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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.


Win amazing prizes with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & BullGuard

Dawn of the Planet of the ApesOnly the fittest survive

Get BullGuard on your side, win some amazing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prizes, and get the best possible protection against viruses.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has opened to rave reviews described as a state-of-the art 21st-century 3D-CG cinema outing, full of intelligence and emotional resonance, and painting a dark future with stylish action sequences and impressive visual effects.

It follows Caesar and his peers building a community in San Francisco’s Muir Woods following the near destruction of the city. The 2,000 or so gorillas, chimpanzees and orang-utans live a peaceful existence and believe the humans have died out following a viral flu pandemic.

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Microsoft “security expert” phone scam

Microsoft scamTelephone scams in which callers claimed to be Microsoft ‘security experts’ offering to fix your computer first surfaced over five years ago. They’re still around and seemingly undergoing something of resurgence. The scammers can’t fix anything they just want your money.

It sometime seems that every other major business on the planet has outsourced its service centre to India. Banks, insurance companies, internet service providers, utility companies, even railway ticket booking services.

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Child Safety Week and how to use parental control software

Child Safety Week and how to use parental control softwareThe coming days are dedicated to flagging up potential dangers faced by children. Given that many parents are unsure about parental control software we thought it is an appropriate time to remind everyone just how useful online parental control is and also just how simple it is to use.

This week is Child Safety Week.  It’s an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and is designed to raise awareness about child accidents and how they can be prevented.

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Ten top tips to keep your mobile device safe

Top 10 Android Security tipsAndroid is now the most popular operating system in the world for mobile devices with well over a billion devices running it. And smart phones are not just phones, they carry so much personal information they’re like digital vaults that need protecting. We provide an insight into the threats currently targeting Android devices and ten top tips on how to safeguard your mobile digital life.

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Antivirus isn’t dead

antivirusComments in the news over the past week have suggested that antivirus software is dead. It’s not true and is actually a dangerous claim to make. Read on for an explanation and understand why you need to stay protected. 

A recent widely reported news story said that antivirus is dead. Such a statement is disingenuous and irresponsible at the very least. It would have been far more accurate to say many antivirus solutions are based on signature-based virus detection and signature-based detection is no longer enough.

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NEWS ALERT: eBay security breached

ebayGlobal auction site, eBay is calling on its users to change their passwords.The move comes after hackers apparently got into one of its databases that contain encrypted passwords and email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

The company said it has conducted extensive tests across its networks and has found no evidence of user’s accounts being compromised.

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NEWS ALERT – Bitly hacked – instructions issued for users

 Bitly hackedBitly, the URL shortening service has issued an alert to its users that it has been hacked and account credentials may have been stolen.

The hack seemingly doesn’t affect people who only use Bitly as a basic link-shortening service.
It’s expected that the hack will mainly cause problems for website publishers who use Bitly to share and track story links.But it does affect registered users who use tools like saved links, stat tracking and social network sharing.

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