Malta’s worst internet passwords of the year revealed

Malta’s worst internet passwords of 2019 have been revealed Every year, security group SplashData analyses more than five million leaked passwords on the internet and collates them together in a handy list. In first place, for the eighth year running, is ‘123456’, as the worst password to use in 2019. It looks like people still […]

Instagram goes down for hundreds of Maltese users

Hundreds of Instagram users in Malta and Gozo have complained that the photo sharing app is not working. Most reported that the news feed was not loading, while others said their stories and logins had been affected. Users in North America, Britain and parts of Europe have also complained of problems. It’s reported the photo-sharing app […]

Meghan and Harry named ‘internet’s top influencers’

Harry and Meghan have been named as two of the most influential people on the internet – but William and Kate failed to make the cut. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised for their ‘forward-thinking and cause-orientated’ approach to social media. Harry and Meghan’s @sussexroyal Instagram account broke records when it was launched in […]

Google is tracking your every move – here’s how to stop it

It probably comes as no surprise that Google keeps track of every place you visit, using the apps on your smartphone. The information is used to give you recommendations based on locations you’ve visited, targeted ads, traffic news and help finding your mobile. But while these things can be useful, not all of us feel […]

Instagram recovers after suffering huge worldwide outage

Instagram has suffered a huge outage with tens of thousands of users around the world reporting problems with the social media app. The worst affected areas include the UK and much of the US, with more than 23,000 people saying they were unable to access the social network on Thursday night. Users were unable to […]

Children as young as two ‘are using social media’

Children as young as two are using social media, according to new research. The study has led to fresh fears that more young people are becoming addicted to sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. More than 60% of teachers said that they were worried about under-fives using social networks, not only because of exposure […]

You need to be VERY careful with Facebook’s new ‘like’ feature

We all love a good stalk on Facebook. Seeing what our exes are doing, delving deep into an old school friend’s Facebook photo album and genuinely being very nosy. We didn’t need to worry about accidentally liking a photo and we could carry on for hours undetected. But those days are now gone – as […]

How much time do you spend on social media?

From checking Facebook while waiting for the bus in Valletta, to posting beautiful photos of Mdina on Instagram – social media plays a big role in our daily lives. Most of us in Malta and Gozo are slowly becoming social media addicts and spend a lot of time browsing online every day. But have you […]

Google ‘blocks Huawei from using apps on phones’

Google has blocked Huawei from using apps on its phones. Fears that the Chinese government could use Huawei to spy on other countries are thought to be the reason behind the move. Huawei is one of a number of manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its smartphones and tablets. Google reportedly halted […]

10 of the greatest Grumpy Cat memes ever

The world is mourning an internet legend. Grumpy Cat, the feline whose dour expression launched countless memes, died from complications related to a urinary tract infection. She was 7 years old. Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, first rose to internet glory in 2012. Tabatha, Bryan and Chrytal, the pet’s owners, said that she […]

Are you using one of the most-hacked passwords?

The most common computer passwords have been revealed. The research showed a number of easily guessed log-ins are still being widely used, despite warnings about cyber security. 123456 was the most used, ahead of 123456789 and qwerty – the series of letters which appear in a line on a computer keyboard. The word password and […]

Apple takes on Netflix with new TV streaming app

iPhone maker Apple has unveiled a new video streaming service to compete against Netflix, Amazon and terrestrial TV. A host of Hollywood A-listers – including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg – joined Apple chief executive Tim Cook to reveal the announcement at Apple HQ in California. Apple TV + will feature original content […]

The world wide web turns 30

It is exactly 30 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted a paper to his colleagues at CERN, suggesting a way of sharing data across networks, under the title “Information Management: A Proposal”. Speaking at a TedX conference, Sir Tim explained that at first everyone was a bit skeptical regarding his vision of the future, but with […]

The Queen posts on Instagram for the first time

The Queen has proved she is in touch with the touch screen by sharing her first ever Instagram post. The head of the Commonwealth, 92, shared an archive image with 4.6 million followers of the Royal Family’s Instagram account The Queen passed the social media milestone during a visit to the Science Museum in London. Rather than opting for a […]

Ariana Grande becomes the new queen of Instagram

Ariana Grande has overtaken Selena Gomez to become the most followed woman on Instagram. The 89.7 Bay favourite – who was recently announced as the headline act for Manchester Pride – edged in front of her rival as she reached 146.3 million followers, with Gomez languishing behind with 146.2 million. Ariana, 25, is still some […]

Twitter reveals daily user numbers for the first time

Twitter has revealed its daily user numbers for the first time. The social network said it had 126 million users on board, at least once a day, in the final three months of 2018. The figure was revealed as the company outlined its latest financial results showing strong revenue and profit growth. However, monthly statistics […]