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Biometric Authentication Seeing Wide Adoption In Businesses - According to a new report published by Spiceworks, nearly 90 percent of businesses will use some type of biometric technology for authentication by the year 2020.  In fact, some 62 percent of companies already use biometrics in some form, with another 24 percent stating their intention to do so within the next two years. The particulars break down like this: 57 percent of companies using biometric authentication use fingerprint s...
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Windows Media Player May Be Replaced By Microsoft App - A Reddit user named "Noam_ha" recently posted a screenshot displaying a popup message when users open the venerable Windows Media Player (WMP), asking users if they would instead like to open the video file with the company's more modern Movies and TV app. The popup message touts the Movie and TV app's advantages, which includes better battery life if running on a phone or laptop, better compatibility with more modern video formats, a ...
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New And Potentially More Dangerous Intel Vulnerability Discovered - The "Spectre" vulnerability that impacts literally every Intel chip made over the last decade keeps finding new ways to make the news.  In this instance, researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new variant of the vulnerability that they have dubbed "SGX Spectre."  To understand how it's different, a bit of explanation is in order. SGX stands for "Software Guard eXtensions," and is a feature only found in the ...
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Netflix To Release More Parental Controls To Help Parents - If you have a Netflix account and children living at home, there's a reason to cheer about the company's most recent announcement.  They're rolling out some robust new parental control features that will allow you to exert much more control over what your children are watching. You can now set content-specific PINs to lock movies or TV shows. So for example, if you don't want your children watching "Zombeavers" (yes, that's a real ...
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Microsoft To Help Intel With Security Issues - By now, you've almost certainly heard of the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" security flaws that affect every Intel chip produced in the last decade.  Users have been waiting for a fix for both of these since January, when the issues were first discovered. From the beginning, Microsoft agreed to include the fix for Spectre in its regular software updates but insisted that Intel and PC manufacturers would have to push the Meltdown fix on their own. Unf...
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Trustico CEO Leaks HTTPS Certificate Keys Through Email - The CEO of Trustico, a TLS certificate reseller based in the United Kingdom, finds himself at the center of a controversy that raises a number of disturbing questions about browser-trusted security certificates. The email in question was sent to Jeremy Rowley, an executive Vice President at DigiCert.  The catalyst that prompted the fateful email was that officials at Trustico notified DigiCert that 50,000 certificates originally issu...
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Another 2.4 Million Users Hacked In Equifax Breach - It looks like it's going to be another bad month for Equifax.  The company just can't seem to get out of its own way. In 2017, the company announced a massive data breach that (it initially claimed) impacted some 140 million users.  Several months after the official announcement, the company was forced to revise the number of impacted users upward, as the forensic investigation into the breach continued. Now, the company has announced a f...
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If you're not using Google Assistant, you're missing out! http://ow.ly/hIPg30iKz3z
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