US FTC advises consumers to change their Twitter passwords

The FTC yesterday advised all American consumers to change their Twitter passwords. The FTC Said in a statement on their website: ” You may have heard the recent news that Twitter discovered a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. What does this mean? If you are a Twitter user, your password could …

6G may be optical lasers leading to terahertz frequencies

6G promises to be hundreds of times faster than Wi-Fi you use today. Scientists have discovered that they can turn a laser (optical light) into a device capable of modulating at microwave frequencies.They discovered that a laser allows multiple and different pieces of information to be transmitted through a single frequency channel. How this discovery …

Your Data is gone

So, it turns out that Facebook has a lot more data than you thought it did. But that is not the worst. As an example of how bad this is, when you connect to Facebook Messenger all your phone contacts are uploaded to Facebook. Facebook NEVER deletes any data and also tracks whom you ‘unfriend’, …

How IT can improve your quality of life

You can improve your quality of life, health and longer term prospects of sanity by simply turning off all your notifications. Less stress, less panic, less outrage, less despair and other negative emotions. Increased productivity, Better health and Improved general quality of life. Just turn it off. (Somehow though, even if you turn it off, …

I will decide what is news

Many thousands of people in the United States of America are actively sharing posts that deny the truth of a mass killing of children at a school in Florida. (February 2018 – seventeen(17) children were killed by a classmate, Nikolas Cruz) and hundreds of thousands of people may now believe that this factual tragedy was …

African Data and the new American Cloud Act

The CLOUD Act is expected to become law in the US shortly. Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) is a bill introduced by Republican Sen Hatch.  This bill would allow the Trump administration to force US companies to hand over African (and any other data) with due process in America, even if that data …

Social Media Harmful to Children

“A growing body of research demonstrates that excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to children and teens, making it very likely this new app will undermine children’s healthy development.” says an open letter to the Social media giant, Facebook. Headlines in the Washington Post shouted: “Teenage depression and suicide are way …

What is Bitcoin

Bitcoin is an electronic asset. It is not money or electronic cash. Yes, you can use Bitcoin to pay for something in the same way as you can trade your car for a cat. Recently some payment systems, for example Stripe, dropped Bitcoin as a method of payment. Stripe correctly states that Bitcoin is an …

Significant contribution by Google engineers regarding Spectre

Consumers are currently living with multiple CPU hardware security flaws across multiple brands of CPU’s. At the same time CPU’s also have built in “spyware/Management Engines” and Intel already released information about the Intel ME issues.  The Meltdown hardware security flaw can be fixed in software updates. The known ME security flaws can be fixed …

Billions of South African Rands exported every year

More security issues from Intel (Over and above Spectre and Meltdown). Regarding ME (Management Engines) the Intel CPU manufacturer said a few days ago: Intel has identified security vulnerabilities that could potentially impact certain PCs, servers, and IoT platforms The above may be lost in all the noise, hype and media attention of Spectre and …