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Webuser 462

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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26 Issues


1 min.
end of an error (and an era)

I always used to chuckle at those news stories about the most commonly used internet passwords, which invariably include such lazy logins as ‘123456’, ‘qwerty’ and ‘password’. But I soon stopped laughing when I spotted one of my own passwords on such a list, and swiftly changed it to something less obvious and embarrassingly risky (and no, it wasn’t ‘654321’!). Everyone commits the occasional web blunder and most gaffes are nothing to be ashamed of, unless they seriously endanger your privacy, health or finances. In this issue’s cover feature, we highlight 26 of the most common mistakes we make online, so you can avoid falling prey to them in future. On a sadder note, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close the Web User Forums permanently at the end of this month.…

1 min.
delete your google search history

Search engines that promise not to track their users, such as DuckDuckGo, ought to be the go-to option for anyone who worries about online privacy, but most of us still use Google by default. This means the company can collect information such as our search terms, links and current location – but now there’s an easier way to control what information Google keeps. When you open the Google homepage in your desktop or mobile browser, you can now click or tap the menu button in the top-left corner and select ‘Your data in Search’. This opens a page that lists your search activity, highlighting the last sites you visited and the search terms you entered. From there, you can delve deeper by choosing Search Activity or Google Activity before selecting the…

4 min.
what’s new online

Share SoundCloud tracks to Instagram Stories www.instagram.com Music fans can now post songs to Instagram Stories direct from SoundCloud, without the hassle of taking screenshots and sorting links. Following the example of Spotify, which added a similar feature in May, SoundCloud lets you share tracks by tapping the Share button and selecting ‘Share to Instagram Stories’ (or the Instagram icon, depending on which phone you have). When Instagram opens, it displays the album artwork with a moveable sticker containing the name of the song. Followers can then click ‘Play on SoundCloud’ at the top of Stories to listen to the tracks before commenting in real time. For this to work, you need to have both the SoundCloud and Instagram apps on your iOS or Android device and be signed into both. It’s particularly…

1 min.
new voice commands

Book a ride Say, “Hey Google, book a ride to” followed by your destination, and Assistant will provide current waiting times for taxi firms such as Uber, together with prices. Activate the flashlight With iOS 12, Apple introduced a new way to turn your device’s flashlight on and off. Just say, “Hey Siri, turn the flashlight on” to activate it and “Hey Siri, turn the flashlight off” when you’re done. Add smart home devices If you’re not sure which of your smart home devices are compatible with Amazon Echo, say, “Alexa, discover my devices” and it will check for any lights, plugs and other smart items in your home.…

8 min.
need to know

Apple admits it will keep slowing down iPhones What happened? Last year, Apple admitted to slowing the performance of older iPhones to keep ageing batteries running longer, but hadn’t told users it was doing so and offered no way to turn this off. After the controversy sparked uproar and the government demanded answers, the company offered to replace older batteries at a discount and provided a way to turn off performance ‘throttling’. With that, the controversy seemed to be over, but now it’s back. Apple says it will throttle newer phones too, including the iPhone 8, 8Plus and X, despite initially suggesting these models had been designed to avoid such problems. Battery throttling isn’t an inherently bad idea – it sets a maximum level of battery demand to stop older phones pushing an ageing…

2 min.
first look

iPhone XR bit.ly/iphonexr462 Apple unveiled three new iPhones this year, but it’s saved the best till last. The iPhone XR is Apple’s ‘budget’ model – that’s if your budget stretches to £750 for a phone. It’s about the same price as a new iPhone 6 in 2014, but £250 cheaper than the latest top-spec models. Behind the 6.1in liquid-retina screen is one of Apple’s top-of-the-range A12 Bionic processors and 3GB of RAM, which make the phone feel zippy and lag-free. Most users will struggle to tell the difference between the XR and premium iPhones. Like the more expensive models, the XR features True Depth FaceID and wireless charging. However, it improves enormously on its predecessors’ battery life. It’s not quite as water resistant as its older siblings, but its IP67 rating means it can…