Noah Salvato (optimiism23)

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One of the oldest rules about passwords is totally wrong

Your school or workplace may require you to change your password every couple of months or so to keep your account safe. It’s a widely implemented security recommendation.<p>Except it’s totally wrong.<p>The Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist, Lorrie Cranor, busted that myth earlier this week …

Machine Learning Goes Dark And Deep To Find Zero-Day Exploits Before Day Zero

How do you stop someone from exploiting a vulnerability in your software when you don’t know that the vulnerability exists? That’s the problem faced by cyber security experts who try to stop zero-day exploits. If you’re lucky, a friendly spots the vulnerability and tells you about it so you can fix …

Machine Learning

Top Tech Gadgets for Back-to-School and College

You may still be hosting backyard barbecues and enjoying the lazy days of vacation... but those long summer days are coming to an end. School is about to get under way in many parts of the country and it’s time to gear up for back-to-school shopping. These days you’re more likely to purchase a …

Delta's computer nightmare reveals the biggest problem in corporate America

It's been a bad week for Delta.<p>A computer outage at the company's Atlanta headquarters on Monday caused the cancellation of 1,800 flights over two days. Then 250 more flights were canceled Wednesday as severe weather threatened flights along the east coast.<p>Bloomberg's Michael Sasso and Thomas Black …

Markets

Are your apps secretly stalking you? Android phones can be used to track you without permission

Android apps can track a user's location and glean potentially private, personal information – such as where you work or live – just by monitoring …

Cars that use Volkswagen’s remote keyless entry system are vulnerable to theft using equipment costing £30, researchers claim<p>Tens of millions of cars are made vulnerable to theft by their keyless entry systems, according to a report by computer security experts.<p>The paper claims many of the 100m …

Alfa Romeo

Hackers Can Steal Your Data by Listening to Your Hard Drive

New research shows that sensitive info like passwords can be transmitted using the sounds from hard drive motors.<p>Intelligence agencies have developed a number of ways to prevent hackers getting access to their systems, and one of the best ways to keep a system safe is to remove it from the network …

Information Systems

Play YouTube audio in background on iPhone: Simple trick allows for listening to music after shutting down app

Perhaps the most irritating thing about YouTube videos is that there’s no way to listen to them on your phone, rather than just watch. Until …

Gear & Gadgets

'No More Ransom' helps you fight ransomware without paying

Ransomware is one of the most chilling type of malware floating around the internet: an attack that locks a user's files hostage behind an encrypted paywall. Universities, hospitals and even seats of government have fallen victim to these kinds of attacks, paying thousands of dollars in ransom to …

Anti-Virus Software

Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented,” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the <br>Equation Group, an internal hacking team. The Shadow Brokers published two chunks of data, one “open” chunk and another encrypted file …

ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

ApolloShield, which was originally incorporated as Airfence Inc., has launched an anti-drone system that detects drones flying where they’re not authorized or wanted, and forces them to fly home.<p>The startup intends to sell its technology to owners or managers of venues that have intense security …

Companies Can’t Legally Void the Warranty for Jailbreaking or Rooting Your Phone

Federal warranty law protects your right to run third-party software on your electronics.<p>After I published an article about how electronics manufacturers including Microsoft and Sony illegally void the warranties of consumers who open their devices, I got a flood of emails from people wondering …

Android Phones