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Researchers: iPhones, iPads connected to Windows PCs are at risk

Attackers could compromise iPads and iPhones on a large scale through the infected computers that make up botnets, researchers say.<p>Nearly a quarter of zombie computers that make up certain known botnets eventually connect with Apple iOS devices, making these phones and tablets vulnerable to …

Information Security

17 obscure Windows tools and tricks too powerful to overlook

Peering deep inside Windows<p>The beauty of Windows lies in its flexibility and depth. In fact, Windows is <i>so</i> deep and flexible that many of us never touch its more powerful tools, whether from unawareness or sheer forgetfulness. But beneath Internet Explorer and the Start button hides a universe of …

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15 simple, secret Windows tips and tricks designed to save you time

Hidden powers and secret timesavers<p>Time is money, or so the saying goes. And even if you're plunked down in front of your PC for fun or a hobby project, every unnecessary click and hassle you bump into burns away precious seconds of your life.<p>Nobody wants to waste time endlessly navigating menus. …

10 Firefox add-ons for boosting productivity

Upgrade your web-based workflow<p>What the Internet giveth with her ability to help us get real work done, she taketh away with an endless procession of cat videos that demand our attention.<p>Distraction is always a click away on the web, but productivity nuts know not to fall prey to the traps. Largely …

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News, tips and reviews from the experts on PCs, Windows, and more

Latest Stories<p>Apr 5, 2018 1:14 PM<p>Microsoft has made to several cloud-based protections available to Office 365 users to help fight the spread of malware.<p>updated Apr 5, 2018 12:19 PM<p>The best SSDs can supercharge your PC. We review our picks for the best SSDs, and what to look for in an SSD.<p>Apr 5, …

Lifehacker - Do everything better

View on Kinja Deals<p>We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.<p>Shared from Offspring<p>You knew it …

Living Rooms

How to Fly Like a Pro

(Photo: Getty Images/E+)<p>Ever wonder what the pros know that you don't? How they get the best seats, save time and money, and avoid hassles? We've queried travel writers, industry insiders, and other ultra-frequent flyers to get their tips, sometimes from things they've learned the hard way--so you …

Ice Bucket Schmice Schmucket, These Japanese Porn Stars Want You To Squeeze Their Boobs For AIDS

I’m pretty sick of the ice bucket challenge at this point, but luckily there’s a new kind of philanthropy taking the world by storm. That’s right, I’m talking about the “squeeze-a-thon,” a charitable event invented by a group of Japanese porn stars wherein they allow fans to squeeze their breasts …

The man who grew eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells<p>The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly …

World Health Organization calls for ban on indoor vaping and fruity e-cigarettes

Report calls for tougher e-cigarette regulations as debate over risks and benefits continues<p>The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a report calling for a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes indoors, as well as restrictions on e-cigarette advertising and sales to minors. The report …

BitTorrent Sync lets you share folders on your PC using web links

Yes, cloud services like Dropbox make it easy to share folders through public directories and links, but you still have to put those folders in the cloud in the first place. Wouldn't you rather share them straight from your PC? BitTorrent hopes to make things that direct with its big Sync 1.4 …

Report: Amazon’s Fire Phone Isn’t Doing So Hot, Only 35,000 Units Sold So Far

Yikes.<p>In a development that comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, Amazon is having trouble coercing the American public to purchase the company’s …

Think twice about where you sell your old iPhone

<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> has come up with a handy guide to reselling your old iPhone before splurging on a new model. For comparison purposes, all …

Apple patents flexible display tech that mimics physical buttons

The biggest challenge we face every day with smartphones and tablets is the fact that we grew up with buttons, and not with a piece of glass that …

Comcast thinks you’re even stupider than Verizon does

Verizon isn’t the only Internet service provider that thinks very little of our intelligence. <i>Ars Technica</i> has found that Comcast has admitted to the …

How celebrity hacker 'Sabu' helped feds thwart 300 cyber-attacks

The celebrity hacker "Sabu" helped the FBI imprison his friends and stop more than 300 cyber-attacks in the three years since he betrayed several major hacking groups.<p>That's according to new U.S. government documents that for the first time provide extensive detail about what they call the …

Half of American adults hacked this year

Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans -- roughly half of the nation's adults -- in the last 12 months alone.<p>That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 …

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Your car is a giant computer - and it can be hacked

Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour, when suddenly the wheel turns hard right. You crash. And it was because someone hacked your car.<p>It's not far-fetched science fiction. It's the near-term future today's hackers are warning about.<p>Most people aren't aware their cars are already …

Hackers can 'un-brick' stolen iPhones

Two hackers have figured out a way to unlock lost Apple devices -- a boon for criminals with stolen iPhones and iPads.<p>The hackers have discovered a method for bypassing a protective feature on Apple (AAPL) devices. Lost your iPhone? No worries. Something called "Activation Lock" turns it into a …

U.S. takes out computer malware that stole millions

U.S. authorities said Monday they have disrupted two sophisticated types of computer malware used to steal millions of dollars from people all over the world.<p>The Gameover Zeus botnet, a network of virus-infected computers, targeted thousands of small businesses. And Cryptolocker, a software that …

Google testing super-secure email

Google is working on the ultimate security and privacy feature.<p>It's called "End-to-End" encryption, and it's the best way to stop anyone from snooping on your emails. Google would turn your emails into jumbled code, and the only person who can see the email in plain text is the trusted person on …

6 countries routinely snoop on Vodafone calls

Law enforcement agencies in six countries have direct access to Vodafone's network, allowing them to monitor phone calls and messages without the carrier's knowledge, the company said Friday.<p>The British telecom firm said it couldn't name the countries for legal reasons, and for fear of retaliation …

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely

Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on.<p>That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in last week's interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it?<p>No. But government spies can get …

What you really agree to when you click 'accept'

You can spot the words "privacy policy" at the bottom of nearly every website. Don't be fooled. Those policies are more about data collection than privacy.<p>Companies use these policies to alert you to how they track your location, read your emails, spy on your Web browsing -- and sell some of that …

Meet the guy who just broke TweetDeck

TweetDeck, a popular Twitter app for desktops, has been hacked -- because a 19-year-old computer geek in Austria wanted to use cute, little hearts.<p>On Wednesday, something like an Internet worm quickly spread across the Twitter (TWTR) social media network. It came from a tweet of a "♥" symbol that …

Why you'll keep getting hacked

Don't like getting hacked? Sorry, you'd better get used to it.<p>Every few weeks, we learn about another data breach. It's the privacy world's version of an oil spill. A hacker breaks into a company and grabs a database of our personal details. They're sold on the black market, and the exposure puts …

Simple tips to avoid getting hacked - Jun. 13, 2014

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)<p>With all the recent news about government surveillance, corporate cybersecurity failures and large-scale hacks, the task of keeping yourself safe online can seem daunting.<p>There's probably no way to completely avoid the NSA if they've got you in their sights, but fortunately, …