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"Sextortion scam" warning issued by police

Police have warned the public about a new "twist" in cyber scamming.<p>Over 100 people have been targeted in a "sextortion" racket that has been …

Anti-Virus Software

You won’t believe how many online login attempts are made by hackers

Go to your Amazon, Zappos, etc. account now and change the password to something stronger. That’s the takeaway from a cyber security firm’s report that says a whopping 91 percent of all attempts to log into e-commerce websites are from hackers.<p>Attempts by hackers to log into the sites of airlines, …

Online Life

A Google Executive Just Admitted a Frightening Truth About Its Search Engine. Here It Is in 5 Words

Well, this should make a few people think a little more.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You do it all the time, don't you?<p>You're at a restaurant, in a bar, on a train, or merely prostrate on the sofa when a question comes …

Google Search

Still Using Facebook for Advertising? Here's Why You Should Stop Immediately

Facebook is quickly learning that making The Onion angry isn't a great idea.<p>One of the most popular satire publications in the world, <i>The Onion</i>, spent the past few weeks ruthlessly targeting Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, even launching their own social media site: Onion Social.<p>These attacks on …

Social Media

What’s the best password manager for macOS and iOS?

Password management is something that you often hear a lot about in today’s news. Apple has begun supporting various flavors of password managers through APIs while also offering a fairly decent password manager built right into Safari.<p>You might be wondering – what is the best place to store your …

Apps

Facebook patent turns phone mics on to record reactions to ads

Facebook has repeatedly denied tapping into phones microphones for targeted advertising, but just because it isn't doesn't mean it can't. According to <i>Metro</i>, Facebook has applied for a controversial patent for software that will allow smartphones to begin recording when they hear secret messages …

Targeted Advertising

Want More Instagram Followers? Here Are 12 Proven And Successful Organic Strategies

Instagram is the star child of the social media scene at the moment. Its popularity is on a continuous rise, and the implementation of Instagram Stories mid last year has only amplified that fact. This week— they announced the addition of their latest feature, IGTV; adding long-form video to the …

Social Media

How do you decide between HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa?

A decade ago, home automation was something that required you to hire a home integrationist during the building process. It was an expensive process, and you probably ended up with products you barely knew how to use. On top of that, if technology advanced in a few years, you’d have to hire that …

Home Automation

Apple Isn't Your Friend

Apple has been steadily positioning itself as the anti-Facebook for a while now, and between verbal jabs aimed at the social media giant and …

Privacy

16 Clear Signs You’re About to Be Hacked

These are the most common cybersecurity missteps that will make you vulnerable to an attack.<p>“Don’t respond with personal information (social security …

Information Systems

Philips’ app that syncs Hue lights with computer displays is surprisingly good

Sync lights with music, games, video, or web pages on Windows or macOS computers<p>Today, Philips is making its Hue Sync app available to anyone looking to synchronize their Hue lights with whatever’s running on their Windows or Mac computer. Hue Sync detects whatever colors it sees on the screen and …

Home Automation

The most common mistakes people make when choosing passwords, according to research

We're really bad at choosing passwords.<p>According to a new study by a researcher at Virginia Tech and Dashlane, a popular password manager service, most users make the same mistakes when making passwords, such as making their password the name of a popular brand or sports team.<p>And while these things …

Email Is Dangerous

Electronic mail as we know it is drowning in spam, forged phishing mails, and other scams and hacks. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.<p>One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called …

Security

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

There are plenty of guides available on how to protect your data, how to secure yourself online, and how to stop digital snoops from tracking you …

Hacking macOS: How to Configure a Backdoor on Anyone's MacBook

The conversation of which operating system is most secure, macOS vs. Windows, is an ongoing debate. Most will say macOS is more secure, but I'd like …

The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus

We set out to do a standard Wirecutter guide to the best antivirus app, so we spent months researching products, reading reports from independent …

Here’s yet another good reason to never use Internet Explorer

If you or any of your loved ones are still using Internet Explorer — and yes, I do mean true IE, not Microsoft Edge — then you probably already …

Here's How Facebook Tracks You When You're Not On Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg seemed uncomfortable answering questions about how Facebook tracks you when you're not on Facebook. We went to Facebook's website to find out exactly what's happening.<p>During his two-day marathon testimony in Washington this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg looked particularly …

Google and Facebook know the private numbers on your phone - here's what else they know

When I downloaded the data Facebook has on me, I wasn't expecting to be presented with a list of hundreds of names and numbers from my phone's …

Apps

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

What really happens when you log into websites using your Facebook details - and why you should always think twice

Children of the 80’s rejoice - there’s a new Terminator film on the horizon!<p>Even more fabulously everyone’s favourite icon Linda Hamilton is back too …

Social Media

Jobs told Zuck there’d be hell to pay on privacy (video)

A year before he died, Steve Jobs drew a line in the sand on the reuse of personal data.<p>From Steve Jobs Warned Mark Zuckerberg About Privacy Way Back …

Silicon Valley

Zuckerberg’s silence reminds us that, in his eyes, we’re all just 'dumb f*cks'

Facebook's getting rocked by yet another electioneering crisis, but we still haven't heard anything from its commander-in-chief.<p>Mark Zuckerberg has …

Internet

Stop What You're Doing and Check These Facebook Privacy Settings on Your Facebook Account. I Was Truly Stunned by Mine

It's not quite panic time, but most people will be surprised by just how many apps they've given permission to access their data.<p>In the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytics scandal, and the news now that the Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook's use of private …

Apps

Facebook and its executives are getting destroyed after botching the handling of a massive data 'breach'

Facebook and its executives faced a torrent of backlash on Saturday following news reports that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign in 2016, improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.<p>The company quickly faced calls for increased …

Hackers learn to hurdle two-factor authentication | Financial Times

For years, cyber security experts have been urging users to add a second layer of authentication to their accounts, often a code sent by text message …

Authentication

New Technologies Help Seniors Age In Place — And Not Feel Alone

Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that “when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast.” So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talked to …

How to make hands-free voice calls with Google Home | Trusted Reviews

<b>Google Home has been updated in the UK so that you can now make free calls to local mobile and landline telephone numbers.</b><p>All calls are made using …

How To Prevent Tracking in the macOS High Sierra Safari Browser

- Mar 5, 2018<p>Safari for macOS High Sierra users can easily turn off tracking while using the browser. Intelligent Tracking Prevention uses machine …