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The best VPNs for Mac users looking for privacy

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There are a number of reasons why you might want to start using a virtual private network or VPN. VPNs offer many benefits, like getting around geographic restrictions for streaming content. 

They can also help protect your privacy and make browsing more secure (though it’s always a good idea to vet your VPN provider’s claims carefully — some do a better a job than others).

SEE ALSO: Do you need a VPN? Quite possibly. Here’s why. Read more…

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The 6 best VPNs to help keep you anonymous on the internet

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If you’re unfamiliar with a virtual private network, or VPN, there’s no better time to get to know them.

There are a number of reasons why you might want to use a VPN, including but not limited to masking all of your internet traffic or accessing websites and services that may be blocked in certain countries (like in China). 

Search for VPN and dozens and dozens of results come up. Which VPN should you get, and which ones can you trust? Here are our picks for the six best VPNs. Read more…

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It’s time for Huawei to prove its phones aren’t spying on Americans

Huawei, the second-largest phone maker in the world, needs to do something fast if it ever wants to gain a foothold in the U.S. and potentially become the world’s largest phone maker one day.

The Chinese company can’t get U.S. carriers to sell its phones. And now the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA have publicly accused the company of allowing its devices — along with ZTE’s — to be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans.

Though Huawei has denied the allegations, it needs to do more to convince Americans its phones can and should be trusted.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now) Read more…

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Hawaii emergency agency password caught on a Post-it in public photo

If you thought there was nothing worse to put on a Post-it note than a break-up letter, think again.

On Tuesday, a photo of an employee at Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, which was originally published in July, made the internet rounds because of something hiding on the man’s computer. For reference, that’s the same agency that mistakenly sent out a missile alert to Hawaiian residents on Saturday.

SEE ALSO: FALSE ALARM: Panic ensues as Emergency Alert Service issues missile threat for Hawaii

The photo, taken by the Associated Press for a prior news article, shows the employee’s desk with his many monitors. And stuck to one of those monitors is a Post-it note — with a password on it. The employee was identified by the AP as an operations officer. Read more…

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Visa finally gets on board with optional credit card signatures

As more and more credit card companies announced an end to the need for signatures on credit and debit card receipts, major player Visa kept holding out. Until today.

Finally, Visa announced Friday it was making signatures “optional” in North America starting in April.

SEE ALSO: This smart credit card has a cellphone antenna inside

Visa’s move, which keeps signing an option for now, is a little different to MasterCard, Discover, and American Express who are straight-up eliminating the need for something on the dotted line. But it’s essentially dumping signatures unless retailers decide they still want one. Read more…

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Unlike Apple, this phone maker put a fingerprint sensor under a touchscreen

With the move to edge-to-edge screens and narrower bezels, there’s just no room to put a fingerprint sensor on the front of a phone anymore. Phone makers have moved their fingerprint sensors to the side or back, or removed them entirely. 

But things don’t have to be this way. At CES 2018, Chinese phone maker Vivo showed off the world’s first phone with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the touchscreen.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

Vivo’s been working on putting a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen for the last couple of years, and now it’s finally made one that’s ready for production. Read more…

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This smart lock is powered by the sun

The Internet of Things is going green. 

Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone. 

SEE ALSO: This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from a proprietary lithium polymer battery. This connects to an onboard solar panel, meaning it can be powered directly by sunlight. 

Don’t worry: If your lock is in a shady place, you can still charge its battery the normal way.  Read more…

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Apple on Meltdown and Spectre bugs: ‘All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected’

Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers.

In the company’s first public statement on the vulnerabilities, Apple confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by the bugs known as Meltdown and Spectre.

SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip

“These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” the company said. Read more…

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