Fake News – Random Thoughts

Fake News, despite all the fuss, is not a recent phenomenon.

In my day, it was more commonly known as propaganda.

For as long as I can remember, reporting of fake or false news has been popular, including gain for political reasons, to make money or sway popular opinion.

Many years ago, I was taught in school to question everything and not believe anything without a balanced view (a number of sources).

Do your research on the subjects that matter to you.

Brian Collins

News – Random Thoughts

Reporting the news has changed a lot over the many years that I have watched/listened.

Whatever happened to reporting the facts without embellishing them or inserting a bias which could be political, monitory or personal agenda?

I know that listening to just the facts can be difficult to do without any sensationalism however this is necessary to get the real story (which hopefully has been confirmed from more than 1 source).

Brian Collins

Cyber Security – Random Thoughts

Once again, the country has been attacked by cyber criminals.

This type of attack is known as ransom-ware, which encrypts the files on your device and charges a ransom to obtain a key to unlock the files.

Do you need to pay?

No, if your files are not particularly important to you (documents, apps, photos, etc.), you can in most cases re-install your system software to the state it was initially supplied to you.

If this is not viable and you have backups of your files, then you need to identify your last ransom-ware free set and do a full restore of all files and programs (possibly after reformatting your system).

Once you have your data back again, be sure to get all the latest updates for your system software and install a good anti-virus software.

I personally use McAfee, for all my devices but have also used Norton in the past.

Brian Collins

Brexit – Random Thoughts – Opinions

During a recent Presidential campaign, France expressed the opinion that Britain was making a mistake by leaving.

My understanding is that the remaining EU members discuss this within the EU parliament and form a united opinion.

Either you are part of the process or you aren’t.

Brian Collins.

The Night Manager (Season 1)

I started to watch this box set one evening and after the first episode found I just could not stop.

I spent the rest of the night watching the remainder of the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Tom Hiddleston was excellent and Hugh Laurie was very good (although he is better with a slightly more comedic role).

I don’t know about the timing but having watched this, I can understand why Tom might be considered for the role of James Bond.

I watched this as part of my Amazon Prime membership and would recommend it.

Brian Collins