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Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow
Enlargeyoungthousands reader comments 22 Share this story Thursday's watershed attack on the widely used SHA1 hashing function has claimed its first casualty: the version control system used by the WebKit...
Mac ransomware locks your files and throws away the key (if you’re a pirate)
It’s been an unfortunately busy time for Mac malware over the past couple of weeks, with matters getting worse today as a fresh ransomware threat has been discovered.The ransomware payload is hidden in...
At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead
Bob Embleton reader comments 16 Share this story For more than six years, the SHA1 cryptographic hash function underpinning Internet security has been at death's door. Now it's officially dead, thanks...
The best free cloud storage service 2017
Free cloud storageCloud storage has really taken off thanks to fast, reliable internet connections. The appeal is understandable; you can store your files online and then access them from any device that's...
Download of the day: Format Factory
Format FactoryMedia file formats are rather like measuring spaghetti or trying to insert a USB device: no matter what you do, you’re doing it wrong.If you’ve ever had a PNG when you needed a JPG, or wished...
Bored with ho-hum cloud backups? Use Usenet (yes, Usenet!) instead
Stay with us, but we've got an idea so crazy it just might work(s).20th Century Fox reader comments 6 Share this story Cloud backups these days are all the rage—for good reason. Rather than dealing with...
“Take your sweet time”—how I scammed a tech support scammer for nearly two hours
Tech support scammers in India got trapped on the phone with me for nearly two hours, and all they got was a revocation of their remote access software ID.Aurich Lawson reader comments Share this story...
Zombie files rise from dead due to Dropbox metadata bug
Enlarge / You thought you deleted it. But it came back—and it wouldn't die.Gage Skidmore reader comments 3 Share this story Bug-fixing is often a thankless task in the software world. But when a bug is...
Top 10 ways to share files securely
The internet is made for sharing and it’s perfectly understandable that the moment you snap a picture of a new addition to the family, or some other unmissable photo, you want to show it to your loved...
Download of the day: Launchy
LaunchyWith Launchy, opening any program, file or folder is as simple as typing the first few letters of its name. No more tedious searching or trawling through your list of installed apps - everything...
Hacking Group 'ShadowBrokers' Release NSA Exploits, Then Go Dark
The hacker group "ShadowBrokers" releases 61 files said to contain exploit tools used by the National Security Agency, which could fuel a race between attackers—trying to create their own exploit tools—and...
NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers lob Molotov cocktail before exiting world stage
EnlargeВвласенко reader comments 13 Share this story Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group that gained international renown when it published hundreds of advanced hacking tools belonging to the National...
Worried about ransomware? Things just got harder for the bad guys
Folks who are concerned by the prospect of having their files encrypted and ransomed by malware should be heartened by the fact that the ‘No More Ransom’ project just benefited from a number of additional...
Why you should download CCleaner (for free) if you want to speed up your PC
Performance and securityThe premise of CCleaner is simple: improve your PC's performance by deleting unnecessary files (including temporary files, cookies and the contents of your Recycle Bin) and protect...
Cerber Ransomware Broadens Database Encryption Attack Targets
Trend Micro researchers discover that popular ransomware family has a new version that is going after database files to cause the most trouble for victims. Ransomware authors aim to make money by encrypting...
NES Classic joins the “can it run Linux” club, has custom distro installed
reader comments 12 Share this story Enlarge / Yes, the tiny, new Nintendo boxes can run Linux. Specifically in this case, a customized distro of Ubuntu.https://twitter.com/6f70/A lucky few were able to...
60 common Windows 10 problems and how to solve them
Losing files after a disaster hits because you didn't back them up is a hugely frustrating experience, but fortunately it's one that can be avoided easily.To create a backup, purchase an external hard...
Guccifer 2.0 posts DCCC docs, says they’re from Clinton Foundation
Enlarge / Reduce, reuse, recycle those hacks.Ildar Sagdejev reader comments 16 Share this story WikiLeaks celebrated its tenth anniversary today by teasing a release of documents that would damage presidential...
Mac Week: The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers
Bet you didn't know your Mac could do all thisYour Mac can do millions of things, but sometimes even the best of us forget some of the cool stuff it can do – so we're here to help jog your memory. Some...
GNOME 3.22 Offers Flatpak Cross-Linux Distribution Framework
GNOME 3.22, the second major update this year to the GNOME desktop environment, debuted Sept. 21—and since then, has made its way into the repositories of Linux distributions, including Fedora and openSUSE....
