Halt WhatsApp data transfers, German privacy watchdog tells Facebook

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Facebook must stop collecting information about WhatsApp users in Germany, a local privacy watchdog has ordered. Last month, Facebook began combining user data from WhatsApp, the messaging company it acquired in 2014, with the mountain of information it holds about members of its social network in order to better target advertising. The move prompted concern…

Your users have porous passwords? Blame yourself, IT.

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Maybe IT needs to tone down its security awareness efforts. New research by psychologists into password strength delivered the non-intuitive conclusion that users who are well briefed on the severity of security threats will not, as IT had hoped, create stronger passwords to better protect themselves. They actually tend to create much weaker passwords because…

How to mitigate hackers who farm their victims

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Nation-states and savvy criminal hackers don’t pull uninformed, spur-of-the-moment smash-and-grab jobs on data networks. They reconnoiter and position themselves to slowly implement precise surgical maneuvers to exfiltrate your information treasures. Most of these attackers are capable of ensuring you remain unaware of their movements until it is to their benefit for you to know. High-profile…

10 ways to secure a mobile workforce

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Super mobile workerImage by Thinkstock We are entering the age of “supermobility,” in which mobile devices will provide all of the tools and technology that employees need to be productive on the go. And while workplace flexibility and convenience are at an all-time high, super-mobile employees are actually putting enormous amounts of company data at…

Cheap, but good: How to build a budget PC for less than $300

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These days, practically every household needs a computer. Even if your job doesn’t require you to peddle presentations after hours, everything from shopping to budgeting to keeping in touch with friends is a vastly more convenient with a keyboard and mouse. And who can resist the occasional foray into the spectacular world of YouTube “fail”…

Ofcom Calls on UK People to Help Map Mobile and WiFi Network Quality

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The telecoms regulator has today launched its first “crowdsourced research project“, which asks owners of Android Smartphones’ to download its new Ofcom Mobile Research app in order to help it build up a more accurate picture of Mobile and WiFi network performance across the United Kingdom. The App itself is designed to automatically measure the…

Major labels sue YouTube ripping site

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The world’s biggest record labels launch legal action against a website that allows users to download the audio from YouTube videos. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Vodafone UK Finally Joins Ofcom’s Broadband Speed Code of Practice

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Vodafone has today confirmed that they’ve officially become members of Ofcom’s voluntary Code of Practice for broadband ISP speeds (details), which helps to protect customers from bad advertising and guarantees “accurate minimum and maximum download speeds“. Took them long enough. Under the code, new and upgrading customers to Vodafone’s fixed line broadband service will now…

UK ISP Hyperoptic Scraps Static IP for Shared CGNAT Internet Addresses

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Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic, which is rolling out a 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTP/B) broadband network to 500,000 UK premises in 20 UK cities, has stopped giving customers a Static IP (IPv4) address and instead become one of the first to adopt Internet address sharing (Carrier Grade NAT). Everybody needs an Internet Protocol (IP) address to go…

Alleged YouTube music ripper sued by industry for copyright infringement

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Stream-ripping, or the conversion of streamed content into downloadable files, has become a major problem for the recorded music industry, which reports a 50 percent increase in such unauthorized ripping in the U.S. from 2013 to 2015. The industry in the U.S. sent a message Monday that it aims to stop the practice with organizations…

Yahoo’s claim of ‘state-sponsored’ hackers meets with skepticism

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Yahoo has blamed its massive data breach on a “state-sponsored actor.” But the company isn’t saying why it arrived at that conclusion. Nor has it provided any evidence. The lingering questions are causing some security experts to wonder why Yahoo isn’t offering more details on a hack that stole account information from 500 million users.…

‘People are dying’

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The lucrative counterfeit drugs trade causes hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Technology can help fight it, but are big pharma and governments doing enough? Read more here:: BBC News – Technology