The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking

(The consent preferences on WIRED are controlled by parent company Condé Nast).With the Do Not Tracking setting in browsers becoming increasingly useless , web browsers are increasingly flexing their privacy credentials Apple’s Safari browser has boosted its anti-tracking tech and Firefox has blocked trackers by default since 2018.Google Chrome is also planning on getting rid of third-party cookies.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

It’s one of the largest global dark web takedowns to date: 179 arrests spread across six countries; 500 kilograms of drugs seized; $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency confiscated.

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

He delved into the literature, coming across a 1974 paper by Carl Pomerance, a mathematician now at Dartmouth College, which proved that any OPN must have at least seven distinct prime factors.“Seeing that progress could be made on this problem gave me hope, in my naiveté, that maybe I could do something,” Nielsen said.

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Camp says that because Firefox is relying on Mozilla’s browser engine, it's able to use its Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) tool, which is turned on by default and blocks third-party tracking cookies that follow people around the web.

Amazon's Kids Tablets Are $50 Off Right Now

Amazon's Kids Tablets Are $50 Off Right Now

Right now, Amazon's Fire HD Tablets, especially the Fire HD Kids Editions, are at some of the lowest prices we've seen recently.Amazon recently refreshed its 8-inch Fire HD 8 tablets (8/10, WIRED Recommends ), and these brand-new versions are among the models currently on sale.

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

Download the drivers from the links above after making sure your specific camera model is supported.The Hard Way. If your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work.First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers.

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

For those shares that do need to stay active, use whatever options you have inside your cloud storage accounts to make these shares read-only unless the other parties absolutely need to be able to edit files (Google Drive is one service where you can do this).

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

In the coming days, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will bring the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple to Washington and ask them about their anticompetitive business practices.

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Dong would research victims and how they might be exploited; Li did the dirty work of compromising the networks and exfiltrating the data.Not to mention a hit list that included multiple videogame and pharmaceutical companies, an educational software firm, Covid-19 research, and hundreds of other victims worldwide.

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

In a paper posted online in April and under review with Physical Review Letters, the cosmologists Karsten Jedamzik and Levon Pogosian argue that weak magnetic fields in the early universe would lead to the faster cosmic expansion rate seen today.

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

“All of that information really adds up.” When the European Union's regulations forced US companies to remove some tracking code from their sites for European visitors, USA Today's homepage shed 90 percent of its data size and loaded 15 times faster, as the designers at Mightybytes reported.

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

On top of its analysis of sales data, the EMCDDA also trawled dark web markets and forums to see what drug dealers were saying about the pandemic's effects on their business, and found mixed messages.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

"Chrome checks the URL of each site you visit or file you download against a local list, which is updated approximately every 30 minutes," Google explains in a blog post about the new setting.

Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam

Look Out for This Covid-19 Excel Phishing Scam

Wishbone is a site that lets you make an online poll; this week a hacker put 40 million of its user records for sale on the dark web.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

Svelte performs its middle-layer work before a developer uploads code to a web server, well before a user ever downloads it.Wang says he likes to use Svelte for web pages, but he still uses React for larger applications, including his professional work.

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

SpaceX Competitor OneWeb Is Reportedly Bankrupt

It was the company’s second launch of the year and brought the total number of OneWeb satellites in orbit to 74.It’s too early to tell what will become of OneWeb’s assets as it moves through bankruptcy protection, people familiar with the proceedings told WIRED.

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

Google Will Not Save America From Coronavirus

The weirdness began on Friday night, when President Trump announced that Google would soon launch a nationwide website that would guide people through the process of deciding whether they should be tested for Covid-19, and then direct them to a testing site in their area.

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

When President Trump announced Friday that Google was developing a website for Americans to find out where they could get tested for the novel coronavirus , the details of the project remained unclear.

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

So it’s no surprise that, as Buzzfeed reported last month, some TikTok users have found disturbing pro-ana content on their For You page, a personalized section of the platform that displays videos users are likely to enjoy.

Over 500 Chrome Extensions Secretly Uploaded Private Data

Over 500 Chrome Extensions Secretly Uploaded Private Data

The plugins then redirected browsers to one of a handful of hard-coded control servers to receive additional instructions, locations to upload data, advertisement feed lists, and domains for future redirects.

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

The Social Network Becomes a Social Science Subject

In the Foo Camp session, Stanford Law School’s Nate Persily, cohead of Social Science One, said that after 20 months of negotiations, Facebook was finally releasing the data to researchers.

How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax

How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax

On May 13, for instance, the indictment says that one of the hackers ran a Structured Query Language command to identify general details about an Equifax data table, then sampled a select number of records from the database.

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

The Microsoft Edge Browser Features You Should Check Out First

Open the browser menu, click Settings , then choose Privacy and Services to find the three levels of privacy Edge offers.Pick Focused for simple, clutter-free access to your bookmarks and a web search; go with Inspirational to add a background image; choose Informational to add some feeds from Microsoft News.

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

That existing model allows companies and advertisers at least some access to marketing data; one argument for preserving it is that if browsers become too restrictive, those parties will pull content from the open web and move it to mobile apps instead.

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

“Patreon has definitely been aware of yiff.party since 2015, but that's the only instance of them directly contacting me,” Dozes says.Patreon says it also appealed to the company that hosts Yiff.

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

The social network behemoth says it uses your data to show relevant ads and keep you safe; if someone signs into your account from a country you're not usually in, for instance, Facebook can flag the activity as suspicious.The best way to limit Facebook's tracking is to quit all three apps for good.

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Next Huge Batch of Starlink Satellites

For OneWeb, the global adoption of space-based internet is critical to the company’s existence; for SpaceX, it is key to funding Elon Musk’s Mars ambitions .Both companies put their first satellites into orbit last year, but 2020 is when things will get serious.

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Open the Firefox menu and choose Customize ; from there, you can drag and drop shortcuts to certain features—including edit tools, your browsing history, and private browsing—into the toolbar, so they're always available to you.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.