AOL Mail Takes Action to Thwart Major Spoofing Attack
AOL Mail is taking action to attempt to thwart a major spoofing attack. AOL email addresses were not hacked, but they are being spoofed by spammers. The spoofing makes it look like the emails originated from an AOL email address. PC World says some of these spoofed addresses include long-forgotten AOL email addresses from former users.

AOL writes in a statement that it has changed its policy to help mail providers reject spoofed email addressed.
AOL is taking this step because spammers are sending email that appears to be from valid AOL email addresses. In fact, these emails do not originate from AOL or our customers. Rather, the outgoing addresses are edited by the spammers to make them appear to be legitimate AOL email addresses. By initiating this change, AOL Mail, along with other major email providers will reject these spoofed email messages, rather than deliver them to the recipient's inboxes.
AOL has a message about email spoofing here on its AOL help site.

Posted on April 23, 2014

Google to Buy Titan Aerospace
Titan Aerospace drone

Google is going to buy Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of drones. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook was previously in talks to buy the company before Google stepped in. The purchase price is not known. Titan has about 20 employees and is based in New Mexico.

Reuters reports that Google could make the Internet available in remote parts of the world by using drones to deliver it. Google's Project Loon uses balloons to deliver the Internet.

Google told Reuters in an email statement, "Atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."

A statement on the Titan Aerospace website says, "At Titan Aerospace, we're passionate believers in the potential for technology (and in particular, atmospheric satellites) to improve people's lives. It's still early days for the technology we're developing, and there are a lot of ways that we think we could help people, whether it's providing internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and deforestation. That's why we couldn't be more excited to learn from and work with our new colleagues as we continue our research, testing and design work as part of the Google family."

Photo: Titan Aerospace

Posted on April 15, 2014

Seagate Releases Its First 6TB Hard Drive
Seagate 6TB Hard Drive

Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive which it says is the fastest available. Computerworld reports that Seagate's new drive is 28% faster than its 4TB drive.

Seagate says other features with the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD include 12Gb/s SAS and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces for easy integration and secure bulk data storage with Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) technology.

ExtremeTech explains how Seagate's 6TB drive does not make use of helium, which is a significant change. Western Digital HGST launched a 6TB hard drive hard drive in November 2013 that makes use of helium and contains it in hermetically sealed hard drives using a technology called HelioSeal.

Photo: Seagate

Posted on April 7, 2014

Gmail Turns Ten Years Old
Gmail celebrates its tenth birthday today. Google officially launched its email service on April 1, 2004, which was not the best day to launch a product as April Fool's Day has become known as a day of jokes and fake products on the Internet. Gmail has become a huge service despite the Fool's Day launch. Wired says Gmail has completely transformed the web. Wired also notes that Gmail was invite-only until February 2007. For more about Gmail's past, Wikipedia has an entry called the "History of Gmail" here.

Mashable created this video to show the path Gmail emails take. Your gmail goes through the Internet backbone, through Google's servers and then back through the Internet backbone again to get to its destination. Google can back up your email and scan it for viruses before sending it on its way to your target email address. Take a look:

Posted on April 1, 2014

Yahoo Resets Passwords After Accounts Are Comprised in Third-Party Breach
Yahoo Mail

Yahoo reset the passwords on some Yahoo Mail accounts after passwords and usernames were compromised in a hack. Yahoo shared the news in an "Important Security Update" posted on its main Tumblr blog. Yahoo did not reveal the scope of the hack.

Yahoo says, "We are resetting passwords on impacted accounts and we are using second sign-in verification to allow users to re-secure their accounts. Impacted users will be prompted (if not, already) to change their password and may receive an email notification or an SMS text if they have added a mobile number to their account."

Yahoo also says it is working with federal law enforcement officials about the breach. The Internet company says malicious computer software was used to get the usernames and emails from a third-party system. They were not obtained directly from Yahoo's systems.

Yahoo also recommends its users change passwords regularly and use passwords with "different variations of symbols and characters." They also advise not using the same password on multiple sites or services, which is always wise. If hackers get a working password they will often try and use that same password on that person's other sites and services. Take a look:

Photo: Yahoo

Posted on February 1, 2014

SplashDate Unveils Top 25 Worst Passwords of 2013
Worst passwords of 2013

SplashData, a provider of password management application, has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet. Any password without capital letters, numbers and symbols is considered insecure, but these passwords are very, very bad. They are only used because they are so easy to remember. Here are the ten worst passwords. Using "password" as your password dropped from the number was slot this year. You can see the complete list here.
  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
SplashData says its list was compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.

Image: SplashData

Posted on January 22, 2014

Stephen Colbert Reveals Plan to Defeat Google's New Military Robots
Google made the surprising acquisition of Boston Dynamics last month. The company is known for its often fearsome looking military robots, such as BigDog, a robotic pack mule that can hurl cinder blocks. Stephen Colbert says the robots are the only way Google can get us to sign up for Google+. He has a plan to battle Google's new military robots. He is developing an Ewok breeding program as Ewoks are known for their ability to take down large military robots. Take a look:

Posted on January 2, 2014

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