Since most of us collect digital accounts all the time, password managers are a useful tool to help you keep track of every login and password you have.
In an exclusive poll of 1,000 people, TechRadar Pro we found that three-quarters of users have at least one password manager to store our credentials, but most don’t seem very confident in their ability to keep those credentials safe.
One-third of those surveyed used a combination of a dedicated manager and one integrated into the browser, while one-third used only one of them. Just over a tenth used two dedicated password managers, and a quarter used no manager at all.
When asked to rate trust in the security of password managers, the results were unimpressive. Six out of ten is the most common result, chosen by 144 people, closely followed by five and seven, chosen by 140 and 136 people respectively.
Perhaps these average numbers can be explained by recent hacking stories of famous password managers, or maybe people are concerned about the various privacy issues surrounding giants like Apple and Google that make it hard to resist using their own password managers if you happen to use any of their devices and/or browsers.
The results may also reflect people’s conflicting attitudes towards such companies. On the one hand, people might think that the tech giants have to keep our passwords secure – in addition to having the resources necessary to maintain a strong security posture, it would be disastrous PR for them if they had some major breach, given how much they are about to lose.
But on the other hand, there is a lot of distrust about how such corporations do business, and the privacy issues mentioned above are a real cause for concern for many.
However, when looking at the rest of the results, more people chose an eight-to-ten rating than a one-to-three score of 284 to 215. Also, 110 gave these utilities a perfect ten and 97 a one out of ten.
Dividing the results in the middle, slightly less than half of all respondents (43.6%) rated the reliability of password managers from one to five, and just over half (54.6%) from six to ten.
The results also contradict an earlier survey we conducted where the majority of respondents said they did not use a password manager. Another study we conducted also found that most people also don’t use password generators – which are integrated into virtually all password managers, but standalone versions also exist.
The combination of these two facts may explain why so many people have bad password habits. In fact, there have been various reports on the state of passwords around the world, and almost all of them come to the same conclusion – we need to do better with them.
However, this may be a contentious issue, given the growing importance of passwordless systems, which are supposed to be a new technology to secure our digital world. These include biometric systems – such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanners – access keys and single sign-on (SSO) technologies that are available in many identity management programs.
2022 is drawing to a close, but there’s plenty of time left to squeeze into one of our favorite annual events: TechRadar PC Gaming Week.
The PC is still – at least for us – the best place to play games. A wide range of titles, from giant A-games to little-known indie gems, make PC the ultimate platform, whether you’re playing on a beefy rig or an old laptop – or if you’re lucky, on the awesome Steam platform Valve’s Handy Deck.
With several major launches in the graphics and processor divisions this year, PC gaming is in a strong position in terms of hardware. What about the games themselves? We’ve been poring over all sorts of gaming-related offerings this year, and we’re thrilled to bring a wealth of fresh writing talent to your reading pleasure. Scroll down to find all of the Gaming Week 2022 articles – we’ll be adding more as they go live throughout the week, so check back tomorrow!
5 PC games worth playing after completing Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
If you haven’t watched Netflix’s animated adaptation of the Cyberpunk 2077 universe yet, stop reading and do so now. We’re serious. No, you don’t need to play the last CD Projekt Red game, although the series is a great companion to this title.
Edgerunners presents a dark yet bombastic vision of the tech urban future, and these five games perfectly capture the sci-fi connections of both the series and the original Cyberpunk tabletop game.
How the PC Became the Unexpected Home of Fighting Games
They may have spawned generations of home consoles, but fighting games eventually had to find a home on PC. What was once considered an unusual way to play these games has become a widely accepted platform for the genre – and it’s not just about the high performance offered by PC.
The fighting game communities are among the most hardcore and dedicated clades of gamers, and the PC provides the perfect space for games that have gone through their heyday to come back to life. With the advent of cross-platform gaming, even modern fighting games are now attracting a strong PC player base.
