data

What We Can Learn From The Biggest Corporate Hacks

The past few years have seen an absurd amount of companies getting hacked, from simple passwords to entire databases of email. Wen we’re affected by these hacks, we look for someone to blame — but we rarely stop to look at our own lives and see what we can learn from these companies’ mistakes.


What Really Happens When You Delete Something From Your PC

If you want to sell or dispose of your computer, it’s important to make sure there isn’t any data left on there for someone to find. When it comes to NTFS-formatted hard drives, simply deleting your files isn’t enough.


RAW Creates Professional-Looking Data Visualisations In Your Browser

If you need to present some data — for a work project or class — you want it to be visually interesting to look at. The RAW web app lets you upload tabular data in the form of text or spreadsheet files and lets you create an eye-catching chart or diagram in minutes.


Ask LH: Why Do Mobile Data Packs Have An Expiry Date?

Dear LH, Why is it that mobile data packs (for mobile phone plans or use with tablets) have an expiry date? Data allowance won’t spoil in the fridge, so what gives? Some plans let you roll data from month to month, but the long-life ones don’t. Is this fair? Is it legal?


Import.io Turns Web Pages Into A Useable Data Table

Windows/Mac/Linux: When you’re gathering data for research or a project, it can be laborious entering each individual piece of information into a table. Import.io can grab data from a web page’s code and create tables for you.


You Don't Own Your Data

Many of us have a protective instinct when it comes to our data. After all, it’s ours. Why should someone else profit from it? There’s just one problem: there may be privacy laws protecting you from being spied on and copyright laws protecting the ownership of content you create, but data doesn’t belong to you just because it’s about you.


The Cheapest Way To Get Decent 4G Data On A Telstra Phone Plan

When we rounded up 4G BYO no-contract plans earlier this week, we noted that there’s a big premium to pay if you want to use the Telstra network relative to other providers. Several readers pointed out a prepaid option you can use which makes Telstra a lot more affordable.


Telstra Now Offering Proper Data Usage Alerts

Telstra has updated its alerts system for data usage, pinging users when they have used 50 per cent, 85 per cent and 100 per cent of their data. Telstra has also changed the way it calculates usage, which means (at least in theory) you should see alerts sooner.


Microsoft: The Patriot Act Is Powerless Outside Of The United States

Over the past few years, there has been mounting concern that the US government could invoke the Patriot Act to collect Australian data for surveillance purposes without permission. However, the extent of these powers is a little hazy: some experts claim that the Act can be enacted on American soil only, while others maintain that any data centre with ties to US companies is fair game.


How To Stretch A Meagre Mobile Data Allowance

If you’re on a cheap mobile phone plan, there’s a good chance your monthly data allowance is woefully inadequate. This can lead to huge bills at the end of the month if you don’t keep close tabs on your usage. Instead of switching off your mobile data completely (or downgrading to a basic phone), try following these simple data-stretching tips. With plenty of discipline and a bit of know-how you can make even the flimsiest of data plans go the distance.