Last Updated on 26 January 2023 by Daniel Robert Merkel, Monash University During the 2000s, Apple ran a hugely successful advertising campaign for its line of Macintosh desktop computers. The ads poked fun at some of the perceived bugbears of the Windows-based PCs of the era compared to the Mac. One recurring theme of these… Continue reading Which is more vulnerable to viruses and hackers: Windows 10 or Mac OS X?
Last Updated on 25 January 2023 by Daniel David Glance, The University of Western Australia An April 2018 survey by the Pew Research Centre has found that fewer people believe that “the Internet has been mostly a good thing for society” as compared to four years ago. This worsening perspective on the social benefits of… Continue reading What happens when people lose trust in the Internet?
Last Updated on 24 January 2023 by Daniel Adrian Winckles, Anglia Ruskin University and Andrew Moore, Anglia Ruskin University You may know nothing about it, but your phone – or your laptop or tablet – could be taken over by someone else who has found their way in through a back door. They could have… Continue reading How to spot a cyberbot – five tips to keep your device safe
Last Updated on 23 January 2023 by Daniel Herbert Lin, Stanford University There are a number of ways to run a legitimate election. But the U.S. has learned in recent years, and Brazil learned in recent weeks, that it’s not always simple. There are technical mechanics and processes of how votes are cast, collected and… Continue reading Brazil, US show that secure elections require agreement – not just cybersecurity and clear ballot records
Thomas Reisinger, De Montfort University The video conferencing app Zoom gained about 2 million new users in the first two months of 2020 – and that was before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. With so many people now relying on video conferencing for contact with their friends, family and colleagues,… Continue reading Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know
Last Updated on 21 January 2023 by Daniel Christopher J. Finlay, Durham University In conventional warfare, it’s accepted that if a state finds itself under attack, it’s entitled to respond – either with defensive force, or with a counterattack. But it’s less clear how countries should respond to cyber-attacks: state-backed hacks which often have dangerous… Continue reading Should cyberwar be met with physical force? Moral philosophy can help us decide
Last Updated on 20 January 2023 by Daniel Karl Schaffarczyk, University of Canberra The ongoing copyright arms race between content owners and internet users has taken a new turn. Israeli firm Hola! has recently launched a suite of products that are variously designed to bypass geoblocking and accelerate internet-access speeds. Hola! is the brainchild of… Continue reading Say Hola! to the newest route around web censorship
Last Updated on 19 January 2023 by Daniel Nicholas Patterson, Deakin University Have you ever had your personal information leaked on the internet? Maybe it was something you purchased online from a website, only to find out that the company was hacked months later? If the answer is “yes”, you probably want to know whether… Continue reading Hackers cause most data breaches, but accidents by normal people aren’t far behind
Last Updated on 18 January 2023 by Daniel Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro A growing number of public schools and colleges in the U.S. are moving to ban TikTok – the popular Chinese-owned social media app that allows users to share short videos. They are following the lead of the federal government… Continue reading Dozens of US schools, universities move to ban TikTok
Last Updated on 17 January 2023 by Daniel Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell, The University of Melbourne Recent cases of online abuse against Charlotte Dawson and NRL player Robbie Farah have attracted considerable media attention and triggered public debate about how to respond to this issue. But how big a problem is online abuse and harassment,… Continue reading Stop the trolls: how to prevent cyber stalking happening to you