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Delivery Drivers And Culture – The Security Threat

Lockdowns in the light of the pandemic have been a bonus for the delivery services and have been a veritable god send for the people using them. Deliveries have increased in every sector. These deliveries are vital for their recipients but I have noticed an undercurrent and security risk that should not be happening. This risk is not only antisocial but it is a benefit to burglars too.

I live in a block of flats with a front security door. This is what delivery drivers do and I know I am not the only one to witness this. They do not ring for the flat but try the “Trade” button. When this does not work. They try and force the door. Sometimes with success. Again anti-social but an open invitation to a burglar to walk straight into a secure block of flats.

It gets worse, as I have to pay for replacement doors in my service charge, which went up substantially last year owing to delivery drivers forcing the main door and will do again this year owing to the same.

Now I can sometimes see the security door depending on which room I am so I have compiled a list of the top offender of this crime.

  1. Amazon these guys are the most frequent and from what I have seen the most violent ones at my front security door. They have completely removed a secure closed door more than once! The Amazon drivers like to push past elderly residents as they are coming and going too. I have been told that they have broken glass in security doors at other blocks too.
  2. Hermes. Yes, when they actually deliver, they often leave the parcels outside or just visit to claim delivery! They give the door a good go.
  3. Yodel, not as violent as the other two but still guilty.
  4. Tesco. Often happens but their other crime is making a slightly damaged door much, much worse.

If we are going to name and shame the rotters we must acknowledge the good guys too. DPD are also frequent visitors to my block and I have never seen such behaviour from these guys. Always very polite too. No trying to push past people either. They wait until they are invited.

My biggest concern is that the behaviour of these delivery drivers invites other crimes. In fact, by damaging the security doors they are committing a crime in the first place. Criminal damage. I do wish someone would actually catch them in the act. Personally, I would like to see action in the courts and lots of it, as I think it is the only way that this practice can be stamped out. I know for one that I will be even more annoyed if my insurance premiums are impacted.

I actually just wish they would completely stop. It is actually everyone’s right to live in a safe secure home without the threat of crime.

Facebook has an almighty problem, so what is it?

Some of my friends who are still in the IT sector might pop up with answers such as usability or security. Some others might say its the targetted advertising. No I have found a more serious problem, that of common sense. You see for the second time in under 6 months Facebook has blocked has blocked my account claiming my name is not real. For the love of the baby Jesus and the virgin Mary! Court Guinness has been my name for 41 years and in terms of the internet has a healthy google footprint behind it. Twice in the past 6 months I have had to send ID to Facebook to prove who I am. This is beyond a joke. You cannot email an individual everything is automated. So my account is now blocked. Who do Facebook think they are? The real issue here in my opinion is one of over automation. They have got the computer to do too much and taken a human element out of the operation. So in effect human common sense has been removed from the business. All a human can appear to do is say “computer says no!”. This clearly is no way to run a business. Facebook needs to wake up and smell some coffee here! This is tantamount to Facebook accusing me of fraud. An allegation I will not take lightly or lying down. Facebook you have been warned. Get this sorted out now by a proper human. Before I take further action. In the meantime if you wish to see any of my posts or Man Utd jokes either watch this space or follow me on twitter @courtguinness.

Website Attack 21/07/2020

At 01:40 UK time courtguinness.com was attacked by hackers.

Court was notified and woken up at 01:41 UK time and began working on the issue immediately. The attackers hit some WordPress systems and attacked some other systems.

Court decided on appropriate action and began a complete restore of all systems on courtguinness.com. He has also run a risk assessment and GDPR assessment.

This was an attempt to replace this carefully crafted website with malicious content. The appropriate authorities have been informed. The hackers did not get far enough in their endeavours and we consider that their attack was thwarted.

GDPR

No user data has been compromised. All users of all systems will have to reset their passwords on next login. This is a safety precaution. Trade club users provide limited information to our website.

Current System Status

The main Court Guinness.com WordPress platform has been restored to a backup from 19/07/2020 at 17:00. Any Trade Club members registering after that point will have to re-register after 14:00 UK time 21/07/2020. Any re-registrations prior to 14:00 21/07/2020 will be discarded.

The following systems are non-operational until 19:30 UK time.

  • Nextcloud/Extranet/Talk – Please disregard any links and request new access as all links will have to be regenerated.
  • X2CRM
  • CourtFax
  • Support Tickets
  • Project Management
  • Fresh
  • Intranet
  • WordPress 2 &3
  • Wedding
  • Medical
  • Public Sites
  • Naytencourt

Courtgui1-courtgui4, freelander, discovery and shogun are NOT affected.

Some links posted on social media since 19/07/2020 may not work.

There are some issues with courtguinness.com and these are being addressed currently. Further updates will be issued during the day of 21/07/2020.

