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Internet of Things gadgets aren’t just for toys for techies. They are actually more accessible by cost and ease of use, and people are finding convenience in creating a “smart home” with connected things.
However, convenience does not come without risk. One of the key security concerns with smart homes is ensuring that devices are not vulnerable to hacking and cyber attack. So how do you create a smart home while following cyber safety best practices to keep it secure?
Our world is hyper-connected, with social media, smart tech, wearables, and apps meaning we’re constantly online. But it’s only going to get more advanced as we move further towards to the Internet of Things.
A lot of money changes hands in the build up to the new school year. Because it’s a big time for businesses and every parent and student has an eye on bargains, it’s also a key time for scammers and criminals to try to find a way into your wallet. Here’s our advice to avoiding their latest tactics.
We’re all wishing it was still too soon to be talking about back to school, but the reality is the new school year is creeping closer day by day. Our experts have put together these tech tips to help you start the new term ahead of the curve.
The new school year in the 90’s meant packing an oversized bag full of folders and textbooks, gadgets and other junk. It’s remarkable how much things have changed since then, here’s our recap of five trends that were a cornerstone of our school lives and how they’ve totally changed.
Are you a gadget freak? A bit of a tech head? If you’re the sort of person who just can’t help feeding your nerdiness even while on holidays, here’s our lowdown on some of the best getaway spots for tech-heads.
Unless you've been on holiday in Timbuktu, you'll have heard about this new phenomenon sweeping the globe. For gamers and smartphone lovers this new game has presented some exciting interactive play but how can you keep your young players safe both online and off?
With the recent news that some of the UK’s major banking companies will be offering their customers the chance to use fingerprint or voice authentication to access their bank accounts biometrics are very much in the spotlight. So, what exactly are biometrics and how could they possibly be as secure as they seem?
According to recent UK Online Dating Statistics, 1 in 5 relationships in Great Britain now start online and with a study published by a leading matchmaking website suggesting that by 2031 that figure could well be 1 in 2 it is apparent that most of the stigma surrounding online dating has dissipated.
Whether you’re in the market for a new laptop because you dropped yours on the floor or you fancy an upgrade of your specs for college or work, buying a new computer comes with a whole heap of jargon and plenty of sales speak. Do you really need a dedicated graphics card? And what do all those letters and numbers even mean?
The tech and science world is a very interesting place. Between sending brave explorers to Mars, the constant evolution of robot tech, and Elon Musk’s supersonic train, our world is shaping up to take on the veneer of a sci-fi film.
By Kevin Haley, Director, Security Response, Norton by Symantec
Today, Norton released findings from a survey of more than 5,000 consumers from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Japan about their fears of and forays into the connected world. The survey makes it clear that there are two types of people: those who understand smartphones and IoT devices come with risks, and those who do not.
Smartphones are growing increasingly smart and Siri is the perfect example of that. A voice command app, Siri is renowned for her sassy comebacks and funny comments—as well as for making life easier for people who are too lazy or busy to type. With a couple of phrases, you can transform Siri into a personal assistant extraordinaire, but should you use her for everything?
Reading detailed reports about online security may sound like a useful cure for insomnia. Instead, you can abandon the reports and use podcasts to keep updated with online security and the threats that are out there.
If you’ve never had a virus you might be tempted to write it all off as a load of people panicking over nothing. How much damage can a virus really cause? Do hackers really steal data and identities and wreck computers?
Emails scams are often more subtle than you’d expect; they generally won’t set off any flashing lights or alarm bells like when someone is trying to steal a car. But just like with other forms of break-ins or robberies, there are signs to watch out for.
Phones. We’re constantly attached to them, often more so than our laptops or work computers.
As far as malware goes, ransomware is probably the one people know the least about. We often hear loads about viruses and worms on the news and on TV, but ransomware doesn’t often get a shout-out.
If you've babysat a young child recently, you've probably noticed a habit most of them have picked up.
Most of us have a beloved smartphone that we keep with us at all times, tucked away in our pockets or our handbags. But carrying a phone around with us all day doesn’t mean that we actually fully understand them.
Online security is a hot topic. There are few weeks that pass by where we don't hear about a new or emerging online security threat, virus, trojan or hacking event. But have you ever wondered about how your online behaviour may be leaving you open to these threats?
Introducing #30SecTech - a series of quick, bitesize educational videos on a range of topics including cybercrime, internet security, online privacy and more. Plus, we have a bonus! At the end of every video you will find a link to an article providing more background information on each topic. Enjoy!
All the way back in 2013, uSwitch.com did a survey where they discovered that nearly one in 10 kids get their first mobile phone by the time they turn the ripe old age of five. If that seems very young, you’ll be relieved to know that the average age for a first phone was a more reassuring 11.
