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- The “Happy Path” to HTTPS
- Making Google prompt the primary choice for 2-Step Verification
In July, we began inviting users to try Google prompt as their 2-Step Verification (2SV) method, instead of SMS text messages. Google prompt is an easier and more secure method of authenticating an account, and it respects mobile policies enforced on empl
- The great thaw of America’s north is coming
- Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability
Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol today. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected. Read More
- State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine the Map?
- The technical trainwreck that is USB-C
Marco Arment calmly explains USB-C, a garble of different standards shoehorned into using physically identical ports and cables which nonetheless remain maddeningly incompatible with one another. It’s comforting to think that over time, this will
- One of world’s most remote islands gets commercial flights
HeraldNet.com HeraldNet.com - Everett and Snohomish County news from The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington St. Helena lies about 1,200 miles west of the border between Angola and Namibia. One of world’s most remote islands gets commercial flights W
- Library of Congress Book Conveyor Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
In the age of the Industrial Revolution, libraries at the cutting edge experimented with an array of pneumatic and mechanical devices that had books flying around, over, and under their technologically delighted patrons. There was no greater example of th
- What is two-factor authentication, and which 2FA apps are best?
The age of widespread fingerprint and face-scanning authentication is almost here. Yet even in the age of Apple’s Face ID and Windows 10’s Hello, passwords are still the main way we log in to our various accounts. That’s why two-factor authentication (2FA
- The Creator of Bitcoin Comes Clean, Only to Disappear Again
- An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941
Section 108h of the Copyright Act gives libraries the power to scan and serve copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941; it's never been used before but now the mighty Internet Archive is giving it a serious workout, adding them to thei
- Facebook’s Messenger Lite is actually really good
If you’ve ever read praise for Facebook products on The Verge, it won’t have come from me. I’m baffled by the design of the company’s website, aggravated by the pushy data-thirsty ways of its apps, and unimpressed by the contrived niceness of its founder
- If Ads Don't Work, Can Publishers Strike Subscription Gold?
A new crop of startups wants readers, rather than advertisers, to fund internet content.
- PSA: Don’t share your old AIM screen name
Hello it’s the fun police! Were you having a nice time engaging in nostalgia about the death of AOL Instant Messenger? Was it fun to look back on your old AIM login, how young you were, KrazyKat99, without a care in the world? Yes, we at TechC
- JP Morgan-Chase paid its billions in fines for mortgage fraud by committing billions in mortgage fraud
A lawsuit against JP Morgan-Chase -- the nation's largest bank -- asserts that the institution paid off the $4,200,000,000 in mortgage forgiveness that it agreed to as a settlement for widescale mortgage and foreclosure fraud by committing a lot more mort
- Replacing Social Security Numbers Is Harder Than You Think
- Train crashes into sleeping man's bedroom in Atlanta, Georgia
An Atlanta man was rescued by fire crews and brought to hospital with minor injuries.
- Post-Equifax Breach, It’s Time for a Digital Universal ID
In the digital age, why are we still using social security numbers for identification? The post Post-Equifax Breach, It’s Time for a Digital Universal ID appeared first on ExtremeTech.
- Minitel: The Online World France Built Before the Web
- US Studying Ways To End Use of Social Security Numbers For ID
wiredmikey quotes a report from Security Week: U.S. officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data for millions of Americans, Rob Joyce, the White House cy
- It’s time to give Firefox another chance
If you’re like me, you switched your default browser over to Chrome years ago and never looked back. Chances are, before you made the switch, you used Firefox or Internet Explorer. What made Chrome stand out back then was its speed and simplic
- Super Bowl? Bah! Study rates total solar eclipse as America’s most watched event
Eclipse watchers turned Aug. 21’s event into a party at Kerry Park in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) More than 215 million American adults, representing almost 88 percent of the U.S. population over 18, wa
- Gates Foundation sues software developer, claiming it billed $2.8M and built ‘nothing of value in return’
(Flickr Creative Commons Photo / Nam-ho Park) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation filed a lawsuit against a California-based software company today, alleging that the company failed to deliver on its promise to build a new software platform despite bi
- DDoS Attacks Will Now Be 'Something You Only Read About In The History Books', Says Cloudflare CEO
Louise Matsakis, writing for Motherboard: Cloudflare, a major internet security firm, is on a mission to render distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks useless. The company announced Monday that every customer -- including those who only use its free
- ProcessWire 3.0.76, a new front-end account module and much more
This week we’ve got a new core version, a new version of the Uikit 3 admin theme, a new version of ProCache with SCSS and LESS support, plus a brand new module that provides user login, new user registration and a user profile editor, all for the front-en
- Logitech’s MX Ergo made me a trackball convert
Some geeks of my vintage have a nostalgic fondness for trackballs, but I never managed to form such an association. Instead, I’ve been pretty much a dedicated mouse user since the mouse first became an option. But Logitech’s MX Ergo wire
- Want members of Congress to get stuff done? Let’s let them work from home, too.
Imagine a world where members and their staffs worked in their district instead of in D.C. Donald Trump was right about one thing: Washington, D.C. and the inside the Beltway culture certainly is a swamp. The interests of the connected, the powerful and
- Will the owner of this $15 million Seattle mansion pay a luxury tax?
The Sam Hill mansion on Capitol Hill is the most expensive real estate listing in Seattle .
- Site of the Union Station Train Crash in Washington, D.C.
At 8:38 am on January 15th, 1953, a man ran out of Union Station onto the concourse screaming “run for your lives!” Twenty seconds later the building shook as a runaway 1,100-ton passenger train smashed through the north wall and collapsed through the flo
- One simple word defines Germans, but Germans don't agree on what it means
Ask Germans to define the word "Volk" and you may get a bunch of different answers, each suggesting different attitudes to German identity and immigration.