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Technology from James Bond Movies that Exists Now

James Bond movies first hit the silver screen in 1962 with the release of Dr. No. Based on the Ian Fleming novels of the same name, the James Bond films instantly ingrained themselves in the pop culture zeitgeist. Multiple generations have oohed and aahed as they’ve watched the British spy use cool technology to nab…

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The Dangerous Evolution of Ransomware

The phrase “ransomware” strikes terror into the figurative hearts of corporate heads and IT professionals. A dark, malevolent cloud seems to hang over every ransomware mention or sighting. Even for the average internet user, ransomware sounds like a black plague of data, and something to avoid at all costs. The fear is valid–ransomware targets unsuspecting…

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Is Your Boss Allowed to Track Your Internet Usage?

With so many people working from home now, one big question employees have started asking is: Can my boss spy on my Internet usage? Simply put, it depends. Each company is different and has its own security and privacy needs. Some businesses deal with a great deal of customer data and others don’t. It depends…

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Here’s Why You Need to Pay More Attention to Your Chrome Extensions

How many extensions do you have installed on your Google Chrome browser? You know, those tiny icons that sit in the top right corner, next to the address bar? If you’re like most people, you may not know exactly how many extensions you have installed and active on your web browser. It’s probably more than…

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How Someone Can Find Your IP Address and What They Can Do With it

You’re enjoying a night at home — binge-watching Law & Order:SVU. You feel relaxed, comfy, and happy. Suddenly, there’s a loud knock at your door, and you open it to find several FBI agents standing on your porch. They inform you that your IP address has been linked to criminal activity, and they have a…

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The Problem with YouTube’s Algorithm

As a content sharing platform, YouTube has rules that its users must follow. Videos posted on the platform have to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, which cover everything from spam and external links to misinformation and hate speech. YouTube is a massive platform, though, with 2 billion monthly active users and more than 500 hours of…

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What You Need to Know about Privacy Statements and Cookies

At times, online privacy statements are lengthy, convoluted texts of boring legal jargon. Yet, it seems like every app and every online purchase requires agreeing to them. We’ve all been guilty of scanning through and signing online privacy statements without reading the fine print. But if we do so on a less than credible website,…

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What Happens If Your Investment Account Gets Hacked

You spend most of your adult life saving for retirement, assuming that the money you put away in an investment account or a 401(k) will be safe. But your investment account is like your bank account or any other online account you have. It can be hacked. If someone gains access to it, they can…

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