The past is a great place to live.
There, everything is tainted with a certain beauty, a soft-focused purity which the present cannot match.
There, there was more justice and more sense.
There politicians didn't take photographs of their nether regions and mail them to unknown women. Or, if they did, people didn't hear about it.
Because in the past, there was no Web.
Anthony Weiner, a recent candidate to be the Democratic mayor of New York, seems wistful about the past.… Read more
In a somewhat nefarious climb to the top, Indonesia overtook China to become the top source of Internet attacks.
Attack traffic from Indonesia nearly doubled in the second quarter of 2013, according to Akamai's latest "The State of the Internet" report published Wednesday. From April to June, attack traffic out of Indonesia spiked to 38 percent, a 17 percent increase from the previous quarter, according to the report.
Indonesia claims the dubious top spot from China, which dropped to No. 2 on Akamai's list. China's share remained roughly consistent, Akamai said, with 33 percent of … Read more
Safari pulled in the highest usability score among the top five mobile browsers, according to a new report from Fixya.
Apple's mobile browser took home a grade of 1.31, far outpacing the stock Android browser, Opera, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The scores were assigned based on the number of problems reported on Fixya, along with market share data from NetMarketShare. The fewer "problem impressions" given to each browser, the higher the score.
In Safari's favor were its simple interface, its Reading List feature, and its ability to let users perform multiple tasks from a … Read more
Avast just released the 2014 updates to its family of antivirus and internet security software with a redesigned UI that is clean and pleasing to the eye, not to mention its attempt to be your one stop hub for all of your security needs. As the #1 most downloaded software on Download.com, Avast is easily one of the most popular antivirus solutions for consumers worldwide.Avast Internet Security 2014 debuts new technologies to give you the protection you need before it's too late. Combined with its cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items, the files pass … Read more
For the first time since Akamai started data-gathering in 2008, Microsoft-DS -- aka Port 445 -- is not the hackers' primary path of attack, Akamai's latest "State of the Internet" report revealed Wednesday.
Instead, hackers have moved to targeting Web users through HTTP Port 80 and SSL (HTTPS) port 443.
That hackers are changing their tactics is notable. For years, the Microsoft-DS file-sharing port was a favored place for hackers because it allowed for the transfer of malicious content to PCs. Now, though, it appears hackers are seeing that people are possibly more susceptible to attacks through … Read more
Wi-Fi can now be found in Africa's grasslands, around the glaciers of the North Pole, and in airplanes flying high above the Earth's surface, but underwater is one place the Internet still can't go... until now.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York are developing a "deep-sea computing network" that can beam data from submerged sensors in oceans, seas, and lakes to users' wireless devices in real time.
The goal of creating underwater Internet is to help people get a better gauge of what's going on in the oceans' depths. For example, … Read more
List of improvements include a more intuitive software version checker, a built-in app store for easier upgrades and access to Avast's other products, and an impressive real-time stat tracker that displays … Read more
Design: Avast's new layout is a unique and clean take on managing security. Rather than copying a flat Metro look like so many others, Avast organizes its environment and prioritizes it in a sensible manner. Flat icons and subtle menu animations look great, secondary pop-out menus don't feel cluttered, and the toggle icon also helps create a cleaner experience.
Security: An improved firewall, noninvasive scanning, and a complementary, crowdsourced, whitelisting approach via Community IQ keeps this security suite on alert for untrustworthy sites and phishing scams. A noninvasive browser add-on protects your Web usage with built-in do … Read more
Facebook has signed a deal to acquire Onavo as part of its plans to increase Internet access for billions of people worldwide.
The mobile analytics startup revealed the deal in a blog post Sunday. Guy Rosen, co-founder and CEO, and Roi Tiger, co-founder and CTO, said they launched Onavo three years ago to help tech consumers work more efficiently through mobile devices. The company is "eager to take the next step and make an even bigger impact by supporting Facebook's mission to connect the world," they said.
They were referencing the Internet.org initiative, a global partnership … Read more