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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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues

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1 min.
homepage

Lift your lockdown restrictions One of the few upsides to the coronavirus lockdown (other than saving lives and protecting the NHS) is that it has encouraged us to try new things: from video chatting and cake baking to hair cutting and hoovering (speaking personally). Many more people have started using virtual private networks, too, either to help them work from home or to stave off boredom, a trend that could make VPNs the fidget spinners of 2020. In this issue’s cover feature, we explain how to enhance your VPN experience by extending the anonymity and freedom it offers to devices other than your desktop computer. This means you can stay private while browsing the web on your phone or tablet, secure your Wi-Fi network against hackers, stream content unavailable in the UK…

1 min.
5 things you’ll learn this issue

1 How to schedule tweets to post on Twitter later page 6 2 How to recover the security question for your Windows account if you forget it page 29 3 How to make Firefox close scam websites automatically page 33 4 How to stream and download millions of free podcasts from the Internet Archive page 50 5 How to see what permissions Android apps can secretly access page 70 How to use Bitly links We use Bitly links to shorten web addresses that would otherwise be too long to print in the magazine. Type these into the address bar of your browser – not the search box – and you’ll be redirected to the relevant web page. Average sales, Jan-Dec 2019, 24,266 copies per issue Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/webusermagazine…

5 min.
what’s new online

Schedule tweets and save drafts Rather than set yourself a reminder or use a third-party scheduling app, you can now post tweets at a specific time and date on the website version of Twitter. This is useful if, for example, you want to comment on a special occasion, make an announcement or post something while you’re on holiday (whenever that becomes possible again). It also means you can write a tweet while it’s on your mind, then make it viewable when it will have the most impact. To schedule a tweet, open Twitter’s compose window and select the new calendar icon. Use the drop-down options to set a date and time up to 18 months in the future before selecting Confirm and clicking Schedule. The tweet will be stored until it’s time…

12 min.
need to know

Streaming services pull TV shows over racist material What happened? Amid Black Lives Matter protests in the US and UK, streaming services have started editing or removing films and episodes of TV shows that include racist dialogue or actors in blackface. An episode of Fawlty Towers, ‘The Germans’, was pulled from the UKTV streaming service because a character uses racial slurs – not because of scenes that show John Cleese’s character saying “don’t mention the war” while goose-stepping in front of German visitors. The dialogue had previously been edited out of versions streamed by other TV services, and UKTV said it plans to reinstate the episode with a warning “to highlight potentially offensive content and language”. Cleese said the decision to remove rather than edit the episode was “stupid” because it was always intended…

1 min.
webometer

WE LIKE… Sony unveils the PlayStation 5 Sony has unveiled its new PlayStation 5 games console, with improved graphics, a redesigned controller and a customised hard drive that significantly reduces load times. The PS5 will go on sale later this year from around £400. Vivaldi updates its browsers Vivaldi has updated its desktop browser with a useful new Notes Manager feature, which lets you create, edit and save notes containing both text and images as you browse the web. Developers have also added a dark mode to the Android version of the browser. WE DON’TLIKE… Brave accused of tricking users Privacy-focused web browser Brave faced criticism from users for redirecting search queries for certain terms to its affiliates. Brave’s CEO apologised, admitting that “We made a mistake”. More Windows update problems Two of the latest Windows 10 updates have…

2 min.
stay safe online

SECURITY ALERT! What’s been bothering us this fortnight Babylon health app suffers data breach Patients using a smartphone app developed by private health firm Babylon to book GP appointments were inadvertently given access to videos recorded by other patients. The company admitted that a software error in a new feature caused the data breach. As a result, users were shown other patients’ video consultations in the Babylon app when they switched from an audio-only call to a video call. Babylon lets patients speak to a doctor, therapist or other health specialist via video call, and has more than 2.3 million users in the UK. The company said the breach had affected a “very small group of people”, but didn’t confirm exactly how many patients’ recordings had been shared without consent. “The problem was identified and…