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dangerous scams doing the rounds rights now - and how to protect yourself from them   

How to spot a scam email

Emails to be wary of

Spelling mistakes are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent email.

Be aware of any emails and pop-up windows asking you to click on a link or provide personal information directly in response.

A genuine email will only ever address you by your full name at the beginning anything that starts 'Dear customer' should immediately raise your suspicions.

Do not reply, click on links or open any attachments that arrive with the email.

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Published on March 11, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: everything you need to know   

next version of Windows 10 looks set to shake things up in the way people switch between devices, and now, reportedly, has a name: Spring Creators Update.

With Windows 10 being the "final" version of Windows, updates like this are essentially the new versions, with the recent Creators Update, and then the Fall (autumn) Creators Update each bringing big new features and revisions. So what does the next version of Windows 10 have in store?

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Published on March 10, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10: Microsoft confirms plans to DROP newest version of its operating system   

Windows 10 S will no longer exist as a separate operating system, Microsoft has confirmed.

Instead, the Redmond technology company will incorporate the functionality into a mode within its standard Windows 10 operating system.

The feature dubbed S Mode leaked online last month.

However, Microsoft Vice President of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore confirmed the news in a tweet today.

"Next year 10S will be a 'mode' of existing versions, not a distinct version," he posted.

We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the 'low-hassle'/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO ... I think it's totally fine/good that it's not mentioned.

Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) March 7, 2018

Microsoft launched its Windows 10 S operating system last year alongside its Surface Laptop hardware

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Published on March 7, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Geek Squad staff 'paid by FBI' to flag illegal imagery   

Best Buy's computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest.

They indicate that several of the US company's Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery.

The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship "circumvents computer owners' Fourth Amendment rights" to privacy.

The FBI did not respond to questions about its relationship with other repair companies, according to the EFF.

The EFF began a Freedom of Information Act legal action to obtain the documents last year, after a doctor was prosecuted for child abuse imagery when Geek Squad technician reported an image of a naked childon his computer to FBI agents.

It was previously reported that the technician had been paid $500 (£360) by the FBI.

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Published on March 7, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Open Source Disk Cleaner App BleachBit Gets First Update After 19 Months   

Open Source system cleaner application BleachBit version 2.0 has been released. The new version brings some improvements and new features to the most used system cleaning application on Linux.

The open source system cleaning software, BleachBit has announced its first major release, BleachBit 2.0, after one and a half year. According to the release statement, this latest update "brings major improvements to infrastructure, security, stability, and the framework."

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Published on March 2, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Iridium Browser: A Browser for the Privacy Conscious   

Iridium is a web browser based on Chromium project. It has been customized to not share your data and thus keeping your privacy intact.

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in use today. People like it because it is quick and highly customizable. However, many people are leery of using it because Chrome tends to send lots of user information home to the massive Google servers. (You didn't think that Google built these huge data centers to store cat videos, did you?) Thankfully, there is an alternative for those who are privacy conscious.

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Published on February 28, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more proactive Windows Update   

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a small but important change to Windows Update. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 branch.

Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too. Microsoft has released four major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update.

There is only one major addition in this release: Windows Update has been tweaked to be more proactive at keeping PCs updated. When Windows Update scans, downloads, and installs updates on a PC that is plugged in, it will prevent the PC from going to sleep when it is not in active use for up to 2 hours. T

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Published on February 24, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Tutanota: Encrypted Open Source Email Service for Privacy Minded People   

Tutanota is a German based, privacy centered email provider. The Tutanota team refers to their product as "Secure mail for everyone!", exclamation point and all. This lets us know that just because they tout a crazy sounding feature like "end-to-end encryption" doesn't mean the average joe computer user can't utilize their service. That's because, unlike ProtonMail, Tutanota does not advertise its location as a feature of the service, and instead puts their marketing emphasis on encryption and ease of use. 

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Published on February 18, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Yahoo Mail DOWN - E-mail outage hits hundreds of users AGAINYAHOO Mail is down again   

YAHOO MAIL DOWN - UPDATE ONE: It's been an hour since the official Yahoo Customer Care Twitter account confirmed that Yahoo Mail is experiencing issues today.

And Yahoo Mail users are still experiencing in large numbers issues with the service. has registered a peak of more than 1,600 Yahoo Mail down reports, with users reporting issues logging in as well as reading and receiving e-mails.

The Yahoo Customer Care Twitter account said a fix was being worked on, but it's unclear when the issue is expected to be resolved by. has contacted Oath, the Verizon umbrella company for Yahoo and AOL, and asked for comment about today's Yahoo Mail issues.

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Published on February 17, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Chrome's Ad Blocker Is Here: How It Works   

In a blog post today (Feb. 14), Google spelled out the rules for its Better Ads Standards policy, which will block ads ruled as especially "intrusive." These include autoplaying video ads that include sound, large sticky ads that take over the lower-third of the screen, and ads that blanket the entire screen and require users sit through a countdown process.

In total, the Better Ads Standards will be used to filter out a total of 12 "particularly annoying" types of ads, which also include the ads that fill your screen as you scroll over them on a phone, flashing animated ads and mobile ads that take up more than 30 percent of your screen.

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Published on February 14, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
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