Today, the Federal Communications Commission in the US voted to repeal net neutrality protections in a totally unsurprising move that will, in all likelihood, royally screw the internet as we know it. With net neutrality gutted, browsing the internet could resemble the token '90s experience of waiting for a porn image to load pixel by pixel - unless you pay a premium.
It seems like every few months we hear what's basically the same story about someone who bought a bunch of bitcoin but lost access to it once the cryptocurrency became really valuable. The latest, from Engadget, tells the tale of a reporter who managed to salvage $US200,000 ($263,713) in bitcoin after travelling to Hong Kong and getting extremely lucky.
Back in August, Creative Content Australia (CCA) launched their ‘Price of Piracy’ campaign, which aims to shed light on the issue of using torrent and streaming websites to illegally access content. Specifically, it wants to highlight the inherent risk users put themselves in when accessing these sites.
This campaign is the biggest anti-piracy push in Australia's history - but are scare campaigns really the right way to prevent people from downloading? And how do the facts and figures actually stack up?
To cleanse your home (or yourself) of spiritual impurities, one might turn to smudging, the ritual involving burning a bundle of sage to ward off negative energy while promoting harmony and well-being. For those using Twitter, that negative energy and malicious intent might just reside in their timeline and @ replies. Given enough time, even your own satirical tweets might be used as fodder to brand you as a miscreant. You can't burn Twitter down (yet), but you can do the next best thing: Scrub your Twitter account clean. Here's how to get rid of all your tweets and start 2018 with a clean 280-character slate.
I imagine that upon first accessing the US Netflix library, most Australians begin to belt out the classic Aladdin jam “A Whole New World” - it truly is like stepping into an alternate, content-filled universe of TV and movies. Unfortunately, since Netflix cracked down on VPNs at the beginning of 2016, its been much harder to access the US library, but fret not! Here’s some reliable VPNs that will grant you a golden ticket to Netflix-and-chill-ville.
Unless you protect yourself, as soon as you open up an internet browser, you begin to leave digital footprints behind you that the sites you visit can use to track your activities and recognise who you are. We're not talking about some crazy government data mining operation. This is totally legal, above board tracking done by the sites and services you use every day. Data collected includes your current location, which links you're clicking on, whether you're on desktop or mobile. And that's just the beginning.
You know by now that you absolutely need a password manager. But you never get around to buying one. Let's fix that right now with RememBear, a new password manager that's easy to install and figure out. We tested it, and while we still prefer 1Password for most users, we recommend RememBear for beginners, especially during its free beta period.
US morning television host Matt Lauer, recently fired from NBC's Today for sexually harassing women in terrible ways for years, had a door lock button under his desk. Who the hell installed that? we all wondered. But the answer may be: nobody. You can just buy one off Amazon.
Android: You pull up a photo and hand your phone to a friend so they can see it. Before you know it, they're scrolling through your entire camera roll and looking at whatever screenshots, nudes, or other embarrassing images you have stored on there. We've all been in this situation (and we're probably all guilty of swiping through a friend's photos, too). Now there's a solution, at least if you're on Android.
Mac users running the latest version of Apple's operating system, High Sierra, are susceptible to a pretty huge flaw that could grant anyone with physical access to your Mac unfettered access to everything on your machine. The hack seems to be affecting only macOS High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.1 versions. Luckily, Apple has now issued a fix.
The digital seas are becoming a perilous place for pirates. Today, the Australian IPTV provider Fetch TV announced it is joining forces with the Australian Screen Association (ASA) to combat online piracy. If you're partial to a bit of GoT plunder via illegal streaming and the like, here's what you need to know.
Android: An inquiry from Quartz revealed that Google's been spying on some of its users. The search giant has been collecting location data from Android smartphone owners, whether or not they have location services enabled. Though Android users can't disable it, it looks like they won't have to worry about it for much longer.
When Apple first announced Face ID for the iPhone X, it claimed the new feature was significantly more secure than Touch ID and couldn't be fooled by even the most realistic of masks. But it turns out that might not be the case.