They would not like discovering that they can’t get into their own email, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. They do that for three security reasons. (My Yahoo Tech column today: How to Get Hacked in 5 Easy Steps.
In the beginning, when most of the internet was still rolling green fields, there was no need for antivirus software. Early web users could swap files with... (In Depth: Will we ever be able to rid the world of computer viruses?
The network neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission had implemented in 2011 were deemed invalid Tuesday, leaving Washington D.C., tech firms, content providers, ISPs and consumers unsure of what might happen to the current version of the internet, where all lawful internet traffic is delivered to consumers without discrimination.
This could be a new landscape if the FCC decides to wait and see how the ISPs try to shift their business models for a world without network neutrality — something that current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler seems willing to do.
So, as always in these cases, let’s look at who wins and loses.
Two food-creating 3D printers that will launch later this year have been unveiled in Las Vegas. The machines make chocolate and sugar-based confectionary shaped in ways that would be difficult to produce using traditional methods.
Stay late at work? Always wish there was a bit more time to put together lesson plans at school? Try to take those plans home to hopefully finish them, only to realize you left the portable USB thumb drive back in the classroom?
It's no secret that Google has been working hard to push its social network into the mainstream. Google has killed off some of its own products — e.g, the late Google Reader — in an attempt to drive more users into the arms of Google+. A more common tactic, however, has been to create bridges between the…
Windows XP just isn’t secure anymore! If the expense of the new Windows operating systems is too great, here’s an easy and painless way to get a completely free Linux, keep your old Windows XP installation, and start surfing securely.
Roger Davies's insight:
I switched all my work computers to Linux years ago. Ubuntu for latest and greatest or Mint for clients wanting an XP look and feel .. You can dual boot i.e. leave both on the computer and pick at boot up which to fire up .. or (my preference) replace system and keep all your data .. sweet!
How Accurate Is The Computer Code Shown In Hollywood Thrillers? This ... Yahoo News For instance, in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara plays a computer hacker who aids a journalist in his search for a long-lost woman.
Scammers have devised new ways to trick users into revealing personal information, hand over control of computers and pay for unnecessary software and tech support services, security experts warn.
Researchers from security firm Malwarebytes recently came across a tech support scam targeting smartphone and tablet users, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned consumers earlier this month about scams offering tech support refunds.
Tech support scams typically involve scammers making unsolicited calls to users and posing as technical support specialists responding to malware infections or other problems allegedly detected on their computers. This type of cold-calling scam has become common in recent years, especially in English-speaking countries, and prompted warnings from consumer protection groups, government agencies and security companies.
The scammers use professional and technical language to gain users' trust and ask them to download and install remote access programs on their computers. They then connect to those computers and open various system utilities like the Windows event viewer or registry editor to show victims errors in an attempt to prove their computers have a problem.
The goals of these scams can be to enroll victims in unnecessary tech support services, trick them into buying useless security software, install malware on their computers, or steal their credit card and personal information.
Tech support scammers have targeted both Windows and Mac OS X users in the past, but it seems they are now expanding into the mobile market space.
Calgary Herald Less than half of Alberta companies offer telecommuting Calgary Herald The survey found that 46 per cent of Alberta workers (43 per cent Canada) expect their companies to hire more people this year and 19 per cent (21 per cent...
Fans of Modern Family, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Revenge just got another item to add to their list of New Year’s resolutions: find their cable account credentials. Starting on January 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network’s shows online the day after they air on TV.
The network explained the new requirements in an FAQ this way:
“Pay TV service providers are a key part of the television industry in delivering broadcast content through new technology platforms. Now, with the support of participating pay TV service providers, the ABC network is able to continue to bring live entertainment, news and sports programming on a national and local level as well as the latest on-demand episodes on new, emerging digital platforms at no additional cost to their subscribers.”
The requirement to sign in to watch also extends to Hulu.com, where ABC up until now made its shows available for free to everyone. Going forward, next-day access is restricted to either Hulu Plus subscribers or subscribers who authenticate through their cable provider. Both Hulu and ABC.com will continue to make episodes available to everyone, including people who don’t pay for cable, eight days after the initial air date.