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Google’s Chrome password checker could improve your security — but there are better options

Generally speaking, people suck at keeping their passwords secure. I know, I know. I’ve said this before many times. But year in, year out, the same bad passwords crop up in leaked lists, because human beings are, for the most part, creatures of convenience. If there’s an easier way to do something, most of the… More 


Apple’s Facetime bug is a reminder that software is fallible, but updates are crucial

Apple is a company that prides itself on the security of its products. Apple has a lot to lose as one of the world’s biggest tech companies. It prides itself on having a lot of control given it produces a complete set of technology. That’s both the operating system software and hardware it all runs… More 


Google’s anti-phishing quiz makes it easier to keep yourself safe online

As we’ve shifted to an online world, we’ve sadly seen a huge increase in the quantity and sophistication of phishing attacks. Just in case mention of that term had you pondering picking up gumboots and long lines and dreaming of trout, that’s fishing. Totally different thing. Phishing is the term used to describe fraudulent ways… More 


Would subscribing to Microsoft make sense for consumers?

Microsoft made its immense fortunes largely off the back of selling software. There would be a new version of Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Windows, and you’d pay a set sum for CD-ROM (or, going back even further, a bundle of 3.5 inch floppy disks) that would provide you with that software, typically accompanied by a… More 


8K TVs unveiled at CES 2019, but don’t rush to buy one

Every year, the consumer electronics industry descends on Las Vegas, and not for the reasons one might feasibly head to Las Vegas for. OK, to be fair, a certain amount of gambling and drinking does go on, but it’s the backdrop for the Consumer Electronics Show, where the world’s big electronics companies — and thousands… More 


5G will be big in 2019 (eventually)

The new year is upon us, and with it, the promise of all sorts of new tech gadgets, with everything from foldable phones to smarter electric cars for sale. Connectivity is the glue that binds those two quite different concepts together, and indeed just about any other technology you’d care to name, because we absolutely… More 


We’re all still pretty bad at passwords

So, what is your password? No, don’t answer that. Really, please don’t. Partly because the whole point of a password should be that it’s a secret known only to you, but also because there’s increasing evidence that we’re still not much better at password security than we were last year. Each year, SplashData (100-worst-passwords-top-50) puts… More 


Facebook data bug leaves photos up for grabs

2018 has been a year marked by some pretty big and significant privacy stories in technology. In one sense, this has been a healthy matter, because it’s made a lot more people aware of what it is they’re sharing online, where their data is tracked and what it’s used for. There’s plenty of data about… More 


What will Microsoft’s switch to Chrome mean for your web browsing?

The history of web browsers is fascinating if you’re of a geeky bent, from the early days of NSCA Mosaic through to the explosive growth of Netscape and its eventual ousting by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser. If you’re not that geeky, you’re probably more used to clicking on an icon to access the web,… More 


What a YouTube publicity stunt tells us about device security

Just recently, 50,000 printer owners got an unexpected result out of their devices. Not so much a paper jam or out of ink message — we’ve all been there — but instead a message imploring users to subscribe to Internet “celebrity” PewDiePie’s Youtube channel and unsubscribe from an Indian-produced channel that in recent months has… More 


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