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: Identity stealing malware is targeting Android devices; five top phishing tricks

anonymous onlineIdentity stealing malware is targeting Android devices, IoT botnet are set to grow as hackers release source code, why you should stick to Google Play when downloading apps for your Android devices, five top phishing tricks to look out for and making sense of the claims that Russia has been hacking the US presidential campaign.

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How to protect your webcam from being hacked

hack.movieYou’ve no doubt seen the many news stories about web cams being hacked and you may have even seen a statement from FBI Director James Comey who said he puts tape over his webcam:

“You go into any government office, we all have our little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.”

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NEWS ALERT: Yahoo hack – change your password!

Yahoo hackIf you’ve got a Yahoo mail account you need to change your password. There is every likelihood that it has become compromised as Yahoo becomes the latest corporate to have its defences breached.  Read about the hack and how to set a tough password that is so difficult to crack most hackers wouldn’t even try.

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Turning up the heat

thermostat_hackedAn exploit in smart thermostats reveals just how flawed many IoT devices are when it comes to security with researchers revealing just how easy it is to take control of heating systems and demand a payment to hand them back to their owners. Thankfully BullGuard customers can be reassured that they are in safe hands when it comes to protecting the smart home.

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How to set a password that takes 200 years to crack – it’s easy

PasswordIn May, almost 300 million hacked email addresses have been discovered – yet again – so it’s time to shore up your password defences. Most of this data was outdated and of little use, but it’s still a timely reminder that your first line of defence should be strong password. It’s a lot easier than you think to set an infinitely tough password that is next to impossible to crack. Do this and if your email address is filched of some website you can kick back and cackle with glee knowing that a hacker might have your email address but they’ll never get into any of your accounts. 

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Racists and Barbie meet on common ground

BarbieAs the number of smart internet-connected devices grows into billions so do concerns about lack of security, whether it’s a digital photo frame, a smart TV or even a Barbie doll. A recent attack on the Internet of Things exploited tens of thousands of printers, it was claimed. The hacker described it as fun; others said it’s the shape of things to come.

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The future is almost here –and it’s looking insecure

IoT futureIt might be argued that currently many people have little interest in smart connected devices much less Internet of Things security. But so powerful are the combined commercial interests that are driving this new technology wave that smart devices will soon be as common as electric kettles. And before we know it we’ll accept and use smart technology with as little thought as when we plug in a kettle. To give you a sense of what’s coming we’ve outlined some areas where you’re set to see the growing introduction of IoT. But you shouldn’t blindly accept these technologies just yet, because there are fundamental flaws that device manufacturers don’t tell you about. Read on.

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Security News: IoT botnet hits Brazilian banks, telcos and government; police can’t handle the dark web

hackerIoT botnets unearthed, a signal of what is to come, Android malware that steals identity information hits millions while Android malware is also surging, police forces across the world are struggling to deal with the criminal activities on the dark web, another bank is hit in a Swift hack and more.

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