Five of the best Steam Deck games for commuting
Ah, the Steam platform. A wonderful portal to the best of PC gaming, compact enough to fit in a small bag or an extra-large jacket pocket. Many of us love our moving game decks, even if the editor managing that particular site doesn’t have one and does very unhappy about that.
However, for those of you with one of Valve’s excellent handhelds, these five games are sure to make your commute fun – and yes, Elden Ring is on the list. Game of this editor still did not play.
(Valve, send me a Steam Deck. Please. I’ll do whatever you want except actually pay for it.)
Steam Deck made me sell my PC and move away from PS Vita – here’s why
Another Steam Deck article? We don’t get paid for this by Valve, we promise. But as our charming and beloved software editor Daryl points out, the Deck is the perfect gaming PC replacement – and it evokes memories of the most underrated handheld of yesteryear, the PS Vita.
The Vita was an amazing game emulation tool as well as having a ton of great games of its own, and the Steam Deck is a natural evolution of that. If you’ve been hesitant to pick up this handheld computer, see if this item will convince you.
How indie developers built a path to queer gaming
The gaming industry has come a long way in terms of LGBTQ+ representation, but it was small indie developers who anchored the need for queer storytelling in games and gave us the great triple-A reputation we see today.
From decidedly queer experiences like Hades and Monster Prom, to more muddled stories about sexuality and gender expression like the award-winning Celeste, this article shows how independent creators paved the way for LGBTQ+ characters on PC and beyond.
I wanted to get into computer games, but the language around them is disgusting
We know it, you know it: while we love computer games, the jargon surrounding computer hardware is completely impenetrable to any novice. Even an experienced PC builder can stumble when new terminology enters the fray.
Luckily, we’ve got some tips for first-time hardware users looking to build their first PC. Don’t be afraid of the jargon – this article will dispel the confusion many feel when starting their own PC assembly journey, and has helpful resources for any confused budding builder out there.
How integration with Twitch can change the gameplay for everyone
Ah, streaming. Now, the multi-billion dollar industry holds the tantalizing promise of making money from gaming, but the barriers to entry are many. Fortunately, some game developers excel at making it easier to stream their games with the magic of Twitch integration.
From full-fledged built-in “streaming modes” to more subtle tweaks that budding Twitch stars can make to the game, these features allow users to further customize the viewer experience and improve accessibility, allowing everyone – even you! – could become the next big streamer.
Sonic fangames is already quenching fans’ thirst
The recent Sonic Frontiers may have been an incredibly divisive entry into an even more divisive franchise, but fans of the blue blur aren’t resting on their laurels while Sega fiddles with its mascot.
These Sonic fan games are some of the best games the hedgehog has to offer, powered by an incredibly dedicated community. The three fan-made titles listed here are just scratching the surface, but for our money they are the best.
How to install Heroic Launcher to play Epic and GOG titles on Steam Deck
If you have a Steam Deck, don’t think you’re only obligated to games you’ve purchased from Valve’s own store. This small AMD-powered portable computer is a surprisingly versatile tool.
In this simple guide, we’ll walk you through installing the Heroic Games Launcher on your Deck, unlocking it for all the games you own on Epic, GOG, and more. Just remember that not every PC game will run flawlessly on compact Deck hardware!
The best computer games
PC Gaming Week wouldn’t be complete without our final roundup of the best PC games you can play now.
From the best single player titles to hectic multiplayer frenzy, we’ve rounded up what we think are the best PC games of 2022. Each of them has been thoroughly played by us and they all prove why the PC is the best gaming platform.
The best gaming laptops
What’s the use of having all the best PC games if you don’t have anything to play them on? Thanks to TechRadar’s carefully curated ranking of all the best gaming laptops on the market today, you’ll be able to get a lot on powerful gaming hardware in no time.
From the affordable Asus TUF Dash F15 to the high-end Alienware x15 R2 and Corsair’s new laptop, the uniquely designed Voyager a1600, there’s something for everyone on our list. Go check it out!