If you have any concerns please click here to contact us.

Court for himself is deeply annoyed and upset by this incident (and very P155ed off that his sleep was interrupted!) and sends his most sincere apologies to everyone for the inconvenience that this incident has caused.

What he would do if he ever got his hands on the little scroats that did this cannot be published on these pages as it would contravene decency rules.

Facebook has an almighty problem, so what is it?

Some of my friends who are still in the IT sector might pop up with answers such as usability or security. Some others might say its the targetted advertising. No I have found a more serious problem, that of common sense. You see for the second time in under 6 months Facebook has blocked has blocked my account claiming my name is not real. For the love of the baby Jesus and the virgin Mary! Court Guinness has been my name for 41 years and in terms of the internet has a healthy google footprint behind it. Twice in the past 6 months I have had to send ID to Facebook to prove who I am. This is beyond a joke. You cannot email an individual everything is automated. So my account is now blocked. Who do Facebook think they are? The real issue here in my opinion is one of over automation. They have got the computer to do too much and taken a human element out of the operation. So in effect human common sense has been removed from the business. All a human can appear to do is say “computer says no!”. This clearly is no way to run a business. Facebook needs to wake up and smell some coffee here! This is tantamount to Facebook accusing me of fraud. An allegation I will not take lightly or lying down. Facebook you have been warned. Get this sorted out now by a proper human. Before I take further action. In the meantime if you wish to see any of my posts or Man Utd jokes either watch this space or follow me on twitter @courtguinness.

Popularity Huh?

I do like popularity. I like being popular. I think. May be I do not like popularity?I like lots and lots of traffic to my websites. However and this is a big however I do not like people stalking me. It does skew the figures somewhat and it is annoying having to go therough this traffic to get to the real traffic and analyse a proper visitor journey so I can ensure that the websites are getting quality traffic and conversions.. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am up to three stalkers. This latest stalker resides in an office block near Victoria Station in London and is on a BT Network. The often use a PC but then try and disguise their visits by using mobile phones both Android and Apple connected to WiFi on the same IP address. Plums. That is all have a lovely weekend.

Right you lot i’m back

Some of you may remember me from way back. My name is Swiss and some of you will remember my alleged demise after being captured by the plod at Malaga Airport. They are bastards them Spanish police, but you can’t keep a good knife down. I may have changed colour but because of some clever planning I made it back into the UK under the cover of a sombrero and a bottle of sangria the other night! Has much changed? Nah! Memory stick and SD card are still in their rightful place in the bag and Court is still as ugly as ever! I have warned him though that the sharp blade will stab him somewhere painful if he ever tries to smuggle me inadvertently or not through airport security ever again. It does say a few things though UK Airport security is useless and the Spanish plod are better at airport security than the English plod. More piccys of me back on hallowed English turf will follow soon. Lots of love Swissy swissy

Indroducing “Swiss”

Right you lot my name is Swiss or Mr Swiss Army-Knife and I live in the bag that serves as Court’s mobile office with my mates SD Card and Memory-Stick. Here is a piccy of me outside my gaff. image And here is a piccy of me chilling with my homies: image Why am I sharing all this with you? Well my mates get to go to exotic places on aeroplanes all the time such as Glasgow, Aberdeen and Frankfurt but I don’t because of security reasons. getting me through Airport security is almost impossible, well I say almost, so for that reason the best I can hope for is a trip to Skegness, or is it? For those of those of you that don’t know Court used to fly a lot and still travels a lot, he seems permanantly attached to his mobile office and his Samsonite cabin bag. Anyway he is also forgetful and last year left me in the bag for a trip to Luxembourg. Yes I made it through security at Heathrow Terminal 5. I still don’t know how I managed it. Anyway Court was doing some work on a top security site that mean’t he had to go through airport style security to get to his desk. This security is run by G4S, you know the guys that cocked up security at the London Olympics. Well the found me and Court was oblivious! He was also scared to take me back through security at Luxembourg Airport for fear of losing me. Bless his cotton socks! So I spent a few weeks living in a desk whilst arrangements were made for me to travel back to London in a car with one of Courts mad man mates. Rumour, legend and folklore has it that when this guy is drunk he drives in a straight line and obeys speed limits on this trip he was sober! That was last year.This week Court was forgetful again and I got taken on a trip to Gatwick Airport. Rumour, legend and folklore has it that Court owns Gatwick Airport. Let me assure you that this is utter bollocks and he just struts about like he owns the place! Any way I was bricking it when I got shoved through security but yes I made it. That’s two trips through airport security unscathed. What are these security boys playing at? I amazed I am I thought security was tight at airports? How did I manage it? Anyway enough for now more on my adventures soon. Lots of love Swiss