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In this month’s feature, I would like to cover the reasons why crime should be reported to the police, the various categories of crime which determine how that can be reported as well as the...

Portugal’s IGAC (cultural activities inspectorate) has just pulled the plug on 50 new sites that it considers “violate the rights of the author and related rights in the digital environment” after...

Don’t let scammers ruin your Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, millions of us will go online to buy presents for friends and family, search for holidays, book tickets for a big gig or send an electronic Christmas card. What many...

Is your business secure?

“Yes of course,” I hear you say. We are emerging from recession, business is growing, new markets are emerging and we are making a profit. These are good times, bright future… what could go wrong...

Sextortion – advice for parents

When the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) issue a national alert, in this case only the fourth this year, then it is a serious matter; none more serious than their recent one over criminal activities known...

The Ashley Madison Affair

As soon as the news of the Ashley Madison (AM) hacking scandal broke, I knew that this would be unlike any website hacking incident in the past. Normally the motive of hackers is to take down a...

Smart use of Smartphones and social media

What were the first words ever spoken on the telephone?

They were spoken by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, when he made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his...

Holiday fraud: villa villains

My definition of a “villa villain” is: someone who steals by fraud thereby ruining someone else’s holiday. Not exactly a legal definition, but I think this summarises the growing number of, and...

David Thomas

You will probably have guessed it but May experienced the highest temperatures for that month since records began, with temperatures reaching 40ºC in Beja. This coupled with high winds has...

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