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How To Improve Apple Security

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by Neil Cumins

Many people believe Apple devices are immune from viruses and malware, but sadly this is an urban myth. Some Apple owners argue their devices can’t be hacked unless they’ve been jailbroken, removing software restrictions to install non-approved apps. Again, despite Apple’s undeniably impressive security record, this is not the case. Although most viruses in the…

The Midphase Guide To Becoming A Vlogger

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by Neil Cumins

In the beginning, there was the blog. And it was good. So good that amateur bloggers quickly saturated the market, while every marketing-focused brand launched a blog on its company website or through social media accounts. As attention spans dwindled and audience fatigue set in, video blogging rose to prominence. It’s safe to say that…

Getting Deep With The Deep Web

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by Neil Cumins

If you’re not familiar with the deep web, it may all seem very mysterious. It’s often portrayed as an unregulated and lawless world beyond the reach of search engines, where everything from hard drugs to hit men are available in exchange for digital currencies like bitcoin. The reality is rather more mundane. The deep web…

Cybersecurity And The Generation Game

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 by Neil Cumins

There’s a common assumption that younger generations are more in tune with modern technology than their elders. From 1980s’ teenagers instinctively knowing how to program the VCR to Millennials effortlessly surfing cyberspace, the tech-savvy youngster has become a media cliché. And yet, according to a recent report by T-Systems, Europe’s largest telecoms company, the kids…

All You Need To Know About Botnets

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 by Neil Cumins

Even if you haven’t heard of botnets, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with the havoc they can cause. Cybercriminals use them to perpetuate mass-scale data theft, bombarding people with spam or forcing entire networks offline in high-profile Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Worryingly, today’s burgeoning volume of internet-enabled domestic devices is making bot networks…

Getting To Grips With Google Analytics Tracking

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by Neil Cumins

Google Analytics is an impressively detailed piece of software. Used by companies to track audience activity and behaviors across their websites, it relies on sophisticated algorithmic analysis to compile reports and make recommendations. This level of complexity seems remarkable when you consider Google Analytics is free to use. It’s become the undisputed industry leader for…

Don’t Let Your Online Polls Become Fake News

Posted on December 12th, 2017 by Neil Cumins

In this age of fake news and widespread cynicism, it’s perhaps unsurprising that online polls and market research discussions aren’t always trusted. In fact, there’s good reason for viewing them with suspicion. Automated scripts are being used to distort the results of polls around the world, including a recent debate about the future of net…

Everything You Need To Know About Fonts

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by Neil Cumins

Fonts have been a crucial component of written communications since the 15th century. Many Microsoft Word and Google Docs typefaces were historically used by printing presses, before being reinterpreted in digital form for today’s word processing packages. Throughout the generations we have come to associate fonts with certain characteristics. From gender and personality to tone…

How Plugins Work

Posted on November 21st, 2017 by Neil Cumins

Since its launch in 2003, WordPress has evolved from a modest blogging platform into the world’s leading content management system. Today, this famous CMS powers a quarter of all live websites, with endlessly customizable templates and skins. However, the core program code doesn’t always meet the needs of more specialized clients. This is where plugins…

Apple Face ID And The Growth Of Biometrics

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by Neil Cumins

Every industry has its standard bearers. From Volvo’s in-car safety systems to Amazon’s ecommerce innovations, some companies are naturally adept at setting industry standards. Apple is another company seemingly capable of second guessing the future, and their flagship iPhone X represents a giant leap forwards in biometrics – one of the most widely-discussed aspects of…

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