Spectre and Meltdown: Why They’re Extremely Dangerous

You may have heard something about these two security flaws, Spectre and Meltdown and you know they have to do with your computer’s processor. But explaining Spectre and Meltdown is simple, and patches are already out for most platforms. Here’s everything you need top know about Spectre and Meltdown, extremely dangerous security threats that hit...

Texas Gunman’s Locked Phone Reignites Encryption Debate

Another locked smartphone, another garbage reason for demanding access, and another FBI screwup that made this all possible. Either the FBI is woefully incompetent, incapable of getting into a phone (let alone protecting this country from domestic threats), or they’re intentionally screwing up in order to create demand for a precedence that would let them...

Photo Retouching App Meitu Collects User Data

My first problem with Meitu has to do with the uncanny valley. Big anime eyes and unrealistic proportions makes some of these photos look a little off, somewhere between artificial (creepy) and attractive. My second is a feminist issue. Preying on our fears of looking unattractive with an app promising impossible beauty standards is the...

How Russia Hacked the Election for Trump

By now, you’ve likely heard that Russia influenced the U.S. election through hacking. It’s been reported that Russians tried to hack the vote counts themselves and learn about our election process, but we currently have no evidence that they were successful in any of those attempts. That’s not what we’re talking about when we say...

Evernote’s New Privacy Policy Allows Employees to Read Your Notes

This year, Evernote raised their prices on all of their paid plans while simultaneously imposing severe limitations on their free plans. One of the primary features of Evernote was sharing notes between devices, but now this wasn’t something the free service wasn’t capable of anymore. Many, myself included, stopped using Evernote then. The paid programs...

Mac BitTorrent Client, Transmission, Once Again Spreads Malware

For the second time, popular Mac BitTorrent client Transmission has been found distributing Mac malware.  The malware was slipped onto the app, and distributed on Transmission’s official site. Once again, the malware slips in and logs the user’s keypresses, just like the last trojan horse that was spread through Transmission. That means it can steal your...

If You Use Dropbox, Change Your Password Immediately

Back in 2012, Dropbox was hacked. The company initially claimed that the hack only involved email addresses, but it seems encrypted passwords were included in the hack as well. The initial hack may have affected as many as 100 million Dropbox users, with a majority now having their passwords exposed as well. Dropbox was using SHA-1,...

Microsoft Proved Why a Master Key is a Bad Thing

When the FBI was suing Apple to create an easily hacked version of iOS, everyone in the tech community was baffled. The FBI was working hard to violate the rights of Apple employees as well as risk the security of everyone with a mobile device. We all pointed out that the software would leak, either...

Yet Another macOS Malware Discovered

It wasn’t too long ago that I was sharing methods to install apps on macOS (technically, it’s currently still called OS X), and brought up GateKeeper. GateKeeper is the security system Apple put in place that prevents Macs from running unsigned code from unrecognized developers. Most malware creators are not registered Mac developers, and if...