It’s official – for the first time ever, consumers now prefer security over convenience. So say the results of a study carried out this past February by IBM Security, which surveyed 4,000 adults from several different regions across the world. For anyone who’s been paying attention, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
The Internet of Things is pretty incredible. We’ve got refrigerators that automatically order more produce when they run out. Voice-activated, color-changing lighting. Thermostats that let us control everything about our home with a few taps on our phone.
It seems as though our economy bounces gleefully from one financial crisis to the next. By now, you’re probably not even surprised to hear that there’s another one on the horizon – at least, according to experts. Of course, you’re probably starting to tune most of those experts out, as well.
We can never expect a dull moment this year. From the Microsoft buying GitHub to more data breaches, check out some good content in our round up! If you enjoy this collection of the web’s top articles, feel free to follow us over on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the same great content the rest of the year.
Open Source and Linux
- Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor
“Users should assume that private keys on affected wallets may have been compromised, so they should move funds to new wallets (v5.2.0) immediately.”
- Google open-sources AI that can distinguish between voices with 92% accuracy
Google’s AI research division has made promising progress toward a performance model.
- Facebook open-sources its Horizon AI platform
The company believes the reinforcement learning platform can prove helpful in dealing with massive data sets.
- Linus Torvalds: After big Linux performance hit, Spectre v2 patch needs curbs
“When performance goes down by 50 percent on some loads, people need to start asking themselves whether it was worth it.”
- Microsoft is Porting Sysinternals Tools to Linux – ProcDump Released
The Linux version of ProcDump does not offer all of the same features that the Windows version does.
- Samsung announce Linux on DeX with Ubuntu: for developers on the move
Samsung is announcing the beta launch of Linux on DeX which extends the value of Samsung DeX to Linux developers.
Design & Development
- Automate your Azure Database for MySQL deployments using ARM templates
If you are new to ARM templates and would like to try it, you can start by following these steps.
- Meet TiDB: An open source NewSQL database
TiDB is an open source NewSQL database released under the Apache 2.0 License.
- How to Fill Data in a ComboBox Using C# and MySQL Database
This method is so useful when you retrieve all the data in the column of the table in the database.
- Google launches portal to help developers build modern web sites
The tool also aims at educating you on what steps you can take to improve your web site based on the audit.
- How IoT Is Changing Web Development
IoT brings changes to software development on many levels, including web development.
- Minister in Charge of Japan’s Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer
He said, “I order my employees or secretaries” to do it.
- BlackBerry in talks to buy cybersecurity company Cylance: Business Insider
They develop AI-based products to prevent cyber attacks on companies and recently considered filing for an IPO.
- Hackers erase 6,500 sites from the Dark Web in one attack
All the data on those 6,500 sites are toast.
- GDPR’s First 150 Days Impact on the U.S.
Roughly 150 days after the passage of one of the most significant data privacy laws ever, how has it impacted U.S. companies’ privacy efforts?
- Another Facebook Bug Could Have Exposed Your Private Information
The vulnerability resides in the way Facebook search feature displays results for entered queries.
Interesting Technology Posts
- Who’s Teaching Who? AI-Enabled Learning Is Booming in China
Thanks to its AI-backed software, that personalization is also done at low-cost, helping students vault one of the major barriers to education.
- Elon Musk’s Boring Company Caves in on West L.A. Tunnel After Activists Sue
Neighborhood activists sued, claiming the exemption broke state law.
- A New Senate Bill Would Hit Robocallers With Up to a $10,000 Fine for Every Call
The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, raises the penalty for robocalls from $1,500 per call to up to $10,000 per call.
- Energy cost of ‘mining’ bitcoin more than twice that of copper or gold
One dollar’s worth of bitcoin takes about 17 megajoules of energy to mine.
I still remember what I was doing the moment I first heard about Facebook’s ties to the now-infamous Cambridge Analytica. I’d just sat down at my desk, ready to face the day with a cup of hot coffee in hand. As I often do before starting work, I checked the news alongside my emails – all the better to keep myself apprised of the goings-on in the tech industry.
Managing a server is not as complicated as you might think, but there are a few gotchas that often catch out neophyte server hosting clients. You shouldn’t feel bad about making mistakes: most of the old hands who frown at you from the pages of Serverfault made the same mistakes and learned from the experience.
- Privacy and security. Data is hosted on a platform that is not controlled by the business, which has no insight into the platform’s security or privacy.
- Consistency. SaaS businesses are often bought and sunsetted. They frequently pivot in a direction that is not beneficial to users.
- Portability. A business should be free to take its data where it pleases, but it is not in the interest of SaaS vendors to make that easy.
Shadow IT is very much the boogeyman of enterprise IT. It’s right up there with digital espionage, DDoS attacks, and ransomware. The good news is that unlike a hostile nation-state or a colossal botnet, it’s actually quite easy to deal with.
Server administrators manage a lot of passwords. Every database, content management system, user account, application, and third-party service should be protected by a long, random, and unique password.
Tmux is a terminal multiplexer. That might not sound particularly interesting, but it is one of the most useful programs in the server administrator’s toolbox. A terminal multiplexer can split a terminal window into multiple windows, each of which runs a shell.