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Stop using your work laptop or phone for personal stuff, because I know you are | ZDNet

Stop using your work laptop or phone for personal stuff, because I know you are | ZDNet

In the age of remote work, it's easier than ever to blur the lines between our personal and professional tech. Maybe it's sending personal texts or emails from your work phone, editing personal documents or photos on your work laptop, or joining a virtual happy hour with friends from your work tablet.

None of these actions may sound like a particularly risky activity, but as a former "IT guy" I'm asking, nay pleading, with you to stop doing them. At least the potentially more hazardous activities, such as storing personal data on your work machine or storying sensitive company data on your personal devices. Do it for the security of your employer. But more importantly, for the safety, privacy and wellbeing of yourself, your family and friends.

Cybersecurity incidents can have serious negative consequences for both your employer and you. And even if an actual security breach or data leak doesn't occur, you could be reprimanded, demoted, fired, sued or even criminally prosecuted. Take the case of former CIA director John M. Deutch.

An ex-CIA director, work laptops and porn sites 

John Deutch, as a nominee to head the CIA, takes questions during a Senate confirmation hearing on April 16, 1995.

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In 1996, as Deutch was leaving his position as Director of Central Intelligence, he asked if he could keep his government-issued computers because they contained his personal financial information, and he did not own a personal computer to which the data could be transferred. (This seems incomprehensible today, but it was very common at the time.)

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11 Stretches to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension

A stiff neck and tight shoulders are very well known issues for many of us. The good thing is that if this pain is caused by stress, bad sitting habits, or lack of activity, regular stretching can make a big difference and even give you permanent relief. The key word is regular. Consistency is the key for success.

We at Bright Side found a few very effective stretches that may help you with neck and shoulder pain.

1. Neck roll

This is a very gentle stretch used to release tension around your neck.

Roll a towel;Place it at the base of your head;Let your head fall back toward the floor and relax.Stay in this position for about 10 minutes unless you feel any sort of pain.>>>READ MORE

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Step aside, Python — 4 benefits of using JavaScript for machine learning

In the past few years, Python has become the preferred programming language for machine learning and deep learning. Most books and online courses on machine learning and deep learning either feature Python exclusively or along with R. Python has become very popular because of its rich roster of …
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Apple AirTags: 3 ways they're better than Tile trackers, 3 ways they're worse

Apple AirTags: 3 ways they're better than Tile trackers, 3 ways they're worse

Without a case, you can't really attach an AirTag to anything.

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Apple's AirTags are here or will be soon -- preorders start today -- and by all accounts they're a great way to help you find lost stuff: keys, backpacks, purses and so on. The idea isn't new. Tile trackers have been around for years, offering very similar functionality. But Apple's take on the product looks promising.

Well, mostly. There are three areas where I think AirTags are likely better than Tiles and three where Apple really missed the boat. (That said, I haven't tried AirTags myself, only Tiles. So some of this is speculative.)

Better than Tile: Size

AirTags are pretty tiny, not much bigger than a Junior Mint, according to CNET's Patrick Holland. They're similar to Tile Stickers (which are a bit thicker), but definitely smaller than the Tile Mate and Tile Pro. When you're talking about something that's headed for your key chain, smaller is definitely better. (That said, the case that's needed to actually put an AirTag there sort of makes this a wash -- but I still have to give them points for being so diminutive.) 

Read more: Apple AirTags hands-on: These $29 trackers are small and impressive

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Nvidia warning: Millions of users need to follow this advice to avoid Windows 10 nightmare

Nvidia warning: Millions of users need to follow this advice to avoid Windows 10 nightmare

ANOTHER day, another Windows 10 update nightmare. PC users are once again facing issues with a brand new patch released by Microsoft - and if you're experiencing problems with the April 2021 Patch Tuesday release then you may want to follow this advice.

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users are once again experiencing a raft of problems with a new update from Microsoft. The Patch Tuesday release for April 2021 was meant to fix – among other things – some long-standing problems that PC fans have faced. But instead, Windows 10 users have reported a number of issues with the latest cumulative update, including poor gaming performance, boot loops, and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) making a return.

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Best cloud storage for 2021: How to choose between Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box

Best cloud storage for 2021: How to choose between Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box

Which cloud storage service is for you? We'll help you decide.

