Stories by Ian Paul

John McAfee takes on the NSA with secure anonymity device

After eluding the police in Belize and being arrested in neighboring Guatemala in late 2012, McAfee antivirus founder John McAfee is ready for his next adventure. This time around, McAfee is taking on a far more difficult adversary than Central American law enforcement: the U.S. National Security Agency.

Ian Paul | 30 Sep | Read more

How to use the new Android remote lock option

Earlier in September, an update to the Google Settings app for Android tipped off that a remote device lock and password reset feature was on its way to the Android Device Manager. This week, the service finally went live for most users through the ADM Website.

Ian Paul | 25 Sep | Read more

Mobile phones, meet uncrackable quantum cryptography

There may soon come a time when nearly uncrackable secret information can be beamed straight to your smartphone. No, we're not talking about handsets loaded with GPG keys or two-factor authentication apps, but the waaaaaay far out ideas behind quantum cryptography, the incredibly secure communication technology capable of locking down messages far more tightly than Lavabit ever could.

Ian Paul | 29 Aug | Read more

Hands-on: Twitter's new two-factor authentication sounds cool, but we can't get it to work

On Wednesday, Twitter unveiled a new two-factor authentication method for Android and iOS that allows you to authorize login requests to your Twitter account with just one tap, banishing the usual method of manually inputting security codes generated via an app or sent via text method. Just open up the Twitter app on your smartphone or tablet, authorize the login with one finger press, and you're done.

Ian Paul | 07 Aug | Read more

Canonical takes Ubuntu forums offline in wake of password breach

Canonical, makers of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, recently announced that its Ubuntu help forums suffered a security breach over the weekend. Attackers were able to harvest an estimated 1.82 million user names, email addresses, and passwords from the site. Canonical says it isn't sure how hackers were able to breach its systems and the company has taken the forums at Ubuntuforums.org offline as a precaution.

Ian Paul | 22 Jul | Read more

Sony releases a complicated fix for PlayStation 3 consoles borked by recent update

Nope, Sony's bad PlayStation 3 update from last Tuesday that bricked some consoles wasn't a secret ploy to encourage more PS4 pre-orders--although for anyone affected it may have felt like it at the time. As promised, the company released an update to fix borked PS3 consoles on Thursday. The fix for firmware version 4.45 is showing up more than a week after the first signs of trouble appeared.

Ian Paul | 28 Jun | Read more

Motorola shows off electronic tattoo and authentication pill at D11

Google-owned Motorola has some big plans for replacing your online and device passwords that include taking a pill every morning and wearing a tattoo on your arm. The two experimental prototypes were showcased during the D11 technology conference by Motorola's head of advanced technology and projects group, Regina Dugan. Both concepts are meant as alternatives to using passwords, passcodes, picture passwords, and two-factor authentication as a means to access your smartphone, tablet, car, and even your front door.

Ian Paul | 30 May | Read more

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