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Most common passwords of 2021: here’s what to do if yours makes the list

Thomas Andreas/Shutterstock Chaminda Hewage, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Elochukwu Ukwandu, Cardiff Metropolitan University If you use “123456”, “password” or “qwerty” as a password, you’re probably aware that you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers. But you’re also not alone – these are three of the top ten most common passwords around […]

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Drink spiking: why so little is still known about this horrifying trend

Mooi Design / Shutterstock Lata Gautam, Anglia Ruskin University The reopening of clubs and pubs has been accompanied by alarming reports of drink spiking – deliberately adding alcohol or drugs to someone’s drink without their knowledge. Drink spiking has been reported as far back as 1903. But the nature and […]

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Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember

Many still make their passwords too simple. Shutterstock/Vitalii Vodolazskyi Steven Furnell, University of Nottingham For more than 15 years, there have been various predictions from tech leaders about the death of passwords. Bill Gates predicted it back in 2004 and Microsoft has predicted it for 2021. There have been numerous […]

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Line of Duty: two ex-anti-corruption officers on how the police actually catch ‘bent coppers’

Sarah Jane Fox, Staffordshire University and James Holyoak, Staffordshire University Season six of BBC crime drama Line of Duty has gripped the nation as Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) inch ever closer to identifying the character in charge of all the “bent coppers”, only known as “H”. They’ve been chasing this […]

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Sarah Everard: social media and the very real danger of contempt of court

John McGarry, Staffordshire University The disappearance of Sarah Everard, the subsequent finding of human remains and the arrest of a serving Metropolitan police officer has been shocking. It has led to much speculation in the press, on TV and radio and on social media. Such commentary is an understandable response. […]

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Tough new enforcement measures for travellers

From the Government: Tough new enforcement measures – from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment – have been introduced, as the Health and Social Care Secretary set out details of the government’s new quarantine measures. Under the changes announced, from 15 February all arrivals at English ports will be required to undertake […]

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89 dashcam videos of driving offences sent to police every day

From the RAC: As many as 89 dashcam video recordings of alleged motoring offences were submitted to police forces every day in 2019, according to data analysed by the RAC. A total of 32,370 pieces of footage were received by 24 police forces that accept video evidence of driving offences […]

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Lockdown parcel delivery problems

Almost half of British adults (47%) have had issues with parcel delivery since the country first went into lockdown in March, new research by Citizens Advice reveals. With more people turning to online shopping as a result of Coronavirus, the charity has found that over half (51%) of people say […]

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Don’ be ‘petfished’ for Christmas

Those looking to bring a new puppy or kitten home this Christmas are being urged to research the person behind the pet to avoid being lured in by deceitful sellers. Far better to look into adoption after Christmas when so many unwanted dogs and puppies are dumped. The price of […]

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Closing the mobile phone loophole

People using a hand-held mobile phone in all circumstances while driving will be breaking the law, under new government plans unveiled by Roads Minister Baroness Vere today (17 October 2020) to close a legislation loophole and improve road safety. It’s already a criminal offence to use a hand-held mobile phone […]

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