August 14, 2018

Australia Hopes to Strong-Arm Tech Companies Into Giving Up That Precious Encrypted Data

Photo: AP Last year, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the subject of ridicule when he insisted his country’s laws would “prevail” in a war with mathematics to ensure law enforcement’s access to encrypted data. Now we know what the anti-encryption law says, and legislators have apparently changed tactics but learned very little. Like the […]
August 9, 2018

How to Recognize Tech Support Scams – Avoid a High-Cost Headache

Do you and your employees know how to recognize a tech support scam? If you are unfamiliar with the term, a tech support scam usually looks like this: the phone rings unexpectedly, you answer, the caller claims to be a representative from Microsoft or Apple, and you’re given the news that your device is infected […]
August 9, 2018

Facebook now deletes posts that financially endanger/trick people

It’s not just inciting violence, threats, and hate speech that will get Facebook to remove posts by you or your least favorite troll. Endangering someone financially, not just physically, or tricking them to earn a profit are now also strictly prohibited. Facebook today spelled out its policy with more clarity in hopes of establishing a […]
August 6, 2018

Facebook open sources library to enhance latest Transport Layer Security protocol

For several years, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working to improve the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, which is designed to help developers protect data as it moves around the internet. Facebook created an API library called Fizz to enhance the latest version, TLS 1.3, on Facebook’s networks. Today, it announced it’s […]
August 2, 2018

Amazon patents a real-time accent translator

Amazon has applied for a patent for an audio system that detects the accent of a speaker and changes it to the accent of the listener, perhaps helping eliminate communication barriers in many situations and industries. The patent doesn’t mean the company has made it (or necessarily that it will be granted), but there’s also […]