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.

Online Identity theft skyrockets

ID theftWith so many attacks aimed at everyday computer users, it’s often difficult to nail hacker motives. But a recent analysis of cyber theft during 2014 data reveals a startling new trend – ID theft is the top priority for hackers, over and above credit card information theft for example. In the light of these figures, if you weren’t already, it’s time to get serious about protection.

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Ten years of phishing

phishingIn 2004 phishing was officially recognized as a global, industrial-scale problem. Since then it has become even more entrenched with scammers all over the world, from the Ukraine and India, to the US and Belgium, adopting it. But today, it is also mutating into spear phishing, precise attacks aimed at specific and lucrative targets.

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet DayToday is Safer Internet Day. The aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of technology, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In keeping with the theme BullGuard carried out a survey to find out how parent’s think about their children’s use of technology. Unsurprisingly parents think their kids spend too long using technology. Surprisingly, perhaps in a fit of honesty, parents admit to doing the same. Read on.

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Who’s tracking your smartphone?

who is tracking your smartphoneThere are so many organisations keen on scooping up your personal data it might be more pertinent to ask who isn’t tracking your smartphone? From third party data agents to app creators, retailers, social networks and intelligence agencies the list is lengthy. And ironically many people don’t even know it’s happening – so here is what’s going on and why and also useful tips to protect yourself from the snoopers.

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The Phablet Phenomenon

The Phablet PhenomenonThe Western World is rapidly moving towards mobile computing; it’s fast, easy and powerful and in most cases can enable the same, and higher, levels of computing as desktop PCs and laptops. As a result, phablets, a hybrid smartphone and tablet are becoming increasingly popular with analysts predicting that their growth will eventually outstrip that of tablets and traditional smartphones. They are serious devices, but they also need serious protection.

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Have you seen what you look like online?

data privacy day

Everything we post online is forever present in cyberspace. Emails, updates, messages – even those old photos and videos that make us cringe are stored somewhere in the World Wide Web and can be found if you know where to look. There’s no such thing as a delete button online and given that social networks are often the first port of call for potential employers (or admirers!) it pays to clean up our profiles. BullGuard offers some simple tips on how to come across well online and avoid leaving behind a trail of digital mischief. We also reveal the results of a survey which show just how savvy people are when it comes to looking after their online profile – you might be surprised.

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