Android unlock patterns vulnerable to shoulder surfing

Android users could be putting their data at risk by using unlock patterns – which can be guessed by as many as 60% of onlookers. Researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County looked into the phenomenon of ‘shoulder surfing’, where crooks watch smartphone users unlock their devices from a … Read moreAndroid unlock patterns vulnerable to shoulder surfing

Should you reconsider your password policy?

The man who quite literally wrote the book on password security has admitted he may have been “barking up the wrong tree” with his previous advice. Bill Burr published an influential guide on password protection back in 2003, and his advice was quickly established as the gold standard. However, with hindsight (aided by technological advances), … Read moreShould you reconsider your password policy?

Beware of Hurricane Harvey charity scams

Online scammers are exploiting the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters to try and make themselves some quick cash. In times of huge crisis, people from around the world donate money to help the worst affected. However, this also brings out the crooks, who prey on people’s generosity for their own ends. This … Read moreBeware of Hurricane Harvey charity scams

Phishing scam targets WhatsApp users with bogus subscription messages

Emails claiming to be from mobile messaging service WhatsApp should be treated with caution, users have been warned, following the discovery of a new phishing scam. Cyber criminals were found to be sending emails, complete with the WhatsApp branding, telling recipients that they need to pay a subscription fee in order to keep their messaging … Read morePhishing scam targets WhatsApp users with bogus subscription messages

Why it’s a good idea to clear your browser history and cookies

Don’t let the friendly website notifications about cookies fool you – it’s a good idea to delete them (and your browser history too). Though cookies allow web browsers to load frequently-visited pages a lot quicker, they can pose a real security threat – as Yahoo discovered just a year or so ago. The incident saw … Read moreWhy it’s a good idea to clear your browser history and cookies

Smart TV: the spy in your home?

The US Federal Trade Commission has found that one of the leading manufacturers of smart televisions recorded users’ viewing data without their explicit permission. So is Big Brother watching you? Orwell’s sinister suspicion is nearly 70 years old, but our reasons to be fearful keep on growing – not just from a super-state, but blackmailers, … Read moreSmart TV: the spy in your home?

5 new malware threats every second

Do you need to renew your antivirus software licence for 2017? You bet your bottom dollar you do. AV-test has reported that computer users are threatened with five new malware programs every second. Cybercrime is likely to remain one of the top IT stories of the New Year, and it’s easy to see why. The … Read more5 new malware threats every second

Look out for seasonal malware that you didn’t order

It’s that time of year when a deluge of new malware attacks try to lure you in with infected email attachments in messages which purport to be from legitimate companies – the types of companies you would expect to be emailing you at this time of year. Amazon appears to be the worst culprit right … Read moreLook out for seasonal malware that you didn’t order

2-step verification for your Google account

Following a run of recent stories about websites being attacked and taken down, we thought now would be a good time to share this article with you. Lots of you will most likely have a Google account. Now, most people probably assume that Google is a safe bet and they’d be right, but no one is … Read more2-step verification for your Google account

Top tips for tightening your phone security

It’s hard to imagine what life was like before everyone had a mobile phone. What did we do when we were ten minutes late? How did we amuse ourselves on long train journeys? How on earth did we manage to measure the quality of our sleep? Jokes aside, few of us would be without a … Read moreTop tips for tightening your phone security