Mac Week: How to manage storage in macOS Sierra
One of the conveniences Apple has added in macOS Sierra is Optimized Storage, which helps you to keep plenty of space free for whatever task you take on next.The feature is tucked away in the About This...
Downloads: Download of the day: Recuva
Download of the day: RecuvaRecuva is a free app that can recover deleted files from a hard drive, SD card, USB stick or other storage media. It can be a real lifesaver, and is an essential part of any...
How Box's shift to an enterprise 'content platform' is becoming a reality
Introduction and new toolsAlong with a new interface, an app for working with notes that you make on files, and a way to see cloud files from inside Explorer and Finder on Windows and Mac respectively,...
How to recover deleted iCloud files
The iCloud Drive app for iOS is largely straightforward, yet it provides several ways to get certain things done. If you've accidentally deleted an important file, but it's been backed up to iCloud from...
Top 10 best data recovery packages and services
IntroductionYou know the drill by now. And if you don't, you should: your data is far more important than the hardware you're running it on. Laptops can be replaced, but the ones and zeroes they contain...
How to fix a stuck Windows update
How to fix a stuck Windows updateOperating system updates are a necessary evil, like taxes and car MOTs: they can be a real chore, but they're essential for a happy and peaceful life. You might not care...
Windows 10 command line tricks
How to use the command lineThe Windows Command Prompt is powerful yet often overlooked. It harks back to the days of DOS and the command-line, and continued to feature in early versions of Windows.Over...
Round up: Speed up Windows with the best free PC optimization software 2016
Speed up your PCRemove junk files and tune up your PCA PC or Mac is rather like a car. That showroom-fresh saloon doesn't seem so sleek and shiny once road film, suicidal insects and evil supermarket car...
Edit and share raw files on the go with your iPhone
Adobe has announced version 2.4 of Lightroom for iOS, with a couple of major improvements. The most notable of these is a new raw technology preview, allowing you to share your best quality image on the...
Posing as ransomware, Windows malware just deletes victim’s files
Scammers, via Cisco Talos Ranscam's "ransom note": Pay us and then we'll make everything better. Scammers, via Cisco Talos Ranscam's "ransom note": Pay us and then we'll make everything better. Cisco...
Review: Download review: 7-Zip review
7-Zip's remit is simple: it compresses and decompresses files. With hard drives and SSDs now larger and cheaper than ever, you might well wonder just why such tools are still needed. Two key reasons are...
A hands-on look at Apple's MacOS Sierra
There's a huge change coming to MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis and Mac Pro desktops. The operating system running Apple's computers is getting renamed and updated, going from OS X to MacOS. (The new name...
Updated: Best business online backup service: which should you choose?
IntroductionNote: Our best business online backup round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in November 2013.If running regular backups is important for home users, it's essential...
editor's pick: Featured download: Piriform CCleaner
Piriform CCleaner reviewPerformance and securityThe premise of CCleaner is simple: improve your PC's performance by deleting unnecessary files (including temporary files, cookies and the contents of your...
Review: Downloads: Piriform Recuva review
As you might be able to guess from the playfully-spelled name, Recuva is designed to recover deleted data. It takes advantage of the fact that when files are files, they are not actually removed from your...
How to fix any Linux problem
Getting started and boot problemsEveryone has a problem with Linux at some point. The important thing is how quickly that problem gets solved. An amazing element of the open source and computing community...
Jump Start Sass: Architecture in Sass
The following is a short extract from our recent book, Jump Start Sass, available for free to SitePoint Premium members. Print copies are sold in stores worldwide, or you can order them here. We hope...
Everything you need to know about Linux Commands
Getting startedIt won't be long after starting to use Linux that you ask a question and the answer begins with, "Open a terminal and..." At this point, you may be thrown into an alien environment...
When it comes to the Web, almost every modern browser supports viewing of PDF documents natively. But, that native component is outside of the developer's control. Imagine that because of some business...
The Intercept releasing docs leaked by NSA whistleblower Snowden
squirrel83Several years ago, nobody would have believed you if you said that a secret US court was ordering the nation's telecoms to forward the metadata for all telephone calls coming to and from the...
Building a SparkPost Client: TDD with PhpUnit and Mockery
In a previous post, we looked at SparkPost (as an alternative to Mandrill), and explored a bit of the official PHP client. The official client handles a decent amount of work, but I got to thinking about...
