Month: March 2018

Botnets The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse

Botnets have existed for at least a decade. As early as 2000, hackers were breaking into computers over the Internet and controlling them en masse from centralized systems. Among other things, the hackers used the combined computing power of these botnets to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, which flood websites with traffic to take them down. …

IPVanish VPN full review

IPVanish’s top-tier network delivering some of the fastest speeds in our tests. Zero logs gives you total privacy and it costs just $3.33 per month! While many VPN providers try to stand out with their free plans and cheap commercial products, IPVanish talks more about service quality. It’s “the world’s fastest VPN” says the website, boasting 40,000+ …

TerraMaster F4-420 NAS review

Last year we reviewed the TerraMaster F2-220, a dual-drive NAS that offered plenty of computing power, but needed to enhance the software side of that proposition. Given the TerraMaster numbering convention, it would be easy to assume that the F4-420 is merely a four drive version of the F2-220. And in some respects that isn’t far from the …

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition 9370

At first glance you could definitely be forgiven for thinking that the new XPS 13 Developer Edition, carrying the ‘9730’ moniker, is actually the last generation XPS 13. Or the one before. Or the one before that even. This is because Dell has consistently chosen evolution and not revolution for its top-of-the-range small laptop, focusing …

Amazfit Bip review

A good fitness tracker doesn’t need to look like the Apple Watch 3 in order to succeed, but it sure helps. The Amazfit Bip is a head-turning wearable that, even once you learn that it isn’t an Apple Watch, is still worth your attention. For $99, the Amazfit Bip is a competent fitness tracker that is said …

The FTC confirms it’s investigating Facebook over its privacy practices

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices after it was revealed that the company allowed Cambridge Analytica access to the personal data of some 50 million Facebook users without their expressed consent. “The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the …