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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!

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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EDITORIAL Group Editor Daniel Booth Deputy Editor Will Stapley Production Editor Graham Brown Art Editor Katie Peat Contributors Adam Banks, Dinah Greek, Jane Hoskyn, Jonathan Parkyn, Nick Peers, Nik Rawlinson, Wayne Williams ADVERTISING Group Advertising Director Andrea Mason Advertising Manager Alexa Dracos MARKETING AND CIRCULATION Subscriptions Rachel Hare Marketing Production Manager Gemma Hills For subscription enquiries ring 0330 333 9493 PRODUCTION Group Production Manager Stephen Catherall Production Controller Sophie Griffin MANAGEMENT Managing Director Dharmesh Mistry MD of Advertising Julian Lloyd-Evans Commercial and Retail Director David Barker Interim CFO Martyn Hindley Chief Executive James Tye Company Founder Felix Dennis…

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from the editor

There’s a cliche in horror films where it dawns on the victims that the killer/monster/three-headed alien has somehow entered their house, despite the doors and windows being barricaded. They realise with terror that they forgot about a less obvious entry point – a blocked-up chimney, perhaps, or rusty air vent. Gulp. In PC security, your router is the overlooked weak point. You know the importance of installing antivirus and updating software, but that flickering box in the corner of the room often lies unguarded. In our Cover Feature, Nik Rawlinson explains how to check whether your router is unsafe and, if so, how to update it. He also reveals settings you should tweak to protect your network, and the best new routers for speed and features. Follow his advice and you’ll feel…

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this issue in numbers

£5.99 Monthly cost of BritBox, the new TV-streaming service from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - p8 50 Years since the first online message was sent - p10 KB4523786 Microsoft’s ‘junk’ update for Windows 10 - p21 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.…

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full-fibre broadband hits 10% of homes

For the first time, more than 10 per cent of UK homes and businesses can now get full-fibre broadband, according to new research. Figures from Thinkbroadband (www.thinkbroadband.com) show that full-fibre – also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) – is available at 10.01 per cent of premises, totalling around 3 million properties. The figure has almost doubled since the end of 2018, and is up from 8.13 per cent at the end of June. The real number may actually be higher because Thinkbroadband’s analysis doesn’t include new-build homes where full-fibre is available but has yet to be switched on. More than half of the premises have broadband provided by BT Openreach, which claimed in September to have covered 1.8 million homes. Virgin Media hasn’t released figures, but it’s likely to have delivered broadband to hundreds of…

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trend micro worker stole data of 68,000 users

Security company Trend Micro has contacted thousands of customers to say their personal data was stolen by a member of staff. It said that an employee had sold information from its customer-support database, including phone numbers and names, to an unknown third party. The company grew suspicious in August after its customers reported receiving phone calls from scammers posing as Trend Micro staff. It believes around 68,000 of its 12 million customers were affected. Trend Micro said the suspect was an employee, now fired, who “improperly accessed the data with a clear criminal intent”. It’s working with the police to investigate the breach. The company said that its customer-support staff would never call people “unexpectedly”. It added: “If a support call is to be made, it will be scheduled in advance. If you receive…

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mobile firms to share networks to boost rural signals

The UK’s four biggest phone networks have agreed to set up a ‘Shared Rural Network’ to improve 4G signal coverage in remote areas. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have proposed spending £530m to build shared infrastructure, letting them place their equipment on each other’s phone masts. If this is carried out, the Government has pledged to spend a further £500m to boost coverage as part of its target to provide 4G to 95 per cent of the UK. At the moment, only 66 per cent of the UK has 4G coverage from all four operators. Around eight per cent has no coverage at all. Speaking before she announced her plan to step down as an MP, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said the shared network “will mean people get good 4G signal no matter…