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Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

BBC reveals that even the most secure email service has a ‘flaw’

We live such an age where threat to privacy is rising at an alarming level and a number of tech firms and service providers jumped on the wagon bringing the coveted ‘internet security’ to the consumers. BBC has exposed one such email service provider named Nomx who claimed to be world’s most secure email platform. This small personal email server firm has claimed to offer absolute security to the consumers but it failed to live up to the rigid expectation after undergoing a BBC Click investigation.

This email service is created by an entrepreneur named Will Donaldson who popularized his platform as being the most secure communication protocol in the world for safeguarding the email messages. In its defense Nomx has stated that the test conducted to declare its security has been done its very own gadgets.

Exposing internet security in self-proclaimed ‘secure email service’

BBC Click brought on board Scott Helme, a security researcher and Prof Alan Woodward, a computer security expert from the University of Surrey. These men were given the task of analyzing whether the email messages sent over this platform is secure against the rampant hacking, interception and other attacks.

The personal email server is sold at a price of $ 199 to $399 and in all its marketing communication it has been proclaimed that this service is specifically designed to offer highly secure email communication capability to the consumers.

Two major issues were found in the Nomx which includes software packages running on very old version and harboring a massive amount of unpatched security bugs and the presence of low-key default passwords functionality.

choose the updates for internet security

BBC Click investigation findings were welcomes by the Nomx management and they were happy at getting the list of vulnerabilities. Addressing the issue emerging from the use of old software Nomx explained that it will be bringing frequent updates to its platform which will allow users to choose which updates to apply on their device.

Nomx will not be forcing the users to install all the updates as updates are also known to introduce vulnerabilities & limits internet security therefore it will selectively allow users to pick, choose and install updates whenever they are made available.

The default passwords as well as names provided by the Nomx were introduced in a bid to make it easier for the users to set up their device. Users are always encouraged to change them once the device perfectly set up for using the email communication portal.  On other hand security researchers have found the set up process quite complex and they were not asked to change the password or pick a new one at any given point of time.

Nomx has also contested against the finding revealed by the BBC Click investigation by stating that the way device was tested for Nomx is completely unrealistic. Furthermore it was also established that the internet security of the users were never at risk and attack showcased by the security researchers was simply ‘non-existent’ for the Nomx users.

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Technology

Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Elon Musk has a vision to streamline the traffic with underground road system

We live in a fast paced world where every minutes counts and every moment is precious but navigating through the traffic can turn our world upside down.  Elon Musk has come up with a noble solution with his vision for a tunnel network spanning the length and breadth of United Sates. At first it will be seen at its full potential under the Los Angeles. This revelation for a giant underground road system was made by Elon Must at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference.  Quite interestingly this new way of transportation system will help in bringing fully autonomous journey across the country by year end.

It’s time to get rid of traffic congestion

Elon Musk is charismatic founder of Tesla and Space X and both these firms have made serious technological evolution in their respective field which was never heard off. Quite recently Space X has been able to develop a rocket which can be reused with perfection and accuracy. He emphasised that the need of having a tunnel system has become a necessity in our today’s society because being stuck in the traffic amounts to a soul destroying experience.  He also showcased a concept video for the underground road system which gave the world a glimpse how a multi-layered system might work in future.

 Underground Road System

The challenges to overcome in Underground Road System

The best thing about the underground road system is that there happens to be no limits on the amounts of tunnel which can be added to it. However the major challenge which this vision has to overcome is related to cutting down the boring costs and speeding up the tunnel creation. Elon Musk gave the example of his pet snail named Gary.

He stated that Gary possess the ability to move as much as fourteen times faster than the current tunnel boring machine. Quite literary he is emphasising on the fact that even with modern equipment the tunnel boring is way slower than the snail pace.  So a lot of effort will be given towards speeding up the whole process, the faster we are able to tunnel through the lower will be costs associated to it.

Musk is determined to fructify his vision of Underground Road System

Musk has already set up a firm to work on this project and it has been tentatively named The Boring Company. Being a visionary Musk has kept himself lightly associated with this firm and it will be managed mostly for the part-timers and interns with zeal of revamping the current transportation system. Musk further elaborated that the underground road system will allow commuters to move at a breath-taking pace from the parking lot in California to across the country in New York and other far stretched locales. The transportation will be completely autonomous thereby it will allow commuters to travel a faster pace than the conventional models. Musk also talked about the semi-autonomous electric truck made by Tesla and it is expected to be unveiled in September this year.

