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What is a VPN and why do I need one?

What is a VPN and why do I need one?

Many people don’t know what a VPN is and don’t use one, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. Think for a minute about how much data you share over the internet or store on your computer or mobile. Many people openly share their photos, videos or use online banking with little thought about where their information could end up, but today’s digital life is a cat and mouse game. Hackers are working all the time to gain and exploit personal data, so protecting your privacy should be high on your agenda. VPNs are there to make sure that when you're online, your private data stays private....

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Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Stay safe online: 5 ways to protect your privacy

Think about the multitude of information you store on, or enter into, your devices. Photos, videos, emails, social media passwords, online banking details - there’s probably a lot. And then think how it would feel if this information got into the wrong hands. Not good.

As the world's data is growing exponentially, cybercriminals have thought up increasingly complex ways to get hold of your information, from simple password hacks and phishing scams to malware attacks. Sometimes, simply oversharing can cause your personal information to be used illegitimately. If you want to keep your private information private, there are now a lot of things you need to consider. Here are five places to start...

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5 ways to make your #SpringCCleaner

5 ways to make your #SpringCCleaner

Here in the UK spring has begun, which is the traditional time of the year to give your home its annual deep clean. But have you ever thought about cleaning your devices?

Like your home, you use probably use devices like your computer or phone every day and without regular cleaning, they fill up with junk. Unlike your home, we can do the cleaning bit for you!

But what can a spring MOT using CCleaner do for your devices?

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Happy Clean Out Your Computer Day!

Happy Clean Out Your Computer Day!

It’s our favourite day of the year (we feel like it was created just for us!).

Is one day a year enough though? No. Your computer should be clean all year round, which is why we developed a tool to do it for you. My team helps people with all sorts of queries about CCleaner, so I know it inside out!

You might not realize that every time you use your computer it accumulates junk files, data and settings...

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Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

Beware: Fake cleaning scams!

It starts when you’re mindlessly using your PC, unaware of any issues, then there it is: the dreaded pop up which informs you that your computer has a number of errors. It asks you to pay to clean your machine and remove the junk you previously didn’t know you had.

In a blog post this week, Barak Shein from Microsoft’s Windows Defender Security Research said, “There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program”.

In a bid to help protect their customers...

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