Facebook just loosened the leash a little on its facial-recognition algorithms. Starting Tuesday, any time someone uploads a photo that includes what Facebook thinks is your face, you’ll be notified even if you weren’t tagged.
When you set up a new Wi-Fi network, you’re probably conditioned by now to check the “WPA2” box. You may not specifically know when or why someone advised you to do this, but it was solid advice. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 is the current industry standard that encrypts traffic on Wi-Fi networks to thwart eavesdroppers. And since it’s been the secure option since 2004, WPA2 networks are absolutely everywhere. They’re also, it turns out, vulnerable to cryptographic attack.
The company announced Tuesday that it would “stop updating and distributing the Flash Player,” giving the end of 2020 as its end-of-life date. With that, the internet’s favorite punching bag deflates.
Amid a desperate situation on Friday in which hundred of thousands of WannaCry ransomware attacks pelted computers in nearly 100 countries, one stroke of good fortune hit, too. As the malware analysis expert who calls himself MalwareTech rushed to examine the so-called WannaCry strain, he stumbled on a way to stop it from locking computers and slow its spread. All it took was ten bucks, and a little luck.