Globally as of 2021, there are around 4.33 billion social media users around the world at the start of 2021, which is 55% of the global population. Social media use is incredibly popular with people of all ages and its use is only growing.

Today we will look at some tips for using social media safely.

— Do not open links in messenger

Messenger apps are incredibly popular tools for direct messaging, but they can also be a threat to security. Do not click on links from strangers and always report inappropriate messages.

— Watch out for scams.

Even if…


Good password management is a bit like eating your greens — we know they may not be quite as tasty as the rest of the meal, but research has shown they improve our health and protect us from problems later down the line.

The same is true of proper password management and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). In this post, we will look at the importance of adopting MFA and a secure password policy.

According to research from Microsoft Security, Multi-Factor Authentication prevents 99.9 percent of attacks on your accounts. …


AI means different things to different people. In the west many people first really thought about AI through watching films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ or ‘I, Robot’, or the ‘Terminator’ movies. In those movies, the AI are seen as the bad guys. Movies like Steven Spielberg’s ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ showed us AI could suffer if they become consumer items and are thrown away. Japan’s media and view of AI has always been more positive, showing AI helping humanity achieve a better future.

To get a bit more technical, machine learning has been around for a long time, since the…


Bitcoin and other virtual currencies such as Ethereum and even Dogecoin have been in the headlines recently so I put out a guide to answer some common questions about the technology. This is not an endorsement of any digital currency but more of an FAQ about these extremely exciting developments.

So what is bitcoin anyway?

In a nutshell, Bitcoin is the original and most popular cryptocurrency; a digital medium of exchange that lets you buy goods and services. It is much easier to spend pounds and pence but some retailers accept bitcoin.

Note: Bitcoins are not physical coins, rather they are computer files. Some coins…


It is no surprise that the trend towards working from home has accelerated over the past two years. There are many jobs that cannot be done at home, but for many staff who can work from home, there have been both pros and cons to doing so.

We should acknowledge the important role digital technology has played in this transformation. VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) and the rise of affordable high-speed broadband, as well as secure email and messaging services, have enabled staff to be as productive at home as they are onsite.

Advantages

Many businesses that offer working from home…


In the story of David and Goliath, David was in an underdog situation. He was smaller and weaker than his opponent but beat Goliath in single combat by being more agile and cunning.

In the digital arena, it is possible for an SME to be creative and really take on the larger competition, by looking at their companies’ strengths and offerings and focusing on the companies USPs.

SMEs can deliver a more personalised experience, which customers are really looking for. Many customers value working with the same people instead of speaking with someone different every time.

Smaller companies can be…


A pixel image created by David Beck — www.dwbeck.com

To what extent can the Unwritten Rules of Social & Massively Multiplayer Online Games configure the gamer?’ (2010)

Note from the author.

This was my dissertation from my degree in BA (Hons) Game Cultures.

London South Bank University, February 2010

I’m publishing my dissertation here in the hopes it may be useful to someone. This isn’t actually the final copy of the dissertation as there were further revisions and additional content added, though the fundamentals are all here.

Re-reading this 9 years later I’m reminded of the power of abstraction — games play on archetypal patterns and gamified objectives to create compelling gameplay. The pixels and polygons displayed on the screen bear little resemblance to the actual game…

David William Beck

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