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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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Here’s my answer to the question on this issue’s cover: yes, yes, yes, yes, and… yes. According to the ‘Have I Been Pwned?’ website, five old email accounts of mine have been infiltrated by hackers. I was expecting one or two, but five? Some I’d forgotten about, others I no longer use, but one was an account I signed into every day. Not anymore. It’s now dead, deleted, wiped-gone to that great big recycle bin in the sky. I urge you to try the site straight away, ransacking your memory for ancient accounts. If one has been hacked, strengthen your password using our tips, or consider closing it. With new data breaches being reported every week, the risk of being hacked has never been higher. Stolen information is advertised on the dark web,…

2 min.
microsoft: new office 2019 won’t be final ever version

Microsoft has launched Office 2019, denying speculation it will be the final downloadable version of the program. It includes many new tools for Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, plus a brand new version of OneNote. It’s the first edition of Office that works on Windows 10 only, so any Windows 7 or 8.1 users wanting to download it will need to upgrade. Many of the new tools have already been added to Office 365 – the online version of Office that’s available by subscription only (£5.99 a month; £59.99 a year), not as a download you pay just once for. The company’s focus on Office 365 has led many industry analysts to speculate that Microsoft may soon stop providing downloadable versions. This view is supported by certain aspects of Office 2019. For example,…

1 min.
mps want facebook boss for hack questions

MPs have demanded that Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg answers their questions after it admitted a data breach affecting up to 90 million users. The company revealed hackers had been able to exploit a security flaw in its ‘View as’ feature, which lets users see how their profiles look to others. They accessed accounts, then stole the ‘digital key’ that lets users log in without re-typing their password. With this info, hackers could have hijacked entire accounts. Damian Collins MP, chair of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, said the breach “demonstrates more clearly than ever why Mark Zuckerberg should face public scrutiny about the practices and policies his company employs to keep British users’ data safe”. It’s not known how many UK users were affected, but worldwide Facebook has logged 90…

1 min.
google admits it lets companies read your emails

Google has admitted it allows other companies to read your emails in Gmail and share your personal data. These companies make apps you can add to Gmail to bring more features to the webmail service, such as trip-planners and price comparisons for products online. They exchange data to make their marketing more effective. In one example reported by the Wall Street Journal in July, employees at US marketing company Return Path read 8,000 emails to train the company’s artificial intelligence. It got these from another firm, Earny, which scans receipts in users’ emails to check whether they have paid more for a product than they could have done buying elsewhere-then attempts to claim a refund for the difference for that user. Both companies say this arrangement is clear in Earny’s privacy policy. Google’s admission…

1 min.
tech-support scams claim 22,000 uk victims

More than 22,000 people in the UK were victims of fake tech-support scams in the past year, losing a total of £21.3m. The figures come from Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, which says the crime is one of the top five most-reported scams in the country. In an attack, fraudsters will phone or email you saying there’s a fault with your computer, or force a pop-up warning to appear on your screen urging you to take action (see example pictured). The scammers will either ask for payment to fix the non-existent fault, or install malware on your computer, giving them access to your bank details Action Fraud released the figures to promote a campaign to educate people about this type of scam, which it calls ‘Computer Software Service…

3 min.
in brief

START SKYPE CALLS ON ALEXA USING VOICE You’ll soon be able to launch Skype calls on Amazon Echo devices using just your voice. To make a call (voice or video), you’d say “Alexa, call Dave (or whoever) on Skype”, and “Alexa, answer” when receiving a call. In a blog post (www.snipca.com/29193) Microsoft said the service will arrive “later this year”. In August, Microsoft and Amazon teamed up to offer Cortana and Alexa across each other’s devices. ZEN OFFERS 300MBPS ‘ULTRAFAST’ BROADBAND Zen Internet has become the latest internet service provider to offer ‘ultrafast’ speeds of up to 300Mbps using G.fast technology, which builds upon existing copper cables. The Rochdalebased firm has launched two packages: 145Mbps costs £42 a month, while 300Mbps costs £49.99. You’ll have to pay a one-off £55 activation fee, but…