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Computeractive 527

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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Dennis Publishing UK
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1 min.
from the editor

Experts get a lot of criticism for talking in jargon, but it’s not really their fault. Most of what they say professionally is meant to be understood only by other experts. This creates a language that will always alienate laymen. Translating it so it can be understood by anyone is what we’ve been doing in every issue since launching 20 years ago. Our latest challenge is this issue’s Cover Feature, in which Jane Hoskyn seeks free programs that are aimed at companies and institutions, but deserve to be used more widely. To master these powerful tools you don’t need to be an expert in anything, least of all computing. FreeMind is my favourite. It’s turned me into a flowchart fanatic, which is not something I thought I’d ever say. It’s probably the…

2 min.
it’s finally here: the april (or should that be may?) update

Microsoft has finally released its latest Feature update for Windows 10 after a fortnight of confusion. The update, initially known as the Spring Creators Update, didn’t arrive on the expected date (10 April), prompting speculation that Microsoft had found a bug at the last minute. After a week of rumours, the company finally confirmed the delay, saying it had to fix “reliability issues” that were causing the update to crash computers, showing the Blue Screen of Death (pictured). Microsoft eventually made it available to download on 30 April (from www.snipca.com/27704), before beginning to install it on PCs on 8 May. It’s now officially named the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. April or May Update? Microsoft’s announcement ended a period of uncertainty, during which users had no idea when the update might arrive. Instead of fixing the…

1 min.
martin lewis sues facebook for scam ads using his face

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis is suing Facebook for running more than 50 fake get-rich-quick adverts that showed his face without his permission. The adverts (such as the two pictured) are for risky financial schemes that falsely claimed had the backing of Lewis, founder of the popular website www.moneysavingexpert.com. Some of the adverts promoted binary-trading funds, which the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned consumers about. One victim lost £100,000 in one of these scams. Lewis, who also campaigns on TV for consumer rights, is suing the site for defamation, claiming the adverts caused him “reputational damage”. He said it was “a disgrace” that Facebook continues to take money from scammers for the adverts, adding: “They can’t sit on their moral high horse when scammers rob the old, weak and vulnerable”. He said he was taking…

1 min.
nhs ‘not ready’ for next big cyber-attack

MPs have slammed the Government and NHS for not implementing measures that would help to prevent malware attacks. In February, the Department of Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement published 22 “lessons learned” recommendations following last year’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which crippled computers in 80 of the 236 NHS trusts, causing nearly 20,000 appointments to be cancelled. By mid-April, none of these had been introduced, and it was not known how much they would cost, a report from the Public Accounts Committee has revealed. Labour MP Meg Hillier, chair of the Committee, called this “alarming”. She added that the attack “laid bare serious vulnerabilities in the cyber-security and response plans of the NHS”. The report said the NHS was “lucky” WannaCry was dealt with quickly, and warned that future attacks could be more…

2 min.
in brief

‘MICROSOFT’ PHONE SCAMS RISE IN 2017 Phone scams in which fraudsters claim to be from Microsoft increased sharply in 2017, the company has said. It received 153,000 complaints about these scams from users, a rise of 24 per cent on 2016. Around 15 per cent of users lost money in the scams, typically between £150 and £300. One Dutch victim lost €89,000. Read more on Microsoft’s blog: www.snipca.com/27612. FOUR MORE TOWNS TO GET 1GBPS SPEEDS Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Coventry and Stirling will be the next towns to receive 1Gbps broadband as part of Vodafone’s new service, which runs on CityFibre’s fibre-to-the-home network. Milton Keynes, Aberdeen and Peterborough had already been announced. The companies say that by 2021 they will spend £500m providing 1Gbps to 12 towns and cities, reaching a “minimum” of 1 million…

1 min.
aol mail joins yahoo mail in showing personalised ads

AOL Mail’s parent company Oath – a subsidiary of US telecoms giant Verizon – has changed its privacy policy to let it scan users’ emails for content that can be used to show personalised adverts. Oath’s new policy states it “analyses and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail”. This already applied to Yahoo Mail (also owned by Oath), which is used by around 225 million people worldwide. You can opt out of receiving some personalised ads by following the instructions in the box below. The policy, which you can read at www.snipca.com/27576, adds that AOL Mail will also scan other types of communication, including instant messages, photo metadata and attachments. The company claims this will protect your privacy, but admits it will also be used to “match…