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.

Security News: Fraudsters target Apple users; ‘Panama papers’ arrest

security newsiTunes lovers are targeted by fraudsters, is Adobe Flash going to stutter along for much longer, IT worker arrested in possible Panama Papers leak, ‘evil’ Santa ransomware emerges from cyber grotto, Acer hacked for one year but it’s just letting on now, New York is taken down in a massive (fictional) hack, Tor takes on the FBI and much more.

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LinkedIn advice on hack

LinkedinBusiness network LinkedIn has mailed its 400 million users about the sale of sensitive customer information which was recently put up for sale on the dark web. It hasn’t said sorry (ask the lawyers why) but it is offering advice on what its users can do to protect their accounts. Meanwhile the fall-out from the LinkedIn data sale continues to make ever growing waves. Social network platform Reddit said it has seen an increasing number of its member’s accounts taken over by other people which it believes stems from the LinkedIn data loss –  some people who have accounts with both services use the same password making it easy for users of the stolen LinkedIn data to also access Reddit accounts.

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How to securely access your computer from a remote device

remote accessIt used to be a bit of chore trying to set up your computer so you could remotely access it. However, as the world hurtles towards mobile computing the task has become much easier. For instance, at the centre of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 are easy-to-use tools designed to enable you to remotely hook up your smartphone whether it’s a Windows phone, Android or iOS phone to a desktop PC. Traditional methods, such as third-party software, also are still extremely useful while if you’re running a small business and want absolutely watertight connections to several computers virtual private networks are still the way to go.

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Security News: 117 million LinkedIn email addresses and passwords for sale

data breachThe latest news from the world of cyber skulduggery from LinkedIn passwords for sale, the re-emergence of ATM malware, fears in the US about banking and shopping online and even real live pirates swinging from the rigging to descend on precious cargo identified by hacking a shipping company’s systems. You can also learn how to simply set a password that takes hundreds of years to crack. There’s a bit more too.

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Global cyber security threats continue to grow unabated

cybercrimeAs the number of cyber-crimes seems to rise steadily year-on-year, the methods hackers use remain surprisingly consistent. Sometime there is a spike in a particular type of malware favoured by cyber-thieves but ‘tried-and-tested’ techniques such as phishing and exploiting web site vulnerabilities are still popular. It’s just that hackers are getting better at using them, which of course doesn’t bode well for the unprotected.  

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