Iranian Hackers Found Way Into Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say - Make Sure You Have 2-Factor Authentication Active On All Your Accounts Now

Date Published: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:50:45 +0200

In many (most) cases a proper 2FA thwarts these types of remote logins. If you have a hardware key like a Yubikey that can be best, followed by using a TOTP (Time-based One-time Password) authentication app such as Authy (Authy is available across devices, backs up keys, etc and is still available if you lose your phone), and lastly by SMS or e-mail code.

What 2FA does is to prevent anyone easily logging into your account on a new device. Instagram, Google, Facebook, Telegram, Amazon, ProtonMail, and many others offer 2FA.
If you don't you only have yourself to blame for breaches of your accounts.

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Reports reveal that hackers have been secretly gathering intelligence on opponents of the Iranian regime, breaking into cellphones and computers and outsmarting apps like Telegram.

Linux Jargon Buster: What is a Rolling Release Distribution?

Date Published: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:25:26 +0200

In software development, rolling release is a model where updates to a software are continuously rolled out rather than in batches of versions. This way the software always remains up-to-date. A rolling release distribution follows the same model and it provides the latest Linux kernel and the software version as they are released.

Arch Linux is the most popular example of a rolling release distribution however Gentoo is the oldest rolling release distribution still in development.

A plain simple English explanation with some FAQ at Linux Jargon Buster: What is a Rolling Release Distribution? - It's FOSS

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What is rolling release? What is a rolling release distribution? How is it different from the point release distributions? All your questions answered.

What Is A Double Edge Safety Razor? And Why Men LOVE Them

Date Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:20:09 +0200

Safety razors have been around for years – in fact they were first widely adopted when they became part of the standard field kit that were issued to GIs in World War I. Since then, men both old and young (well mostly young) wonder what a safety razor actually is and if it will have a measurable impact on their overall shave and wallet.

  • 2150% cheaper than cartridges
  • Does not cut hair below skin - less chance of razor bumps
  • Usually fewer chemicals - better for the skin
  • Less environmental waste generated

Many women too are using safety razors now.

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Learn what a double edge safety razor is all about. See why their incredibly low long-term cost savings coupled with unparalleled control set them apart.

OpenKeychain is open source software for Android that enables OpenPGP encryption for various e-mail apps and helps manage and find OpenPGP keys

Date Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:06:13 +0200

OpenKeychain helps you communicate more privately and securely. It uses encryption to ensure that your messages can be read only by the people you send them to, others can send you messages that only you can read, and these messages can be digitally signed so the people getting them are sure who sent them. OpenKeychain is based on the well established OpenPGP standard making encryption compatible across your devices and systems.

Using OpenPGP means your encrypted e-mail will be interoperable across Windows, MacOS, Linux and browers for applications listed at OpenPGP's website (including ProtonMail).

The auditing company Cure53 performed an intensive security audit of OpenKeychain.

OpenKeychain primarily integrates with K-9 Mail to provide end-to-end encryption capabilities but also with 11 other Android apps listed at link below.

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Donations:PayPal / Flattr / Bitcoin# OpenKeychainOpenKeychain helps you communicate more privately and securely...

First Proof from Hiroshima University That a Safer UV Light (222 nm UVC also known as Far-UVC) Effectively Kills COVID-19 Virus

Date Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:52:54 +0200

An in vitro experiment by HU researchers showed that 99.7% of the SARS-CoV-2 viral culture was killed after a 30-second exposure to 222 nm UVC irradiation at 0.1 mW/cm2. The study is published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Since 254 nm UVC harms exposed human tissues, it can only be used to sanitize empty rooms. But 222 nm UVC can be a promising disinfection system for occupied public spaces including hospitals where nosocomial infections are a possibility.

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Researchers offer first proof that Ultraviolet C light with a 222 nm wavelength — which is safer to use around humans — effectively kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A study conducted by Hiroshima University researchers found that using Ultraviolet C light with a wavelength of 222 nanometers which is s

ASUS is sending the ROG Phone 3 to custom ROM developers from LineageOS, Paranoid Android, Dirty Unicorns, and others... Way to Go ASUS!

Date Published: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:22:03 +0200

The Taiwanese OEM has already released an official bootloader unlock tool and continues to publish up-to-date kernel source code for the device, which should be useful in getting the ball rolling on making custom ROMs, kernels, and other modifications.

If you’re wondering about Google Camera ports, the latest builds by Wichaya support the ROG Phone 3. With the Google Camera port, you can use all 4 camera lenses and even capture 64MP unbinned images with HDR+ enhanced enabled. While you don’t need to root your phone to use a Google Camera port, there are other benefits to rooting, such as being able to enable VoLTE on T-Mobile in the U.S.

And of course this way users will also get longer support for patches and updates.

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ASUS is sending out ROG Phone 3 units to custom ROM and kernel developers, planting the seeds for a supportive custom development community!

Someone Made The Bates Motel & Mansion Of Hitchcock's Psycho In Second Life And Hosts Karaoke Parties There

Date Published: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:27:23 +0200

SL artist Kaiden Tray made this faithful recreation of the classic cinema location, complete with four free motel rooms (date night, anyone?), and the Bates mansion on the hill. Impressively, he made it from scratch, mainly using the recent TV show spinoff of Psycho for reference.

I know you're wondering if Mother is in the basement, or what happens if you step into the shower, or walk like a stupidly curious detective up the mansion stairs. Kaiden declines to answer any of that, but tells me that he plans to turn this into a full Psycho experience on its own sim.

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Click here to visit, but maybe take a shower beforehand. SL artist Kaiden Tray made this faithful recreation of the classic cinema location, complete with four free motel rooms (date night, anyone?), and the Bates mansion on the hill. Impressively,...

Thunderbird 78.2.1 (Windows, Linux, MacOS) finally implements integrated OpenPGP crypto feature for e-mail - no more Enigmail extension required

Date Published: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:17:49 +0200

Mozilla's mail reader, Thunderbird, has implemented a feature first requested 21 years ago. Whilst unfortunately we lose file sending and notes services.

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As Mozilla kills off secure file transfer tool because – shock! – it was being abused

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is growing fast as more users have begun to value their privacy on the internet

Date Published: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:14:15 +0200

While Google remains the most popular search engine, DuckDuckGo has gained a great deal of traction in recent months as more and more users have begun to value their privacy on the internet.

DuckDuckGo saw over 2 billion searches and 4 million app/extension installations, and the company also said that they have over 65 million active users. DuckDuckGo could shatter its old traffic record if the same growth trend continues.

If you are serious about privacy, you can give DuckDuckGo a try by visiting their search homepage. You can also use DuckDuckGo by installing its extensions and apps.

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DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced that August 2020 ended in over 2 billion total searches via its search platform.

Purism's Linux-based Librem 5 phone can now run Android apps using Anbox emulator

Date Published: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:00:46 +0200

Purism announced that Anbox is now compatible with the Librem 5. Much like how Google does things on ChromeOS, Anbox runs Android in a container. That means users can access additional free apps built for Android while keeping the privacy protections of PureOS. Purism's ultimate goal is to make setting up the Android emulation process as simple as moving an Android image file into the Anbox folder and rebooting.

Devices like the Librem 5 and the PinePhone that give users full control over their hardware are exciting to see. Next stop, PinePhone?

See This phone doesn't run Android, but now it can run Android apps

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Android and iOS aren't the only mobile operating systems viable today. Last month, Corbin wrote about the PinePhone, a phone that runs Linux and has

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