Since the government tightened its Christmas lockdown rules, many of us are facing up to spending the big day away from relatives or loved ones. Thankfully, the humble video call – that staple of 2020 – will once again come to our aid, with forecasters expecting a huge surge in people logging into Zoom or Teams on Christmas Day.
With lockdown driving Brits to do more online shopping than ever before (and with the January sales looming large), retailers are anticipating a bumper few months ahead. Unfortunately, so too are cybercriminals, able to profit out of people’s unfamiliarity with online shopping safety measures.
There’s no escaping that the coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changed the way many of us worked in 2020. Necessity brought about sweeping change that may otherwise have taken years or even decades to achieve.
BT has pledged to create 5,300 new jobs, to speed up the development of ultra-fast broadband networks across the whole of the UK.
The UK government has put pressure on network providers to equip all corners of the country with ultra-fast broadband as quickly as possible – driven in no small part by the increased reliance on connectivity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Security analysts in America have warned of a “significant and ongoing” cyber hacking campaign currently impacting top government agencies.
The attacks targeted a number of departments, including the departments of defence, state, treasury and even the nuclear agency. What’s more, the hackers are thought to have been successful in breaching defences, with a senior security analyst saying the hackers had “managed clearly to gain access to a lot of secure areas.”
For many of us, 2020 has been characterised by remote meetings, group conference calls and even virtual pub quizzes. Now, with the festive season looming large on the horizon, there could be a new addition to the mix – the Zoom Christmas Party.
Christmas is around the corner, which means that so too are the scenes of baffled relatives scouring their nearest PC World for the gifts their tech-loving family members. If you’re in the market for a geeky, gadget-y gift, take a look at our top 10 recommendations.