The best PC gaming headsets
As big fans of PC gaming, we test all hardware possibilities, even the vast PC gaming audio market. We especially like being immersed in a good gaming headset.
Since we believe that at least some of you share the same desire for great audio from our PC games, we’ve included our comprehensive list of the best PC gaming headsets we tested in 2022.
Rumors and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S23 continue to surface, and today we have some Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra promotional photos that have hit the internet ahead of its expected launch in February.
These images come courtesy 91 mobile phones (opens in a new tab) (by SamMobile (opens in a new tab)), a source with a decent record of information accuracy. These photos certainly look authentic, although of course we can’t consider them official yet.
Just a few days ago we heard about the “signature” colors in which these phones will be available, i.e. the colors that will be most often presented in promotional materials. Here we can actually see these shades: pink for Plus and green for Ultra.
More than phones
These promotional photos highlight Samsung’s growing ecosystem of products – the company is much more than phones or courses, and we can also see Samsung’s wireless earbuds and smartwatches in these photos.
The image of the Samsung Galaxy Plus shows how the design will change next year, with the same raised camera lenses as the Ultra (the standard model is also expected to follow suit). However, the Ultra phone itself won’t look any different than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
So when will we actually see these smartphones arrive? The latest information on the matter suggests that the release date is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, so there’s no long wait.
Analysis: Another great year for Samsung
Samsung already sells a huge number of smartphones, of course, but it always wants to sell more – and the Galaxy S23 phones (standard model, Plus model and Ultra model) will be a key part of this mission in 2023.
Although the company offers phones across the entire price range, it is the devices of the S series that set the standard. Keep in mind that these phones will be in direct competition with the iPhone 15 which is due out in September.
Thanks to a fresh leak, we also believe that Google could expand its flagship Pixel lineup to three or even four models over the next few years, which will again give Galaxy S devices more competition in an already busy market.
From what we’ve heard so far, it looks like the Galaxy S23 phones will have the performance and camera upgrades to compete with the best phones of 2023 – though as you can see from the leaked images above, not much is likely to change in terms of aesthetics headphones.
It’s December 26, which means the post-holiday sales are live with fantastic deals from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart on everything from tech, kitchen appliances, fitness equipment, apparel and more. To help you find all the best deals, we’ve rounded up the best post-holiday sales and special offers below.
The post-holiday sale is a great opportunity to grab a bargain on the rest of your holiday stock, with record low prices on air fryers, iPads, TVs, vacuum cleaners, blenders and more. Retailers are offering their best discounts to make room for products in the new year. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift you didn’t receive or want to spend a gift card that burns a hole in your pocket, there’s something for everyone in our post-holiday sales roundup.
We’ve listed today’s best post-holiday sales from all your favorite online retailers below, followed by the hottest deals on TVs, fitness equipment, smartwatches, mattresses and more. We’ll be updating this guide until New Year’s Eve, so bookmark it to see all the latest deals.
The holidays have come and gone, and that means the post-holiday TV sale has arrived with record low prices on a range of 4K, OLED and QLED displays from retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Samsung and more. To help you find all of today’s best deals, we’ve rounded up the best post-holiday TV sales happening right now.
The post-holiday sale is your last chance of the year to grab a killer deal on some of this year’s best-selling TVs. Retailers are offering best-ever discounts on older TV models to make room for new products. Some of the best deals we spotted today include our top-rated TV of the year, the 65-inch LG C2 OLED TV on sale for a record low price of $1,699.99 (opens in a new tab) (was $2,099.99), this Samsung 60-inch 4K smart TV down to just $379.99 (opens in a new tab) (was $549.99) and you can pick it up Insignia 24-inch Fire TV for just $79.99 (opens in a new tab) (was $89.99) at Amazon.
Below you’ll find the best post-holiday TV sales, followed by standout deals that range in size, features and prices. We’ll be updating this page with all the latest deals ahead of New Year’s Eve, so bookmark this guide for all the hottest TV deals.
