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Packaging manufacturer changes business model to create face visors for frontline staff in the fight against COVID-19


A packaging manufacturer based in Haydock, Merseyside has announced that it is working with SME funder Simply to provide 25,000 complimentary face visors to nursing and care facilities in the North West of England as part of the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Greater quantities are available to purchase across the UK. Enviropax, which employs 40 staff, is a specialist thermoformed packaging manufacturer designing and producing 100% recycled food packaging for supermarkets. As soon as news of the continued lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential services hit the headlines, the business decided to invest in the equipment it needed which would enable it to broaden its offering to produce the 'i-Visor,' a 100% polyethylene terephthalate (PET) face visor for staff on the frontline. It took 4 days for Enviropax to create the design and receive feedback from Preston Royal Hospital. The i-Visor was then modified and within 3 days of receiving the new machinery, the initial 25,000 items were manufactured and are being distributed to frontline staff across the Region. Enviropax was able to obtain the tooling for the machinery required thanks to a financing package that Simply, a non-bank owned funder, arranged. As an existing customer, Simply was able to provide the correct support and put the funding in place at a moment's notice and Enviropax is now well on its way to helping hundreds of thousands of frontline staff during this pandemic.

Mike Randall, CEO, Simply, commented:- "We contacted Simon because we wanted to do something constructive to help the relief effort and came up with this plan together. We were able to fund the machinery requirements quickly and remotely through our digitised system, making it very simple for the Enviropax team to make the purchase and start production immediately."

Simon Malcolm, director at Enviropax Ltd, commented:- "The current environment has resulted in less demand for our normal offering, so it made sense for us diversify and do something positive in this current environment. The fact that we were talking to Simply at the same time indicated right away that with their invaluable support, we could create something very useful. Everyone at Enviropax is very excited that we are helping in such an innovative way and we hope that we can meet demand."

The i-Visors are designed for single use and, because they are made from 100% PET, they are fully recyclable. They are currently undergoing formal BSI testing for certification and CE marking to make them suitable for NHS use. A new e-commerce site has been developed and the visors can now be purchased directly from Enviropax in packs of 20, discounts for larger quantities available. Before distribution, all visors are stored securely in Enviropax's warehouse for 72 hours. I-Visors are supplied in boxes of 20, sealed inside an inner liner for extra safety.

Over 2.8 million passwords discovered on the dark web via ClearScore project

THE UK's leading free credit score and credit marketplace, ClearScore, announces an impressive 400,000 user sign ups to ClearScore Protect, a free dark web monitoring service designed to help protect people from online fraud. A staggering 2.8 million leaked passwords have been discovered on the dark web since the launch of ClearScore Protect, with users seeing an average of 7 password breaches from online accounts leaked on the dark web.

Nationally representative research reveals that a third of adults in the UK have been victims of online fraud, with 55% of UK consumers more worried about online fraud now than before the Covid-19 pandemic. There is also a disconnect between perception and reality, with only a ¼ of UK residents believing that some of their data could be for sale on the dark web, whereas almost two-thirds (63%) of users who signed up to ClearScore Protect in the last week were alerted to dark web password breaches.

ClearScore Protect is a free service that monitors the dark web for any stolen passwords, alerting users to any potential breaches every 3 months. Once users have been alerted to any stolen information, they will be shown a page containing all of their breached passwords, with simple and easy instructions on how to change them. In performing these actions, the user will prevent cybercriminals from taking advantage of their data for financial gain.  ClearScore also offers Protect Realtime; a subscription version of the service which monitors up to three separate email addresses on a daily basis for ₤2.99 a month. Subscribers are able to see any compromised information; not just passwords; and also receive tailored advice and dedicated fraud support if they fall victim to online fraud.

CEO and Co-founder of ClearScore, Justin Basini says:- "With the Coronavirus pandemic heightening people's concerns around online fraud, and ClearScore Protect highlighting the staggering number of password breaches people are experiencing, now is the perfect time to take action to protect your online identity. Having fallen victim to identity theft myself, I understand how it can impact a person's financial and mental well being and would encourage people to take stock of their online security now. Although you should use a different password for each of your online accounts, our research discovered that people in the UK are most likely to only rotate two to three passwords for their online accounts, not nearly enough to keep them safe and secure. If you were to do 1 thing today to improve your online security, I would encourage everyone to review their passwords, signup for a password manager, such as 1Password, and ensure none of your online accounts use the same passwords as your financial accounts."

Should you think your email has been taken in an online data breach or just want to check anyway, we recommended you take a look at Mozilla services free checker by clicking on here now... The full research, part of:- 'The ClearScore Darkpaper:- The Danger of the Dark Web 2020' is available online now.

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