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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...

The risk of, and coping with, a humanitarian crisis

The terrible earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 that occurred in Nepal on April 25, resulting in a huge death toll and UN estimates that 6.6 million people have been affected, begs the unthinkable:...

I have been wanting to write this article for some time, but it involves quite a bit of research. Luckily this has taken a giant step forward with the input of the Portuguese Association for...

Do you know who’s calling you?

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? You receive a telephone call from overseas by someone speaking English in a foreign accent saying they are from Microsoft. Without waiting further you slam the phone...

Become the “eyes and ears” of your community

I always find it interesting that whilst some people are willing to pay out thousands of euros on sophisticated alarm systems, they do not adopt simple measures that are free of charge and can...

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