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Computer Shopper November 2017

Computer Shopper is the essential monthly magazine that allows you to stay abreast of the latest news and releases in the world of technology. With more reviews, hands-on guides and features than any other tech monthly, you’ll be better informed by reading Computer Shopper.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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2 min.

NOT A WEEK goes by without reports of yet another major hacking attack, exposing the personal data of thousands or millions of unwitting users, and shaming the company whose systems were breached. One of the most nefarious hacking groups currently on the hunt for the weak and unprotected is OurMine. Portraying themselves as a mischievous band of rogues akin to Robin Hood and his Merry Men, OurMine claims to be simply trying to get those nasty big corporates to take security more seriously and do more to protect the data of the little people (see page 14). The trouble is, it’s often us little people caught in the crossfire, when OurMine gets bored and decides to leak some of the sensitive data it’s accessed across the web. In light of these ongoing attacks,…

1 min.
question of the month

Madeline Bennett "4G on the Tube. A depressing prospect for those of us not wanting to hear loud phone chats in an enclosed space" David Ludlow "Apple’s original headphones: the world would be a quieter place without them" Nathan Spendelow "Kaby Lake. Greater power efficiency my arse" James Archer "Whatever software drives those dreadful ‘Around the web’ ads" Dave Neal "Drones – a flying menace" Roland Moore-Colyer "Mass Effect: Andromeda, a game that promised so much but ultimately failed to deliver. Utter disappointment" Simon Handby "Amazon Dash buttons. Why, why, why, why, why?"…

2 min.
star letter

Stuck in the middle I’ve been a Shopper subscriber for many years, and pretty much every bit of technology I own has come from one of your recommendations. In January 2012, I lost the video output on my desktop PC, and although I was sure this was fixable, I had a lot of work to do and a strict deadline, so I needed an emergency computer. As usual, I went straight to the latest issue of Shopper, and found a strong review for the Acer Aspire 5749, and it was only £400. That was my first laptop, and my first experience of Windows 7, and I loved them both. Now, after more than five years, I think it’s time for an upgrade, not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because nothing lasts…

6 min.

letters@computershopper.co.uk Printer of discontent With regard to the issue of waste (Letters, Shopper 355), the planned obsolescence of the printer itself – designing a component such as the ink absorption pad to fail after a given time – is not the only way in which printer manufacturers act in a manner detrimental to the environment. Some years ago I had an Epson Photo Stylus R200, a six-cartridge printer that produced beautiful quality prints. However, it was quite hungry on the ink front. I noticed a few months later that the printer was being sold for £70, which was a decent price for the quality of output. All printer manufacturers give dire warnings about the alleged hazards of using third-partycartridges, which became immediately relevant when I noticed that to purchase a full set of…

4 min.
meter madness

letters@computershopper.co.uk ONE-EYE BOB is a Watchman. I don’t mean he’s a watchman in the DC comic-book sense. I mean One-Eye Bob runs our Neighbourhood Watch to help protect our community from Them. And I don’t mean he’s only got one eye, either. We call him One-Eye Bob because he never stops saying, “I always keep one eye out for Them!” I wouldn’t be at all surprised if One-Eye Bob is the kind of guy who sticks a blob of Blu Tack over his computer camera to stop Them spying on us. I know I am. It was One-Eye Bob who got us to join the campaign against Them. So, let me tell you what we in the Neighbourhood Watch think about the con trick that involves Them spying on us. It’s massive and…

4 min.
safer personal details for all

FOR TOO LONG, companies have had too much freedom to do what they want with our personal data. Fortunately, that will change when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. A huge overhaul in privacy, implemented across the EU, GDPR makes things better for consumers and gives the government more freedom to tackle companies with weak security or those that misuse personal data. Take TalkTalk, which was fined £400,000 for security failings. That sounds a lot of money, but it was the maximum fine that could be applied. Under GDPR the maximum fines increase, and a company can be fined up to €20m or 4% of worldwide turnover, whichever is greater. For TalkTalk, this could have meant a fine of £70m. Companies will have to report breaches;…