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Storing files in the cloud has made my life way easier. I can view files and photos from any phone, tablet or computer that's connected to the internet, and download them as needed too. Even if you lose your phone or your computer crashes, cloud storage gives you a backup for files so they'll never get lost. Many cloud storage services also have a free tier, and different pricing options.

For that reason, we've compiled a guide to the most popular cloud storage services: how they work, their strengths and weaknesses and some lesser-known services if you want to get away from the mainstream. (To be clear, we have not tested these -- rather, we are just providing an overview of some of the top options in the market.)

Cloud storage comparison


OneDriveDropboxGoogle DriveBoxAmazon Cloud Drive
Free Storage?5GB2GB15GB10GB5GB
Paid Plans-$2 per month for 100GB of storage -$70 a year ($7 per month) for 1TB of storage. -Microsoft 365 Family offers a 1-month free trial, then costs $100 a year ($10 per month). -Family package offers 6TB of storage.-$20 a month for one user with 3TB of storage. -$15 a month for 5TB of space for Teams -$25 a month for customizable team storage(With a Google One membership) 100GB: $2 a month or $20 annually, 200GB: $3 a month or $30 annually, 2TB: $10 a month or $100 annually, 10TB: $100 a month, 20TB: $200 a month, 30TB: $300 a month-$10 a month for up to 100GB of storage -Several business plans-Unlimited photo storage with Amazon Prime account -$2 a month for 100 GB, $7 a month for 1TB, $12 a month for 2TB (with Amazon Prime membership)
Supported OSAndroid, iOS, Mac, Linux, WindowsWindows, Mac, Linux, iOS, AndroidAndroid, iOS, Linux, Windows, MacOSWindows, Mac, Android, iOS, LinuxWindows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire

Google Drive

Google Drive gets you 15GB of free storage space.

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Google Drive storage

Google combines a complete set of office tools with cloud storage in Google Drive. You get a little bit of everything with this service, including a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation builder, plus 15GB of free storage space. There are also Team and Enterprise versions of the service. You can use Google Drive on Android and iOS, as well as on Windows and MacOS desktops.

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Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands

Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands

Still smarting from last month's dump of phone numbers belonging to 500 million Facebook users, the social media giant has a new privacy crisis to contend with: a tool that, on a mass scale, links the Facebook accounts associated with email addresses, even when users choose settings to keep them from being public.

A video circulating on Tuesday showed a researcher demonstrating a tool named Facebook Email Search v1.0, which he said could link Facebook accounts to as many as 5 million email addresses per day. The researcher—who said he went public after Facebook said it didn't think the weakness he found was "important" enough to be fixed—fed the tool a list of 65,000 email addresses and watched what happened next.

"As you can see from the output log here, I'm getting a significant amount of results from them," the researcher said as the video showed the tool crunching the address list. "I've spent maybe $10 to buy 200-odd Facebook accounts. And within three minutes, I have managed to do this for 6,000 [email] accounts."

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Founder of Adobe and developer of PDFs dies at age 81

Founder of Adobe and developer of PDFs dies at age 81

FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day of PC Expo at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Charles "Chuck" Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc., who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs, died at age 81. Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, April 16, 2021, the company said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day of PC Expo at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Charles "Chuck" Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc., who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs, died at age 81. Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, April 16, 2021, the company said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) — Charles “Chuck” Geschke — the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc. who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs — died at age 81.

Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, the company said.

“This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees.

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Windows 10 update causing blue screens of death — what to do

Windows 10 update causing blue screens of death — what to do

Word is spreading that this week's Windows 10 security update is causing significant problems for some Windows users, while others are unable to install it at all.

This is a significant issue because the update, designated KB5001330 for Windows 10 versions 20H2/2004, fixes five zero-day flaws and patches up some notable remote-code-execution vulnerabilities.

But after the patch dropped on Tuesday, people began publishing complaints on various Internet forums that KB5001330 failed to install, sometimes causing problems as severe as never-ending boot loops and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

"I updated and am stuck in a bsod loop," commented one user on the Windows 10 subreddit. "Same happened to me with KB5001330 on W10 Home 20H2 x64," responded another. "Found that restarting with 'Disable driver signature enforcement' allowed me to boot."

Over on Microsoft's own forums, several users have posted complaints that KB5001330 won't install at all. Instead, it seems to be throwing up error codes like 0x800f0984 and 0x800f0922.