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Technology

New Gadgets Worth Investing in

New Gadgets Worth Investing in

There are various gadgets in the market that are worth the investment. The urge to save money often keeps people away from making investments. The fact that technology devices are leading in the CMC markets, means that they are becoming a necessity. There are devices that one can invest in and end up saving a lot of money in the long run. These gadgets may be costly when purchasing them, but in the end, it will have been worth every penny. Such devices will enhance the quality of life, make it easier and fun to carry out day to day activities. Here are some ideas for new gadgets that are worth the effort.

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Smartphone powered thermostat

A Smartphone powered thermostat makes the process of controlling heat and cooling your room much easier, fancier and cost efficient. This gadget allows one to use the Smartphone to make changes to the thermostat. One can decrease or increase the room temperature comfortably without having to move an inch. A unique feature of this gadget is that after studying one’s trends such as the common temperature setting and when turned on or off among others, it can then make the appropriate adjustments by itself. By doing so will enable you to save a lot when using a thermostat. It will also improve energy efficiency, and thus it’s worth the investment.

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Noria smart air conditioner

This gadget has changed the face of comfort when it comes to conditioning. Its remote connectivity allows you to control the air conditioner from any point of the house. The experience of window air conditioning does not get better than this. The Noria smart air conditioner has been beautifully designed to give your home a stylish look in addition to the comfort it provides. It enables one to maintain the view from the window while still letting fresh air into the house. The gadget design facilitates easy installation.

Gadget 4

Clean router

Over the recent years, the internet has become part of our daily life. As such, it is overwhelming, especially for parents to control the content available on the net. With the clean router device, parents now have the ability to block or filter web content. It is a wireless router connected to the devices in the house. This gadget offers an easy way to administer parental control as it automatically blocks the content that the user chooses such as pornography among others. Another advantage of using the clean router is that its features do not slow down the internet.

gadget 4

Torch coat heater

More and more gadgets are being developed to ensure comfort. Torch heater ensures that you stay warm without having to put on more clothes. This device allows you to increase the temperature of your coat by just clicking on a button. The torch is designed to discretely and perfectly fit inside the jacket. The tool is powered by a battery and has around four heat settings to provide options to the user. On a single charge, the torch is capable of providing heat for up to 5 hours. This torch is a gadget worth investing in especially during the cold seasons.

New Gadget 5

Belkin travel rockstar power bank

Belkin travel Rockstar is must have gadget for individuals who heavily depend on their mobile devices. It is important that even when travelling that their devices remain powered throughout. Belkin travel rockstar power bank is a portable multipurpose charger that will come in handy especially during long distance travels. This gadget helps to keep your Smartphone devices or tablets charged all the time. It is powered by just plugging it into a standard outlet. The led status indicator lights of the power bank allow the user to know the amount of charge available and thus one can plan ahead.

gadget 6

Fidget Toy hand spinners.

In addition to the stress balls and desk toys, there are some new exciting toys on the market. Fidget Toy hand spinner is a perfect gadget for someone looking to reduce anxiety and stress levels. This toy is easy to carry and also safe to use. Its design, round corners, and the smooth surface ensure that your fingers do not get a scratch. It is considered a useful tool for increasing focus as well as facilitating deep thought. These gadgets are also suitable for decorative purposes.

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Social Media

15 Secret WhatsApp Features That Everyone Should Know About

15 Secret WhatsApp Features That Everyone Should Know About

15 Hidden Whatsapp Features That You Didn’t About

Whatsapp has made our lives so much easier with its instant messaging service that most of us remain its loyal users. Not only did it make text messaging and BBM obsolete but it also became an alternative to social media for a lot of people, so much so, that social media giant Facebook had to acquire it for 19 billion dollars. The app comes with a ton of features, a lot of which is probably not known to you. Find out about all the secret Whatsapp features that you’ve been missing out on.

15 Secret Whatsapp features

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  1. Discover Who You Talk to the Most

If you’re an iOS user, head to Settings > Account > Storage Usage.

  1. Stop Other People From Reading Your Pop-up Notification

On iOS go to Settings > Notifications > Show Preview. Add password through third party apps on Android.

