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The Impact of Cloud Security Gaps and How IT Can Fix Them - The Data Center Journal

The Impact of Cloud Security Gaps and How IT Can Fix Them – The Data Center Journal<p>IT teams are responsible for business systems and IT services that …

Emerging Technology

If Macs don’t need cleaning, why does macOS Sierra come with cleaning tools?

<i>This is a guest post by Vera Tkachenko, a software team lead at MacPaw.</i><p>For the first time, the Mac operating system comes with cleaning tools. The new Optimized Storage feature in macOS Sierra might not sound like much at first, but its very presence in the new Mac operating system undermines the …

These 12 gluten-free dessert recipes are the stuff of food-filled dreams

Whether you’ve got celiac disease or you’re slightly gluten-intolerant, finding foods you love that won’t irritate your stomach can be a daunting …

The Password Habits Hackers Hope Your Company Hasn’t Adopted

While many of the recent breaches like LinkedIn and Twitter have focused on the impact on consumers, rather than businesses, it doesn’t mean that it …

Information Systems

The Long Road Ahead Desktop

Reader Alec submitted this simple, minimal Mac desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and it's simple, understated, and looks great. Here's how you can set …

OS X

How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade | Ars Technica

Exploit against Cisco's PIX line of firewalls remotely extracted crypto keys.<p>In a revelation that shows how the National Security Agency was able to …

Information Security

How To Get Free 50GB Dropbox Storage On Samsung Smartphones

Samsung, the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world is offering <b>free 50GB Dropbox cloud storage</b> for their Samsung smartphones for next 2 years. …

Malwarebytes reports new OS X malware that could easily fool less technical users

No <i>9to5Mac</i> reader is going to be at risk from malware that directs users to a scam website and asks them to download software, but Malwarebytes has discovered a previously unknown piece of Mac malware that could easily fool less technical users.<p>Thomas Reed, lead researcher at Malwarebytes, told us …

Cybersecurity Is Broken And The Hacks Are Going To Just Keep Coming

“No one in the industry is incentivized to actually fix it.”<p>LAS VEGAS — The three CEOs sharing fruity cocktails are at the head of cybersecurity companies that bring in roughly $2 billion a year. But despite all the money their companies’ services bring annually, not one of them blinked an eye when …

Five Technologies Every IT Employee Should Know About

A fun challenge for me every month is to keep up with all the new IT technology and terminology. As soon as I boot up my devices each morning, I’m hit with a barrage of emails that tout the next best technology, newsletters marketing cutting-edge virtual platforms, and the list goes on. I enjoy …

Hackers Steal 45 Million Passwords From Over 1,100 Websites

Surprise! The most-used password isn’t “password.”<p>Hackers have made off with information, including passwords, from almost 45 million accounts on …

Security

How Do We Win the Cyberwar? - Alumni - Harvard Business School

Your credit card has already been stolen. You just don’t know it yet.<p>Thomas knows it, though. (A 12-year IT security veteran, Thomas requested …

Cybersecurity

Asus ZenBook 3 is thinner and lighter than Apple’s MacBook

Asus has announced its new ZenBook 3, an 11.9-millimeter device it's calling the "the world's most prestigious laptop." Asus Chairman Jonney Shih detailed the ZenBook 3 on stage at Computex, comparing it directly to MacBooks, promising an aluminum alloy device that weighed less than Apple's …

MacBook Air

4K Google Cast TVs from Philips arriving this summer

Philips has announced that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K televisions will be arriving in June and July of this year. These TVs will come with Google Cast tech built right into them. Basically, it’s just like having a Chromecast, but it’s housed inside of the frame instead of riding along …

Televisions

This App Can Tell You If Your iPhone Has Been Secretly Hacked

If your iPhone has been jailbroken without your knowledge, something fishy is probably going on. The only problem is, it can be impossible to tell …

How hackers smooth-talked their way past the security of a power company

One of the most interesting tactics they used is called social engineering.<p>Social engineering is the tried-and-true hacker tactic of deceiving someone and trying to convince them to do something they normally wouldn't do. It happens often over the phone, like when a cybercriminal pretended to be a …

Social Issues

Israel’s desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>Israel’s first prime …

Cyber-attacks

Process as code: Security ops orchestration for a brave new world

Cybercrime is an enormous problem — a nemesis of the federal government, America’s biggest corporations and tens of millions of individuals. But there is now legitimate hope that a big piece of the cybercrime problem can eventually be solved.<p>Despite the fact that the highest-level attacks are very …

Cybersecurity

There have been more malware attacks on Macs this year than the last five years combined

Of course, Macs are hardly immune to cyber attacks, but hackers and attackers usually target the most popular operating systems, and before the rise of the Mac, that meant targeting the PC more than the Mac.<p>But with more and more people buying Macs in recent years, the number of cyber attacks has …

Cybersecurity

Microsoft makes it easier to upgrade to Windows 10, even for pirates

Still running ye'olde Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 on your PC? Well, Microsoft wants to change that. It will tolerate your disobedience, but it will …

Apple Stores will send some iPhone 6/6s phones for off-site repairs, offering 16GB loaners

In an effort to reduce wait times at Genius Bars within Apple Stores, Apple this week will launch a new repair program for the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus in select stores across the United States, Europe, and Japan, according to several employees. Rather than completing all repairs in store, …

Hacking is such a problem that the cost of cyber insurance is skyrocketing

<i>(By Jim Finkle, Reuters) –</i> A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms that are perceived to be a high risk scrambling for cover.<p>On top of rate hikes, insurers are raising …

The Whisky Wars: Japan Versus Scotland

Japan

How to Use the Grab Utility in OS X for Advanced Screenshots

OS X has a bunch of very useful utilities packed away within it. The Utilities folder has a more versatile screenshot tool called Grab, which outdoes …

Operating Systems

Write to NTFS Drives in OS X Yosemite / El Capitan

If you have Windows PC and as well a MAC and you often rely on external hard disks to store or transfer large files, then it could be a real pain for …

Operating Systems

On Oahu, you can see how that rum for your mai tai is made

That mai tai you're drinking on a Hawaiian beach? You can make it even more authentic and see where rum comes — at least, on Oahu — on a new factory tour.<p>Manulele Distillers, in Kunia Camp about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki, recently began offering 30-minute tours of the grounds and distillery …

Windows 10 Automatic Updates Start Causing Problems

Last week Microsoft confirmed every Windows 10 update will mandatory and installed automatically. This was met with a hostile reception from Forbes readers with over 100 comments on my news article voicing their concern. And now some of those fears have been realised…<p>With just four days left before …

Software

Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

<b>Code dive</b> You can bypass Apple's space-age security, and gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac, using code that fits in a tweet.<p>…

Information Security

Survival of Chatsworth Reservoir's 'ecology pond' is debated

With the Chatsworth Reservoir on life support from the drought, a vigorous debate is underway over whether the so-called ecology pond at Los Angeles' only nature preserve should be allowed to survive.<p>The pond, in the rocky foothills of the west San Fernando Valley, had teemed with wildlife for …

Should workers get overtime for answering emails after hours?

Jeffrey Allen would answer his work BlackBerry during Thanksgiving dinner, during his son's soccer match, on any number of Saturday afternoons.<p>The phone would buzz with work-related texts, emails and calls from the time he woke until he headed to bed — and, with it always in reach, he would respond.<p>…