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See more cheap deals with our overview of TV deals and premium displays with today’s best OLED TV sales.
It looks like new OLED TVs with much brighter output will be on the way thanks to a breakthrough in the way panels are made.
As reported by Flat panelsHD (opens in a new tab)Universal Display (UDC – one of the largest manufacturers of OLED materials), says that by the end of 2024, it intends to introduce phosphorescent blue emitters to the market, which may appear in the best 4K TVs or super detailed monitors.
To clarify exactly what this means, red, green and blue emitters are among the key components of OLED displays, with panel manufacturers currently using two types: fluorescent and phosphorescent.
Phosphorescent (PHOLED) emitters are able to achieve up to 100% internal light efficiency, while much less bright fluorescent counterparts are only able to achieve about 25% internal efficiency.
Red and green phosphorescent emitters have been used in OLED panels for some time, but until now manufacturers have been unable to create stable blue PHOLED emitters.
As a supplier to BOE, LG Display and Samsung Display, UDC has been working on the transition to blue PHOLED for many years, and now it seems that the production stage of this hotly anticipated component is approaching.
According Korean newspaper ETNews (opens in a new tab)the development was confirmed at the Global Material Parts Equipment Tech Fair earlier this week by UDC Vice President of Universal Display, Mike Hack.
Despite the announcement, it will be a long time before consumers see brighter panels using this technology, with no confirmation at this stage if blue PHOLED will be available in time for 2024 OLED TV production.
Analysis: The breakthrough shows that OLED technology has a bright future ahead
The news of UDC’s imminent switch to blue PHOLED should ensure that we’ll see OLED TVs with even more HDR pop in the coming years.
Development is on its heels The latest announcement of LG Display that it is to start using microlens technology to increase the brightness of its televisions by 20% to around 1,200 nits.
While there are still doubts about the longevity of OLED TVs due to screen burn issues, these two new manufacturing solutions should ensure that OLED TVs remain the preferred display type for videophiles.
If you don’t want to wait for these ultra-bright OLEDs to hit the market and want to buy a new TV before the holiday season proper, check out our list of the best 4K TV deals currently available wherever you are.
Amazon Studios has announced eight more cast members for the second season of The Rings of Power.
In a press release, Amazon revealed the latest batch of actors signed on to star in recurring roles in the high fantasy series. The octet joins seven other actors recently signed on to star in The Rings of Power season 2, including Sam Hazeldine, who will replace Joseph Mawle as Adar in the next installment of the series.
Dark Materials Season 3 graduate Will Keen, Bridgerton’s Calum Lynch and Game of Thrones’ Kevin Eldon are among the new cast members of the series. Amazon hasn’t revealed what characters these actors will play, but that won’t stop the global Lord of the Rings fanbase from trying to figure out who they could play.
Here’s the full list of the eight actors who joined The Rings of Power in season two:
William Chubb (The Sandman, Pistol)
Kevin Eldon (Game of Thrones, Shadow and Bone)
Will Keen (His Dark Materials, The Crown)
Selina Lo (Hellraiser, boss level)
Calum Lynch (Bridgerton, Girls from Derry)
Stuart Bowman (Versailles, Alex Rider)
Gavi Singh Chera (Project Lazarus, The Undeclared War)
Oliver Alvin-Wilson (In Love, The Bay)
Production on the second season of Rings of Power began in mid-October. One of Prime Video’s best shows, however, did not return to New Zealand to film its second season. Instead, work on Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings shifted to the UK, with Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield being used as primary filming locations. Principal photography could also cover other parts of the UK as well as Europe, with showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay stating this during a preview show TechRadar attended in late September.
Read our recaps of the first season of Rings of Power
The second season of the Prime Video series does not yet have a release date, but it is unlikely that it will return to our screens in mid-2024 at the earliest. This is based on the amount of filming needed to complete what are likely to be eight episodes, as well as the lengthy post-production phase of the series after principal photography is complete.
