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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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vpns are vital protection nowadays!

The often crude but sometimes illuminating Urban Dictionary defines ‘VPN’ variously as “a way to get around your school’s web filter”, “vodka party night” and “underwear visible through tight clothing”. Only the first is technically correct and it barely scratches the surface of the benefits of a virtual private network. A VPN is your key to unlocking online content that has fallen foul of geographic, political and generally unreasonable restrictions. What’s more, you can access the web in total privacy and security, without anyone knowing who or where you are. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how to make the most of your VPN, recommend the best service for your specific needs and tell you what to look out for when choosing a VPN. We also reveal our favourite VPN…

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what’s new online

Make themed films in Google Photos Google Photos has launched a new feature that lets you create and share personalised movies from your pictures, based around a particular theme. Options include ‘They Grow Up So Fast’, ‘Selfie Movie’ and ‘In Loving Memory’. In each case, Photos uses machine-learning algorithms to identify the most suitable images, before bringing them together and setting them to different music tracks depending on the theme. It takes a short while before you see the results, but you’re notified when the video is ready and you can even edit the result in the Android or iOS app, applying filters such as Action and Cinema. Even if you’re using the Desktop version, the process of making a video is the same. Open Google Photos, select the Assistant tab and tap…

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need to know

Government websites hit by cryptocurrency mining hack What happened? A security researcher uncovered a wide-ranging attack against 4,000 websites – including many run by the British government. The hackers installed code that used visitors’ computers to mine a cryptocurrency rival to Bitcoin. The malware was initially spread by an add-on called BrowseAloud, which reads online text aloud for blind and partially sighted web users. The tool was abused by hackers to infect thousands of websites, including those of NHS hospitals, local councils and even the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk). The sites themselves were not directly hacked; instead, they hosted a piece of code that was subsequently meddled with. Scott Helme, an IT security consultant, raised the alarm about the malware after a friend said their antivirus software had flagged a threat on a UK…

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first look

Sony Xperia XA2 bit.ly/sony443 The Xperia XA2 looks set to become Sony’s most attractive all-rounder since the Xperia XZ1 Compact. It’s not quite as pocketable as the original pint-sized powerhouse – the Full HD screen measures 5.2in but that’s still relatively compact in the current climate, where phones measuring 5.7in and bigger are becoming the norm. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s latest mid-range processor – the octa-core Snapdragon 630 – and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card). Additionally, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo straight out of the box and has a very impressive 23-megapixel rear camera, with an 8-megapixel selfiesnapper on the front; in other words, it has everything a modern mid-range smartphone needs. The Xperia XA2’s design feels sturdy, though we’re slightly concerned by the sharp…

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is google launching a gaming service?

Google is rumoured to be working on a games-streaming service, as well as its own games console. According to a report by The Information (bit.ly/info443), the ‘Netflix for games’ service is codenamed Yeti, and would work in a similar way to popular services such as PlayStation Now, with gamers paying a monthly subscription fee to access a collection of games they can stream over the internet. PlayStation Now costs £12.99 a month for unlimited gameplay. The Yeti project is reportedly being led by two Google hardware executives – Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering – so it’s likely that the project will involve developing a new, Google-branded games console and controller. However, insiders also say that initial tests of the service used Google’s existing Chromecast…

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what’s new on kickstarter

Digibell bit.ly/digibell443 | From £11 Cat bells are designed to stop moggies stalking and killing birds and other critters, but savvy felines know how to move without tinkling. Digibell solves this problem by using a microcontroller to detect your cat’s movements and trigger an audio or visual alert as it prepares to pounce. Suitably warned, the bird can escape and your doorstep will remain free of unwanted ‘gifts’. This tiny, battery-operated device comes with an adjustable collar, or fits to an existing one, and is so light that your cat will barely notice it. The Digibell team hopes to raise £5,750 by 8 March.…

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