Scammers stole millions last Christmas. These six tips could keep you safe online this time around

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is urging people to be careful when shopping online in the run up to Christmas as cyber criminals step up campaigns to steal money, credit card information and more during the busiest time of year for retailers.

Last year’s Christmas shopping period, from November 2019 to January 2020, saw cyber criminals make off with a total of £13.5 million as a result of online shopping fraud – averaging out at £775 per incident across 17,405 cases reported by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

And with even more people expected to be doing their Christmas shopping online this year because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the NCSC, alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has launched a ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign.

SEE: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF

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Apple redesigns accessibility site to showcase tips for vision, hearing and other areas

Apple wants to make it easier for people to learn about the company’s accessibility features and figure out how to customize their iPhones , Macs and other devices to better suit their needs. The gadget maker on Wednesday launched a redesign of its accessibility website,, to highlight its various offerings.

a hand holding a cellphone: Apple's People Detection feature on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can notify a user who's low vision about people who are approaching. James Martin/CNET

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Apple’s People Detection feature on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max can notify a user who’s low vision about people who are approaching. James Martin/CNET

The new site is organized around four areas: vision, mobility, hearing and cognition, and it gives tips about dozens of features Apple has built for its various devices. Along with the revamped site, Apple Support is releasing a new collection of videos on its YouTube channel that show how to use some of the company’s latest accessibility features. 

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11 Tech Pros Share Their Best Tips For Writing Better Code

Those fresh to programming may know the languages and rules but lack the experience that leads to creating cleaner, more efficient code. A few years in the trenches writing, checking and debugging code—and seeing what others produce—can help developers learn some helpful tricks to write code that’s easier to update, debug and pass on. 

Luckily, new developers don’t have to wait years to learn some real pro tips. Below, 11 industry experts from Forbes Technology Council share their best advice on how new programmers can create more refined, efficient code.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

The biggest thing to remember when it comes to creating cleaner code is to begin with the end in mind. Whether you’re building an online ordering website for a restaurant chain or an app for back-of-house operations, programmers must understand the end-use case. This ensures the code is built to allow it

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10 Tips and Tricks for Your Brand New PS5

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Congratulations on getting yourself a brand-new PlayStation 5! After making all of your friends incredibly jealous, it’s time to dive into everything this next-gen console has to offer. Here are 10 tips and tricks for making the most of your PS5.

1. Avoid screenshot spoilers

The PS5 can hide screenshots sent your way if they show gameplay from beyond the point you’ve reached, or include something flagged by the developer as a potential spoiler. To make sure you’re protected, open Settings from the cog icon in the top right corner of the interface, then choose Saved Data and Game/App Settings, then Spoiler Warnings.

2. Save the DualSense battery

By default, the new DualSense controllers that accompany the PS5 are set to never turn themselves off. If you open up Settings from the cog icon in the top right corner of the main

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Five Tips To Learn From Forward-Thinking Entrepreneurs

Dr. Silvia Mah, partner at Ad Astra Ventures, helps women founders grow innovative startups tackling big ideas.

When the pandemic turned the business world upside down, some entrepreneurs responded with a determination that carried them through a stressful year. Rather than freeze in panic, they evaluated the situation and decided what to do next.

In these moments, I believe we saw the true essence of the entrepreneur. These business leaders decided to persevere and respond in a socially responsible way that focused on the needs of their communities. They connected with new suppliers, landed new contracts and made new partnerships they wouldn’t have imagined at the beginning of 2020.

As an angel investor and venture capitalist who helps female founders to build and scale their startups, I saw these scenarios happen across the country. Several of these founders received scholarships to participate in an Ad Astra bootcamp, which

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Enterprise tips for managing the multicloud (free PDF)

More companies than ever are using multiple cloud providers to deploy their applications. 

A recent TechRepublic Premium poll shows that 81% of respondents use or plan to use services from multiple cloud vendors in the next 12 months. In F5’s 2020 State of Application Services Report, nearly a third of respondents reported that more half of their applications will be in the cloud by the end of 2020.

While taking a multicloud approach offers plenty of advantages, if organizations lack a management strategy those perceived advantages could evolve into challenging obstacles.

In this special report, TechRepublic and ZDNet journalists investigate how multiple cloud providers can be managed to an organisation’s best advantage. 

You can download all the articles as a free PDF ebook (free registration required)  

Here’s a look at what’s in this free PDF ebook. 

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Special Report: Managing the Multicloud (free PDF)

More companies than ever are

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11 Expert Tips For Young Tech Execs Recovering From A Devastating Hack

Dealing with a major systems hack doesn’t just mean addressing the present problem; it also requires building better protections so it’s less likely to happen again. This can be especially challenging for young tech executives with minimal experience troubleshooting, diagnosing and revamping vulnerable systems.

The seasoned tech leaders of Forbes Technology Council have experience both in overcoming hacks and taking important steps to improve security. Below, they offer actionable tips to help new tech execs recover from a hack and shore up their defenses.

1. Minimize platform complexity.

Take steps to reduce future platform complexity to better identify areas of risk. Whether it’s systems, networking or software architecture, the more complex the system, the harder it is to secure. If you implement a more modular design and reduce the number of tools, libraries and languages being used, there is less opportunity for vulnerabilities to get introduced. – Chris Sullivan,

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5 tech tips for getting through the remote holiday

SAN FRANCISCO — This Thanksgiving, instead of gathering 15 people in her home just outside Columbus, Ohio, to laugh and gorge on turkey, Georganna Price is moving the celebration to Zoom.


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Price will Zoom with her niece while they prepare food and play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the background. The entire extended family will eat together over the video-chat app, and then meet up again virtually later in the evening to surf online for Black Friday deals.

“We will Zoom and chat and cook together,” said Price, who will be joined in person by her two sons. “Like we would if we were together.”

Virtual Thanksgiving celebrations — or, as it has now been dubbed, “Zoomsgiving” — have become necessary this year to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked people to avoid

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7 tips for doing this year’s Christmas photo with your smartphone

The holiday season is almost upon us, and you know what that means: fun, festive family photos to share with all your friends and family! But sometimes making these magic moments happen isn’t so easy.


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Professional photographers are great, but they aren’t cheap, and booking this time of year can be difficult, too. Doing it yourself would be so much easier, and you actually have everything you need right in your pocket: your smartphone.

With beefed up resolution, multiple lenses and amazing low-light capabilities, today’s smartphones—like the latest iPhones, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices—can arguably do just as good a job as a pro shoot or complicated DSLR, all from the comfort of home.

Here are some helpful tips on how to get that great festive family shot using your smartphone.

1. Dress for the occasion

As a general photography rule of thumb, it’s best to dress

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7 Tips For Better Tech Adoption Within Your Indie Brokerage

It’s never been a more interesting or exacting time to be an indie broker. In November, Inman celebrates the indie by narrowing in on what growth tactics are working best and what tech is emerging that offers the best competitive advantage.

Tech adoption challenges aren’t confined to the real estate industry; however, some complications are unique to real estate.

For example, agents are highly mobile, which makes time spent in front of a desktop sometimes unproductive.

Real estate is also a business still primarily based on personal relationships, which suggests technology isn’t a requirement for success. Also, agents have been historically independent contractors, an employment status that lends itself to individual decisions on budgets for business resources.

The trend of broker-supplied technology is relatively recent. Yet, it’s become essential for independent brokers to compete against gargantuan headline-grabbing entities, such as Keller Williams, Compass and several emerging alternative tech-forward models (even

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