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What are deepfakes? How and why they work

Once the bailiwick of Hollywood special effects studios with multi-million-dollar budgets, now anyone can download deepfake software and use machine learning to make believable fake videos. This makes a lot of people nervous.

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Google's Chrome 71 will block 'abusive' ads that trick you into clicking them

Google says its upcoming Chrome 71 browser will take down all ads from sites that allow deceptive advertising.

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Top web browsers 2018: It's 'Groundhog Day' for IE and Edge

With every passing month, Microsoft's browsers lose ground as Google's Chrome gains traction. It could own more than 70% of the browser market by May 2019.

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How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

Some free Wi-Fi hotspots are tracking the locations of users who've signed on even if they're no longer connected. PCWorld investigates how this happens.

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What's in the latest Firefox update? More anti-tracking and money-making (for Mozilla) searches

Firefox 63 for Windows, macOS and Linux boosts the browser's 'Enhanced Tracking Protection' to help block tracking cookies.

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Why Microsoft and Google love progressive web apps

Microsoft wants everything to run on Windows. Google wants everything to run on the web. (And what does Apple want?)

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

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What's in the latest Chrome update?

Chrome 70 for Windows, macOS and Linux lets users disable automatic log-on, implements a host of security tweaks, and adds support for Progressive Web Apps on Windows.

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ICANN’s internet DNS security upgrade apparently goes off without a glitch

The KSK rollover involved generating a new cryptographic public and private key pair and distributing the new public component to parties who operate validating resolvers, according to ICANN. Such resolvers run software that converts...

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SQL injection explained: How these attacks work and how to prevent them

There are several types of SQL injection, but they all involve an attacker inserting arbitrary SQL into a web application database query. The good news? SQLi is the lowest of the low-hanging fruit for both attackers and defenders.

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What is IPv6, and why aren’t we there yet?

IPv6 has been in the works since 1998 to address the shortfall of IP addresses available under Ipv4, yet despite its efficiency and security advantages, adoption is still slow.

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Google promises a fix for Chrome's auto account-sign-in snafu, but you can stop it right now

Chrome 69 looks like it logs you in to the Chrome browser when you sign in to a Google Web service. It may be a big misunderstanding, but here's a way to help you to be sure.

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Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter

As Google celebrates its 20th anniversary as a search engine, it lays out several fundamental changes to how you'll search using Google, especially on mobile phones.

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ICANN sets plan to reinforce internet DNS security

ICANN has voted to go ahead with the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the internet’s address book – the Domain Name System (DNS).

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Verizon could provide the first 5G home Internet service in the United States, coming in October

Verizon is set to launch the first 5G wireless home Internet service in the United States on October 1 in four cities across the United States.

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AT&T reveals what cities will get 5G wireless in 2018 and 2019

At its Spark conference in San Francisco on Monday, AT&T offered an update on its 5G deployment plans for the next two years.

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Social media and trolls: The end is near

A new service uses NFC and blockchain to end trolling forever. (And just in time.)

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What is a search engine, anyway?

If you think a search engine exists as an index to the internet, it’s time to update your thinking.

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