  1. Use Whatsapp Web on Your Computer

Open web.whatsapp.com on computer and scan the QR code with your phone camera. Alternatively, download the desktop app. Use it to transfer files through self-message by creating a group with a single friend and then deleting the person.

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  1. Reply without Opening the App

Android users can go to Settings > Notifications > Popup notification and select Always show popup.

  1. Get Homescreen Shortcuts for Specific Chats

Long press a chat and select Add conversation shortcut on Android phones.

  1. Choose Who Can See Your Profile Picture

Head to Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile photo.

  1. Broadcast Messages without Them Knowing

Go to Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add Contacts. Write your messages and send them. Whatsapp _3

  1. Avoid Blue Ticks

Don’t open messages and dismiss notifications. Turn off Wifi and data and open the app to read messages. Close the app and turn the internet on. If you don’t want this Whatsapp feature at all, go to Settings > Account > Privacy > turn off Read receipts.

  1. Write Messages in Bold, Italics and Strikethrough

Add * on both sides of a word for *Bold*. Add _ on both sides of a word for _Italics_. Add ~ on both sides of a word for ~Strikethrough~.

  1. Control Data Usage and Stop Auto-Download of Pictures and Videos

Go to Settings > Data Usage and turn on Low data usage. From Data usage options, you can also control auto-download of media.

  1. Stop Strangers in Groups from Reading Your Personal Info

Head to Settings > Account > Privacy. Restrict Last seen, Status and Profile photo to My Contacts.  Whatsapp_4

  1. Automatically Add dates to Calendar

iOS users can tap and hold dates within chats and select Create event to directly add an event on their calendars.

  1. Get Special Notifications from Certain Contacts

Go to Chats and open a chat from the person. Tap on contact name and select Custom notifications.

  1. Bookmark or Star Messages

Tap and hold the message and then press the star symbol.

  1. Read a Chat and then Mark Unread

Android users tap and hold the chat to Open Menu and Mark as Unread.

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Technology

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Creates News Service Wikitribune

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Creates News Service Wikitribune

A Noble News Service Called Wikitribune Unveiled by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia ‘s co founder named Jimmy Wales tends to keep a low profile but this time he has emerged back in the news for all the right reasons. He has stated that Wikipedia is extensively working on developing a news service based on its home grown technology which is dedicated to the professional journalist and volunteer. The spread of fake and viral news has become so aggravated that the real news which offers the factual and neutral articles has become subdued to a great extent. The new news service is called Wikitribune which will help in bringing this very tone of news to the users in a bid to combat the fake news.

News Service Wikitribune

How good will be Wikitribune?

Wikitribune will be presented as free service devoid of any advertisement and certainly it will be free to read just like the Wikipedia. But it will rely on the supporters and sympathizers for regular donations.  Wales believes that with time Wikitribune will emerge as one of the most trusted and prominent new website in the world with limited influence. This isn’t the first time Wales had come up with a news service platform. Wikitribune shares a huge number of features already available on his online encyclopedia website. This site’s technology boasts of details which can be searched by the writers to find the source and even people can edit the articles present on the site to ensure its accuracy.

Crowd funding is not the right way to go

Some people believe that Wikitribune going forward with the crowdfunded model will result in limiting its overall potential. It is very unlikely that majority of people will start trusting this website or technology based on the content on it. Secondly the articles published on it will only be fixed by very few people or in the end it will be become a tool of spreading the false information which eventually it wanted to eradicate.

News Wikitribune

This method o model will only be turn into a success if it is implemented on a small scale and helps in producing a relatively low amount of unique content. But even with the current standing it is very unlikely that this service will emerge as a major, massive news organization within few months of activity.

Controlling the quality on Wikitribune

Mr. Wales has stated he will be devoting 100 percent of his on this project from the very early stages to its final days. He will be serving as the Wkikitribune chief executive for at least year to take it towards the path of success which has been achieved by the Wikipedia. The number of advisors brought by the Wales includes the journalism lecturer named Pro Jeff Jarvis, model cum actress Lily Cole, Silicon Valley venture capitalists Guy Kawasaki and US law professor Larry Lessing. The content for the website will be decided by the team of staffs on daily while finders will get a chance to influence the content as well. It will be ensured that the supporters remain neutral and doesn’t indulge in picking up the favorites in order to forward their own agenda using this technology.

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