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Contemplating the End of the World -Two Reviews

  This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY   Have been a bit busy in the real world this week so just a couple of reviews for today. One is about the new book “Full Circle – a search for the world that comes next” by former Greens Senator Scott Ludlum which was released last week. The other is about the new Hollywood blockbuster “ Don’t Look Up ” which has just come out on Netflix, but had a much too short a run in cinemas here a couple of weeks ago. Both are directly or indirectly related to saving the world, so they are not entirely off topic. Let’s start with the film and finish with the book because it has a more positive outlook.   “ Don’t Look Up ,” has a stellar cast which includes Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchette. It's a dark tale about an approaching comet which threatens to end all life on earth. By and large it’s regarded as a metaphor for Climate Change in that we have an imminent global disaster of th

Spammers, Scammers and Hackers - 3 Ransomware and Identity Fraud

  A Screenshot to strike fear into any computer users heart This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND Ransomware   If there’s anything scarier than the blue screen of death telling you your hard drive has died, it’s getting this message on your screen. It means that your data and all your files have been captured unless you pay up to get them back. These days, even if you do pay, chances are only around half the time that you will so its not advised and paying the extortionists just encourages them, so this section is mostly about preventing data capture in the first place. Very occasionally professionals can rescue your data with or without paying the ransom – so listen to Leo explain how it’s done here. However, prevention is far better and gives you the best chance of being able to recover it if they do.   How to prevent ransomware attacks   1.        BACK UP YOUR DATA   - This used to mean having an external hard drive attached to your computer,