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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RSA Encryption Cracked

RSA Encryption Cracked

It has long been known that even the best encryption system can be broken more easily if its users don’t do a good job. Sometimes what constitutes a good job can be difficult to work out. In World War II the cracking of the German Enigma code was made easier by the way messages always started in the same way – providing some known plain text to compare against the encrypted text.

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Turn On device encryption in Windows 10

Turn On device encryption in Windows 10

Device encryption helps protect your data by encrypting it. Only with the right encryption key (such as a password) can an encrypted device be decrypted. Device encryption is not available in Windows 10 Home, it is however present in the higher grade of Windows 10. Login to Windows with an administrator account. Select the Start button, and then type manage BitLocker. Select Manage BitLocker from the list of results. Select Turn on BitLocker, and then follow the instructions. Choose how you want to unlock the device or drive. Select either to Use password or to Use smart card. If smart card, you would be required to insert the smart card. The…

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Chrome cracks down on sites that don’t use encryption

Chrome cracks down on sites that don’t use encryption

A special warning will alert users when sites aren’t using HTTPS beginning in Chrome 56. Chrome is embarking on a crusade to crack down on websites that still aren’t using encryption, and it starts with the latest version of the browser, Chrome 56. Chrome 56 is launching in January, and will implement a new warning that you’ll see on any login sites that are still unencrypted. The pages will be marked as “not secure” in a small window by the address bar, which should help usher browsers away from any site that’s still not utilizing HTTPS. In the future, these pages will also be denoted with a special red triangle symbol…

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Android N and The All Security Upgrade

The countdown has already begun for the latest version of Android codenamed as N slated for stable release within a few weeks. For the developers as well as the end users, the latest version of the operating system would take your user experience to a new level. While a few cosmetic changes have been made to the OS over its previous installment Android Marshmallow, there are many changes that have not come up in the discussions as yet. Security is one such upgrade that has not attained the limelight yet. Android N is likely to be the most secure and user-friendly release. One of the key ideas in this latest version…

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