Facebook’s F8 developer conference kicked off today, and the company just finished its opening keynote. Its overwhelming theme, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is that “the future is private.” After a year plagued by controversy over whether Facebook is invading its users’ privacy and encouraging social division, it’s pushing hard on helping people connect with close family and friends.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Do you know what your children are doing online?
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 73 percent of teens have access to smartphones. Cyber security expert Lisa Good says that many kids, as young as 10 years old, are finding their way onto the dark web through hidden “vault” apps available on their phones.
“The dark web is so available," Good said. "What your kids are going there for is so they can buy fake ID’s to get into parties and clubs where they can buy alcohol and buy drugs. They can even buy school papers or hire hackers to change their grades.”
The more terrifying aspects of the dark web can include buying firearms - even hit-men - if the kid stumbles their way into its depths.
So how are kids getting onto the dark web? Secret apps, also known as “vault” apps which many parents mistake for something else entirely.
“The scary thing about secret apps, and what parents don’t realize, is that they look a regular app," Good said. "It could be a calculator, a music app, a chat app - the newest one as of Christmas was a navigation app - so these apps function as they are supposed to, but they also have a sinister dark side.”
It can happen in a matter of seconds: You leave your phone on a counter in the store and walk away, or someone bumps into you on the street and takes your phone right out of a pocket or bag.
Losing a phone, be it from theft or an honest mistake, is a stressful experience. Not only does it cut off your access to the rest of the world, but your phone holds some of your most personal information.
In the event your phone goes missing, don't panic! There are tools built into every Android phone that makes it possible to lock and track down a lost phone with ease. But first, you'll need to take some steps to set yourself up for success.
On Saturday morning, exactly 45 minutes after the sun began to rise over the Mojave Desert, the largest airplane ever created—and its record-breaking 385-foot wingspan—took off for the very first time. The aircraft, from the company Stratolaunch, has been eight years in the making. By 2022, the company hopes to use the twin-fuselage, six-engined, catamaran-style aircraft to launch satellite-bearing rockets into space.
On March 29, Earl Enterprises announced that visitors to its chain restaurants may have had their credit card information stolen. As usual when this kind of thing happens, I was asked to put together some advice for consumers on what they could do to protect themselves. It's a well-worn subject from years of similar stories, but this time it felt different. This is partly because of the unique nature of the attack, but also because our practice of putting the responsibility for cleaning up the messes on consumers isn't working. It's time to put the onus where it belongs, on the corporations who allowed the data to be compromised in the first place.
Samsung's first phone with a foldable screen, the Galaxy Fold, is nearly here. If you're patiently waiting to buy it, you're in luck. Preorders begin Monday, April 15, but first you have to reserve the foldable phone on Friday, April 12. Better be quick about it, too: Samsung has already warned buyers that supplies will be limited. The Fold officially goes on sale April 26 at select stores.