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Are You Ready For EMP?

You go to sleep. You wake up only to find your computer or smartphone doesn't work. Neither does anyone else's. You can't even use your credit/debit cards because that system is kaput. You can't fill up on gasoline because the electronic pumps aren't working. Welcome to the world of an EMP. This isn't a sci-fi movie plot. Political leaders like Defense Department analyst Michael Maloof are extremely concerned of what an EMP could do to our computers, communications, banks, cars, [...]

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A Safe Way to Text And Drive

Texting and/or using a smartphone while driving has become one of the biggest road hazards today. It's the drunk driving of the 2010s. Did you know that nearly 40% of highway accidents in the US are caused by drivers with a phone in their hand? That number is even higher than those who drink and drive. Thankfully, 2010s technology can prevent such calamities. If you have an Apple or Android based mobile phone, in which the vast majority of Americans [...]

Can A Cashless Society Lead to Big Brother

Can A Cashless Society Lead to Big Brother?

Yesterday, I talked about Japan's plan to keep tourist 'safe' at the 2020 Olympics. They plan to implement a system in which no tourist can buy or sell unless they are fingerprinted. That means, no tourist will be able to use Japanese cash, just your fingerprint. I read an interesting article in The Atlantic. Ever hear of Operation Choke Point? We were told it would fight predatory lending, the kind of lending that helped cause the Great Recession of the [...]

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Japan Wants Fingerprint Security

These are crazy time we're living in. I read an article of how the EU wants visa requirements for Americans and Canadians just to visit Europe, even it's just for a weekend. Japan wants to go even further, using today's technology for identification purposes. This year, Japan, the nation that gave us the robot greeter,  will test fingerprint systems for identification and security purposes. If this is successfully, the only way tourists will be able to buy or sell is [...]

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North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea is at it again. Dictator Kim Jong Un is using technology to further isolate and oppress his own people. He's using it to threaten and intimidate the rest of the world. First off, North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, announced it's total blockage of Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and all South Korean websites. They're also banning gambling and hard core pornography sites. For most North Koreans, they already have little or no online access. But visitors enjoyed basic, but heavily [...]

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FBI Spills the Secrets

Not so long ago, the FBI got a huge one-up on Apple over the iPhone unlocking case. It was revealed they no longer need Apple's backing, permission, knowledge, or approval to crack codes: they can do so on their own. The FBI says they will teach local law enforcement agencies all over the country this mysterious trick of unlocking phones. The fact that local police are asking how the Feds did it is should say enough. In a statement, the [...]

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Gmail Alerts It’s Users Of Government Misbehavior

Over the last many weeks, we've read about Apple's case against the US government. Some say the FBI is just keeping us safe. Others argue our civil liberties and privacy rights are being violated. It seems that Apple isn't the only ones fighting the fight against alleged government misbehavior. Google's Gmail will let you know when you're being target and when you're about to open a suspicious email link. They've always warned you when a linked was clicked. Now, a [...]

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Hack Alert: Car Hacking On The Rise

Imagine driving down a highway. Your brakes lock. Your steering wheel locks. Your speed increases, but not of your own power. Your car, not you, makes an aggressive turns and slams into another car going 80 mph. Your accident causes miles of back up. You, your family, and the passengers your car hit need the jaws of life to get out. All of you are fortunate to be alive. Sounds like a cool TV episode, right? It isn't. According to [...]

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Apple Users Hit by Ransomware

As far as viruses are concerned, Apple computers have always been the safer bet. It's often Android and Windows products that have been targeted. In the last few days, that changed. Apple Mac computers were targeted by hackers. The culprits used ransomaware. This is the first attack of it's kind in Apple history. Ransomware is malware that blocks access to your own computer. Hackers remotely take control and will demand a ransom be paid before they give control back to [...]

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ISIS Threatens Facebook and Twitter Leaders

Terrorist group ISIS, or Islamic State, makes direct threats at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. These social media outlets are fighting to silence the terrorist group's propaganda of murder and jihad. The Islamic State made the threats in a 25 minute propaganda video. They don't stop with threats to Zuckerberg and Dorsey. The deep, obviously disguised voice brags about how Islamic State hacked 10,000 Facebook accounts, 5,000 Twitter profiles and 150 Facebook groups. They claim after [...]

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