We know that any incorrectly installed Smart Home devices are intrinsically prone to hacking. If you haven’t set up the security properly by only using default settings there’s a very good chance your device is going to be scanned and someone, somewhere, could use the weakness in your Smart Home environment to gain access to your home, steal personal data, or use your accounts to launch further DDoS attacks.

We also know that even making a minimal effort to protect your data and property by using unguessable names and strong, complex passwords will deter almost all attempts to attack your…


The great thing about a Smart doorbell is that you can be anywhere and still see who’s coming to the door. So if you’re having a lie-in when relatives call by unannounced you can choose whether to answer the door, or talk to them via the built in speaker instead. Similarly, if you’re in the garden, or otherwise engaged when a delivery comes you will know there’s someone at the door and ask them to hang on for just one minute before the go on to the next house!

The Nest Smart Doorbell also offers motion detection which is great…


Games with in-app purchases have been around for some time now, and they were controversial from the beginning with parents letting their kids play on their phone or tablet, not realising that the additional features, skins, tools, weapons and other items which were necessary to advance to the next level or make the game worth playing were actually charging a real-world fee.

Children racked up thousands of pounds in credit card bills in some cases, and after a slew of cases the game creators and publishers were forced to repay money that had been spent with them to several successful…


The answer to that question depends very much on your individual circumstances and what you need. If you’re a homeowner with a family of teenage kids who are digital natives your requirement is going to be very different from a retired couple who just need to be able to keep in touch with family via email, Facebook and occasionally Zoom. Then you might be in charge of a small business with a few computers who just needs to be able to connect everyone to the internet so they can use Teams, Slack or Skype.

Where you live also colours your…


According to lawyers it’s when your ex uses your Alexa to harass your new partner and post your nudes on Facebook.

Do you find those Facebook couple accounts a bit weird? Maybe it’s because some of us are much more digital natives than others, we’ve fully adopted the web environment as our own and we’re happy travelling it alone. Others I guess don’t feel the need for an individual online identity and are quite happy to exist as a single entity with their partner because the only online socialising via social media is as a couple.

So what happens when a couple like that break up? It’s a sad fact of life that no matter how rosy things seem at the…


The Bayside building in Worthing is now completed and the newest residents have moved in, and among the features their homes enjoy, unlimited super-fast broadband as a utility from the property managers is just one of the perks.

As soon as a new householder moves in to the new Worthing luxury apartments they can just plug in their computer, TV and smart devices and all the data they need is right there on demand. …


Anyone developing a building project on the south coast will be concerned about future proofing the property. But knowing what technology today is viable for the future and what will be superseded by better technology is almost impossible. If only we could count on reliability, quality and availability to help us make up our minds, but it’s not that simple either. Betamax was better than VHS. It was better quality, and there was no reason that Beta video recorders wouldn’t have become smaller and lighter in the fullness of time. So why did VHS take over?

JVC was interested in…


We’ve all received bad service and not got the satisfaction we feel we deserve. But if you’ve signed a contract and you’re not getting what you wanted, here’s how to kick up the right kind of fuss!

There are few things more infuriating than not getting what you want, especially if you’re paying your own hard-earned cash for it. As kids we’re taught to live with disappointment, but as bill paying adults who aren’t getting what was sold to us or what we ordered, we reserve the right to kvetch!

If you order a pair of shoes or a dress…


Now let’s look at how to get the most out of it, from improving battery life to recording motion detection.

Over the past 18 months we’ve all become used to being in all the time. We’ve been shopping online rather than going to the shops, and we’re always in when the delivery driver brings our goods to the door. Now we’re finally coming out of lockdown there are habits we’ll probably keep, and many we’ll lose as soon as we get used to being back in the open and enjoying society again.

Even people who are otherwise resistant to digital technology have managed to get to grips with Zoom, Facebook and all the other socials which made staying in touch…


Previously we looked at setting up a temporary home cinema in your garden. But what if you want to extend your Wi-Fi internet into the garden as well. You might want to do this for any number of reasons, and not just so you can work on your tan and stream live feeds from Love Island, the Olympics and the Big Brother house at the same time!

No matter how good your router is, or where you put it, there’s very little chance that you will be able to get good enough reception from it to your phone, tablet or…

Dan Crash

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