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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.


Data breaches – a security risk

Hacker stealing data from a laptopSome data breaches are small such as stolen laptops and some are enormous like retailers that get hacked and lose millions of customer details. But all have the potential to wreak great damage. In the face of what sometimes seems like a deluge of personal data exposures many people might feel powerless. However, there are simple and effective measures that can be taken to safeguard data and protect against the negligence of others.

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What are Botnet DDoS attacks?

DDoS attackBotnets are responsible for much of the online fraud, scams and hack attacks that we see today. Consisting of networks of hijacked computers, and remotely controlled by hackers, they’ve been around a while and they’re going to be around a while longer too. That said, it’s relatively easy to ensure your computer doesn’t become a ’slave’ device to a hacker’s plans.

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5 ways to recover deleted internet history data easily

Recover Internet HistoryNothing is ever deleted on a computer. Even though delete functions exist the data still remains somewhere in the computer, whether on the hard drive or in obscure files tucked away deep in the operating system. Recovering deleted internet history is quite straightforward if you know what you’re doing. And if you do want to know what you’re doing, read on. 

There are many reasons why you would want to recover deleted internet histories. These range from anxious parents worried about whether their children are visiting inappropriate websites or being sucked into some nefarious underworld, to simply wanting to recover the forgotten URL of a website you used which was useful, but you thought you’d never visit again, until you remembered it.

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How to mirror your Android device onto a TV

Mirror your Android device onto a TV Until recently, Google’s Chromecast only allowed you to access content from certain apps and flip them onto your TV screen. A recent upgrade, however, changes all that and you can now ‘mirror’ everything on your Android device onto the TV. It’s very simple to do. Read on to find out how.

We’ve all gotten used to small bits of technology doing big funky things that we can become a bit unimpressed by the seemingly excessiveness of digital developments.

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The safest internet browser?

internet browserAn internet browser is not only a tool for accessing all those websites out there. It should also provide some basic levels of security. It’s not a security solution as such but at the very least you need to know that it won’t expose you to vulnerabilities. We provide a rundown on the security of today’s most popular browsers. 

So which internet browser do you prefer? Is it Internet Explorer from Microsoft loaded by default when you buy and boot up a new computer? Or do you lean towards open source such as Firefox as way of sticking up a single finger to the proprietary browsers that, some argue, seek to dominate the browser industry?  Or do you prefer the simplicity of Chrome, or even Opera the one that often sits below the radar?

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All about cookies and malware

cookiesIf you’ve ever wondered what cookies are, what they do on your computer and whether they pose a threat to you then read on and you’ll find out.

We’ve all heard of cookies, not the sugary biscuit things that we munch on, but those little files that sit on our computers and identify us when we visit a website.

If you want to know what a cookie does then try deleting them from your computer.  Simply go to ‘history’ in your browser and tick the ‘cookies’ box in the ‘clear browsing data’ section.

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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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