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Facebook faces 'mass action' lawsuit in Europe over 2019 breach

Facebook faces 'mass action' lawsuit in Europe over 2019 breach

Facebook is to be sued in Europe over the major leak of user data that dates back to 2019 but which only came to light recently after information on more than 533 million accounts was found posted for free download on a hacker forum.

Today Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) announced it’s commencing a “mass action” to sue Facebook, citing the right to monetary compensation for breaches of personal data that’s set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Article 82 of the GDPR provides for a “right to compensation and liability” for those affected by violations of the law. Since the regulation came into force, in May 2018, related civil litigation has been on the rise in the region.

The Ireland-based digital rights group is urging Facebook users who live in the European Union or European Economic Area to check whether their data was breached — via the haveibeenpwned website (which lets you check by email address or mobile number) — and sign up to join the case if so.

Information leaked via the breach includes Facebook IDs, location, mobile phone numbers, email address, relationship status and employer.

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Slow down and embrace nature – how to create better cities when the pandemic is over

Slow down and embrace nature – how to create better cities when the pandemic is over

Throughout the past year of working from home, I have gone for numerous morning, lunchtime and evening walks around my neighbourhood in the Eastern parts of Lund in Sweden. My neighbourhood has three dams for storing stormwater in the event of extreme rain. These help slow the water instead of overburdening the city’s underground water sewage system, which would increase the risk of flooding.

It was at one of these stormwater dams where I first made friends with a beautiful and majestic heron. Like other birds, the heron seems to have found its home here – and it moves between the three dams depending on the time of the day.

I once saw the heron catching a fish, like a better version of one of these TV shows about nature. This vivid image of the heron with the fish has stuck with me – maybe because I observed it directly with my own eyes.

Read more: How to maintain a slower pace of life after lockdown

I find myself returning to the image of the fish-catching heron and pondering on the fact that this bird and I depend on the same ecosystem. The heron for habitat and food, I for recreational purposes (like my pandemic-induced walks) and being saved from flooding. We are so separate, and yet connected.

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Largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history provides model for climate adaptation | Growing Returns

Largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history provides model for climate adaptation | Growing Returns

In the wake of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, President Biden’s administration has turned its sights from rescue to resilience in the newly announced American Jobs Plan that would invest $650 billion in rebuilding infrastructure nationwide. 

This proposed legislation is intended not only to mitigate significant and structural economic challenges, but also to repair and strengthen the systems on which we depend. This includes natural infrastructure to make our communities and ecosystems more climate resilient. 

On our coasts, revitalizing our economy must include building long-term resilience to climate change, sea level rise and hurricanes. In Louisiana, we already know exactly the kind of projects that the American Jobs Plan should support.      

Drawing inspiration from this large-scale restoration project

Louisiana loses on average a football field of coastal wetlands every 100 minutes. This land loss crisis coupled with sea level rise and stronger hurricanes pose an existential threat. Entire communities are at risk of displacement, and we risk the complete collapse of the Mississippi River Delta, an ecological treasure and economic engine. 

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FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks

FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks

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On Tuesday the Department of Justice announced the FBI was given approval to access hundreds of computers across the United States running vulnerable versions of Microsoft Exchange Server software to remove web shells left by hackers who had earlier penetrated the systems.

The news shows some of the more proactive steps law enforcement may take when faced with large scale hacking operations, and victims who are not willing or able to swiftly patch their systems.

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People Who Deleted Their Social Media Share What It’s Like

Last month, Chrissy Teigen, the queen of online clapbacks, did something wholly unexpected: She left Twitter. (The model-turned-cookbook-author is so influential on the platform, she was dubbed the “Mayor of Twitter” by the company itself.)

“It’s time for me to say goodbye,” she wrote to her more than 14 million followers. “This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something.”

Teigen isn’t alone in walking away from one or more platforms for their mental well-being. (She’s still on Instagram, for what it’s worth.)

Kate Rosenblatt, a therapist and senior clinical manager at online therapy platform Talkspace, said that in recent months, many clients have deleted their social media or taken extended digital detoxes. Digital minimalism, they’re realising, can do wonders for your mental health.

“Post-pandemic, one year later, many clients have shared that since they’ve drastically increased their social media use this past year due to quarantine, they’re finding now is a great time to experiment with a digital detox,” Rosenblatt told HuffPost. “The vaccine is here and the world is slowly opening up again, so they can begin connecting with people safely IRL.”

