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Crypto-jacking - when your PC mines cryptocoins for others

Sven Krumrey
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I always feel uneasy when my computer performance becomes laggy. In most cases, Windows is performing maintenance work in the background, an update is being prepared or the antivirus software is running a scan. If the process takes longer and the fan spins up, I'll usually get a little suspicious and look into the task manager. And when I see the browser gobbling up all of my CPU resources, something's likely awry: maybe someone else is making money off my PC more
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The struggle for better ads - what Chrome will block in the future

Sven Krumrey
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Almost a year ago, I wrote that Chrome will soon block several types of ads, purely for the sake of its users, naturally. The ad blocker has recently been enabled and the feedback is as divided as was to be expected. Because what Google initially announced with the promise of salvation can also be considered an attack on their rivals in the ad industry. As reasonable as it is to rid the Internet of the most annoying ads, one fear remains and that is the notion that, from now on, the fox will be guarding the henhouse. Read on to learn more about Google's plans and the types of ads that will soon disappear forever. more
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"One iPhone hack, please." "Gladly, that'll be two million dollars."

Sven Krumrey
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Security holes are a much sought-after commodity especially those still unknown to the security community. As there is no defense against these attacks, they're fittingly called zero-day exploits with zero being the number of days software developers have to provide a fix. They are the perfect attack vector to distribute malware, steal data or sabotage computer systems - and there's a global market for them! more
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The certificate war

Sven Krumrey
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Google is peeved. And every time Google is enraged, Chrome, the market leader among browsers, is readied for battle. This time, it's about certificates, a cornerstone of the Internet and data security. With the upcoming versions 66 (scheduled for April) and 70 (October), Google seeks to make the web more secure - and tries to settle a few scores in the process. Read on to learn why many sites will soon be flagged as "insecure" and disappear from the top search results! more
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Your voice is unmistakable? Not for long!

Sven Krumrey
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There's something magical about voices. We grow up with the voices of our parents, recognize our friends by theirs and enjoy listening to memorable lines delivered by talented actors and speakers. So far, computer voices sounded anything but natural whether in the shape of assistants like Cortana or navigation systems. They always sounded alien, robotic and artificial. The Lyrebird software aims to change all that. What was once unmistakable is said to soon become perfectly imitable. more
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