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Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router

Programmer (and artist) Brannon Dorsey wrote up a fascinating and fairly technical piece about the perils of DNS rebinding the other day. It’s worth a read if you have even the slightest interest in how web browsers work to prevent one site—a scammy site, let’s say—from sending a request to another site—your bank—and…Read more… Continue […]

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Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache

A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac’s Quick Look feature—useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar—stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you’ve connected to your system.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts

There you are just wanting to get on with some casual Facebooking but all of a sudden you can’t get into your account—and what you thought were your username and password aren’t working any longer. If you find yourself locked out of one of your social media accounts, take a deep breath, and follow these […]

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How to Turn Off Cortana on a Windows 10 PC

If you’re using a Windows 10 machine, you might want to consider disabling Cortana—at least on the Lock Screen—if you aren’t planning to install the latest Windows updates for whatever reason. (And, generally, do you really need a smart assistant helping you out when your PC is locked?)Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How You Can Still Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store 

I can’t recall the last time I didn’t install an extension from the Google’s Chrome Web Store. However, developers—up until now—have been allowed to offer their extensions as inline downloads. In other words, they could drop a download button on a website, you’d click on it and see a typical installation confirmation…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Paper Shredder Upgraded With a Scary-Powerful Motor Looks Like It Could Rip Off an Arm

Destroying sensitive documents using a paper shredder is a long and boring process because most of the machines are woefully underpowered. Destruction is supposed to be fun, so a gifted Danish hardware hacker upgraded a run-of-the-mill shredder with a 44,400-RPM brushless motor, letting the machine tear through a page…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Why Even Your Bullshit Accounts Deserve Strong Passwords

This week, password manager Dashlane analyzed ten years’ worth of passwords from public data breaches. The big lesson is, don’t reuse passwords. Not even a little, not even with a “formula.” Password formulas are easy to hack. And even your bullshit accounts deserve strong, unique passwords.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised

If you’ve been using PGP—short for Pretty Good Privacy—to send and receive encrypted emails, it might be time to switch to a different service to maintain the privacy of your communications. A brand-new vulnerability, hilariously called EFAIL, can reveal the contents of your emails (even older emails, in certain…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone 

Sometimes when you show pictures to a friend or relative, they start rudely swiping to other pictures. We have a hack for that. But what if they start opening other apps? Good lord! I was shocked to hear people do this. But you can stop them. Here’s how to enable the Guided Access shortcut and […]

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How Twitter’s Password Screwup Might Have Happened

Last week, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally stored some user passwords in plain text, and thus suggested that all users change their Twitter password. It was bad. But honestly not that bad, according to Tristan Bolton, founder of enterprise cloud provider BoltonSmith. We talked to him about how it might have…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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