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Thousands, if not millions, of people, have become more aware of something happening in our global skies at the start of 2020, building far more awareness by April. That something is SpaceX and the Starlink satellite launches, but what do they do and are they a blessing or a blight? Firstly, who is Elon Musk? Many have heard of Elon Musk but may not know the origins of what catapulted him into the public eye. Elon Musk is a quirky US billionaire who founded the company Space Exploration...

Cybercriminals are the latest in a line to cash in on Coronavirus themed scams. Scammers are currently targeting people in the most affected countries, purporting to be from WHO (World Health Organisation) or other such medical bodies. They are sending emails containing ‘useful tips’ that can help prevent the virus or halt the spread of it. Within these emails are suspicious links and files designed to deliver viruses onto your computer or device. Others are creating websites in an attempt to...

Never before has our privacy been as exposed as it is now with social media, webcams, video doorbells, CCTV, dash cams and mobile phones. We choose to share our days, check-in to where we visit, photograph and video ourselves and others, we are watched from CCTV cameras, dashcams etc and any of this can be viewed and uploaded to the internet with a tap on a screen. Our once private lives are now led very publicly and because of this, there are things you should never post online. Personal...

EasyJet has admitted to being hacked in January 2020 with 9 million customer details being stolen in the cyberattack. What happened? The Luton-based budget airline discovered a ‘highly sophisticated cyber-attack ’ back in January 2020, which affected nine million customers. EasyJet informed customers of the breach once an investigation had been conducted. The investigation was to ascertain whose details had been targeted, what information had been accessed and to identify individuals who were...

Cybercrime is a name used for different types of crime and illegal activities that take place on the internet/online or where technology is involved to target or attack a victim’s computer and network. Cybercriminals range from rogue individuals to organised crime groups and even state-sponsored actors. They are incredibly organised and professional with online fraud and facilitate their activities to maximise their profit in the shortest time. It is one of the fastest growing criminal...

Deepfake is one of the newest internet storms to hit. So, what is it? Most of us by now have seen the face-ageing and face-swapping apps that are available. Smartphone camera apps are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, making these pictures easy to create. The images these apps generate are not overly realistic. Still, there is a technology that can make a person look and/or sound entirely like someone else by swapping faces in videos. “Deepfake” is an amalgamation of “Deep Learning”...

Although you may be climbing the walls by the end of the week, in general, self-isolating on your own or with a partner can be quite easy. But what do you do if you’re also needing to focus on keeping children entertained during self-isolation? Self-isolation is very simple with strict rules. If you are self-isolating, you must ensure you stay at home, unless you are exercising which can be done once a day while keeping 2 metres between yourself and others. You cannot go out to buy food or...

With all schools closing across the UK from March 20th 2020, and not opening again until the foreseeable future, you will need things to keep your children occupied. Here are some great ideas if you are in social isolation and looking for indoor activities. Make a time capsule - get your child to write a letter with the date, their name and date of birth. Include a short note to explain how they are feeling about the situation they are in. Ask them to draw a picture of the family, enclose...

For anyone applying for credit, whether a loan or mortgage for example, most of us know a lender will look at our credit report and base any decisions on what is in the file. But what if lenders were also able to look at our social media activity? Is this something to worry about?? Firstly, if your credit history is well established and blemish-free, it is unlikely that a lender will ask to browse your social activity. Secondly, you have to give your permission for them to access your files...