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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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United Kingdom
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English
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Dennis Publishing UK
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IN THIS ISSUE

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plug holes against hackers

I’ve read about burglars who break into people’s homes, find nothing worth stealing and do a spot of housework to make a point. “They made the beds, vacuumed the rugs and scrubbed the toilets,” reported one ‘victim’ (bit.ly/ house488 ). I wonder if hackers might be similarly helpful on infiltrating my dull online accounts, perhaps tidying my inbox and fixing contrast problems in my photos. Sadly, they’re more likely to use information gleaned from security breaches for nefarious purposes, which means that even minor hacks can have major consequences. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how to discover exactly what data you’re inadvertently leaking online, so you can stop hackers building a profile of you and stealing your identity. From detecting if your passwords have been compromised to reviewing your…

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web user

EDITORIAL Editor Robert Irvine Technical & Reviews Editor Andy Shaw Features Writer Steve Clark Art Editor Laurence Hallam Production Editor Miki Berenyi Contributors Wayne Williams, Jane Hoskyn, Jonathan Parkyn, David Crookes, Roland Waddilove, Nicole Kobie, Barry Collins, Bill Bagnall Editorial email: editor@webuser.co.uk ADVERTISING Tel: 0203 890 3824 Group Advertising Director Andrea Mason Senior Sales Executive Ashley Wood ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Group Production Manager Stephen Catherall, 0203 890 4050 Production Manager Mike Hills, michael_hills@dennis.co.uk MARKETING Marketing Manager Rachel Hare Marketing Production Manager Gemma Hills MANAGEMENT Group Editor Daniel Booth Managing Director Dharmesh Mistry MD of Advertising Julian Lloyd-Evans Commercial and Retail Director David Barker CFO/COO Brett Reynolds Chief Executive James Tye Company Founder Felix Dennis SYNDICATION AND LICENSING Tel: 0203 890 4027 Endorsement Licensing Manager Ryan Chambers Licensing Content Manager Nicole Creasey…

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what’s new online

Create your own games with Giphy The popular GIF search engine Giphy has launched a new platform called Arcade, which lets you play and share micro-games featuring retro-style graphics and stickers. Many of the games are clones of classics, such as Breakout and Asteroids – you simply visit the website on your PC or mobile device, choose a title and drag or press on the screen to move the main characters. Each game takes mere seconds to play and is accompanied by music and sound effects that could have come straight from the 1980s. What makes the service most intriguing, however, is the ability to remix the games and create titles from scratch by selecting one of 10 templates. You can choose your own characters from Giphy’s searchable set of stickers, select a…

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new voice commands

Move your music around If you have more than one Google smart speaker, and have assigned a room to each device, you can choose where your music plays. Say “Hey Google, move the music to [room]”. Delete Siri recordings Upgrade to iOS 13.2 and you can delete your Siri history. In your iPhone’s settings, Tap Siri & Search, Siri & Dictation History and select ‘Delete Siri & Dictation history’. Get quick inspiration Suffering from creative block? Say “Alexa, open Adobe Inspiration Engine” to enjoy inspiring quotes and creative exercises. You can also discover what kind of creative type you are by taking a probing quiz.…

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need to know

Twitter bans political ads ahead of General Election What happened? Twitter has confirmed that it will ban political advertising amid criticism of the impact of social networks on democracy, but Facebook doesn’t look set to follow its rival’s lead. Twitter’s plans were revealed in a series of tweets by co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, saying: “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought”. Part of the motivation, he said, was the company’s efforts to address misleading messages and fake news in politics, which is made especially problematic if politicians and their followers can simply pay to spread a targeted message that says whatever they want. “It’s not credible for us to say: we’re working hard to stop people from gaming the system to spread misleading info, but if someone pays us…

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first look

Amazon Echo Buds bit.ly/echobud488 First Apple, then Microsoft and now it’s Amazon’s turn to jump on the earbud bandwagon. The launch of its Echo Buds has been somewhat overshadowed by the near-simultaneous release of Apple’s new, upgraded AirPods. However, despite having its rich and bassy thunder stolen, Amazon’s first foray into smart earbuds is largely a success. - trend for earbuds and are only available in black. Amazon’s Echo smart speakers have been praised for their excellent sound quality and this carries over to the Echo Buds. Audio quality is crisp and clear, and the buds employ Bose’s noise-reduction technology, though it’s a far cry from the Apple AirPods’ new noise-cancelling feature. As you’d expect from Amazon, Alexa lives inside the buds. The smart assistant can be summoned with the wake word, thanks to…

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