Your Personal and Financial Details are at Risk!

Malware, short for Malicious Software, has been wreaking havoc on computers and networks for decades. Since the first example was found in the early 70s, the numbers showing their growth are worryingly impressive: it really took until around 2005 for it to take off, but at that point there were thousands of new examples being found every day on the internet. In 2012, AV-TEST claims malware hit the 100,000,000 mark, which almost doubled in the next year alone. In 2015, the number topped half a billion different cases, with more than 1 million new ones found daily. Now, the internet is big, but avoiding that many opportunities for malware to infect your computer is tough even if you ...

Heat will help us build the ultra-dense hard drives of the future

The amount of data storage it's possible to cram onto the same area of magnetic hard drive platter rises every year - we're fast approaching multiple terabytes per square centimetre. As it does, a problem arises. Hard drives are a bit like vinyl records, y'see. Data is stored in the magnetic equivalent of vinyl's grooves, and can only be read by putting a magnetic drive head directly above that point. As storage gets denser, you need to place the drive head more and more accurately to get to the information you want. How accurately? Right now, to within 25 nanometres. But within a few years the necessary accuracy could increase substantially. "The actuator mechanism will need to be a...

Lenovo denies accusations of 'locking' Yoga PCs to Windows 10

Lenovo is at the centre of some controversy this morning following allegations that it has cooked up some sort of deal with Microsoft to lock some 'Signature Edition ' (i.e. bloatware-free) PCs so it's only possible to use Windows 10 on them, and Linux can't be installed – an accusation Lenovo has strongly denied. Okay, so what's going on here exactly? The basic premise is that certain machines – including the Yoga 900, Yoga 900S, and Yoga 710S – come with their SSD storage locked in a RAID mode which Linux doesn't work with, as there is no functioning driver for the alternative OS. Hence users can't remove Windows 10 and replace it with Linux, if they wished to do so. But ...

This new $139/£107 board can be a Windows 10 PC (or a Windows 10 robot)

Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 3, BBC Micro Bit and countless others, the DIY PC movement is roaring along – but, something's been left behind: full-fat Windows 10. Custom developer board maker SolidRun will change that with its SolidPC SoM IB8000. This is a $139 (about £107, AU$184) MicroSOM, or Micro System on a Module, that is compatible with Linux, like most of its kind, as well as Android (which version isn't made clear) and Windows 10. However, the latter will indeed cost you the now-standard $119 (or £99, AU$179). Comparatively, Raspberry Pi is compatible with the free Windows 10 IoT Core, Microsoft's version for small form factor devices with specific home automation or...

This experimental Windows 10 feature will rid your computer of preinstalled apps

  Annoying pre-installed software (aka bloatware) isn't just annoying; it can be a security disaster waiting to happen. Bloatware has been a problem for the Windows operating system for a long time, but Microsoft finally has an answer. The latest Windows 10 beta now offers a new refresh tool in the settings that allows users to install a clean version of Windows. Window 10 already has a number of "Refresh and Reset" options in its settings, but the new tool is unique in that it doesn't restore non-Microsoft apps after a system reset. The tool works by fetching a copy of Windows from the internet, a huge 3GB download, and performing a clean install. Users will still have the opt...