The Local discovers the untold history of how a little known Swedish Viking laid the foundations for the modern internet. It isn't every day you get the chance to sit down with one of the world's leading authorities on the internet. But that's exactly what Mattias Fridström is. After all, you don't get to be ‘Chief Evangelist' for a world-leading Swedish telecom firm if you don't know a thing or two about the internet. “My job is to make the concept of internet connectivity come alive," he explains. "I try to spread the word about the network economy and explain what's being done to ensure your content is working on the internet. It's my mission to explain the challenges facing the internet of tomorrow and what's being done to address them." Don't be surprised if you've never heard of Telia Carrier. You don't usually encounter the brand when you're walking down the street, browsing the aisles at a shop, or scrolling through your Facebook feed. But the … [Read more...] about How Sweden helped build the internet
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WHATSAPP users are being warned to delete scam messages masquerading as high street voucher deals worth up to £100.According to Action Fraud, the scam comes in the form of a WhatsApp message purportedly from one of the victim's contacts.The message encourages the recipient to click on a link in order to receive free vouchers for stores such as Sainsbury’s or TopShop.One example message reads: "Hey have you heard about this? Sainsbury's is giving away £100 gift cards. They are expanding their store network and they launched this promotion. Grab a gift card while it lasts. I got mine already.”But in reality, the sender isn’t really one of your contacts and has nothing to do with the retailer in question. The vouchers don’t exist and the message is designed to tempt you into clicking on a URL that will take you to a website designed to trick you into handing over personal information.Comparitech.com security researcher Lee Munson says WhatsApp users … [Read more...] about WhatsApp users targeted by a scam offering fake £100 voucher – how to protect yourself
AS the number of revenge porn victims continues to rise, the Government is clamping down on culprits.Here’s how you to stay safe online if making a sex video or taking private photographs…The Government says: “Revenge Porn is the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.“The images are sometimes accompanied by personal information about the subject, including their full name, address and links to social media profiles.“The offence applies both online and offline and to images shared electronically in a more traditional way, so includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing someone a physical or electronic image.”A new law was introduced in England and Wales in 2015 in a bid to crack down on crimes against women.It made it an offence to share private sexual images or … [Read more...] about What is revenge porn, what laws prevent people sharing sexual images or video of others, and which celebrities have been victims?
As many have pointed out, not least Chancellor Angela Merkel in her weekly internet broadcast, the wheels of the Arab Spring have been oiled by social networks and the availability of cheap mobile phones with video cameras. But repressive governments such as those in Bahrain, Syria, and Turkmenistan have not been slow to use digital weapons to fight back. Pro-democracy activists have come to expect propaganda campaigns undermining their work, as Husain Abdulla, director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), told Deutsche Welle recently, but few were expecting to be targeted by software that could come from a James Bond movie. A number of software security firms have developed Trojan malware with the ability to remotely grab images from computer screens, intercept and record Skype calls, secretly turn on web cameras and microphones, and record keystrokes. Mobile versions of the spyware exist too, which can turn a smartphone into a tracking device by enabling … [Read more...] about German spyware business supports dictators