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What you need to know about net neutrality

On Wednesday, an "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality" was held as the web awaits its fate. Net neutrality is the idea that the internet is truly a free marketplace of ideas. Whether it’s good, bad, #fakenews or a cat video gone viral, anyone is free to join the...

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 12:54am

A $28 app could give strangers access to your webcam

The webcam you're using to monitor your home or child could easily be accessed by strangers using a simple hacking app. According to Mashable, an app can be purchased that could easily allow you to hack someone’s connected web camera and spy on them. The app costs 188 Yuan, or $28...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:39pm

CamSoda's Charley Hart talks shop; LifeStream launches for webcam wannabes

Charley Hart, one of the original camgirls for the adult site CamSoda, called herself an “interactive sim” as she spoke to us from a tattoo shop about her webcam career and LifeStream, a program in which people get paid to broadcast their lives — sexual or nonsexual. While...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:06am

Harvard students who lost acceptance due to offensive memes part of common problem

A handful of prospective freshman had their Harvard dreams dashed recently when the school withdrew their offers of admission, following news that the potential students had posted racist and sexist memes in a private Facebook chat. Though the move may have been unexpected for the students...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 3:30pm

Social media companies step up to combat online hate speech: EU

Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to EU pressure to do more to tackle the issue, results of an EU evaluation seen by Reuters showed. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube...

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 8:17pm

Pornhub data reveals 'pregnancy porn' searches are on the rise

Recent research has proved that “MILF” porn is a very popular keyword search on Mother’s Day, but “pregnancy porn” is steadily becoming more and more popular each year. The number crunchers on the Insights team at Pornhub recently compiled data to show the increase in...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:33pm

Here’s how to get your old rate back if Spectrum jacks up your internet bill

Whether or not you think Time Warner fumbled the Spectrum rebrand — with a reputation that bad, do you really want to tell people it’s still the same company? — you’re going to want to double check the rate listed on your May 2017 internet bill. One customer took to Reddit...

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:26pm

New Google Docs phishing attack could give your computer malware

If you received an invitation from someone to edit a file via Google Docs, and you don’t recognize the name, don’t open it. It could be a phishing scam and a potential computer virus. On Tuesday, a clever email phishing scam quickly spread across the internet and is masked as an...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:14pm

Comcast says it will not sell customer browsing histories

Comcast said Friday it would not sell customers’ individual internet browsing information, days after the U.S. Congress approved legislation reversing Obama administration era internet privacy rules.The bill would repeal regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission under...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 3:09pm

You want real web privacy? Get ready to pay for it

As government chisels away at internet privacy protections, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University have developed a system they say will give you more anonymity in cyberspace.The catch: You’ll probably have to pay for it.To start with, it’s important to...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:30pm

Men more likely to be victims of frauds, scams: Report

Digital natives who grew up after the birth of the Internet are more susceptible to a variety of scams intended to drain cash from victims with emailed promises of money orders, according to a recent study, and it is older men who more often fall prey to phony tales of romance, investments and...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:45pm

A year after launching, LinkNYC reaches 1 million users: Officials

New Yorkers looking to stay connected at all times as they traverse the city are relying on its free public Wi-Fi network in droves, LinkNYC announced Wednesday on its one-year anniversary.As of Jan. 4, more than 1 million people have joined the service since it was installed in January 2016, and...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:23am

New Yahoo data breach affects 1 billion accounts

YahooInc said on Wednesday that it has identified a new breach that occurred in August 2013 and involved data associated with more than one billion user accounts, double the number affected in a different breach disclosed in September.Yahoosaid it believed the latest incident was likely distinct...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 4:03am

Google Chrome extension lets you replace Donald Trump with kitties

Trade in the orange tan for an orange tabby.A Google Chrome browser extension, Make America Kittens Again, promises just that: to replace photos of President-elect Donald Trump on news sites and social-media networks with photos of adorable cats.Why? Explained simply by the creator: "Because...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:12pm

Amazon email scam targets personal information

Another Amazon-related scam is targeting holiday shoppers this season.Fraudsters are using email to extract personal information from customers of the online retailer, according to reports.The email states that a recent order cannot to be shipped due to a processing issue, according to Fox News...

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:12pm

'B.S. Detector' lets Chrome users know when they're reading fake news

After the truth came out about the reach of fake new on Facebook during the final months of the election, a web developer proved it is possible to help readers cut through the crap — so to speak.New York-based development company The Self Agency created a new Chrome extension, named the B.S....

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 1:22am

Map shows Boston bars and restaurants with free WiFi

Bars may be where we go to get away from work, but with Smartphones and the 24-hour need to connect, more people are demanding internet everywhere we go.That’s why Olivia Vanni, a staff writer at BostInno decided to map out the bars, lounges and restaurants in the Greater Boston area that offer...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:12pm

SEE IT: Students create films about cyberbullying for film competition

Students in New York City have a chance to share their experiences with cyberbullying thanks to funding from AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit that works to end online and offline bullying in schools and workplace, according to the organization.To highlight the impact of...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:15am

Yahoo says at least 500 million accounts hacked

Yahoosaid on Thursday information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a "state-sponsored actor."The data stolen may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and hashed passwords but may not...

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:27am

New York City’s hidden networks revealed in new book

Did you check your email while you were on the train or before you left home? If you’re reading this on a smartphone or laptop, does your reading history get stored in “the Cloud,” an all-knowing nebula of information that floats above us? What does the internet look like?Those are some of the...

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 2:30pm