How to properly dispose off your hard drives

How to properly dispose off your hard drives

Data is valuable. Your pictures, legal documents, chat logs, and even saved video games are all things you wouldn’t want to be public. Today, people generally go to great lengths to protect data, but devices age and don’t last forever. When we need to replace them, we often don’t think about what happens to the data that is still on the drive, and how people might be able to access it. Most computers have a hard disk drive, or HDD, which are disks coated with a magnetic metal layer. They rotate similar to a CD or vinyl record and read by a sensor at the tip of an arm. HDDs are…

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Firefox Lite: Need to know

Firefox Lite: Need to know

Firefox Lite requires less than 3.5 MB, which is the smallest among major browsers, and it provides users with the shortest app download time. Moreover, one of Firefox Lite’s standout features is its Turbo Mode, which blocks third-party content such as ads on web pages. By doing this, less data is consumed and websites load faster. In addition to being lightweight and fast, users can also save a whole screen to read offline with a single tap on the toolbar. The website link is automatically saved too, so users can return whenever they want. Based on internal data, it is estimated that more than 440+ GB of online/mobile content was saved…

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Protect you against botnets

Protect you against botnets

Botnets are large networks of hijacked devices (robots) that can be remotely controlled by their creator. Mainly run for profit by criminal organizations, botnets can, for example, be used to mine cryptocurrencies like Monero, or use bandwidth to slow down websites as a denial of service attack. Who is at risk from botnets? The primary victims of botnets are outdated computers humming away in forgotten corners of business parks and schools, as well as poorly secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. When a computer no longer receives updates but is still connected to the internet, it becomes vulnerable as more and more unpatched security vulnerabilities are discovered. These vulnerabilities might allow somebody…

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Google Places API gets Monetization and Upgrade

Google Places API gets Monetization and Upgrade

Google is upgrading the Places API for Android and iOS, and at the same time is deprecating the free Places SDK in Google Play Services, with a full shutdown date of the end of July 2019. The reason Google has given for the move is that when the Maps Platform launched in July 2018, Google held back the Places software development kit (SDK) for Android and iOS, leaving the mobile Places SDK tied to the previous plan’s limit of 150,000 daily requests. However, the new Places SDK has been released for both Android and iOS, and are now officially part of the Maps Platform, and the old SDKs are deprecated.  If…

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Could Facebook’s unified services spell dark days for WhatsApp users

Could Facebook’s unified services spell dark days for WhatsApp users?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced plans to merge his three dominant messaging services: Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. The goal, according to Facebook, is to create a more unified service across all three platforms. “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” a Facebook spokesperson said. With these services integrated, users will be able to easily message one another from different apps. But while the merger may make these services more convenient, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be more secure. Encryption as an afterthought The decision to merge these services has both lawmakers and privacy advocates scratching…

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