Security


France’s vaccine passport worked – sort of

France has long been one of the most vaccine-sceptical nations on earth. As recently as last December, 60 per cent of the French population said they didn’t want to get jabbed against Covid-19, compared to…


It’s been a big week for patches

This week brought updates that I consider critical for the “Big Three” — my operating system (Windows), my browser (Google Chrome) and my phone (from Apple). All three releases patch major zero-day vulnerabilities on all…


Windows 11: Just say no

It will be one thing, say, later this year or in 2022, to buy a new PC with Windows 11. We can be reasonably certain that Windows 11 will run on your new Dell, HP,…



How Apple can fix its child sexual abuse problem

In May 2019, Melissa Polinsky, director of Apple’s global investigations and child safety team, faced investigators working on the UK’s inquiry into child sexual abuse. During two hours of questioning, Polinsky admitted Apple employed just…


The battle for control of Afghanistan’s internet

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan, between 1996 and 2001, the nation remained resolutely analogue. The internet was effectively banned alongside music and other ‘modern concepts’ such as women having a role in society. The…


The best WhatsApp tricks

Another function, Report and Block is useful for annoying spam messages you might receive on WhatsApp. Using this feature notifies WhatsApp’s database of suspicious numbers to stop others receiving similar messages. Go to Contact Info,…


Apple backs off controversial child-safety plans

In a surprise Friday announcement, Apple said it will take more time to improve its controversial child safety tools before it introduces them. More feedback sought The company says it plans to get more feedback…


The draconian rise of internet shutdowns

How key a role social media played in the turmoil – which touched over ten countries, brought down four dictators, triggered at least two civil wars and destabilised the area to this day – is…