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I lost Internet service for about 3 days this week. Bad timing! Once my Internet came back I  discovered that while offline, malware took over one of my web sites. It was sending spam messages to Twitter and Facebook, which I quickly blocked. Took me longer to identify the mechanism, clean it up, then remove the spam messages. The malware also prevented me from logging into the control panel for the web site, which I...

Websites Can Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Websites Can Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Researchers have determined a method of tracking individual users across web browsers. That means, changing to a different browser – or even using incognito or private browsing mode – to avoid tracking your online behavior, is no longer sufficient. The researched identified 36 different properties that can be identified across browsers – some of which, when combined, identify a unique computer user – with 99% accuracy. Source: Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple...

Astronomers propose global network of low cost receivers or cell phones #Astronomy #Radio

Astronomers have proposed a global network of radio receivers to search for fast radio bursts. Their concept would use either smart phones and an app listening to a portion of the cellular spectrum allocation, or a low cost device that could be plugged in to the USB port of personal computers. Full paper available at the link. Source: [1701.01475] Searching for giga-Jansky fast radio bursts from the Milky Way with a global array of low-cost...

Border searches of social media accounts will never work #privacy #social

US border officers are, at times, asking visitors for their social media account information, and there is discussion they may ask for account passwords to review private messages of individuals from designated countries. This will never work for obvious reasons – create two accounts, one that is sanitized and one that is for naughty activities. Beyond that simple work around, there are other methods of spoofing such requirements. Besides, what do you do about people...

Bank of America testing fully automated bank branches – devoid of staff #IOT #Automation

Bank of America is designing bank branches that no longer have onsite staff. Interaction with the bank will be through automated systems and ATMs – with video conferences to remotely located banking staff if you need a live person for assistance. “We are literally automating every single thing” Source: Bank of America says it’s testing ‘completely automated’ branches | The Charlotte Observer Policy makers are oblivious to understanding the technology trends – and that many...

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