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Brits are the world’s biggest targets for phishing scams

Are the British the most gullible people in the world? Probably not, but the scammers and spammers out there clearly think that they are. Security research company Proofpoint found that web users in the UK are almost three times more likely to receive phishing mail than those in the US, Germany and France. And while the Brits were being sent …

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Stuart O'ConnorBrits are the world’s biggest targets for phishing scams
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Twitch malware can drain users’ Steam accounts

Malware that can spread through Twitch’s chat feature will try to bleed your Steam account dry, according to security software maker F-Secure. The malware originates from an automated account which, according to F-Secure, “bombards channels and invites viewers to participate in a weekly raffle for a chance to win things such as ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ items”. When you click on …

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Stuart O'ConnorTwitch malware can drain users’ Steam accounts
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GiffGaff UK drops its Unlimited mobile broadband data plan

Mobile service provider GiffGaff is removing the “Unlimited Internet” component of two of its top monthly SIM-only plans, according to ISPreview. The site reports that from September 24, the allowance will be replaced by a capped quota of just a few gigabytes and a new traffic management change will drop some speeds to just 300Kbps (0.3Mbps). “At present, GiffGaff offers …

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Stuart O'ConnorGiffGaff UK drops its Unlimited mobile broadband data plan
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5 million Gmail passwords hacked: should you be worried?

The hackers are having a busy month, No sooner has the dust settled on the mass theft of nude celebrity photos, the news comes that there has been a major Gmail breach. According to the IBTimes, around five million Google account credentials have been leaked online by hackers, with around 60 per cent of the compromised accounts judged to still …

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Stuart O'Connor5 million Gmail passwords hacked: should you be worried?
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Snapchat finally settles ownership dispute

Messaging service SnapChat has privately settled a long-running lawsuit with co-founder Frank Reginald Brown, who had accused chief executive Evan Spiegel and chief technology officer Bobby Murphy of unfairly removing him from the company. Brown – who is better known as Reggie – had said that he had come up with the original idea of images and videos that “disappear” after …

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Stuart O'ConnorSnapchat finally settles ownership dispute
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Ad-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’

Blocking adverts on the internet is the equivalent of theft, according to the chief executive of PageFair. Sean Blanchfield, who is also the founder of the anti-adblocking company, described adblockers as “like the Napster of the advertising industry”. “[Adblocking] is really concentrated on exactly the kind of people that advertisers are targeting – millennials,” he said. “You can basically see …

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Stuart O'ConnorAd-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’
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Google ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers

Are you still using IE7, Firefox 22 or even Netscape Navigator 9? Then Google has a bit of a problem with you. Google is trying to encourage users away from out-of-date browsers by intentionally serving up an old version of its search homepage to them. Many people reported recently in a Google forum they were seeing 2013 versions of the …

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers
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Monkey does not own selfie, rules US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office has settled the recent debate over the so-called monkey selfie, declaring in updated rules that material produced by an animal can’t be registered. “The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals or plants,” the office, which operates under the US Library of Congress, wrote in a recent update to its regulations. “Likewise, the office …

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Stuart O'ConnorMonkey does not own selfie, rules US Copyright Office
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An ad-free internet would cost £140 a year

We all hate those annoying pop-up ads, or the ads that take over the entire page you are trying to read, or the pre-roll advertising you get on videos. But how many people would be willing to pay to get rid of advertising? Not that many, according to the International Business Times. The site reports that in a survey of …

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Stuart O'ConnorAn ad-free internet would cost £140 a year
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Britons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs

As our “second” screens get smaller while our TV screens get larger, it seems that the old adage that “bigger is better” just might hold true. Some new research has shown that despite the growth in watching television via a PC, tablet or smartphone, 90 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – …

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons still prefer to watch television live – on their TVs