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Social platforms are finally trying new ideas for moderation

Social platforms are finally trying new ideas for moderation

Good morning! This Friday, the tech industry is trying some new things for content moderation, it looks like Amazon's union vote is going Amazon's way, the race is on to be the next WeChat, and there's been a shakeup at Box.

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Fresh ideas about moderation

The tech industry is finally getting past thinking about content moderation as a "leave it up or take it down" proposition. Companies are increasingly thinking more holistically, building new tools that give users more control and generally letting go of the idea that AI will solve all problems.

Twitch is expanding its policies to include some off-platform conduct, working with a third-party investigator to "take action against users for hateful conduct or harassment that occurs off Twitch services … when directed at members of the Twitch community."Pinterest also has some new guidelines, called the "Creator Code," meant to set the tone for how people operate on the platform. It's also giving creators more tools to remove content and promote good stuff.Facebook is all-in on context. It's testing a system that adds labels like "satire page" or "public official" to posts in the News Feed, in an effort to give people more information about what they're seeing and why.

The award for most out-there idea goes to Intel, which built a tool called Bleep that lets users decide how much bad stuff they want to encounter. It's designed for gamers in particular, and literally offers a slider that lets you decide how much misogyny or racism and xenophobia you're willing to hear in audio streams from other gamers: none, some, most, or all. Intel's AI will tune out any offending audio based on what you've chosen.

This sounds crazy (and kind of is), but it's a version of something a few folks have told me the industry needs more of: user controls. Rather than decide for users what they should encounter, platforms might instead try to get very good at classifying content and then letting users pick their own filters. (Though I don't know who in their right mind is turning "name-calling" up to "all.")

Some of these systems will work; most probably won't move the needle. But it's clear that the industry is thinking seriously — and sometimes for the first time — about what their policies say and how they're enforced. The answers are rarely as easy as "leave it up" or "take it down."

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After FB, LinkedIn now faces massive 500 mn users' data leak

After FB, LinkedIn now faces massive 500 mn users' data leak

While people are yet to digest the huge Facebook data leak of 533 million users (including 6.1 million Indians), Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn is now facing a massive data leak of 500 million users that is allegedly being sold online.

An archive with data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample by people behind the hack.

“The four leaked files contain information about the LinkedIn users whose data has been allegedly scraped by the threat actor, including their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, and more,” reports CyberNews.

The leaked data up on sale includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, links to LinkedIn profiles, links to other social media profiles, professional titles and other work-related data.

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Critical Zoom vulnerability triggers remote code execution without user input | ZDNet

Critical Zoom vulnerability triggers remote code execution without user input | ZDNet

A zero-day vulnerability in Zoom which can be used to launch remote code execution (RCE) attacks has been disclosed by researchers. 

Pwn2Own, organized by the Zero Day Initiative, is a contest for white-hat cybersecurity professionals and teams to compete in the discovery of bugs in popular software and services. 

The latest competition included 23 entries, competing in different categories including web browsers, virtualization software, servers, enterprise communication, and local escalation of privilege. 

For successful entrants, the financial rewards can be high -- and in this case, Daan Keuper and Thijs Alkemade earned themselves $200,000 for their Zoom discovery. 

The researchers from Computest demonstrated a three-bug attack chain that caused an RCE on a target machine, and all without any form of user interaction. 

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Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

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Nathaniel Rich presents humanity’s war against nature in vivid detail, with nature nearly defeated. “It was a costly victory, however,” he writes. “The prize was civilizational collapse.”Credit...William Widmer for The New York Times

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April 9, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET

SECOND NATURE
Scenes From a World Remade
By Nathaniel Rich

On average, an American man puts 85 man-made chemicals into his body every day, while an American woman takes in nearly twice that amount.

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House probes YouTube Kids, calling it ‘a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content’

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” so it can serve them ads.

The inquiry comes despite Google agreeing to pay $170 million in 2019 to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.

In a letter sent Tuesday to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy said YouTube does not do enough to protect kids from material that could harm them. Instead it relies on artificial intelligence and creators’ self-regulation to decide what videos make it on to the platform, according to the letter from the committee’s chairman, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi.

And despite changes in the wake of the 2019 settlement, the letter notes, YouTube Kids still shows ads to children. But instead of basing it on kids’ online activity, it now targets it based on the videos they are watching.

YouTube said it has sought to provide kids and families with protections and controls enabling them to view age-appropriate content. It also emphasized that the 2019 settlement was over the regular YouTube platform, not the kids version.

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