The only thing that changes faster than technology is fashion—so what happens when you combine both fast-paced industries? A lot of excitement, that’s what, even for those of us who are more at home in an old t-shirt.
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The phrase ‘there’s an app for that’ is so popular that Apple made the move to trademark it.
But seriously, with so many weird and wonderful apps available in the app store, it’s very easy to see how a bunch of brilliant ones could get lost in cyberspace—which is why we’ve picked out 13 apps that we think will revolutionise how you use your phone.
So goes the age-old ultimatum: "If you were on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?"
Although food and shelter seem like a practical choice, we all know that when it comes down to it, we'd need to bring our smartphones. Not only would that desert island be a prime Instagram opportunity, we can’t imagine a world where we couldn’t have constant access to our beloved phones.
Practically speaking, maybe we could even use Google Maps to get ourselves off that island. Or book a flight? Or at the very least, FaceTime with our mum while we're waiting to be rescued.
The only thing that isn't so great about this plan is how quickly the phone’s battery will die. Luckily, you can increase the battery power on your device. Read on for nine life-saving tips to keep juice in your phone all day.
If there’s one thing we know about Google it’s that they have no creative limits. Much like the dreams of the old man in the Pixar animation, Up, Google is reaching for the skies.
The internet is something most of us take for granted. It’s become such an ingrained part of our lives that if we were to suddenly lose it, all hell would break loose. We’re on our phones or computers all day long, and almost constantly connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.
But believe it or not, more than 60% of the world’s population remains offline. 31% of people in the developing world use the internet, compared to 77% in developed countries.
Following the release of her album, 1989, singer Taylor Swift trademarked the phrase "Party like it's 1989" for exclusive use on her tour merchandise. For Taylor, 1989 probably called to mind neon lighting and a thrilling, rebellious cultural landscape.
1989 was a decade of perms and turquoise eye shadow, all captured on faded Polaroids. 1999 wasn’t much better with its baggy trousers and strappy crop-tops, photos tucked away on floppy drives and slow computers. Flash-forward again and we reached 2009 and the cult of Facebook.
Though fashions changed, one thing stayed the same: we’re still obsessed with sharing and remembering our lives. We’ve just moved it all online.
A study by the University of Derby found that 13% of people are addicted to their smartphones. You might be one of them.
Have you ever felt your phone buzzing in your pocket to phantom notifications? Ever missed a special moment because you were too busy waiting to Instagram it? You may even have had whole texted conversations with your other half from across the living room.
Admit it: your phone is the most important thing in your life.
And why is that?
Sharing is caring, or so the saying goes. As couples we must care a lot, because we’re sharing everything from passwords (big no-no!) and email accounts to financial data and social media profiles. But unfortunately, this tendency to share our digital space can make for a messy separation and divorce if relationships go belly-up.
And they do – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 42 per cent of marriages end in divorce. And that figure doesn’t take into account cohabiting couples and those in civil partnerships who go their separate ways.
Video and computer games are a waste of time, right?
Er, wrong. Sorry parents, but it looks like there’s actually a whole lot of good stuff going on when gaming. Not all the time, of course – there are plenty of games that teach us little or nothing. But the right games used in the right way can inspire learning, boost visual skills, improve co-ordination and lift our mood. Oh, and they can make us nicer too.
Not convinced? Read on to find out how and why your little gamers might not be wasting so much time after all.
I’ve got a bit of a reputation. Whether you know it or not, you probably have too.
I’m talking, of course, about our online reputation – the image we create of ourselves on the internet. Everything we post – blogs, tweets, photos and videos, likes, links, comments and shares – contributes to our online reputation. So, too, does whatever other people post about us. And anyone who discovers this information will form judgements about you and me, based on what they see – and may even use it against us.
‘It’s the marriage of minds and machines… and our lives will never be the same.’ Economist Marco Annunziata.
The phenomenal growth of internet-connected devices and appliances – the Internet of Things (IoT) – means an exciting wealth of possibilities lies ahead, but it also presents challenges in terms of privacy, security and data management. Here’s what you need to know about the Internet of Things to help keep your family, your home and your devices safe as well as smart.
You know that feeling when you reach into your pocket for your mobile – and get that immediate hot shock of panic when… it’s not there. Your heart races. Your stomach lurches. Your brain goes into overdrive. What to do? Dammit, you can’t even post your ‘missing mobile’ status or tweet about your loss.
You’ve just experienced nomophobia – ‘no-mobile phobia’ – the fear or being without, or losing, your mobile phone.
And this modern malaise affects many of us. No wonder, because our phone isn’t just our phone. It’s our digital security blanket – and it goes everywhere with us. Practically our entire lives are in those seductive little devices, so it’s no wonder we go a little crazy when we’re apart from them. But some of us take this separation anxiety too far.
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