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.


Security News: Online lovers and lusters exposed; identities, cloned cards and rigged football game information for sale

Online lovers and lusters exposed; identities, cloned cards and rigged football game information for sale; a critical warning for Internet Explorer users; hackers and stock traders busted for $100 million hacked press releases scam; fascinating insight into the future and more.

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Do you trust employees?

^D8A9B948E244BD1C512C935ACF8A5ED51DE3BF1B628D6A3AD3^pimgpsh_thumbnail_win_distrIf you’re running a small business, even if you’ve only got two employees, do you realise you could also ruin your small business if your workers aren’t up to speed with data protection? Not the clunky legislative data protection acts that govern what data we store and how we use it, but the sensitive, operational, day-to-information such as sales figures and customer details. You can use all the technology you want to protect your business, and of course this is important, but if your employees are not ‘data educated’ your protection endeavours may just be pointless.

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Security News: Pentagon and Antivirus security vendor hacked; a third of the UK population are addicts

hackedThe past week has been full of stories about hacking military equipment and the potential for some sort of devastating cyber-attack. There’s also been the rather embarrassing incident for security software vendor BitDefender, who had a server hacked and customer details taken. And UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed what many people suspect, there’s a lot of smartphone addicts out there.

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Hey, did you know that your Kindle is spying on you? And here’s how to stop it

kindle amazonE-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.

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Security News: Drones might be used to implement malware through Wi Fi and more

hackerThe 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. 

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