Facebook Kills The Admiral's Plan.
A request by insurance company Admiral to trial a scheme whereby the contents of the Facebook profiles of young drivers would be used in order to judge their safety as drivers (and thereby influence their insurance premiums) has been given the thumbs down by Facebook.
Tech Tip - Show File Extensions in File Explorer.
Ever since the introduction of Windows Vista, Windows appears to have been hiding file extensions. If you’re using Windows 10 and if you’d like to ensure that you can see the file extensions at a glance all of the time (and immediately be able to tell your .JPEGs from your .EXEs) follow these instructions...
Now There's More Mobile Than Desktop Web Traffic.
'Desktop' has always been the way that most people access the web although this trend has been in decline in recent years. Now the latest figures show that mobile access overtook desktop for the first time in October.
StatCounter figures for October have shown the balance tipping towards desktop for the first time last month with 51.3% of global web traffic accessing the web using smart-phones and tablets.
Chancellor Says We Need To Retaliate Against Cyber Attacks.
In a speech describing the UK government’s plans for spending £1.9bn on cyber security, the Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that the UK needs to be able to retaliate in kind against state-sponsored cyber attacks.
In the National Cyber Security Strategy speech at the recent 'Future Decoded' conference, Mr Hammond focused on key national cyber security challenges and the need to “deter those who seek to steal from us, or harm our interests”.
Tech Tip - Doodle On A Web Page.
With Windows 10 computers (with touch screens) there is a new doodle feature in the Edge browser which allows you draw / doodle on a web page.
To activate this helpful little feature tap the pen and paper icon in the Edge’s menu bar, choose your pen of choice, and start doodling. If you hold down the pen type you can change the hues and sizes. You can also copy parts of the page and save them to OneNote.
New Apps To Help You Protect Your Contact Details and Prevent Credit Card Fraud.
Part of the reason why our email boxes are constantly filling up with promotional messages is that we’ve given companies our details and can’t change them easily.
Now there are 2 new apps that combine to help you to take back control.
9 Out of 10 Businesses Fear ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Rule.
When the GDPR data protection regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018, a Symantec survey has revealed that 9 out of 10 businesses are not confident that that they will be able to delete customer data on request.
MPs Want 'Roaming' Allowed In Poor Coverage Areas.
The cross-party ‘British Infrastructure Group’ of 90 backbench MPs have asked mobile phone companies operating in the UK to work together to enable customers to roam between networks in places where reception is poor.
How Hackers Used Smart Household Devices To Launch A Massive Online Attack.
In a worrying change of tactics, hackers have used the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to launch an online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the DNS service ‘Dyn’ with global consequences.