Mozilla to harden Firefox defenses with site isolation, a la Chrome

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:13:00 -0800

Mozilla plans to boost Firefox’s defensive skills by mimicking the “Site Isolation” technology introduced to Google’s Chrome last year.

Dubbed “Project Fission,” the effort will more granularly separate sites and their individual components than is currently the case in Firefox. The goal: Isolate malicious sites and attack code so individual sites cannot wreak havoc in the browser at large, or pillage the browser, the device or the device’s memory of critical information, such as authentication credentials and encryption keys.

“We aim to build a browser which isn’t just secure against known security vulnerabilities, but also has layers of built-in defense against potential future vulnerabilities,” Nika Layzel, the project tech lead of the Fission team, wrote in a post last week to a Firefox development mailing list. “To accomplish this, we need to revamp the architecture of Firefox and support full Site Isolation.” Layzel also published the note as the first newsletter from the Fission engineering group.

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Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.99 Per Month – Deal Alert

Credit to Author: DealPost Team| Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:47:00 -0800

NordVPN promises a private and fast path through the public internet, with no logs, unmetered access for 6 simultaneous devices and access to 5,232 servers worldwide. They are currently running a promotion, but you’ll have to use this link to find it. Its typical price has been discounted for 3 years of service — a good deal at just $2.99 per month.  See the $2.99/month NordVPN deal here.

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Mingis on Tech: As blockchain hype cools, a 'trough of disillusionment' for 2019?

Credit to Author: Ken Mingis| Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 03:00:00 -0800

Ok, so maybe blockchain isn’t ready yet to become the biggest new technology since the internet.

But the distributed ledger technology clearly made strides in 2018, when it was embraced by companies from Walmart to shipping bigwig Maersk to top tech venders like IBM, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft who see potential in blockchain-as-a-service. (Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, Frank Yiannas, compared his embrace of blockchain to a “religious conversaion.”)

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Tech luminaries we lost in 2018

Credit to Author: Ken Gagne| Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 03:00:00 -0800

Remembering our industry’s innovators
CW > In Memoriam 2018 > Tech luminaries we lost this year [slideshow cover]

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They were the founders of such household names as Atari and Microsoft. They built the hardware and software that powers the Internet. They used computers to give voice to the young and the disabled. And they rarely did so in the spotlight. Whether they ever achieved fame or fortune, these 13 women and men deserve a place in the history books for their lives, accomplishments, and contributions to science and information technology around the world.

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Engineering and operational software is driving digital transformation of worker roles

Credit to Author: Peter Herweck| Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:10:57 +0000

For many years, engineering and operation disciplines within industrial settings were totally detached. In very simple terms the process of designing, building and operating a plant involved a series of… Read more »

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Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2018 04:00:00 -0800

Encryption may sound like a subject best left to hackers and tinfoil hat wearers, but don’t be fooled: It’s a critical part of contemporary life and something that’s important for everyone, especially business users, to understand. And one of the places where encryption is most relevant and misunderstood is in the realm of email.

If you’re using Gmail for electronic communication — be it for business, for personal use, or a combination of the two — it’s well worth your while to know how the service does and doesn’t secure your information and what steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the level of privacy you need.

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Download Malwarebytes Today and Protect Your Data for Free

Credit to Author: DealPost Team| Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:59:00 -0800

Everyone lives on the internet, period. Whether you’re streaming a standup special on Netflix, answering emails from your boss, chatting on Tinder, or completing everyday errands like paying bills online, you’re likely spending most of your day tangled up in the world wide web.

Unfortunately, that makes you a high-risk candidate for a cyber attack at some point along the way, be it through malware, phishing, or hacking. Best-case scenario, it sucks up your time to fix (or your money by paying someone else to fix it). Worst case scenario, it puts you and your computer out of commission for days and damages your files beyond repair. Not to mention the sheer terror of knowing some hacker has complete and total access to virtually everything about you, including all of your banking and credit card information. Malwarebytes is a free program built to help you avoid the above scenarios altogether — and it makes traditional antivirus look old, tired, and played out (seriously it’s free, download it here).

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Firefox adds in-browser notification of breached sites

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:10:00 -0800

Mozilla has added a data breach notification to Firefox that warns the browser’s users when their email address and credentials may have been obtained by hackers.

Dubbed Firefox Monitor, the free breach notification service debuted in September after some testing during the summer. Anyone — not only Firefox users — can steer to the service website, enter an email address and be told if that address was among those involved in successful, publicly-known breach attacks. Next steps were up to the user, including the obvious of changing the password(s) connected to that email address and/or website(s).

Notifications of the latest breaches were sent by Firefox Monitor to the user-submitted address. “Your email address will be scanned against those data breaches, and we’ll let you know through a private email if you were involved,” wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla’s vice president of product strategy, in a Sept. 25 post to a company blog.

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Industry 4.0 in the hive: What Bees Want

Credit to Author: Guest Blogger| Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:57:22 +0000

What happens when a software architect starts to implant an industrial revolution in the hive? Schneider Electric colleague Marcus Zinn advanced it. Full of anticipation, Marcus Zinn stands on a… Read more »

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