It’s hard to get a clear picture of what sites your browser is communicating with as you traverse the myriad destinations provided by the internet. Sure, it’s obvious what website you’re looking at, but what other connections are being made in the background? Now Firefox users can see a visualisation of this information using a Mozilla-developed add-on called Lightbeam.
You know you might have a problem when one of the most popular pieces of open source software decides it no longer wants anything to do with you. This is the situation SourceForge now finds itself in, with the developers behind GIMP announcing that the Windows binaries for its prolific image editor will no longer be hosted on the service.
There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don’t know why. Why do I need to keep resetting my router? Do I have a virus? What happens when a site I use gets “hacked?” Whether you’re the tech-savvy friend that’s always answering these questions or the friend doing the asking, here are the answers to the most common conundrums.
The best way to stop malicious or misleading sites from engaging in nasty activities with your PC is to not visit said sites in the first place. Most browsers provide a basic level of protection in this sense, warning you if a domain is trusted or not, but there’s nothing wrong with putting an extra wall between yourself and the internet and the Web Of Trust (WOT) extension is a good place to start.
Security is important in any computing environment but when you start saving data to an external service you get the added dimension of having to secure user accounts and account settings in differnet ways. Amazon has added an instructional video describing how to set up one of their recommended, best practice security measures – multiple AWS Identity and Access Management users.
Before you pack your bags for that late winter getaway, take a moment to scan and archive your important documents, like your primary passport pages and the labels for any of your prescriptions. Making sure they’re available even if your bags are lost or stolen will make it easier to get help if you need it.
Apple has sent a message to members of its developer portal, alerting them to an attempt to steal personal information. Although Apple is saying that the data was encrypted and therefore not accessible to the thieves there are a few things anyone with an account at Apple’s developer site ought to consider.