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Website defacing can shut down businesses that have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Siriporn Kaenseeya/EyeEm via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Vulnerable websites are popping up as organizations move online during the coronavirus pandemic – and hackers have more time at home alone. The result is more websites falling victim to defacement.
There’s a creeping conformity taking place on the web. Mint Images via Getty Images

Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar

Design bloggers have long had creeping suspicion of a more monolithic web, so a team of researchers decided to analyze the aesthetics of nearly 10,000 websites.
More Australians rely on just one source to get their news. Shutterstock

Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it compared to other countries, survey finds

More than a third of Australians say they would prioritise a subscription for a video streaming service, such as Netflix, over a subscription for online news.
How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

Passwords: security, vulnerability, constraints

Passwords are an integral part of our daily IT life – and a major source of vulnerabilities. What are the problems and risks, and how can we reduce them?
Some websites can drive you crazy. Flickr/Jonathan Brodsky

A new way to fix those frustrating websites

How many times have you been looking for information online, only to find yourself going round and round in circles? Or you’ve spent too long poking around a website trying to find what you need, only…
Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia’s coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas. ccdoh1/Flickr

Your coastal town’s climate score? There’s a website for that

Australia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster…
Your computer has a special fingerprint that can give away details of your online browsing. Flickr/Sandra Nahdi

Tracking your digital fingerprint online raises privacy issues

Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of websites. Researchers at Belgium’s University of Leuven have…
Website design shouldn’t elicit this reaction. Flickr/Mylla

Poor design means terrible websites still haunt the web

There is probably not one of us reading this who has not lost themselves in time and space as they surf the web. So much engaging content, so many interesting lines of enquiry – and so much rubbish too…
Website designers want to woo you, and will use every trick in the book. EF Photography

Trust me, web users … I’m beautiful

Beautiful women make great con people, as do handsome men. Why? Because, for better or worse, we are predisposed to trust beautiful people more than normal-looking folks. But what if we take it one step…

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