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Hiscox Insurance have today issued a warning to customers concerning a  new computer flaw, identified by Microsoft as 'CVE-2019-0708', that affects some older versions of Microsoft Windows.

Vulnerable systems at risk include; Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003 and Windows XP and the flaw is believed to potentially effect over 1 million devices.

If you use any of the above operating systems, Hiscox warn this vulnerability may pose a significant risk to your computer systems. This type of vulnerability could propagate from computer to computer by replicating copies of itself without the need for a host program or human interaction.

A good example of a similar vulnerability is the WannaCry malware that spread across the globe in 2017, infecting over 200,000 computers in a couple of days.

Hiscox issue recommended action

Microsoft has released an update which fixes the vulnerability and strongly advises that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible.

You can find more information on the vulnerability and download the security update from Microsoft’s website: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708 *

This news update is part of Hiscox commitment to helping brokers and their customers reduce their cyber risk, and they welcome you sharing this communication following Microsoft’s advice.

If you have any questions about this vulnerability or how to apply the update, you will need to contact your preferred IT service provider.

 

CUSTOMER NOTICE UPDATE - it would appear the problem we were experiencing with incoming calls earlier today is now resolved...apologies for any inconvenience

 

We would like to wish all of our clients a very Happy Easter

 

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 Please note the office will be closed on Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April

We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 23rd at 9.00am

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CLIENTS - Continued Brexit

uncertainty - what you need to be aware of

 

As our politicians and those on the Continent continue to wrestle with our exit of the EU, the continued uncertainty ahead of the 29th March could impact on you, your family or your business more than perhaps you might appreciate.

The Government is issuing advice and updates everyday on the potential ramifications to all of us depending on if we leave the EU with a deal or no deal. Follow this link it gives the very latest and most up to date advice.

https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

Driving abroad - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

One crucial area for anyone planning a trip to the Continent by car, van lorry or motorcycle is what to do before you go. Hopefully this will help but if you need further assistance please get in touch with us before you travel. This is the latest advice issued by the Government.

If there’s a deal, you can continue to drive in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland in the same way as before. Bring your UK driving licence, and your V5C (log book) if you’re taking your vehicle from the UK.

You’ll need some extra documents if there’s no deal.

If you’re taking your vehicle, you’ll need:

  • a free ‘green card’ - allow 1 month to get this from your car insurance company
  • a GB sticker for your car
  • an International Driving Permit (IDP) - get this over the counter in participating Post Offices (each permit costs £5.50)

If you’re hiring a vehicle abroad, you’ll need an IDP.

You will not need an IDP to drive in Ireland.

Follow the guidance on preparing to drive after Brexit for more information. This includes changes to which IDP you need to drive in other European countries.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just a notice to all our customers that we will be closing early at 12.00 noon this Thursday 13th December for our annual staff Christmas lunch.

If you need us urgently you can speak to your normal contact on their usual mobile number. Alternatively, you can leave a message on the main office number 0114 2684606 and we will call you back on Friday 14th or you can send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will deal with your enquiry on our return

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