Remember the data retention laws that were introduced late last year? It forces telcos to retain metadata on mobile and broadband users for at least two years. The data would assist in criminal and terrorism investigations. Now the Government wants to open the data up to be used for civil lawsuits. It has called for public to comment on the issue. Right before Christmas. Cheeky bastards.
Most services you might use to save links for future reference or reading are part social network and part sharing service. They're designed to help you share those links, or make big lists. LinkLocker is none of those — it's completely private, and the only person who can see your bookmarks is you. It's perfect.
The Federal Court has finally ordered Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to start blocking access to popular torrenting sites; including The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound and SolarMovie. In around a fortnight it will be much more difficult for the average person to access these sites and others like them in Australia.
With that in mind, we think it's worth revisiting the original court documents that reveal the sites, services and URLs that Foxtel and Village Roadshow are seeking to block in Australia. Here is the full list along with the reasoning behind the ban.
The Australian Federal Court ruled today that TPG, Optus, Telstra and other internet service providers (ISPs) must take “reasonable steps” to stop customers accessing file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, TorrentHound and Torrentz.
The second you log onto the internet, you start leaving a trace that's more telling than you think. Browsers can not only identify where you are in the world, but they collect a ton of other data too, such as where your mouse is hovering and when you launch a private browser window. Here's a way to find out exactly what you're leaking.
Target's online store is currently down for some customers. Target Australia started selling the coveted Nintendo Classic Mini NES today at 8am AEDT on its online store and it seems some people can't get the website to load. After killing EB Games' website (not once, but twice), it appears the Nintendo Classic Mini NES has done the same to Target's online store.
When you buy stuff online, most retailers give you the option to check out as a guest or register with them. The latter can make it more convenient to check out next time, but here's the case for buying as a guest.
Google's new "Trusted Contacts" app and service makes sure your loved ones always know where you are or can find out where you are if there's an emergency. It's opt-in from both sides, only shares in real-time when you want it to and can put an end to "where are you, are you OK?" texts when someone's late home or to a meeting.
Ransomware, malware that enables attackers to disable systems or encrypt your data until you pay them, is on the rise. If you've become the victim of an attack, these four decryption tools might save the day.