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.

How to protect your email address from hackers

emailYou might wonder why hackers are interested in stealing email addresses and passwords. There are lots of reasons and none of them are philanthropic. An email address can open the door to all sorts of fraud from using the contacts in your address book to spam people to accessing your financial details. You can deter these hacks by protecting your email accounts with a few simple steps. Read more

Security News: Talk Talk- three cyber breaches in a year; one more hack- this time it’s British Gas

hackedUnsurprisingly this week’s headlines have featured a lot of jaw jaw about Talk Talk who with three cyber breaches in a year clearly do not listen listen. People are upset, disturbed and not a little angry. One website is advising customers how to get out of their contracts. M&S and British Gas have also experienced some cyber embarrassment – as have their customers who have had personal details put on public view. A botnet consisting of 900 CCTV cameras has been discovered while out of work Russian IT workers may just well be gearing up for an assault on Western critical infrastructure, because – they’re out of work.

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Halloween’s online dangers – spooky spam, phantom phishing, sinister spies and more

halloweenStraddling the divide between autumn and winter Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Its origins lie in the period of time when the Celtic nations dominated Europe and people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The idea of divide still holds today and perhaps nowhere more prominent than the surface and light world of the everyday internet and the dark, mysterious and sometime malevolent world of the deep web where hackers and cyber criminals have their being and surface to wreak havoc.

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How to protect your digital treasures

dad and son photoEverything we do today is digitised, whether it’s taking photos, creating documents, saving music, watching movies, chatting with friends and so on. Given this investment how would you feel if you lost some of your precious files? Read on and get some tips on protecting your digital treasures.

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How to access your PC if you forgot your Windows password

PasswordThe irony in creating super tough passwords is that they’re easy to forget, or if you scribbled one down somewhere and then loose the paper or it’s been digitally erased, you’re back to square one. Or even minus square one if it was the password to your computer. But all is not lost, it is possible to retrieve your password or even circumvent the requirement.

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