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More than half of UK adults are taking huge risks with their online security by using the same password on multiple websites, according to an Ofcom report.

Despite ever increasing calls to take online security seriously UK internet users are making themselves easy targets for hackers.

As well as using the same password on more than one website, people are also using easy-to-guess passwords. A quarter of UK adults use birthdays and names as passwords; while these may be easy to remember they can also be easy for criminals to guess or crack.

Use The Same Password On More Than One Site?

Use The Same Password On More Than One Site?

The research also revealed that just over 60 per cent of people said they used a password to protect their home Wi-Fi network - up 10 per cent since 2011.

The alarming figures come from Ofcom’s annual report into how people use and think about technology. The communications regulator surveyed 1,805 adults aged 16 and over as part of the research.

James Thickett, director of research at Ofcom, said that many people ignored the risks: “While our research shows that some people are still taking security risks online, they clearly feel these are outweighed by the benefits that the internet brings.”

Make your passwords impossible to crack

·         Length is key to secure passwords - aim for at least 14 characters

·         A six-character password - even a random assortment of letters such as iqscjf - could be cracked in less than a tenth of a second

·         A longer password like ‘FishFacebookVase’ would take more than 100 centuries to crack using a typical PC

·         Don’t substitute letters for numbers - ‘p455w0rd’ is no more secure than ‘password’

·         Use unique variations of the same password for each website or service

·         A password manager such as KeePass (www.keepass.info) can help you remember complex passwords

Government attempts to censor Google have doubled since 2011

Governments around  the world are making more requests for Google to remove content and cough up the details of people using its services, according to the company’s twice-yearly Transparency Report (www.google.com/transparencyreporf).

Requests made by the UK government for info on people with accounts on Google services rose by six per cent in 2012 to 2,883. Google defines this as user data, with the UK government citing privacy and security concerns as the main reason for most of its requests.

Google

Google

More worryingly, requests from UK government to remove content from Google rocketed by 75 per cent, from 114 requests in 2011 to 200 in 2012. Just 55 per cent of these requests led to Google removing content.

In three highlighted cases, local law enforcement agencies were unsuccessful in attempts to get Google to remove YouTube videos criticizing police practices and accusing police of racism.

Around the world, governments asked for information on 33,634 user accounts last year. A total of 4,096 requests were made to remove content from Google, up from 2,003 in 2011.

Susan Infantino, Google’s legal director, said that more governments than ever before were trying to censor the net.

She said: “As we’ve gathered and released more data over time, it’s become clear that the scope of government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown.

“In more places than ever, we’ve been asked by governments to remove political content that people post on our services.”

Tablets will be ‘dead in five years’

Tablets will be obsolete in five years’ time as phones become people’s favorite device, according to BlackBerry boss Thorsten Heins.

BlackBerry Tablet OS

BlackBerry Tablet OS

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said, adding that tablets were not a good business model.

His views go against common consensus as tablets continue to be hugely popular with people around the world. Apple and Samsung have been boosted by huge demand for their tablets. In the last three months of 2012 Apple sold 22.9 million, up 60 per cent year-on-year.

BlackBerry’s only foray into tablets was a massive failure. The ill-fated PlayBook was so unpopular that retailers cut its price by more than 50 per cent just months after it launched in June 2011.

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