In a bid to entice you to start using Opera, the latest version of the browser is focused on offering lots of privacy while promising to speed up your browsing experience. As Engadget reports, a new version of the Opera browser (version 68) just launched and it combines a built-in ad blocker, tracker blocker, and rounds things out with a free, unlimited VPN. On top of that, the browser maker claims it can now load web pages up to 20 percent faster. Considering the ad/tracker blocking it provides, faster page loads should be expected. Opera advertises its ad blocker as a way of not only preventing malicious ads from compromising your security, but also as a way of limiting the data consumed if you're on a data plan. The tracker blocker (using the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List) will "guard your privacy" by not allowing any personal data to be collected or tracked through a range of common tracking techniques including "analytic scripts" and "tracking pixels." Cryptomining scripts … [Read more...] about Latest Opera Browser Promises More Privacy, Faster Page Loads
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Dear Lifehacker, Love, Photo by speedy2 . Dear Paranoid, Advertisement The first thing you should consider is whether or not your laptop will be reimaged regardless of what you do. The bigger the company the more likely it is that your laptop will be immediately scrubbed upon return. Smaller companies will sometimes simply create new user accounts on machines and delete the old ones, but larger companies are more risk averse. What would happen if a laptop that belonged to someone in HR was given to someone outside of HR and that other employee was able to recover sensitive employee records? While that might be a long shot situation, most large companies avoid such issues by totally wiping the disk and putting a fresh image on it. The bigger the company you work for, the more likely nobody's going to look at your laptop's contents; the disk will simply be wiped. Unless you are in a situation where the contents of your laptop are required to be turned in and cataloged or … [Read more...] about What Should I Do to My Work Laptop Before I Leave My Job?
Around my house, hacked email accounts were something that happened to other people—relatives with weak passwords, generally, or Dateline story subjects. Until yesterday, when my wife emailed everybody about "gps ,TV LCD,cell phones ..." She didn't really blast-mail everyone about a spammy electronics site, of course—whoever broke into her Gmail account did. They also changed her signature to incorporate the same poorly-worded pitch, and turned on a vacation auto-responder to reply with the same. The mailings and confused replies started at 12:49 p.m., and we had her account cleaned out and, thankfully, password changed by 1:10 p.m. But we both learned a few important lessons about email security, and dealing with lapses in it, during the short but intensely aggravating break-in. Advertisement The first was that we had no idea how someone got her password and got into her account. Her old password wasn't up to NSA standards, but it was a phrase not found in a dictionary … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned from a Hacked Gmail Account
Sure, Google knows a lot. But imagine the company one day indexing your personal health records. It's starting to happen for patients at Ascension, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the US. On Monday, the nonprofit announced a partnership with Google to run Ascension's IT healthcare systems over the company's cloud computing services. However, the partnership was announced hours before The Wall Street Journal published a story on how Google and Ascension have been allegedly working on the project in secret since last year —without notifying patients or doctors. The main takeaway: the tech giant has already been processing the health records for tens of millions of patients, including their lab results, doctor diagnoses, along with patient names and dates of birth. "It (Ascension) also hopes to mine data to order up more tests or determine where it might be able to make more money from an individual patient, documents show," The Journal reports. The story has been setting … [Read more...] about Is Google Snooping on Your Health Records?
Software as a Service, usually abbreviated to SaaS, is a distribution model for software, whereby instead of downloading the software to run locally on your PC, the program is hosted by a third-party provider, and then accessed by users over the internet, typically through a web browser interface.SaaS is a type of cloud computing, with the other related cloud computing categories being Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Many folks use SaaS on a daily basis, although they may not be familiar with the term. SaaS is usually sold via a license/subscription model.Read our review on the Xerox VersaLink C405 hereRead our review on the Xerox VersaLink C500DN hereAdvantages of SaaSSaaS has enjoyed a good deal of popularity, as it has many inherent advantages. These include:Updates: With the software housed on the server, it can be upgraded centrally, as opposed to the traditional model where the software would need to be upgraded on each machine. In … [Read more...] about What is SaaS?
Launch week has arrived for Pokemon Sword and Shield, Nintendo's latest pair Pokemon RPGs, out November 15 on Switch. This marks the first Nintendo home console to receive an entirely new Pokemon adventure since the Gamecube. Since they were first announced earlier this year, we've learned quite a bit more information about Pokemon Sword and Shield. As usual, there will be two versions to choose between.Pokemon Sword and Shield will bring trainers to the Galar Region, introducing a new generation of Pokemon, battle mechanics, legendaries, and a revamped Pokedex. As in previous games, you'll have three starter Pokemon to choose from: Grookey, a grass monkey; Scorbunny, a fiery rabbit; and Sobble, a shy water lizard. The Galar region is scattered with towns where humans and Pokemon live and work together, and they include huge Pokemon gyms where people gather to watch epic battles between trainers and gym leaders.Sword and Shield will introduce an interesting new battle mechanic: … [Read more...] about Pokemon Sword And Shield Launch Guide: Pre-Order Bonuses, Double Pack, Steelbook, And More