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Data privacy

It’s your own fault that Facebook and Google spy on you so much

April 6th, 2021

Here’s a hypothetical scenario. There’s a house on your street that, as bad luck would have it, keeps getting broken into by thieves. Over and over again. The damage varies from attack to attack, but it’s almost always considerable. The police know who the perpetrators are, but their words to the victims are cold comfort, …

Data privacy

Some companies steal your data, but this one will pay you for it

March 25th, 2021

In a world where data privacy is increasingly prized by consumers who have gotten tired of watching companies steal and take advantage of their data in exchange for using popular apps and services, a new idea along these lines has started to take hold. Certain companies, instead of stealing user data or asking them to …

Two factor authentication

Think 2FA SMS texts make your logins safe? Look how easy they are to hack

March 18th, 2021

Two-factor authentication was back in the news on Thursday, with Facebook announcing its support of physical security keys for 2FA on mobile devices via a company blog post. The post from Facebook offered a good reminder that, while 2FA is generally thought to make it harder for people to break into your accounts, it’s not …

avengers popularity

Scientists try to explain why everyone loves the ‘Avengers’ movies

July 6th, 2019

The Marvel movies are some of the most successful Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Sure, Avengers: Endgame can’t seem to beat Avatar for the all-time crown, but hey, you’d be hard-pressed to find another collection of properties capable of pulling in numbers like the Avengers and its associated origin stories. But why are they so popular? …

Hurricane Sandy Cell Service

Cell service said to get worse in Hurricane Sandy’s wake

October 31st, 2012

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast this week, leaving millions without power and causing billions of dollars in damage. As traditional landlines and Internet connectivity began to die, users turned to their cell phones to contact loved ones and receive news updates regarding the storm. Many users were faced with poor service in the …

Mandatory ‘big brother’ black boxes leave drivers with privacy concerns

May 17th, 2012

The United States Senate has already passed a bill that would require data-recording “black boxes” to be equipped on every vehicle for the 2015 model year, and the House is also expected to approve the bill. The primary function of the black boxes, which are known as Electronic Data Recorders (EDRs), would be to “capture …