If you’re planning to sell your computer you need to wipe your hard drive before doing so. If you don’t you, could be inadvertently revealing all that you have done, saved and deleted on your computer to a stranger.
E-book readers are great, right? But are you aware that they also gather data on all of your reading habits? And in the US this information can be used to prosecute individuals. Of course, e-book manufacturers don’t tell you this. And while shops like Amazon talk about protecting privacy, what they do with data from its Kindle e-reader for instance, is buried in thousands of words of legal jargon. It’s certainly not upfront and straightforward. They don’t say ‘we spy on your reading habits, but that is what they do. But you can stop it, if you want to.
The fall-out from the hack of the Milan-based Hacking Team continues with all sorts of revelations about how the powerful would like to continue spying on the largely powerless. Adobe Flash vulnerabilities continue to be revealed while the US National Security Agency will be pretty hacked off following the discovery of its latest spying techniques. Meanwhile users of a website that facilitates affairs must be feeling nervous as hackers promise to spill the beans on names, addresses and even sexual fantasies.
CEO stalked by hacker group, company taken down; free BlackBerry devices loaded with snooping software handed out to rival politicians; New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal go offline all within a few hours of each other; unsurprising revelations about the UK police seeking out spying software and more.
Online dating is de rigueur these days. But given the number of skanky scamsters prowling the online dating world you’re as likely to meet a lustful Lothario or frightening Medusa as a Romeo or Juliet. At least that’s what respondents to a BullGuard survey said. Read on to see if you’ve fallen foul of online dating traps and pick up some solid tips to keep you safe.
When you buy a new laptop or computer it’s tempting to whip it out of the box, plug it in and fire it up immediately. Of course, you just want to see how good, fun and fast it is.
It’s reassuring to see parental controls incorporated into software and they can be very useful as a starting point for protecting your kids online. If you want to set up parental controls in Window 8.1 read on; it’s relatively simple.
You’re galloping along on the keyboard; you’ve got a rhythm going and an energy that’s pushing everything along. Admittedly it’s rare, and staccato, stop start movement is more common. But when you are in that keyboard groove the last thing you want to do is to put the brakes on and switch to the mouse to insert a hyperlink, cut and paste, or pick through the document to check a specific word or phrase. That’s where keyboard short cuts come in really handy.
There’s rarely a quiet moment in the world of cyber miscreants and the past week testifies to this. From a newspaper columnist being threatened by Anonymous to retract her ‘strong’ opinions, to a private eye being jailed for hiring hackers, it’s all going on. And of course, another major flaw has been discovered, this time in Adobe Flash Player.
You can chat, post, like and get some banter going with friends – even if you’re 5,000 miles away. But there are enough unsavoury characters trawling these sites that it’s necessary to raise a red flag. There are also enough deep digital potholes for the unwary to stumble into that you really need to be mindful too. You can make sure you’re always safe by following these top ten safety tips.