If you’re planning to sell your computer you need to wipe your hard drive before doing so. If you don’t you, could be inadvertently revealing all that you have done, saved and deleted on your computer to a stranger.
E-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.
The 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.
CEO stalked by hacker group, company taken down; free BlackBerry devices loaded with snooping software handed out to rival politicians; New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal go offline all within a few hours of each other; unsurprising revelations about the UK police seeking out spying software and more.
When you buy a new laptop or computer it’s tempting to whip it out of the box, plug it in and fire it up immediately. Of course, you just want to see how good, fun and fast it is.
It’s reassuring to see parental controls incorporated into software and they can be very useful as a starting point for protecting your kids online. If you want to set up parental controls in Window 8.1 read on; it’s relatively simple.
There’s rarely a quiet moment in the world of cyber miscreants and the past week testifies to this. From a newspaper columnist being threatened by Anonymous to retract her ‘strong’ opinions, to a private eye being jailed for hiring hackers, it’s all going on. And of course, another major flaw has been discovered, this time in Adobe Flash Player.
Sunshine, laughter, the chuckle of a child, water, swimming, twinkling nature, mountains, rivers, a lover’s kiss and yes, even software. Comparing software to the free warmth of the sun and a cool refreshing breeze may jolt and jar but given that so many of us spend lots of time on computers it’s nice to know that there is the digital equivalent of mother natures’ bounty. Check this list of free software and you may not only be pleasantly surprised but you could also save money.
Have you ever had a problem with a slow internet connection? Is it something that happens consistently? Does it happen even when you only have a few devices connecting to your network? If so, you might have someone leeching off your Wi-Fi bandwidth.
The cloud has become a ubiquitous reference for internet-based technologies. Compared to in-house IT infrastructures, it offers compelling advantages such as lower costs, services on tap, and pay-as-you-use payment models. However, there’s always been a bit of a cloud hanging over cloud computing; is it secure? In theory, yes, it’s secure. It’s just that sometimes people get in the way and make it insecure.
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