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.
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.
You’re galloping along on the keyboard; you’ve got a rhythm going and an energy that’s pushing everything along. Admittedly it’s rare, and staccato, stop start movement is more common. But when you are in that keyboard groove the last thing you want to do is to put the brakes on and switch to the mouse to insert a hyperlink, cut and paste, or pick through the document to check a specific word or phrase. That’s where keyboard short cuts come in really handy.
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 mobile payment arena is characterised by lots of payment platforms and proprietary digital wallets, and not a lot of retailers accepting them. Apple has changed the game with Apple Pay, its astute partnerships with banks and retailers, and its security. But are mobile payments set to become commonplace?
As a parent all you want to do is make sure the kids are safe online. It sounds easy enough but without stepping all over the children’s privacy it’s certainly not simple. Communication is central and ladles of diplomacy are often required too. Today’s teens are the true digital generation and they’re well versed in all the important apps used by their peer groups. But are they aware of the dangers and are you? To bring you up to speed, below is a run-down of the most popular apps/sites used by today’s teens.
The craze for wearable tech is just building up ahead of steam. But when interconnected wearables become common, today’s smart watches will seem like yesterday’s clunky grey box PCs. The enticing thing about wearable devices connecting with each other is the amazing potential but with great opportunity comes great risk and unless security is nailed down from the beginning we could see wearables becoming just as hackable as today’s computers.
There’s some very powerful spy software available for snooping on mobile phones. But nobody would spy on you would they? Well, bugging happens at all sorts of levels from political worthies to anonymous everyday people. If you find your mobile phone chewing through battery life or your data usage rockets skywards, these could be signs of snooping. And if not read on to become acquainted with snooping clues, in this age of mass surveillance they could be very useful.