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What Is an API?

You’ve likely seen the term “API” come up. Operating system, web browser, and app updates often announce new APIs for developers. But what is an API? Application Programming Interface The term API is an acronym, and it stands for “Application Programming Interface.” Think of an API like a menu in a restaurant. The menu provides …

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. …

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 …