Entries by Ankur Agarwal

Windows 10’s latest update is deleting some users’ documents

Microsoft released its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update earlier this week, but some users are reporting serious issues. Threads on Reddit, Microsoft’s own support site, and other forums show that some Windows 10 users are upgrading to the October 2018 Update and having their documents, photos, or even entire user profiles wiped out. While some have … Read more...

California passes law that bans default passwords in connected devices

Good news!

California has passed a law banning default passwords like “admin,” “123456” and the old classic “password” in all new consumer electronics starting in 2020.

Every new gadget built in the state from routers to smart home tech will have to come with “reasonable” security features out of the box. The law specifically calls for each device to come … Read more...

What Is a VPN and What Can (and Can’t) It Do?

VPN (or virtual private network) services create a secure, encrypted connection between your computer and a VPN server at another location. That type of secure connection is a worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to wrap their data in an extra layer of privacy and security, especially when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. But a VPN is not a magic … Read more...

Humanoid construction robot installs drywall by itself

It’s clever, if also a commentary on Japan’s labor priorities.

If Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute has its way, construction workers might be a thing of the past. Researchers have built HRP-5P, a humanoid bot that can handle a variety of construction tasks when there’s either a staffing shortage or serious hazards. The prototype uses a mix of … Read more...

New study finds 5 of every 6 routers are inadequately updated for security flaws

Consumer group blames open source libraries and the lack of auto-update mechanisms.

A new study by a US consumer nonprofit has found that five out of six home routers are inadequately updated for security flaws, leaving the devices, and indirectly their users, vulnerable to hacking.

Carried out by the American Consumer Institute (ACI), the study analyzed a sample of 186 … Read more...

Adobe modernizes the PDF with updates to Acrobat, Adobe Scan

First UEFI malware discovered in wild is laptop security software hijacked by Russians

“LoJax” repurposed LoJack anti-theft agent as rootkit that could survive OS re-installs.

 

ESET Research has published a paper detailing the discovery of a malware campaign that used repurposed commercial software to create a backdoor in computers’ firmware—a “rootkit,” active since at least early 2017 and capable of surviving the re-installation of the Windows operating system or even hard drive … Read more...