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Computing

Nvidia’s GTX 1080 can crack passwords as easily as it can game

Nvidia’s latest GTX 1080 graphics card is good for more than just gaming. It turns out its new Pascal architecture is excellent for digital forensics and, in particular, cracking passwords.
Computing

Web consultant says meters don’t measure true strength of passwords

Password meters only offer the illusion of security, according to tests, and often fail to identify really weak passwords that can be cracked in seconds. A web consultant says it’s further reason to use two-step authentication on your…
Home

Smart outlets may be making life easier for everyone — including hackers

Smart devices are on the rise, everything from refrigerators to doorbells is being designed to smartly sync and make life easier. Smart outlets are one of these new devices that are becoming increasingly popular.
Computing

Study finds we often ignore security warnings because we’re bad at multi-tasking

New research from Brigham Young University and Google has shown has software developers need to improve the timing of security update messages, as many go ignored when they appear alongside, or over, other content.
Mobile

Americans prefer a ‘password’ over a fingerprint

According to recent research, over half (58 percent) of Americans prefer passwords over biometric authentication methods like eye scans or facial recognition when it comes to keeping their personal data safe.
Web

Google is making Gmail safer with new security warnings for malicious links

Google has updated Gmail, both on Android and the web, with a number of new security features. For example, you'll now get a warning when you click on a link to a malicious website.
Cool Tech

Passenger caught with loaded 3D-printed gun in carry-on luggage

TSA officers at the Reno airport thought they had a routine confiscation when they detected a gun in a passenger's carry-on bag. Much to their surprise, this gun was not your ordinary firearm -- it was a fully-loaded 3D-printed replica.
Web

How the father of the World Wide Web plans to reclaim it from Facebook and Google

A handful of companies own vast swaths of web activity – Facebook for social networking, Google for searching, eBay for auctions – giving these companies unprecedented power over us. This has inspired an effort to re-decentralize the…
Computing

Microsoft will pay you cash for hunting down specific vulnerabilities for Microsoft Edge in the Windows Insider program

Microsoft offers a new bounty for Microsoft Edge in the Windows Insider program, wanting researchers to hunt down remote code execution holes for hard cash. This program is slated to end in May of 2017, offering a max reward of $15,000.
Mobile

Apple plays catch-up with a bug bounty program coming in September

Apple is finally catching up with other tech giants -- it will launch an invitation-only bug bounty program, with rewards as high as $200,000. The bugs are split into five categories, and the lowest reward is $20,000.
Computing

Malwarebytes launches new feature that stays one step ahead of ransomware

Anti-malware software maker Malwarebytes has released new features for its Endpoint Security platform that helps people and businesses stay one step ahead of the latest ransomware threat before it hits.
Computing

Microsoft is now enforcing its rule banning unsigned Windows 10 kernel mode drivers

Starting with Windows 10, version 1607, Microsoft will enforce its driver signing rule banning kernel mode drivers not signed by the company's Dev Portal. New drivers will also require an Extended Validation Code Signing Certificate.