EVERYONE knows that computers and laptops are hackers’ standard targets – but cyber criminals don’t just stop with the obvious gadgets.As we introduce technology and wifi connections into more aspects of our lives, we open up more ways for hackers to get into our homes. Here’s what to look out for… What’s the risk?Anything connected to the internet is at some risk of being hacked.All it takes is downloading something from a dodgy site, or opening an attachment on a hacker’s email and someone could have control of your device.But there are also other ways crooks could gain control of your phone, including through the screen itself.A study at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that replacement phone screens could be fitted with malicious computer chips undetectable by the phone itself.When it’s fitted to your mobile, the hacked screen would be able to take control of your device, without being picked up by your … [Read more...] about Webcams, TVs and even your phone’s SCREEN: How to spot if your devices are being hacked… and the best ways to stop it
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GRANT BOVEY has been telling porkies about his age on Bumble . . . and frankly, I’m not surprised.When it comes to online dating, EVERYBODY lies. The reality telly wannabe, 56, claims on the app he is 46 and I totally understand why.Suddenly the assumed GILF (eww) sounds more like a DILF (yay) and his dating pool of younger hotties bursts wide open.Grant’s little fib is just the tip of the iceberg. I have had men lie to me online about almost everything.They shave a few years off, swear they are the boss at work and develop amnesia about that wife who keeps killing their date buzz. Oh, and those kids she swears are theirs.Probably the most common lie men tell is about their height — largely because so many women will only date tall men. A mate turned up to meet “6ft Gary” only to find he was shorter than she was at 5ft 5in.Not remotely sheepish, he simply said it was a “gent’s prerogative to lie about his height” then … [Read more...] about Everybody lies on their online dating profiles – but what is it OK to fib about, and how can you spot a phoney like Grant Bovey?
BRITAIN has gone batty for online dating . . . but can you really find love at the touch of a button? Last week, Sun columnist Tinderella decided it was time to rewrite her profile. But can Virtual Dating Assistants help her target the right bloke?I STILL sound hideous in my OkCupid dating profile so I’ve called in the professionals.For between £190 and £1,000 a month, the “experts” at Virtual Dating Assistants (ViDA) will rewrite my personal statement, choose and Photoshop my profile pics and even initiate contact with guys I like.If I cough up the full grand, ViDA guarantees me four dates, profiles on as many sites as I like and 80 hours dedicated to finding me my dream man.Hell, in a perfect world they’d even go on the dates for me (where were they for my night with Posh Marcus, eh?).The first feedback I get from the team is about my pictures.Gently they suggest I shouldn’t use the photograph that got the best scores … [Read more...] about Can online dating experts help our unlucky-in-love columnist target the right bloke?
JAMIE O'Hara has continued his week of partying by heading to Scotland for a boys night out with Calum Best.The Celebrity Big Brother stars have made the most of the time outside of the house following their respective evictions, and even a big night celebrating the show's grand final on Friday wasn't enough to dampen their appetite.Taking to Snapchat, Jamie, 30, updated his followers on their movements as they made their way to Dunfermline for the evening, with security in tow.After filming Calum, 35, eating a wrap at the airport, Jamie filmed themselves as they headed to their plane.He said: "Out tonight in Edinburgh, here's the old security guard looking after us, f***ing hell."He then added a snap of him and Calum in the back of the car, with his pal being as cool as ever, giving the peace sign as he chilled in his khaki parka jacket and cap.The boys night out comes after Jamie had a passionate reunion with his CBB love interest Bianca Gascoigne after she finished the show in sixth … [Read more...] about Jamie O’Hara and Calum Best jet to Scotland for lads night out a day after Celebrity Big Brother final celebrations
SITTING on the sofa one Saturday night, my girlfriend Stephanie indulges in a spot of online shopping. Meanwhile, I’m being cyber sexually harassed by a 38-year-old IT worker from Chelmsford, who’s asking me if I like to be dominated. He wants to get me drunk and look at me while I stand naked in front of him. I’ve known him for less than half an hour and he thinks I’m a girl called Sarah – not a 46-year-old man. ‘I’d run a finger down your spine from the neck to the bum, then down the inner thighs,’ he writes. ‘Let’s meet.’ Meanwhile, a 19-year-old student – who I’ve known for 15 minutes – is promising ‘something sexciting’. Then, when I don’t answer either of them for a few minutes, they bombard me with insistent messages. In the background, scores of other men ping into my inbox. Some are perfectly polite, but most have a very loose grasp of … [Read more...] about One guy reveals what happened when he posed as a woman on online dating sites
