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Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login. SHUTTERSTOCK

Fingerprint login should be a secure defence for our data, but most of us don’t use it properly

While the data from a fingerprint is very hard to retrieve, cybercriminals can get around biometric technology in various ways. And having a weak passcode is like giving them a hall pass.
The Internet of Things could improve quality of life, but it will also consume vast amounts of electricity and boost greenhouse gas emissions. (Shutterstock)

How to make computers faster and climate friendly

The Internet of Things is contributing to climate change. Innovation in computer design could help mitigate the problem.
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Five tips to manage screen time this summer

School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products. Cookie image via www.shutterstock.com

How companies learn what children secretly want

When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
The amount of time kids are spending on mobile devices is increasing. Eric Peacock

How much screen time is good for kids?

Kids who watch educational programs such as 'Sesame Street' show better academic skills. But this does not mean all children can learn from educational media.

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