In the meantime, the Rings of Power documentary series is now available to stream on Prime Video, which details the extensive development of Amazon’s high-priced TV series Lord of the Rings. All eight episodes of the first season of The Rings of Power, which has been watched by over 100 million people worldwide since its premiere on September 2, are also available to watch on the Amazon streaming platform.
TechRadar will be on hand to bring you even more The Rings of Power Season 2 content as soon as it drops. While we wait for the next major news to arrive, be sure to check out our article explaining the ending of Rings of Power season 1 (if you’re all hooked on the show). You can also find out why the Stranger’s big reveal was hidden from the cast until the last minute, or find out when that Actor Sauron has learned that he is playing the show’s main villain.
The first season of Rings of Power is now available in its entirety on Prime Video.
Most companies are in the process of implementing Zero Trust, especially those with a distributed or hybrid workforce, but most have yet to fully realize the benefits of this relatively new cybersecurity practice.
Zscaler cloud security experts surveyed over 1,900 senior IT decision makers in organizations that have already started migrating applications and services to the cloud due to their State of Zero Trust Transformation Report 2023 (opens in a new tab)stating that only 19% of them have built a hybrid, trust-based work-specific infrastructure.
An additional 50% are currently working on implementing zero trust or are in the planning phase.
Arguments for zero trust
However, only 22% of those surveyed are “fully confident” that their organization is leveraging the full potential of their cloud infrastructure, including Zero Trust capabilities.
There are many objective benefits of implementing Zero Trust in a business environment, but for Zscaler, improving the employee experience is the strongest argument.
52% of those surveyed agreed that Zero Trust would solve the problem of inconsistent access to on-prem and cloud-based apps and data.
Otherwise, IT leaders expect zero trust to solve lost productivity due to network access issues (46%), and some say technology would help employees access business applications and data from personal devices (39%).
Zscaler has found that IT-based businesses are prioritizing Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) as a priority investment to continue moving to remote and hybrid work environments over the next twelve months.
More than a third (35%) intend to adopt a fully remote work culture, and an additional quarter (27%) are considering a hybrid model. Only two in five (38%) will keep their employees fully in the office.
As an emerging set of security principles, Zero Trust has a long way to go before it completely replaces the old methods of digital business security.
The report shows that more than half of respondents (54%) believe that legacy networks, VPNs and perimeter firewalls are outdated technology, ineffective in protecting against cyberattacks and providing proper visibility into application traffic.
Moreover, two-thirds (68%) agree that a secure transition to the cloud is impossible with legacy network security infrastructure.
Zscaler says Zero Trust has a “clear advantage” over traditional firewalls and VPNs when it comes to secure remote access to critical applications. From the data, it is clear that organizations may just see the point.
2022 was a great year for phones. We’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, for example, alongside the radically different Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, while Apple has released a whole range of phones, including the notch-less iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
We’re nearing the end of the year so there’s not much left to see but at the time of writing we’re still expecting both the Oppo Find N2 series and the Xiaomi 13 series before the end of December and we expect loads more phones to launch in early 2023 year
That’s why we’ve listed all the most anticipated upcoming phones in 2022 below, along with the ones you can expect in 2023. These are phones that in most cases are likely to be great, or at least should be interesting, unusual, or innovative.
Samsung Galaxy S23
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings – including the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra – are likely to be the most popular Android flagships in 2023, and we expect to see them early in the year – possibly in February.
Leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could get a monstrous 200MP camera and that every S23 model will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset globally instead of certain regions that will get Exynos.
Other than that, their specs may not be a million miles from the S22 series, but they do expect camera and screen upgrades, even if the base specs are similar.
Google Pixel 8
The Google Pixel 7 didn’t arrive until October 2022, but it and the Pixel 7 Pro were so good we can’t wait to see what Google has in store for the Pixel 8.
We haven’t heard much about the phone so far other than it’s likely to use the Tensor 3 chipset, support satellite communications, and may have 12GB of RAM, but we’re expecting class-leading cameras and generally powerful software.
