Protect yourself with better passwords

I have more digital passwords than keys, and without a handy key ring and visual clues like a Hello Kitty key cap, I’m having a hard time keeping them straight. Add to that the cautions of most info security professionals to avoid using the same passwords across multiple sites and systems, and creating passwords with […]

The looming digital crisis of confidence

The first hints of trouble will probably start after the polls close on November 8. Should votes not go his way, GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump will likely reiterate and ramp up his claims of a “rigged” election. These cries, left vague enough to fit neatly into a number of real world risks as well […]

When women were astronomical computers

Being a computer used to be one of the few women’s jobs in astronomy. Today, the word computer evokes plastic cases, microchips and power cords, but the term “computer” was actually first used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe people who solved mathematical equations using their brains and a pencil and […]

Book Review: Worm

Worm: The First Digital World War by Mark Bowden My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, can Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, make TCP/IP and the domain name system exciting? The answer is yes and no. The 2008 Conficker worm infected millions of computers to create a “botnet” […]

ITU Study Points to Internet’s Future on Your Phone

A study released by the International Telecommunication Union yesterday showed the world has about six billion mobile phone subscriptions — one billion are in China, another billion are in India. We’re rapidly approaching a time when we can say there are as many cell phones on earth as there are people. The world’s population is […]

Google can do that?! JC Penney manually demoted in search ranking for black-hat dealings

New York Times writer David Segal likens Google to the entrance to the largest shopping mall on the planet. I’ll take it a step further and call the innovative search company one of the most powerful media companies in the world. Its search results dictate the information that most of us read on whatever topic sparked […]