Gmail Now Warns Users When They Send And Receive Email Over Unsecured Connections

gmail-autocomplete Google is marking Safer Internet Day, which falls today, by introducing new authentication features to Gmail to help better identify emails that could be harmful or unsecured. Read More

Passwords May Soon Be Passé

retinapassword The early January theft of more than 320,000 user emails and passwords from cable giant Time Warner Cable gave validation to the argument that simple password authentication is becoming less and less reliable. But the Time Warner Cable hack is far from being the worst case of identity theft. In fact, it’s quite insignificant compared to some of the more severe cases we’ve seen in… Read More

Threats To Google Fiber

sharks What’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Did you say the elimination of net neutrality? What about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act? Or the Protect IP Act (PIPA)? The fact of the matter is that the greatest threat to the Internet doesn’t come from any kind of government agency. So again, what’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Sharks. Read More

Oscobo Is An Anonymous Search Engine Targeting Brits

mac keyboard We’re frequently told Brits don’t care a fig-leaf for online privacy. But one London-based startup is about to test that theory — it’s just launched an anonymous search engine, called Oscobo, initially serving up search results specifically for the U.K. market. Read More

The biggest tech fails of 2015

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Every year is fraught with ups and downs, but 2015 was a milestone year for downs in the technology world. From straightforward hardware blunders to simple errors in judgment that led to high-profile stumbles, it was a banner year for tech fails.

In some cases, some of those fails were so ridiculous you had to laugh, but some — like the recent spate of hoverboard fires — were tragic and dangerous. These are technology's lowest water marks for 2015... stay safe and enjoy the schadenfreude.

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Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

passwords Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to Yahoo’s recently launched “Account Key,” which also offers a… Read More

Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

passwords Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to Yahoo’s recently launched “Account Key,” which also offers a… Read More

Intelligence Should Recruit Like Google

us-intelligence-google An interesting story made the rounds back in August. While conducting a search for “python lambda function list comprehension,” programmer Max Rosett was suddenly invited to attempt a cryptic coding challenge. After completing it, he was contacted by Google — where he now works. The challenge was part of Google’s novel recruiting strategy, which allowed the company… Read More

Google Dedicates $1M In Research Grants To Keep Google Drive Safe

7042854767_dc3cc8365e_b Google wants you to feel safe and comfy in storing your data with them on all of their properties. One particular product probably has your most important documents — Google Drive. Today, the company announced that it will be dedicating one million dollars next year to fund grants for independent security research. Here’s what the team said today: Our research grant program is one… Read More

Google Turns On Safe Browsing In Chrome For Android

mobile-malware Google’s Safe Browsing technology is now enabled by default on Android to protect mobile Chrome users from accessing phishing sites and web pages that harbor malware. Until now, Safe Browsing was only available to desktop users, as well as for Chrome users on Android who turned on Google’s optional data compression service. Read More
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