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Software updates… why they're worth the hassle

Software updates… why they're worth the hassle

We know the feeling. They seem to take ages and just as you think you’re up to date, some more come along. Staying up to date in a constantly evolving digital world can sometimes feel like a drag.

Although it can be really tempting to skip software updates, they really are very important. Software developers (like us) don’t release updates to be annoying, we release them because we want our software to perform the best it can for our users.

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How to tune up your PC in less than 5 minutes using CCleaner

How to tune up your PC in less than 5 minutes using CCleaner

Everyone wants a clean, fast PC but let’s face it, most people don’t have the spare time or knowledge to make it happen. When life is busy, maintaining your PC can fall to the bottom of the queue. However, if you tune up on a regular basis, you'll probably be much happier with your computer's performance. Luckily, CCleaner makes PC maintenance really fast and easy...

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What is a VPN and why do I need one?

What is a VPN and why do I need one?

Many people don’t know what a VPN is and don’t use one, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. Think for a minute about how much data you share over the internet or store on your computer or mobile. Many people openly share their photos, videos or use online banking with little thought about where their information could end up, but today’s digital life is a cat and mouse game. Hackers are working all the time to gain and exploit personal data, so protecting your privacy should be high on your agenda. VPNs are there to make sure that when you're online, your private data stays private....

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Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Think about the multitude of information you store on, or enter into, your devices. Photos, videos, emails, social media passwords, online banking details - there’s probably a lot. And then think how it would feel if this information got into the wrong hands. Not good.

As the world's data is growing exponentially, cybercriminals have thought up increasingly complex ways to get hold of your information, from simple password hacks and phishing scams to malware attacks. Sometimes, simply oversharing can cause your personal information to be used illegitimately. If you want to keep your private information private, there are now a lot of things you need to consider. Here are five places to start...

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Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

It starts when you’re mindlessly using your PC, unaware of any issues, then there it is: the dreaded pop up which informs you that your computer has a number of errors. It asks you to pay to clean your machine and remove the junk you previously didn’t know you had.

In a blog post this week, Barak Shein from Microsoft’s Windows Defender Security Research said, “There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program”.

In a bid to help protect their customers...

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