Consumer report reveals hottest tech topics and brand influencers

Posted on October 7, 2019

As part of its ‘Consumer Trends for 2020’ report, Brandwatch has compared recent social media conversation with thousands of survey responses from around the world to find out which technologies consumers think will (more…)

Posted by John Murray

New one-stop password checker unveiled by Google

Posted on October 4, 2019

Many internet users leave their accounts vulnerable to hacking by choosing unimaginative passwords like ‘123456’ or any of the others on this list, but more complex passwords can fall into the wrong hands. This week, Google introduced a new tool to let people know the strength of their passwords and whether they have been compromised.

Using Password Checkup, Google Chrome users can check the status of all their saved passwords in one mouse click, and are given actionable advice if they need to change them.

The tech giant says it has detected more than four billion passwords and usernames that have been subject to breaches by third parties, and the tool will let users know if theirs is one of them. It will also highlight if the same password is being used across several sites and will identify and recommend any weak passwords to be changed.

Google has unveiled the tool as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, and has given some eye-opening statistics about passwords in the US to accompany it. These include three quarters of Americans (75%) admitting that keeping track of passwords is a source of frustration to them, nearly a quarter (24%) picking an obvious password like ‘Password’ or ‘abc123’, and a third (33%) including a pet’s name. What’s more, over a quarter (27%) of respondents said they had tried to guess someone else’s password, with 17% of that figure getting it right.

How can I make my passwords more secure?

Simple tips to strengthen your passwords include:

• Using a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and special characters like ? and #. Indeed, many sites now won’t accept passwords without these
• Avoiding widely known details like the name of your pet, partner, children or favourite football team, even if you swap letters for numbers
• Choosing long passwords rather than short ones. Some analysts argue that length is a more important factor than complexity in making passwords secure
• Not using the same password for multiple sites

The blog post announcing the tool reiterates Google’s desire to eventually phase out passwords altogether, saying “trust us, we’re working on it”. Until that day, we all need to show initiative in how we choose and manage passwords and remain vigilant to any breaches.

Posted by John Murray

How do you avoid spoilers in the digital age?

Posted on September 18, 2019

If you’re of a certain age, you might well have seen the episode of ‘Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?’ where Bob and Terry are trying not to find out the result of an England game so that they can watch the highlights on TV that evening without knowing who won. The pair spend a (more…)

Posted by John Murray

How many Brits don’t use the internet?

Posted on September 11, 2019

A recent study (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How can I see what my website looked like five years ago?

Posted on September 5, 2019

Websites should always be fluid, which means that in most cases, they should look a little different now to how they looked in 2013 or 2014, but is there an easy way to see how much yours has changed in that time?

Perhaps you want to look at a site that’s now been taken off the internet, or recover (more…)

Posted by John Murray

What do you get if you Google the most common English words?

Posted on July 24, 2019

If you run a business, you probably get regular annoying emails from questionable companies claiming to provide search engine optimisation services. A common claim these chancers make is that they can get you on the “first page of Google”. In truth, they probably can, but the question is – what search term will it be for?

For example, I could (more…)

Posted by John Murray

UK still languishing in broadband speed rankings

Posted on July 3, 2019

The yearly Worldwide Broadband Speed League has been released by Cable, and it’s another disappointing showing from the UK, which finds itself in the bottom third of EU nations.

The mean download speed in the UK has increased over the last year from 18.57 to 22.37 megabits per second (Mbps), but this only moves it up to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

More than 23 million accounts use same obvious password

Posted on April 25, 2019

Protecting your online accounts with a password that can be easily guessed is like having a front door that can be unlocked with a lollipop stick. You’re basically just hoping that nobody will be rude or nosy enough to open it, but even the laziest of intruders will be happy to accept the invitation.

Still, it seems (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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