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LastPass Password Manager

Password management can be a bit of a nightmare. We’re always told to use complex passwords that are hard to guess, and to never re-use passwords. But, in practice this can be a challenge to remember them all! Most of us may have dozens if not hundreds of online services that require a username and password to access. How on Earth are we supposed to have a different complex password for them all and be expected to remember them without writing them down?

The good news is, you don’t have to remember them, or write them down!

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To Save or to Auto Save?

Save as you go. If ever there was a golden rule of working with computers, this is it. Anyone who has ever worked on a document before losing their progress to an application crash or power cut knows only too well the dangers of not saving your work. So the introduction of Auto Save in Office seems to be, on the face of it, an absolute gem. But how does it work and what if you need to turn it off?

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Phishing – How Does It Work?

Everyone gets phishing emails. Unfortunately they’re everywhere. Most get filtered through to your junk folder or caught before they are even delivered, but some still get through. But what they are and how they work isn’t always clear. Here we’ll try to de-mystify an all too common and potentially dangerous nuisance.

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Why you need a secure password

A strong password is essential for preventing others from gaining unauthorised access to your account or device. The stronger the password the more difficult it will be for a hacker to crack.

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How to make a secure password

It can be hard to think of a password that you can remember when you need it, let alone multiple passwords and variations. What can make this is easier is using a methodology or naming convention for your passwords.

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How Safe Is Your Fish Tank?

What on earth is this one about, I hear you ask? The Internet Of Things, that’s what; those millions of things that connect to the internet, like your home central heating, your toaster, webcams, children’s toys and yes, even fish tanks, allowing them to send you messages and alerts, or to be controlled and managed from your smartphone.

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Better Web Privacy – Browsers, Trackers & Blockers

Surfing the web in private is a minefield.

Everywhere you go, something is watching you, tracking your search results and the pages you visit.

And more often than not the goal is to target you with advertising based on the things that you’re probably interested in (probable because hey, that’s what you’ve been looking at isn’t it?)

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The DropBox and WhatsApp Dilemma

So first off, I have a confession to make: I stole the title of this post from someone else!  The companies were called Dracoon and NetSphere and they did a joint presentation which I saw at this year’s Infosecurity Europe conference. The former developed a file sharing app and the latter an instant messenger, both

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