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Web User is the UK's favourite internet magazine. On sale every fortnight it keeps you up-to-date with all the latest news, views, best new websites, music, film and games downloads, free software, and all the other developments on the Web. If you use the internet, you'll love Web User. Being Britain's best-selling internet read, Web User is, quite simply, the only internet magazine you'll ever need.

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Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
don’t be a danger to yourself

Nobody likes being told that “you’ve only got yourself to blame”, especially when they’re horribly hungover after a big night out or are soaked from head to toe because they didn’t take an umbrella. But when it comes to online privacy, we’re often our own worst enemies–even worse than traditional data-hoovering villains such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. Not so much for things we’ve done on the web, but for things we haven’t done. When, for example, did you last review and delete your Google search history? Or close your accounts with websites that you no longer use? Or check which third-party companies can access your Facebook data? In this issue’s cover feature, we explain why and how you should perform regular online housekeeping to preserve your privacy and prevent your…

5 min.
what’s new online

Download 2.8 million copyright-free images For nearly 175 years, The Smithsonian Institution has been building a vast collection of objects, works of art and specimens, to document natural and cultural diversity all over the world. It has also amassed a vast library of 2D and 3D digital images, 2.8 million of which have now been placed in the public domain. This means they can be downloaded for free and without any restrictions on how they can be used. The content, listed under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence, has been drawn from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centres, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. Items include portraits, placards, posters, contracts and images of fossils, nestled among curiosities such as boxing headgear worn by Muhammad Ali and an unusual patent for…

11 min.
virgin media leaked the details of 900,000 customers

What happened? Broadband provider Virgin Media has admitted to a massive data breach in which a database containing 900,000 customers’ personal information was left online for more than 10 months. Virgin Media offered reassurances that the leak–which left the database viewable online because it was incorrectly configured by a member of staff–was not spotted as a result of a hack, but had been flagged by a security researcher at TurgenSec. It has since been taken down. However, the database–intended for marketing use–had been openly online for more than 10 months, and was accessed at least once by an unknown party. The data included phone numbers, addresses and emails–but no financial details–and, more alarmingly, IP addresses, date of birth, and whether the person had requested to block or unblock adult websites. That suggests a…

1 min.

WE LIKE… CCleaner adds Health Check option Cleanup tool CCleaner has introduced a Health Check feature that analyses and optimises your PC to fix security problems and change risky settings. The popular software has suffered several privacy issues since it was bought by Avast in 2017. Sonos stops ‘bricking’ old speakers Following a backlash from users, Sonos will no longer make people ‘brick’ their smart speakers to take advantage of a 30% discount upgrade offer. The company has ditched its controversial Recycle Mode, which made speakers permanently unusable. WE DON’T LIKE… mySupermarket closes down The popular shopping-comparison website mySupermarket has closed after 14 years. The company announced it would be shifting its business to other areas, and thanked loyal users for their support. Boots loyalty card hit by hackers Boots was forced to suspend payments using its Advantage loyalty-points…

3 min.
stay safe online

SECURITY ALERT! What’s been bothering us this fortnight Tesco Clubcard holders hit by fraud Tesco has warned more than 600,000 of its Clubcard users that their accounts may have been subject to ‘fraudulent activity’. The supermarket said that combinations of usernames and passwords may have been stolen from other websites, then tried on Tesco sites, and that these may have worked in some cases. However, it added that no financial data was accessed and that its own systems had not been hacked. Tesco has issued new Clubcards to all affected customers and asked them to reset their passwords. It also said that any points and vouchers accumulated by them will be transferred to their new accounts. “We are aware of some fraudulent activity around the redemption of a small proportion of our customers’ Clubcard vouchers,”…

6 min.
best new websites

Site of the Fortnight TRAVEL RELAUNCH Abroad in Japan www.abroadinjapan.com In 2012, Chris Broad moved from the UK to Japan to work as an English teacher, chronicling his experiences via his YouTube channel. This slick website pulls those videos together, organising content by destination, interest and a range of oddities, in some very imaginative ways: select a topic from the Trip Idea Generator for more than 200 offbeat suggestions or click a pin in the guide map to see a video for that location. By exploring the dozens of sections filled with featured content and links to further suggestions, you’ll soon get to grips with this fascinating country. And yes, there’s info about the coronavirus in Japan, too. Our rating NEW PETS Petfished getyourpetsafely.campaign.gov.uk Looking to buy a cat or a dog but worried about unscrupulous sellers? Then this government website…