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What you can do to protect yourself online: The essentials

If you’re going to be using the internet, you need to behave as though it’s a terrible place with sketchy folks around every digital corner looking to cash in on your information. And once you’ve logged off Facebook, there are also unsavoury characters who are out to make more direct bank from the data that applies to you and yours. Here’s how to keep your precious deets, b...[Read More]

The recent spate of hacked websites is a reminder that you need to protect your online security more than ever

All 3bn of Yahoo’s accounts were hacked in 2013, the search giant revealed last week, triple the previously stated 1bn, making it the biggest data breach so far. This followed the staggering hack of US credit agency Equifax last month, exposing the personal details of 145.5m Americans, including their credit cards details and social security numbers. It’s a stupendously big deal and confirms...[Read More]

What is ransomware and how to protect your precious files from it

What would it mean if you lost all of your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records? How much would you pay to get them back? There’s a burgeoning form of cybercrime that hinges on the answers to these questions. You have probably heard of viruses and malware. These dangerous pieces of software can make their way into your computer and wreak havoc. Malware autho...[Read More]

Managing the highs and lows of data overload

We live in a world with a lot of data. In fact, we’re bombarded by it. Estimates suggest that today we take in about five times as much information as we did 25 years ago, and that we process as much data in a day — approximately 34 gigabytes — as our 15th-century ancestors would have in their lifetimes. We tend to think of all that data as a rather cold and rational collection of numbers. Yet, on...[Read More]

Protect your privacy during turbulent times: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle. This was the official declaration that a homeowner could protect himself and his privacy from the king’s agents. That lesson carried into today’s America, thanks to our Founding Fathers’ abhorrence for imperiali...[Read More]

Facebook punts on gaming to lure millennials back to the platform

Has Facebook decided they are just not hip enough for the younger generation? With the launch last week of FB.GG – a platform for streaming live video games and eSports – it would appear Facebook is acknowledging there’s still work to be done to ensure it appeals to millennials. But will it be enough to stem the tide of younger users ditching Facebook for Snapchat and Instagram? And what about the...[Read More]

History is important, but so is how it is taught. In an internet age, education must keep pace

“Why is there so much interest in the [Anglo] Zulu war of 1879,” the great orator David Rattray asked in his epic account of the battle of Isandlwana. “Why is that so much has been written about this insignificant campaign fought in an economically insignificant territory adjacent to an almost irrelevant British colony?” I came across Rattray’s five-CD set, that he narrated about this apocryphal b...[Read More]

World Cup: all the ways footballers and fans can be hacked

Visitors to the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be eager to enjoy the football and soak up the culture. But safety concerns are lurking in the background of this tournament. Whether it is the threat of racial abuse, football hooliganism, or falling victim to fraud, many football fans have good reason to be wary. But alongside these traditional threats, travelling fans and players also need to be vig...[Read More]

Deterring cyber attacks: old problems, new solutions

As the investigation into Russia’s interference in the US election deepens, it is becoming obvious that the events in 2016 are just the tip of an iceberg. Ever since the Russian cyber assault on Estonia in 2007, policymakers and cyber security scholars have debated how best to deter cyber attacks that cross international borders. Yet both state and non-state actors continue using the internet for ...[Read More]

Your personal space is no longer physical – it’s a global network of data

In the digital world, any action we do generates data – whether browsing the internet, answering emails or messaging our friends. Translated into radio waves, this information can travel almost effortlessly through space in a split second. Data are all around us, invisibly occupying the space between ourselves and other objects in the built environment. My colleagues and I conducted a study to und...[Read More]

One day we will be grateful that Europe’s GDPR laws have clawed back our privacy

In the last two weeks your inbox will probably have been bombarded with emails asking you to agree to new privacy rules about your personal data. It may be the first time you’ve seen the acronym GDPR – which stands for General Data Protection Regulation – but it won’t be the last. This new set of regulations from the European Union about how businesses handle our personal data is a profound ...[Read More]

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