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'Mysterious' malware targets Apple users

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'Mysterious' malware targets Apple users

Around 30,000 mac devices with M1 chips have been infected with a very mysterious malware. This very unusual strain of malware called the ‘silver sparrow’ strain has quietly infiltrated systems in over 150 countries around the globe. A security company discovered it but no one can establish, as yet, its purpose. Apple have taken steps to protect and restrict the potential dangers of this odd malware, this has prevented any new devices from being infected. How can existing users know if they are affected by this malware? Researchers have discovered that the ‘silver sparrow’ strain doesn’t exhibit the usual traits...

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Are you going to Zoom with the Grandkids for Christmas?

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Are you going to Zoom with the Grandkids for Christmas?

With the dreaded ‘C’ word curtailing our movements at Christmas (Covid-19!) More of us are turning to ‘virtual’ connections with our friends and family especially over the up & coming festive holidays. But what are your options? There are many apps and services out there to help you stay connected to your loved ones, and it can get very confusing. So, to help you through the maze of options, we have put together a small list of the most popular and user- friendly ones which are Free and more than likely, you already have them installed on your devices. Using...

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Can smart home assistants be hacked?

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Can smart home assistants be hacked?

Smart home assistants, like Alexa and Google home, have soared in popularity across UK homes. A report showed that 22% of UK homes now own a digital home assistant, double the 11% figure reported in the same report for 2017. These devices have now become common place in our homes, we are now relying more and more on these smart assistants to aid us in our day to day routines, asking common questions like ‘is it going to rain today?’ or what’s the date today? Or linking it to our home systems like turning appliances, lights or the heating on. But are...

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Shopping online? Here are some safety tips you should know.

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Shopping online? Here are some safety tips you should know.

Shopping for food/household goods/Clothes is an essential part of all our lives, and shopping ‘Online’ has now become the ‘norm’ for most of us. 80% of internet users shop online at some point, and this is growing, particularly due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. While shopping online saves us an enormous amount of time and we can do it from the comfort of our own home, it comes with risks. This is something we must be aware of, and we must not be too complacent about. Please find below some tips to keep in mind when shopping on the...

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The Best Antivirus Software with Parental Control 2020

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The Best Antivirus Software with Parental Control 2020

We all want to protect our children, and more so now that they can visit ‘virtually’ anywhere in the world, on their own. So, getting the right online protection is paramount. Many antivirus programs that offer parental control in their packages are usually low-budget add-ons that only offer very basic protection. The good news is that The Norton 360 Range doesn’t offer you just basic protection. It has valuable parental control features that will help you have peace of mind in keeping your family safe in the digital world. Examples are: Browsing restrictions Usage monitoring App controls Location sharing Remote...

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