A former TalkTalk customer, Michael Robinson, is taking British broadband provider TalkTalk to court after they were hacked and he suffered at the hands of scammers.
The scammers exploited information about TalkTalk customers (including names, dates of birth, address, email address, phone numbers, full bank account numbers and sort codes) seemingly stolen through an elementary SQL injection attack on the TalkTalk website.
Don't look now, but 29th July 2016, is coming up fast. That is the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 10, which means the ability to upgrade to the new operating system for FREE will soon expire.
"As part of our ongoing security monitoring, we recently became aware of unauthorized attempts to access a number of Carbonite accounts. This activity appears to be the result of a third party attacker using compromised email addresses and passwords obtained from other companies that were previously attacked. The attackers then tried to use the stolen information to access Carbonite accounts."
The moral of this story: always use UNIQUE passwords for each website or service!
Massive thanks to Kim for the best birthday (21st of course) present ever - a 2 day off road training session at the brilliant Honda Adventure Centre. Although based in Merthyr Tydfil, the riding is done in stunning countryside near the Brecon Beacons.
If you have ever wished to try riding off road, or wish to improve your skills in the dirt, I wholeheartedly recommend these guys. They are patient, (really needed with a total dirt novice like me!) and build your confidence to a point that you end up doing things you never thought possible! Well done & big thanks to the trainers: Pat, Flash & Ryan.
We used pretty much brand new CRF1000L Africa Twin Motorcycles, which for a big bike (1000cc, 230Kg) were just great (on and) off road, and could do absolutely anything that we could throw at them. Much to my amazement, I thoroughly enjoyed riding the Dual Clutch (Automatic) version.
If you are in the market for a "giant trailie" - test ride this bike in manual, then DCT, then get your order in quick - they're selling like hot cakes!
I used to think of this as an Ok, children's hymn.
However, at a recent service at All Saints Church, Denmead, while singing this hymn, I suddenly realised how profound the words are, especially to Kim & me.
We are blessed with the ability to travel, and best of all by motorcycle! We are often deeply moved by the places that we visit - especially during our Camino - the beauty of God's world & kindness of the people we meet.
We have had a fabulous Camino journey, & have been so pleased that many of our friends have (virtually) travelled it with us! It was a fantastic journey, we met so many lovely people, went to so many wonderful places. This is now the second time that we have been blessed to visit Santiago de Compostela. Once on Cruise, this time by motorcycle. God willing we will visit (at least?) one more time - the "proper way" a walked pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela. As this will take us around six weeks to complete, we sadly wont be able to do this for some years, but it's most definitely on the "bucket list". Actually, it is the bucket list!
"The Way of Saint James" is never meant to be an easy path.
Helmet intercoms that kept disconnecting - a major safety issue at large road junctions.
By the Grace of God, & the help of the Apostle, none of these turned out to be show-stoppers (but could of done - especially fuel!), and also didn't spoil the enjoyment of our journey.
Below we have compiled some information on what we did, how we did it, & inspirational reading / viewing - which might help you on "The Way".
If you would like further information on how we planned our Camino, please contact me via this Blog.
This is roughly the route that we took. The only really significant change was that we had to drop the leg from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre - I had scheduled for just too many Km by far that day, and sadly that section had to go.
Holly, our wonderful Honda Crosstourer Highlander VFR1200X - who was good as gold the whole trip. A truly great bike: fast, comfortable & able to haul the two of us & significant amounts of luggage without complaining! Well done Holly! Now to book her in for a well deserved service!