Tech Q&A: Finding the best router, recovering deleted files
Product review of the best routers Q. It drives me crazy! Wi-Fi is spotty in certain parts of my house. How do you know what’s the best router? A. If your router is more than a few years old, it’s likely...
Toymaker’s website pushes ransomware that holds visitors’ files hostage
EnlargeMalwarebytesThe website belonging to Maisto International, a popular maker of remote-controlled toy vehicles, has been caught pushing ransomware that holds visitors' files hostage until they pay...
Dropbox will now show all your files locally without using any disk space
Dropbox will soon be adding support on both Windows and OS X for placeholder files that create a full view of your cloud-synced files, even if they're not available locally. OneDrive (or rather SkyDrive,...
CTERA Virtualizes Cloud Storage Gateway Portfolio
Appliances act as additional storage tiers in a cloud-based file management and synchronization system that combines endpoints, offices and the cloud. CTERA Networks today announced a series of updates...
How to Create a Static Site with Metalsmith
My previous posts discussed reasons why you should or should not consider a static site generator. In summary, a static site generator builds HTML-only page files from templates and raw data typically...
Now manage multiple mailboxes with Yahoo Mail app
Comments By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2016 3:48 pm Yahoo Mail app users can manage multiple mailboxes to send files from Google Drive, Dropbox or image format GIFs from Tumblr. Tech giant...
Windows 10 tip: Create a recovery drive
With this check box selected, your recovery drive can be used to reinstall Windows 10. Click to enlarge The one immutable law of PCs is that stuff happens. And when it does, there's usually a way to recover,...
Dropbox lands file sharing deal with Facebook Messenger
Dropbox has launched a new feature that lets users share photos, videos, and other files directly on Facebook's Messenger platform during a chat. At launch the feature is available for both Messenger's...
How to unlock files encrypted by Petya ransomware for free
The cybersecurity community has struck a fresh blow against ransomware with the release of a new tool which decrypts files locked through the Petya ransomware family. The spread of ransomware through...
Generate Excel Spreadsheets with Rails and the Axlsx Gem
You have probably generated CSV files in your Rails applications based on some data. Those files can then be converted to Excel format in order to apply some styling, formatting, add graphs, etc. However,...
5 ways to become a smaller target for ransomware hackers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacking for ransom is on the rise — on pace to beat out last year's figures — and hits people where it hurts, locking them out of files, photos and critical records until they pay hackers...
A Working SVG Workflow for Accessible Icons
It has been commonly admitted that using fonts for icons is a bad practice. It’s bad for rendering (sizing, positioning, etc.), it has weird failures (proxy browsers, CORS, etc.), it conveys poor semantics,...
Updated: How to speed up your Mac
How to speed up your MacUpdate: We've added a video of the best tips and tricks for speeding up your MacHow to speed up a Mac is one of the most common requests, not least with Macs which are more than...
Bitdefender releases crypto-vaccine for popular ransomware infections
Symantec Bitdefender has released a free "crypto-vaccine" which eradicates multiple ransomware families from infected systems. Ransomware, a breed of malware which infects systems in order to lock files...
New ransomware skips files, encrypts your whole hard drive
A strain of ransomware which encrypts your systems from the ground up and renders operating systems useless has been discovered in the wild.Ransomware infections can be amongst the most devastating. This...
Five tips to speed up your Mac - CNET
The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert. The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning...
Building Faster Websites with Grav, a Modern Flat-file CMS
Nowadays, there’s an interesting get-back-to-the-basics tendency among web developers. Some modern, best-in-class technologies --- like Markdown, Twig, and YAML --- are often used together to produce...
Where to find the Windows Spotlight photos - CNET
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal/CNET Windows 10 is keeping your lock screen sexy with its curated, personalized slideshow of images in Windows Spotlight (assuming you have Windows Spotlight turned on), but what...
Lawyer: Russian man's laptop tampered with
[...] a computer forensic expert's report sent to the defense lawyers on March 2, said 274 files were modified and thousands of files had been accessed after the arrest and before the warrant was secured....
Woman: After I rebuffed my Uber driver’s advances, he tried to rape me
EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 36 Share this story Further ReadingMan claims Uber driver “left him in a pool of blood” after refusing tripA woman in Minnesota has sued Uber,...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark