Why small firms struggle with cyber security

Mark Ward, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ on 6th February 2015

Keeping cyber thieves at bay is hard. They are busy, well-motivated and well-financed.

Just one example serves to show just how prolific they are. Every day, come rain or shine, they crank out about 250,000 novel variants of viruses. Continue reading Why small firms struggle with cyber security

Why children can’t see what’s right in front of them

Phillips Roxby, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ on 25th May 2014

It is an experience as familiar as it is frustrating to many parents and teachers – getting children to pay attention to simple instructions while they are engrossed in watching television, playing a game or reading a book.

Such is their ability to ignore what is happening outside their immediate focus that even talking through a megaphone would have little effect on their responsiveness. Continue reading Why children can’t see what’s right in front of them

Cryptolocker victims to get files back for free

Mark Ward, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ on 6th August 2014

All 500,000 victims of Cryptolocker can now recover files encrypted by the malware without paying a ransom.

The malicious program encrypted files on Windows computers and demanded a substantial fee before handing over the key to the scrambled files. Continue reading Cryptolocker victims to get files back for free

GarageBand for guitar players

Christopher Breen, www.MacWorld.com on 30 January 2014

It’s a tradition that a true garage band must have at least one guitar (and more if you can rustle up enough outlets, amps, and kids who can nail a bar chord three out of five tries). Given that, it would be ridiculous if Apple’s GarageBand didn’t have some fairly hefty support for guitar and bass players. And it does, particularly if you drop the $5 in-app purchase price to gain all of GarageBand’s content. Continue reading GarageBand for guitar players

NSA could ‘spy on offline computers’, says latest leak

Posted on the BBC Technology News site on 15th January 2014.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) used secret technology to spy on computers that were not even connected to the internet, it has been reported.

Citing documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New York Times said 100,000 machines were fitted with small devices that emitted radio waves.

Targets included the Chinese and Russian military as well as drug cartels, the newspaper claimed.

On Friday, the US President is expected to address concerns over NSA activity. Continue reading NSA could ‘spy on offline computers’, says latest leak