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Windows 10 embraces password-killing biometric authentication

Microsoft is about to officially join the fight for authentication without pesky passwords. The company recently announced that Windows 10 will support the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) 2.0 specification. The end result is that instead of using passwords to log in to PCs, Microsoft services, and other third-party accounts, you'll also be able to use a fingerprint or eye scan--possibly integrated with a key fob for two-factor authentication.

Ian Paul | 18 Feb | Read more

Which cloud personality are you? Three ways to approach online storage

Cloud storage is incredibly convenient, but it can also be confusing. Sometimes you're just not sure what files to put up there or if you should store anything online at all. One way to approach the issue is to ask yourself what you want to get out of storing files online. Is your overarching concern convenience, security, or a mix of the two?

Ian Paul | 24 Jan | Read more

Google's Project Zero publishes three OS X zero-day vulnerabilities

Google's not just picking on Windows. The search company's Project Zero initiative recently published three unpatched bugs in OS X, 90 days after the group privately disclosed the issues to Apple. The new publications bring the number of unfixed security vulnerabilities in OS X discovered by Google to six, according to the Project Zero database.

Ian Paul | 24 Jan | Read more

VPNs made easy: 3 services with one-click desktop apps

We've talked before about the importance of virtual private networks (VPNs) to keep you safe and protected when using open Wi-Fi networks. The downside of VPN's, however, is that some need manual set-up, requiring you to muck around with the built-in VPN client in Windows or a third-party client like OpenVPN.

Ian Paul | 22 Jan | Read more

Libavcodec bug threatens Windows XP VLC users

Watch out Windows XP diehards: if you run the open source media player VLC you may be vulnerable to malicious attacks. A bug discovered in November affecting VLC was recently made public on Full Disclosure, a security-focused mailing list.

Ian Paul | 21 Jan | Read more

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