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August 19, 2014
by sjvn01
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Linux kernel source code repositories get better security

CHICAGO – Almost three years ago, crackers broke into the kernel.org, Linux’s most important site. While no damage was done, it was still worrisome. So, at the Linux Kernel Summit, the Linux Foundation announced that it was securing Linux’s Git … Continue reading

June 25, 2013
by sjvn01
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Integrate Dropbox into your Windows network with Active Directory

There may be better personal cloud storage services than Dropbox, but few are as popular. Dropbox wants more though. It wants Dropbox to be your first choice for business cloud storage as well. Integrate Dropbox into your Windows network with … Continue reading

June 14, 2013
by sjvn01
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Six ways to protect yourself from the NSA and other eavesdroppers

Worried sick about the NSA, or someone else, looking over your shoulder? Well, you can do things that will make it harder for someone to eavesdrop on you. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all these things … Continue reading

March 18, 2013
by sjvn01
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The 5 things you need for the perfect smartphone

What makes a “perfect” smartphone? Some of my fellow journalist buddies and I wrestled with the question, and here’s what we came up with: First, some part of “perfection” depends on the person. For example, I love QWERTY keyboards, so … Continue reading

July 25, 2011
by sjvn01
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Google revises Google+ real name management policy

Over the weekend, Google annoyed numerous one-time Google+ users by blowing away their accounts because they’d broken Google’s name restrictions. That went over well. As I asked at the time, “What was Google thinking!?” Google’s senior VP of social, Vic … Continue reading