Although this article is written toward the iPhone X, most iPhones with updated iOS installed, with run these apps. Some apps you may know about, others you probably don't and are great tools! Check them out here!
Soon Apple and its partnership with a number of leading medical institutions will let your iPhone be the portal to your entire medical data. Get the details here!
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Net Neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the internet is treated equally. In 2015, under President Barack Obama, a Democrat-led FCC passed rules that barred broadband companies from slowing or blocking access to certain websites or services. It also prohibited internet service providers from charging companies a fee to access customers more quickly.
The Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality rules will be no more in two months: The agency has taken the final step in removing the regulations from its rule book. This action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.
But that may not be the end of the story. Dozens of groups are expected to file lawsuits challenging the repeal, and Democrats in Congress will push to reverse the FCC's action. Read here for the latest!
Security researchers have uncovered 89 malicious Google Chrome extensions on the official Chrome store that can inject ads, code to secretly mine cryptocurrency, and load a tool to record and replay a person's browsing activities. According to researchers at Trend Micro, this collection of extensions affected over 423,000 users and was used to form a new botnet called "Droidclub." Find out here which extensions these are and how they work. Learn more here about cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin.
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There is a security bug in Skype's update process. It's so critical that if exploited, a hacker can take full control of your computer. Microsoft has said that it will not patch the issue since it will require a "large code revision." Although Microsoft engineers were able to replicate the exploit, they consider it a low-risk threat and the fix will be included in a "newer version of the product rather than a security update" instead.
Get the full scoop here and how you can protect yourself.
Between Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung Bixby, which do you choose? Some can help you do everything from looking up train times to controlling a smart home — but it can be hard to keep track of which one can do what. The level of sophistication depends on which you choose and what you want out of it. So how do you figure out which is for you? ... Well, read on here ...
There is a fairly new scam making the rounds. It's known as a porting or port-out scam. A fraudster finds out critical information about you such as your name, phone number, Social Security number, date of birth and more. Much of this information is obtainable on the Dark Web thanks to the massive Equifax data breach that we learned about last year.
A criminal that has your name, phone number, SSN, date of birth and more will call your mobile phone service provider pretending to be you, and tell them that you're switching to another company but want to keep your phone number. Transferring your number from say, Verizon to AT&T, is a process called porting.
The porting process takes up to 24 hours to complete. During this time both phones will be functional. Meaning, any text messages that you receive on your phone will also be seen by the scammer on the phone your number is being transferred to. If you have two-factor authentication set up on your bank accounts, or any online sites for that matter, the scammer will be able to get the code needed to log into your account. From there, you could become a victim of identity theft and even have money stolen from your bank accounts.
Now, don't let this turn you against two-factor authentication. It's an important security feature that you should be using whenever possible.
The problem isn't two-factor, it's the criminals trying to rip you off. There are ways to prevent falling victim to these types of scams, keep reading for suggestions.
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Microsoft has announced that Windows Defender, its built-in antivirus software for Windows 10, will start removing software that has “coercive messages” or “misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions.”
This type of software, commonly known as scareware, is typically found in cleaner apps that will supposedly optimize your registry on a Windows PC or promise to otherwise speed a machine up. “There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program. See this article to understand more and what to do.
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The latest attacks involving cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are outsmarting even the biggest tech companies around. Click on the wrong site and your computer could be hijacked by those looking to profit from cryptocurrency. While browsing online, you might suddenly hear your laptop’s fans whirring into life and your PC slowing to a crawl. A security scan might show no malicious files hiding in your PC. The problem goes away, and you move on. And yet, when you next come back to that same website, the problem starts again. The cause could be a type of malware that’s very hard to detect. In fact, when used legitimately, this software isn’t considered malware at all. Find out here what's going on! Learn more here about cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin,
When the CIA, FBI, and NSA all reach the same conclusion, you should probably listen. In the age of fake news, collusion, coercion, and bots, the heads of all three U.S. intelligence agencies agree on one thing: don’t buy Huawei phones. The intelligence community has been warning about the risk of Huawei for years, but the timing of the message here is clear: buy the Mate 10 Pro at your own risk. The intelligence community seemingly has ample reason to suspect Huawei of cyber espionage which has long been suspected of using its technology to spy on users. Huawei has been caught bribing users to leave glowing reviews for the new handset on BestBuy.com. Those comments have since been removed. Get the inside story here!
The group, known as the Internet Association, clearly stated for the first time that large tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are not only against the repeal, but they will stake their well-being on overturning it. See the video above and get the latest info here.
As it gears up to launch Chrome's built-in ad blocker on February 15, 2018, Google shared some details about how the new feature will work. First announced in June, the new feature will remove only the most intrusive types of ads that violate the Coalition for Better Ads' standards. Find out the latest here.
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Recent news of the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel’s processors has driven the wedge between the two even further, forcing Microsoft to do much of the work to patch security holes. This article provides insight into this every deepening rift.
Montana’s governor signed an executive order today that would force internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even while the FCC has repealed those rules nationally.
Officials in states around the country have already pledged to fight for net neutrality rules in their jurisdictions and nationally. Most visibly, 22 attorneys general signed on to a lawsuit last week to block the FCC from repealing the rules. This article details how states are beginning to fight the Federal Net-Neutrality ruling despite it not allowing individual states to override the ruling.
Apple is outsourcing its Chinese iCloud operations to a local firm in southern China starting on February 28th. The move has been known since last year when Apple announced its partnership with the firm. In February, Apple will transfer Chinese iCloud data to the GCBD-managed data center in Guizhou. It won’t make any visible difference to Chinese customers on the front-facing end, and Apple tells customers that data remains secure and private. “Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems,” it says. Get the details here and here.
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Silicon Valley is making the bet that, in the near future, we’ll talk to all of our tech. But beware: the mechanism used to listen and turn what you say into a command for a virtual personal assistant or smart home gadget might not be secure. Security researchers have shown that they can generate an audio clip that sounds like innocuous speech, but actually gives a secret command to a voice transcription system, like the ones used by Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Find out here what happening under the hood and what you should be on the lookout for!
AMD is making firmware updates available for Ryzen and EPYC chip series owners and the company is planning to update older processors “over the coming weeks.” Like Intel, these firmware updates will be provided to PC makers, and it will be up to suppliers to ensure customers receive these. For details on how this may affect you, see this article.
Online ads are annoying to say the least! Google will start rolling out a new control that allows users to mute reminder ads in apps and websites that use Google Ad services for up to 90 days. The muting tool will also roll out to other Google services like YouTube and Gmail soon. Here's how it works.
Microsoft has been forced to issue a second out-of-band security update this month, to deal with the issues around Intel’s Spectre firmware updates. Intel warned last week that its own security updates have been buggy, causing some systems to spontaneously reboot. Intel then buried a warning in its latest financial results that its buggy firmware updates could lead to “data loss or corruption.” Get the latest on this here.
Intel Corp says that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. Get the latest scoop here!
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!