If your password winds up in a mega-breach such as the ones at Yahoo, Dropbox or Tumblr, it can be easy for a hacker to take over your account - especially if you reuse the same password across multiple services. But it isn't always easy to tell if your password has been stolen, and companies can sometimes take years to notify users of a breach.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
On Friday, Robert Mueller's special investigation filed even more charges against former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Gates pleaded guilty today and it's easy to see why. He allegedly had to repeatedly convert incriminating PDFs to Word docs because Manafort didn't know how.
Bitconnect is being sued yet again, according to a document filed today with the US District Court of Northern California. This lawsuit, to the best of our knowledge, is the sixth brought against the company since its abrupt closure in mid-January.
Snapchat has long positioned itself as the place for advertisers to reach millennials while its closest competitor, Facebook, is stuck with the olds. But on Thursday, Snap executives got a lesson in the terrifying, fickle nature of its young influencers, to the tune of a $US1.3 ($2) billion loss.
Last week, open-source software developer FreeBSD Project updated its code of conduct to address non-consensual "simulated physical contact" as a form of harassment. That means that sending someone descriptions of physical contact like a "hug" or a "backrub" without their consent, or after they have asked you to stop, are violations of the guidelines governing the company's community spaces.
If all goes as the USbFCC's Republican commissioners planned, December 14 will be known as the day that net neutrality died in the US. But thanks to the mercifully slow gears of the federal bureaucracy, big changes don't happen immediately. On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections is scheduled to hit the federal register. Sixty days later, it will be official. But there's a lot happening in the meantime.
Police in Texarkana, Texas arrested 24-year-old Ricky Jared Rankin for allegedly posting a photo of an AR-15 - that model of semi-automatic rifle that keeps on being used in mass slaughters across the US - to Instagram accompanied by the caption, "I'm thinking about finally going back to school," KTBS reported.
"I was only 10 when it happened," says Lane Murdock, a 15-year-old Year 10 student from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Her high school - suddenly ground zero for a national youth movement combating school gun violence - lies only 20 minutes south of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was there, less than six years ago, that 20 children were gunned down, none more than seven years old.
Last August, James Damore circulated a memo internally at Google in which he argued women were biologically less inclined to succeed in engineering roles at the company and that Google's diversity efforts were misguided. In doing so, he set off heated debate among his co-workers - debate that, according to current and former employees who spoke to Gizmodo, led Google to ramp up its moderation of internal conversations and crack down on employees who speak up about diversity.
Earlier today, a video appearing in YouTube's trending videos feed, meant to surface the most popular content to the platform's estimated one billion users, featured content suggesting a survivor of the Parkland shooting was a "crisis actor". The term is used in conspiracy circles to describe someone paid to pretend they'd been involved in a life-threatening situation for ideological reasons, such as anti-gun lobbying. It's unclear how long it remained available before YouTube took the video down.