Credit Card That Changes Hourly
A new anti-fraud credit card from Paris-based Oberthur Technologies has a digital display on the back which changes the 3 digit security code number every hour.
The latest ONS figures show that fraud is now the most common crime in the UK with 1 in 10 people falling victim to it in the last 12 months and 20,255 falling victim specifically to credit card fraud (a total of £755m worth of fraud). This means that we, as consumers, all now face a serious risk.
Tech Tip - Tablet Mode for Laptop or PC
In Windows 10, if you like the Tablet mode, touchscreen-friendly version of Windows 10 you can instruct your laptop or PC to adopt it from login.
- In your laptop or PC running Windows 10, select ‘Settings’ from the Windows Start menu.
- Select the Tablet mode.
- Select ‘When I Sign In’ from the dropdown list.
Tech Tip - Who's Copying You?
If you are ever concerned about people copying your web based content, then you can use proprietary services like Copyscape to protect your work.
However, there is, of course, a cost associated with that so if you're only running perfunctory checks now and again to see where (or if) your material has been repeated, you can simply use trusty old Google.
Simply highlight a sample of several words within your text that should be unique to your own content and hit CTRL 'C' i.e. control C. This then copies that text to your clipboard.
Yahoo Hacked - 500+ Million Users Exposed.
Last week, Yahoo's blockbuster announcement that 500 million account details were stolen in what it described as a "state sponsored attack" was met with alarm by both the public and by the US senate as well.
Blockchain Will Outgrow Bitcoin.
Technology commentators agree that the popularity of Blockchain, the technology underlying Bitcoin, looks likely to grow well beyond its original intended use with the cryptocurrency, but to do so it will need to overcome several challenges on the way.
What is Blockchain?
Blockchain is an open and programmable technology can be used to record transactions for virtually anything of value that can be converted to code from finances to accounts, votes, insurance claims, and important documentation like marriage / birth / death certificates. It is a kind of incorruptible, distributed ledger.
Its advantages include that it allows mass collaboration, is constantly being updated and reconciled (so it's always current), and it has security and reliability hard coded into it through the use of the Blockchain ‘trust protocol’.
Which? Condemns Windows 10.
9 out of 10 Businesses Were Hacked In The Last 5 Years.
Research by Insurance giants Lloyds of London has shown that even though a staggering 9 out of 10 businesses have been hacked once in the last 5 years, less than half of CEOs are concerned that they may be hacked again in the near future.
Wrong Attitude and Reactive Security.
One of the reasons for the apparent lack of concern by such a large proportion of CEOs, despite almost weekly news reports of high profile hacks, can be seen in another alarming statistic. The Lloyds research showed that only 13% of businesses believe they would lose customers if they experienced a data breach.
The thought ‘try telling that to TalkTalk’ who lost an estimated 101,000 customers (3% of their subscriber base) after a hack last October comes to mind.
By having a less blasé and more realistic attitude, CEOs may be more inclined to take precautions that could prevent serious attacks. Some of the feedback in the research also pointed to an unhealthy reliance on reactive security systems.
Curiosity Killed the (Victorian) Cat.
HP Printer Owners Angry as Printers Suddenly Reject Budget Cartridges.
Printer cartridges are a necessary but often expensive purchase and budget cartridges are therefore popular. Many HP printer owners are angrily discovering that their printers stopped recognising unofficial cartridges back on September 13th!
Frustrated HP printer owners who have now discovered that their printer cartridge costs are about to go up through the roof no longer having the choice between official and unofficial cartridges have sought answers from the company.
HP have said that some of its printers already had the cut-off instructions built-in, whereas other printers received the instruction to accept only official cartridges via the latest firmware update.