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Traveling The World With Crypto? Ten Tips To Keep You Safe

Traveling The World With Crypto? Ten Tips To Keep You Safe

FinTech, Security
Thanks to the internet and the subsequent rise of cryptocurrencies, we are living in an increasingly borderless world. Digital nomads bounce from country to country and some intrepid travelers have started using bitcoin or ethereum in order to have more control over their financial accounts. But as crypto becomes more mainstream there are more pitfalls, especially when it comes to protecting your digital security. Traveling with crypto like Bitcoin or Ethereum can be easy thanks to blockchain technology... but are you staying safe? Photo credit: Shutterstock. Whether you’re interested in exploring the crypto nomad lifestyle more, or just want to buy a beer with BTC, here are ten tips on staying safe and having fun while traveling with cryptocurrency. The t
Whatsapp Admin In India Spends 5 Months Behind Bars For A Message Forwarded By Someone Else

Whatsapp Admin In India Spends 5 Months Behind Bars For A Message Forwarded By Someone Else

News, Security
A 21-year-old student in India has been in prison for the last 5 months because he was the admin in a group that an offensive message had been forwarded. The message was then reported to the authorities. The person who sent the message and the admin were arrested. His family has tried to argue that he was not admin at the time the message was sent and the other admins left the group but the police said nobody mentioned this when he was arrested and any evidence is welcome. advertisement On what basis do they even do such things? Under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and IT Act, admins of groups on social media can face jail time for sharing messages that are seen to be religiously or politically offensive. So yes in India when you see the message ‘you are now admin’ you shou
Zim police arrest 4 for ‘hate speech’ on social media

Zim police arrest 4 for ‘hate speech’ on social media

Security
Zimbabwe police have arrested four people for publishing "falsehoods and hate speech" on social media, a newspaper reported. The suspects weren't named, and the state-run Sunday Mail did not say what law the four are being charged under. "I want to warn those that abuse social media that we have mechanisms to catch them if they commit crimes," senior police officer Erasmus Makodza told the paper. Last week Makodza said police would arrest people who used social media to spread misinformation on a controversial postal vote by police officers that began on Thursday. Right to information The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance alleged police officers were forced to vote in front of their commanding officers, a charge denied by the police. In
Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Applications, Security
A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance. Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, without the user's knowledge. "Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent," said Elleen Pan, one of the computer science academics at Northeastern University behind the study. The team found 21...--telegraph
Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Applications, Security
Google has been accused of allowing third-party app developers access to users private messages in Gmail. While the report says that it is primarily done to offer a better experience to users and makes several new features available to users, the app developers can view sensitive and private details including the recipient’s e-mail id, timestamps, the entire body of the mails for millions of Gmail users. According to The Verge, the third-party Gmail apps require user consent to access and read the emails, however, allowing them doesn’t guarantee that emails would only be seen by machines and not the human developers at these companies. Some companies do allow human developers to skim through your emails, of which Google is one of them. But Google said it only accesses emails in very spe
This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

Applications, Gizmos, Security
We here at The Verge have tried to warn everyone about smart locks, particularly smart locks that rely on fingerprints for authentication. The TappLock is one such lock that was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is now available to buy. And unsurprisingly, it’s incredibly easy to physically and virtually hack. YouTuber JerryRigEverything proved that he could pull the lock apart using just a sticky GoPro mount, while cybersecurity company PenTest Partners found that the actual code and digital authentication methods for the lock were basically nonexistent. All someone would need to unlock the lock is its Bluetooth Low Energy MAC address, which the lock itself broadcasts. Essentially, the lock doesn’t encrypt any of its data, leaving anyone who’s looking for it all the information they’d need
Zimbabwe Banned From Accessing New York Stock Exchange Website

Zimbabwe Banned From Accessing New York Stock Exchange Website

Security
The largest equities-based exchange in the world, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has banned users in Zimbabwean from accessing its website. NYSE has blocked the country’s IP address hence its preventing people located in Zimbabwe from accessing NYSE’s website. Check out what; IP address blocking can be used to restrict access to or from a particular geographic area. For example, the syndication of content to a specific region. To achieve this, IP addresses are mapped to the countries they have been assigned to. This has been used for example to target Nigerian IP addresses due to the perception that all business originating from the country is fraudulent, thus making it extremely difficult for legitimate businesses based in the country to interact with their counterparts in the res

How To Check Your Vote Registration On Voters Roll Online

Applications, News, Security, What's Hot
You can now check online if you are registered to vote in the upcoming general elections.  Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has recruited the services of technology so that prospective voters can save time by going to designated locations to check if they are registered. How do I check If I’m registered? You simply need to follow this link or just type the address: http://bvrinspection.zec.org.zw:4328/zecvr2/ When the page opens, you put your surname first  And then you put your National ID or the serial number you were given when you registered for the BVR (Biometric Voter Registration) Then hit enter, and you see for yourself if you are registered The following info should display If any of the information displayed is incorrect
Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

News, Security, Start Ups, Telecomms
When startups pitch to big companies there is usually some fear on their end as they are afraid of getting their ideas stolen and them being left in the dust. One such person who claims they were affected by this is Ignatius Munengwa. He claims Econet stole an idea he pitched to them back in 2011. Last year, he took the telecommunications giant to court over the issue (the issue is not yet resolved in court) and it seems now he is back! He has sent a letter of complaint to POTRAZ (the regulator for all telecommunication companies in the country) over the same issue and seems to be fighting his battle on two fronts now. A quick recap… In 2011 M Comm pitched a security response product called ‘Panic Button.’ This product was supposed to be linked to security companies’ rapid response
Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

News, Security, Social Media
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
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