Fake news

I thought I would take a step back from the nuts and bolts of our Internet gadgets, and talk about what happens when we use them. You may have heard the phrase ‘fake news’ used a lot recently, Collins dictionary defines it as “false, often sensational, information...

Computers and Dementia

Technology can be wonderful at giving greater freedom to users through computers, but regrettably can also open up whole new areas of criminal activity due to the ubiquity of technology in modern life. Just recently I experienced the two coming together in a most...

Buckle Up, Or It May Get Bumpy

In the industry, computer users can be jokingly referred to as the Human User Interface, and when a user does something inadvisable it is called a ‘HUI error’. Obviously, that would never be applicable to you, but you may possibly know someone who generates HUI errors...

Tech support or scammer?

I had an interesting experience recently when visiting a client. They passed the phone to me and said that maybe I could help them. The ‘them’ in question turned out to be someone with an Indian accent calling from Symantec generously warning my client about various...

Internet Thingies

Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is even now lurking ready to take over your particular bit of the world. The classic IoT device is an Internet enabled fridge which has a touchscreen on the front through which you can access the Internet....

Know who your friends are

You may have heard about security breaches ‘in the Cloud’ and wondered if you were at risk. Odds are you probably aren’t unless you are a famous celebrity or are known to have possibly photographed someone famous in shall we say, a compromising situation. Thing...