About Steve Bell

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and in the past has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies in a copy and content producing capacity. He has a particular focus on IT security and has been involved in writing about the industry at various levels ranging from magazine launches to producing newsletters. He also runs a small copy writing business called Art of Words. When not bashing away at a keyboard he can sometimes be found in a boxing gym making futile efforts to keep fit or marveling at the works of Sufi poets such as Jalaluddin Rumi and Hafiz of Shiraz.

LinkedIn advice on hack

LinkedinBusiness network LinkedIn has mailed its 400 million users about the sale of sensitive customer information which was recently put up for sale on the dark web. It hasn’t said sorry (ask the lawyers why) but it is offering advice on what its users can do to protect their accounts. Meanwhile the fall-out from the LinkedIn data sale continues to make ever growing waves with social network platform Reddit noticing an increase in the number of account takeovers and some shockingly poor passwords coming to light.

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How to securely access your computer from a remote device

remote accessIt used to be a bit of chore trying to set up your computer so you could remotely access it. However, as the world hurtles towards mobile computing the task has become much easier. For instance, at the centre of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 are easy-to-use tools designed to enable you to remotely hook up your smartphone whether it’s a Windows phone, Android or iOS phone to a desktop PC. Traditional methods, such as third-party software, also are still extremely useful while if you’re running a small business and want absolutely watertight connections to several computers virtual private networks are still the way to go.

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Security News: 117 million LinkedIn email addresses and passwords for sale

data breachThe latest news from the world of cyber skulduggery from LinkedIn passwords for sale, the re-emergence of ATM malware, fears in the US about banking and shopping online and even real live pirates swinging from the rigging to descend on precious cargo identified by hacking a shipping company’s systems. You can also learn how to simply set a password that takes hundreds of years to crack. There’s a bit more too.

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Global cyber security threats continue to grow unabated

cybercrimeAs the number of cyber-crimes seems to rise steadily year-on-year, the methods hackers use remain surprisingly consistent. Sometime there is a spike in a particular type of malware favoured by cyber-thieves but ‘tried-and-tested’ techniques such as phishing and exploiting web site vulnerabilities are still popular. It’s just that hackers are getting better at using them, which of course doesn’t bode well for the unprotected.  

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15 really useful Android apps

Mirror your Android device onto a TVA few years ago 50 billion apps had been downloaded from the Android Google Play store. It’s a bewilderingly high number and one that illustrates just how popular, and useful, apps have become. But finding the apps that you find practical can be quite an exercise. That’s why we’ve listed 15 of the most useful Android apps you can use from cloud storage to password storage and offline maps.

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Windows 10 – security features

windows 10In the third and final blog on Windows 10 we look at its security features. There have been some significant developments but it’s not all sunshine and roses  – there are still some things you need to be mindful of and you still need good antivirus software because Microsoft’s version doesn’t quite cut it and could leave you dangerously exposed.

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