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Computeractive 566

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!

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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R 44,48
R 670,27
26 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Regular readers of my ramblings will know that I like to describe the complexities of computing using good (and frequently bad) analogies, even if most are so tortured that they’d confess to any crime. So please allow me another attempt as we examine the wonders of the hard drive. In computing anatomy, the hard drive is the part of the brain that controls long-term memory, housing happy reminiscences of childhood holidays that you can download whenever you’re feeling nostalgic. I thought this was rather clever until a Google search told me that memories are stored all over the brain, not in one special place. Drat. Thankfully, our hardware expert Jonathan Parkyn has avoided analogies in his brilliant guide to the best things you can do with hard drives and SSDs. I’m confident…

1 min.
this issue in numbers

6 mins, 51 secs Average time £300 Liverpudlians spend on mobile-phone calls (longest in the UK) - p8 55% Proportion of UK homes that will be gigabit-capable by 2021 - p49 £300 How much one reader “wasted” on a Samsung tablet - p43 HOW TO USE SNIPCA URLs We use snipcas to turn long URLs that are hard to type into ones that are short and simple. They aren’t websites themselves, which means they won’t be recognised if you type them into Google. Instead, you need to type them into your browser address bar, then press Enter. Doing this will take you to the correct website.…

2 min.
uk cyber chiefs block a million fraud attacks

Britain’s cyber-defence unit blocked over a million attempts to steal money from citizens in the 12 months to 31 August, its annual report reveals (www.snipca.com/33112). The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it set up Operation Haulster to uncover which payment cards were being targeted by fraudsters. Researchers told banks about potential targets so they could thwart attacks and spot when cards had been hacked. NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin said: “In most cases, this has been done before a crime has taken place, meaning hundreds of thousands of victims of high-end cyber crime were protected before they lost a penny”. The report contained results from the first ever UK Cyber Survey, showing what most people feared from cybercrime was loss of money. In addition, the centre took down more than 177,000 phishing sites,…

1 min.
virgin payg customers charged £6 a day

Virgin Mobile customers have reacted with anger to new pay-as-you-go prices that charge them £6 a day for sending a single text, making a single call and using any data. From 18 November, Virgin will charge a flat rate of £2 for just one call, up to 200 minutes. It will also charge £2 for one text, up to 200 texts, and for using data, up to 200MB. It means customers who make just one call a day will pay £60 a month. You’ll pay the same if you send just one text message a day. Not all pay-as-you-go customers will be moved to this deal. Virgin said it will email those who are affected. Customers could consider switching to Virgin’s JAM pay-as-you-go packages, which for £5 a month give you 250 minutes of…

1 min.
govt scraps under-18 porn block after several delays

The Government has scrapped plans to make people prove they are over 18 to watch porngraphy online amid concerns from websites and privacy fears. The law had already been postponed twice as ministers and the adult industry struggled to come up with a system that worked. One idea was for newsagents to sell ‘porn passes’ to people who could prove they were 18 or over. These would contain a code to sign into adult sites. Another proposal was for people to prove their age by signing into sites through ‘Digital ID’ apps, though privacy campaigners warned hackers would target this data to blackmail users. Under the rules, websites would have used their own software to check the age of users, and be regulated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). If they didn’t…

1 min.
ww2 map shows every german air raid

A new online map shows every German air raid on the UK during World War Two, totalling 32,000 attacks stretching from the Orkney islands to the Isles of Scilly. York University researcher Dr Laura Blomvall compiled the Bombing Britain database (www.snipca.com/33052) by scrutinising 6,500 pages of wartime intelligence reports held in the National Archive. She said the map “allows us to visualise how bomb strikes affected the entire country, not just London and the South East”. It has been launched to mark the 80th anniversary of the first raid, in which German planes attacked the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. The last raid in March 1945 was a V2 rocket attack near the Kent village of Iwade. Around 60,000 people in the UK died in air raids during the war. To see details, zoom…