There is no shortage of Web services to help you verify that a shortened link is legit and not something that's going to load you up with malware or steal personal information. But when it comes to online privacy, it's always good to have options. Instead of adding a "+" to the end of a bit.ly link, or using Unshorten.it, give URL Uncover a look the next time you get suspicious.Addictive Tips recently wrote about URL Uncover, which will let you enter a shortened URL from over 100 different shortening services. After submitting the … Read more
On Tuesday, Kaspersky launched the 2014 release of their Internet Security and Antivirus updates. In addition to a much more polished user interface, Kaspersky brings a slew of under the hood improvements and performance gains across the board. New in 2014 is the Application Control center, a hybrid between a system monitor and task manager that also gives you a trust rating of each running application. For full review or to download a trial, click on the Download button below.
If you would like to encrypt a file or two on your Mac to keep it secure, there are several options available to you. There are a number of third-party tools, such as GPGTools' GPG Suite, which offer encryption options for files (more details here), but Apple also offers built-in encryption support with disk images.
While securely wrapping files in disk images generally requires using Disk Utility, you can do so through the command line as well, which may be useful if you are accessing a system remotely through SSH, or scripting a routine where you would like to encrypt … Read more
"Smart bins" are bin and gone. The City of London Corporation has called for Wi-Fi-enabled, data-sniffing bins to stop recording your movements as you wander the streets.
Twelve recycling "pods" with LCD screens showing adverts have been sniffing out details of your phone as you pass and tracking your subsequent movements. But with the local authority flagging the bins to the Information Commissioner's Office, trials of the technology have been suspended.
If you regularly send confidential information via e-mail and wish to make it as secure as possible, one option for OS X users is GPGTools, which provides encryption and decryption services for any of your e-mail accounts.
GPGTools is a free and open-source encryption project for OS X, based on OpenPGP, which gives OS X users quick access to options for signing and encrypting e-mail messages, as well as offering file-level services for encrypting documents and folders. The project has been around since 2011, but was recently updated to version 2, and supports a number of new features. The suite … Read more
Download.com takes a glimpse at what goes on inside one of the world's oldest and largest annual hacking conferences known to man.
Artist Ai Weiwei is a social activist who has championed human rights issues in China. He understands a thing or two about dealing with unwanted surveillance. Weiwei turned his artistry and knowledge into a set of instructions for making a spray-paint lifter to reach cameras in high places.
The instructions appear in Hans Ulrich Obrist's book, "Do It: The Compendium," a volume of instructionals from artists on how to make art. The CCTV spray project involves a stick, nylon rope, a screw, a brake bar, a bottle cage, a wine bottle opener, and a can of spray paint.… Read more
From hackathons and wifi sheep hunts to cryptography seminars and locking villages, Def Con is full of security ninjas, both veteran and amateur alike. Take a glimpse at what goes on behind the doors, where goons, humans, and uber-level veterans come together to share their skills and pwn n00bz.
Now users have the option to approve log-in requests more directly via their mobile device, instead of relying on a text message containing a short code.
After updating you'll need to launch the app and head to the Settings page. On iOS, … Read more
Privacy has been big news lately after revelations of NSA activities hit hard. But apparently it's not just your phone calls and Internet activity you need to be concerned about. There could be hackers gunning for your toilet, too.
Security company Trustwave issued a warning about potential bathroom breaches of luxury Satis smart toilets from Lixil. The toilets can be controlled using an Android app, but the Bluetooth PIN is hard-coded to "0000." Just knowing that code number means the awesome power of the Satis could fall into evil hands. All a hacker would have to do is download the My Satis app, get in range, pair it to the toilet using the code, and flush away.… Read more