Stay tuned for more as leaks and rumors are sure to start rolling out in greater numbers as we get closer to the phone’s launch.
Google Pixel Fold
The Google Pixel Fold is a phone we’ve been hearing about for years, and the last we heard was that it could land in Q1 2023 or May 2023.
From what we’ve heard so far, the Google Pixel Fold could feature a 7.6-inch foldable OLED screen, a 5.8-inch cover display, and a Tensor chipset – or more likely a Tensor G2. It may also look like the phone in the image above, which sources say shows off the Pixel Fold design.
There is no consensus on the camera, but they can also impress, with one leak pointing to a 64MP + 12.2MP + 10MP rear camera combo.
We’d take all of this with a grain of salt for now, but it might be one of the few non-Samsung foldable phones worth getting excited about.
iPhone 15 Ultra
Of course, the entire iPhone 15 lineup is highly anticipated, but it’s the intriguing talk about the iPhone 15 Ultra that excites us the most.
According to rumors, this phone could land in place of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and could have better cameras than even the iPhone 15 Pro, including a long-range periscope snapper, as well as focus on battery life, a titanium frame, and a very high price.
It probably won’t be available until September 2023 if it lands at all, but it’s a phone worth saving up for.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to be Samsung’s next foldable flagship, but we don’t expect to see it until August 2023, so we’ll have to wait a while.
As such, we don’t know much about it either, but an early leak suggests it uses the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and has similar cameras to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
If nothing else, expect it to have a large foldable screen so it can double as a tablet, coupled with a similarly hefty price tag.
Sony Xperia IV
Sony Xperia I IV was one of the most interesting phones of 2022, thanks to the camera with continuous optical zoom. It’s a feature you won’t find in other brands, and it helped Sony’s flagship product stand out from the crowd.
We haven’t really heard anything about the Xperia 1V so far, but we expect it to offer similarly remarkable cameras, as well as a great screen and flagship power – and hopefully some innovative surprises. Look out for it around mid-2023.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro could be one of the best camera phones in 2023 as Xiaomi itself confirmed it will have a 1-inch camera sensor.
This is more than the sensors used in the vast majority of phones and could potentially lead to better latches.
The company also revealed that the Xiaomi 13 Pro will have a top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a 3.26x optical zoom telephoto lens.
In addition, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is rumored to have three 50MP cameras on the back, including wide-angle, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. It is said to have up to 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a 4800mAh battery with 120W charging, and a 6.7-inch 2K screen.
So it can have impressive specs in line with the board. Look out for this phone in late 2022 or early 2023.
Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined the patent-pending Open Invention Network (OIN) non-aggression consortium.
Founded in 2015, OIN buys patents and then licenses them for free to its members who have agreed not to enforce their own patents on Linux-based projects, within certain limits.
This can help combat the activity commonly known as “patent trolling”, where people try to enforce their patents far beyond their actual rights, often in an attempt to extort money.
What role will Amazon play?
Amazon uses a variety of Linux-based software for both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its retail operations.
The move will see Amazon commit its entire patent portfolio to a set of patents that can be freely used within OIN-defined open source projects.
Once OIN agrees to protect software, all members receive free Community Patent licenses to use that software.
Amazon says adding its patents to the pool helps reduce the risk of patent aggression for companies that innovate with open source.
Nithya Ruff, director of the Amazon Open Source Program Office, said, “Linux and open source are essential to many of our customers and are a key driver of innovation at Amazon.”
We are proud to support a wide range of open source projects, foundations and partners, and are committed to the long-term success and sustainability of open source as a whole.
They added: “By joining OIN, we continue to strengthen the open source communities and help ensure that technologies such as Linux continue to thrive and be accessible to all.”
It’s hard to say exactly why Amazon made the recent move, but it has definitely been supporting some open source initiatives recently.
For example, in May 2022, Amazon announced that it had injected $10 million in funding (opens in a new tab) to the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), joining other Big Tech sponsors such as Alphabet.