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Computeractive 507

Computeractive is the UK’s best-selling computer magazine and your friendly guide to PCs, gadgets and the web! It includes regular news updates, project ideas, help and advice on popular reader queries, articles on anti-virus software, features on consumer rights, and a whole lot more to help you get the very best out of your computer. Get PC advice in plain English today – get Computeractive!

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1 min.
from the editor

The main conclusion I came to after editing this issue’s Cover Feature (page 50) is that there are lots of things I didn’t know Windows couldn’t do. It was only after installing RegCool (sounds like a Fifties jazz star) that I realised how useful it is to open multiple registry windows. And only after searching my PC using Everything did I fully appreciate the limitations of Windows’ built-in search. Our feature recommends 21 other programs that offer similarly Windows-beating tools. Please let me know which are your favourite. On another note, over the years many readers have asked me why we don’t run money-off deals for Norton antivirus, given how well it performs in our security tests. Well, it’s partly because the discounts we could offer weren’t large enough. I’m glad…

3 min.
shock as microsoft ends w10 support for millions of pcs

Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer update millions of Windows 8 computers that were upgraded to Windows 10, leaving frustrated users stuck on an old version of the operating system. It said that some machines running Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors require “additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience” for the latest version of Windows 10, the Creators Update (1703), released in April. These computers will remain forever on the Anniversary Update (1607), released in August 2016, missing out on new features in the Creators Update, such as Paint 3D and the streamlined Settings app, as well as any future tools. The affected processors are the Atom Z2760 (pictured), Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560 and Atom Z2580. They first appeared in computers launched in 2012, and were sold until…

1 min.
write your will by email or text

You may soon be able to write your will in an email or text message as part of a radical overhaul of “outdated” inheritance laws. The Law Commission said that the current law, which dates back to 1839, needs to be updated for the digital age. Currently wills need to be written and signed by the testator, plus two witnesses. It added that you may even be allowed to make your will by leaving a voicemail message. At the moment 40 per cent of people die without making a will. The Law Commission blamed this partly on the rules being “out of step with the modern world”. The Commission’s report on updating the law states: “A person who is seriously ill in hospital may have more immediate access to a tablet or smartphone than…

1 min.
use bupa? beware new scams

Bupa customers have been warned about potential scams after the company admitted that an ex-employee stole personal data relating to 108,000 insurance policies. It affects 547,000 customers signed up to Bupa’s international health insurance plan, whose policy numbers begin with ‘Bl’. Around 43,000 of these have a British address. Customers with domestic policies aren’t affected. The company said no medical or financial information is at risk, but that names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, nationalities and membership details have been given to “other parties”. The company didn’t say who these might be, but security blogger Graham Cluley said fraudsters could use the data to launch a wave of scams: “It’s easy to imagine how someone vulnerable could get a phone call out of the blue, believe it’s Bupa, and give the criminals…

3 min.
in brief

NEW VIRGIN APP TO CHECK ACCOUNT Virgin Media has launched a phone and tablet app to help customers manage their account. Described as a “handy sidekick”, it shows your recent transactions and bill balance, and lets you check the status of your service. It’s available for Android (www.snipca.com/25010) and iOS (www.snipca.com/25011). Visit Virgin’s site for more details: www.snipca.com/25009. FIBRE BROADBAND TARGET FOR 2025 Openreach, which runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure, has said it wants to deliver super-fast fibre speeds to 10 million homes and businesses by 2025. It is in talks with internet-service providers, Ofcom and the Government to see whether there is enough public demand for ‘full-fibre’, which can reach 1Gbps - enough to download a high-definition TV programme in five seconds. Tomorrow’s world What should you say to a super-computer that wants to…

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sign into tsb using your eyes – but is it safe?

You’ll soon be able to log into your bank account simply by looking at your phone, after TSB became the first bank in Europe to introduce iris-recognition technology. From September customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone will be able to unlock TSB’s banking app using the Samsung Pass iris scanner, rather than by typing a password. The app will be the first major test of how much customers trust biometric methods for signing into accounts and devices. These also include fingerprint, voice and face recognition. Speaking to the BBC, Carlos Abarca, TSB’s chief information officer, said that iris recognition offers “an unparalleled level of cyber security” when used with the bank’s other security measures. He added that iris scanning “takes advantage of 266 characteristics, compared with 40 for fingerprints”. But some…