the hackers/criminals claim to have hacked your devices and that they are in possessions of pictures or videos of yours in personal moments…

Social media marketing is an extremely multifaceted field with every aspect requiring a lot of work. You probably know that. The importance of social media is apparent in both – our personal and professional lives. Simply put, just like every year in the ear of the Internet – new challenges, formats and trends await the marketers as well as members of the public on all social media channels. So let’s take a look at the infographic we created below with 12 expert social media tips on trends we anticipate in 2019! CFM Group is a  digital marketing agency based in Cambridge, UK offering a variety of solutions such as web design, SEO, social media marketing, blogging, ads, PR and more. We are recognized as a top Branding Agency on DesignRush. I’d love to hear your view so do not hesitate to contact me, subscribe to this blog for free, click here to arrange a FREE Consultancy meeting, send…

In some interesting news last month, latest research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated that ‘blind spots’ in the artificial intelligence (AI) of self-driving cars could be adjusted and redressed using input from humans. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology team in collaboration with Microsoft, developed an ingenious model where AI learns any changes in behaviour it needs to make as it observes the human under the scenario. In order for this to be achieved, they make sure the AI system is put through simulation training before putting a human through the same scenario in the real world hence allowing it to pick up on visual and reactive signals by humans to accordingly amend its behaviour in similar circumstances. So far, the system has only been tested in video games but nonetheless study author (and  graduate student in MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab) Ramya Ramakrishnan, said:…

Facebook introduced a ‘fan subscription feature’ which allows creators to share ‘exclusive’ contents with their fans with a membership fee. This allows creators to generate money straight from their follower/fans. Few years ago, Facebook have launched a group subscription feature which allows group admins to charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for membership access. Unlike the earlier subscription feature which gained seemed to get some positive traction, Facebook’s fan subscription is meeting resistance from online creators. The feature is currently at its beta stage with creators taking 100% of the revenue, however, this will change once the feature is rolled out with the company taking out 30% from its subscription revenue. In addition, Facebook will hold the rights for all the contents created within the platform as stated in under the Supplemental clause within its terms and conditions. This was based from an information leaked to Tech Crunch. Following Facebook’s…

We are proud to announce that our CEO and Founder, Mr Nicholas Kalavas has been invited as a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Digital Marketing conference organised by Anglia Ruskin University. Anglia Ruskin’s story starts in 1858, when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge. The event is Titled: Digital Marketing Challenges: Trends and plans for the future and will include speeches from 3 highly experienced marketeers such as: – Nicholas Kalavas, Managing Director of CFM Group (Creative Fearless Marketing) https://cfmgroup.co.uk/ – Ellie Morgan, Head of Digital Marketing, Studio 24 Your Digital Agencyhttps://www.studio24.net/ – Kate Barham, Head of Account Strategy, Further, Digital Marketing Agency https://www.further.co.uk/ Feel free to have a look at the calendar provided below and attend the event. To find out about the event, register…

I am often asked, how and why I decided to start a blog, what advice I would give to new bloggers and how on earth I managed to amass over 7000 subscribers in less than 4 years! So you’re thinking about starting a blog, fashion, beauty, tech or whatever that may be but you have absolutely no idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did I. I was totally and utterly clueless. When I conceptualized and started this blog a few years ago, I had no idea how to start a blog or how to be a blogger. Heck, I could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a blog. Nah, this is not a “put you down” or “glory, glory me” post, its…good news: it’s easier than you think. I have learned a ton of lessons (and still am daily) during my 4 years of blogging and running my…

Mobile banking has grown rapidly the last decade and it is now almost impossible to find a bank that does not offer it. There are actually even banks that only exist online and hence downloading their app is the only way to interact with them for any number of reasons you may wish to. The shift to “mobile banking” is a global phenomenon which has empowered many African countries but also the everyday users in the western world. You see, one would think that mobile phones are not the safest of devices. You carry them with you, you can lose them at any time. However, with modern data encryption and security techniques, it seems that mobile banking is safe. What is mobile banking? Mobile banking is a service provided by a bank or other financial institution that allows its customers to conduct financial transactions remotely using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Unlike the related internet banking it uses software, usually…