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Sunday 28th January 2024: Twitch Streamer Revenue Shake-Up, New Undergraduate Course In Cyber Security & More!

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SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2024

Welcome to another low down on all the latest Tech news, Tips and Tricks to help you keep up to date with the latest from the Tech world!

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Twitch Streamer Revenue Shake-Up

Streaming site Twitch has announced plans to share more of its revenue with creators as part of a shake-up.

Streamers make money through fans subscribing to their channel.

This is then split 50/50 between Twitch and the creator, after fees are paid.

Sweetheart deals have previously been given to the most famous streamers, but the new system means anyone with more than 100 paid subscribers will now receive 60% of the money fans pledge.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-68069397

Source: BBC News

Netflix Sign-ups Boomed

Netflix sign-ups boomed at the end of last year as customers prodded by the firm's crackdown on password-sharing created their own accounts.

The streaming giant added more than 13.1 million subscriptions in the three months ended in December.

That was the most for any quarter since 2020, extending a streak of growth that started last year.

Netflix said it was confident in its growth path and was planning to raise prices.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-68072955

Source: BBC News

New Undergraduate Course In Cyber Security

The University of Worcester has launched a new undergraduate course in cyber security a year earlier than planned following strong interest.

A cohort of 23 students are set to have their first class.

According to lecturer Richard Wilkinson, about 50% of businesses have a cyber security need they are not meeting.

He said he hoped the new degree would help address a current 11,000 shortfall of cyber security staff.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-68058204

Source: BBC News

App Of The Week

This weeks app of the week is called Kitchenese.

Kitchenese helps you match whatever you have in your fridge or pantry to think of a recipe that will minimise wastage and keep you well-fed. 

It merges recipe searching and food inventory tracking, making sure that you can best make use of your meat, vegetables, fruits, and other staple pantry ingredients.

This app is free to download on Android devices only.

App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.kitchenese.app

🛡️ Security Corner 🛡️

Cyber criminals are tricking UK citizens into downloading malicious software (known as malware) by sending scam ‘missed parcel' SMS messages. 

Around the festive period, this type of cyber scam is even more prevalent, as many of us will be expecting deliveries.

The scam SMS messages contain links to what appear to be ‘official’ delivery/parcel-tracking apps, which you’re encouraged to install. But the ‘app’ is in fact a type of malware. 

If installed, this malware can steal your banking details, passwords, and other sensitive information.

If you think you have installed malware:

If you think you may have been tricked into installing malware from a scam message, then it’s important that you don’t log into any accounts, as the malware may steal these details.

Instead, as soon as you can, you should perform a factory reset on your device.

Note:

It’s important that you don’t back up your data before you perform a factory reset, as the backup will also contain the malware.
For the same reason, when you’re given the option to restore backups, you should only do so if you’re confident that the backup was created before you installed the malware.
If you can’t be sure, you should perform a factory reset and not restore any backups.
If you would like to read further information on this visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/scam-missed-parcel-sms-messages

Source: National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

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