Monthly Archives: February 2017

How Trolls Work

by Jonathan Strickland           Trolls enjoy frustrating other people on the Internet. See more laptop pictures. Ljupco Smokovski/iStockphoto     There's no denying that the Internet is an amazing invention. It allows people to communicate around the world at speeds approaching real time. But this connection can be a double-edged sword. Not only are you able…
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Today’s leading causes of DDoS attacks

Distributed denial of service attacks are growing ever bigger. Here's what's causing them.  By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | February 22, 2017     Last fall, we saw the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever. This year we'll see even bigger ones. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Security report, here's what's…
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The Cloud? Apple’s iOS can’t handle the Cloud

iOS's integration with 3rd-party cloud services stinks. What does Apple need to do to make iOS a best-in-class cloud citizen? Or is Android too far ahead?  By Jason Perlow| February 22, 2017 Image: ZDNet   My colleague David Gewirtz posed an interesting question yesterday: If the entry-level iPhone doubled in price, would you still buy…
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Ransomware: Why it’s a really big problem for small businesses

Too many small and medium-sized businesses think they're not going to be targeted by ransomware. They're wrong.  By Danny Palmer | February 21, 2017   Ransomware can easily destroy a business. Image: Check Point     The ransomware threat has massively exploded in the last year, growing from an inconvenience to something which could potentially…
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Windows 10: New privacy settings still leave users in dark on how Microsoft uses data

Despite Microsoft's efforts to clarify and boost Windows 10 privacy controls, data-protection watchdogs still aren't satisfied.  By Liam Tung | February 21, 2017   The EU privacy group argues that, despite Microsoft's privacy settings, it's still not clear what kinds of personal data are processed for what purposes. Image: Microsoft   European Union data-protection authorities…
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Android ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent in a year

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting mobile devices with malicious software, as more and more people use them to store their most personal data.  By Danny Palmer | February 21, 2017   Android devices are becoming a top target for ransomware. Image: iStock     Ransomware targeting Android users has increased by over 50 percent in just…
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Would you buy an iPhone if Apple doubled the price?

At $651, the average price of an iPhone is already well above the $208 average cost of an Android smartphone. If Apple adds technology that costs a lot more money to produce, are you ready to foot the bill?  By David Gewirtz | February 21, 2017 Image: David Gewirtz' dark and disturbing nightmares   At…
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