WITH Bonfire Night over and seasonal adverts back on TV, the focus is now firmly on Christmas.There are just seven weeks to go and we have teamed up with topcashback.co.uk to bring you the seven saves of Christmas, so you can get ahead with your festive prep.And tomorrow we will have some more great tips to get your festive finances under control.Set aside a cupboard for Xmas, buy non-perishables you will need when they are on sale and put them away.Note down the prices of all the gifts you want to buy. When Black Friday and Cyber Monday come round in a few weeks’ time, you can see if the “reductions” are genuine.Handmade gifts save you lots of money – but can also take a long time to put together. Start now by picking up what you need to make them when you see the right items on sale.Stockpile your loyalty points and cash them in on your big Christmas shop to save a small fortune.Put away £1 every day from now until Christmas – you will have almost … [Read more...] about With seven weeks to go until the big day here’s seven simple ways to save for Christmas
JANUARY is one of the busiest months for buying holidays as people attempt to beat the winter blues and families look to book ahead for the summer.And there's good reason to book this month - with airlines including Monarch and British Airways offering discounts on flights throughout January.Industry insiders have also warned that the cost of travelling is about to rise, as a result of the drop in sterling following the Brexit vote, so holidaymakers should lock in cheap prices now.To help you get the most bang for your buck, we look at 10 ways to cut the cost of your holiday flights this year.Monarch, Norwegian and British Airways are just some of the airlines offering discounts on flights this month.Monarch has cut the price of more than 10,000 seats to short-haul destinations - including Venice, Lisbon and Rome - to just £29. The sale ends January 16.Jet2 is offering up to 20 per cent off travel until March 31, then 10 per cent off travel for flights between April 1 … [Read more...] about 10 ways to book the cheapest flights, including booking on a Sunday and using supermarket loyalty cards
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EMPLOYERS have rated their work places to reveal the best companies to work for in the UK when it comes to management styles and working cultures.Big names like Facebook, Skyscanner and Northern Gas and Power all made the list of the top twenty businesses - but Google is nowhere to be seen.And some of the companies with happy employees who made it onto the list are hiring so you can get involved too.Energy consultant Northern Gas and Power came out on top, thanks to their record of promoting and developing their employees skill set, which the company puts down to helping boost productivity and morale.Hospitality tech firm, Fourth, came in second place, whilst the software consultancy Equal Experts came in third.The firms were scored based on reviews posted by current and former employees on jobs website Glassdoor, in a joint study with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).Social media giant Facebook wasn't on the list last year, and made it into eleventh place on the 2017 … [Read more...] about The UK’s best companies to work for revealed – and some of them are hiring
Imagine a football field. Now imagine that field is big enough such that every single person in the world who loves football can either play it or watch it from the sidelines. There's always a game happening somewhere, at some time, on this field. Further, everyone around and on this field is constantly, incessantly, talking to each other about the game: players with other players, spectators with other spectators, and most importantly, the spectators with the players. Everyone can, and does, communicate. The good players, who interact well with the spectators and are entertaining to watch, naturally begin gathering larger and larger followings and cultivate a real community. The best players attract such huge followings that they start to garner attention from managers and brands. They are offered endorsement and merchandizing deals, which allows them to monetize their game-playing. Now imagine that instead of football, everyone in this scenario is playing video games. And instead … [Read more...] about Twitch TV: How we found a way to make money playing video games