Project Abacus: The End of Passwords?

Could Google’s Project Abacus herald the end of passwords?

Project Abacus Image by Alberto Masnovo

Could we count on Abacus being a success for Google? Though Project Abacus is likely to win, owing to instant brand recognition, a rival challenge from Nok Nok could make things interesting for both parties. Image by Alberto Masnovo (via Shutterstock).

Imagine you’re reading this article 10 years from now. By then, the very thought of trying to remember a Google, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram password will be laughable. Online banking could be done through biometric means. Facial recognition may be the norm. Google’s Project Abacus could see the end of passwords as we know it. Read more »

Yahoo Crisis Sees High Profile Departures

Uncertainty over proposed sale sees loss of key names and contracts

Yahoo search engine screen.

Beleaguered: Yahoo, once top dog in the search engine world, now second only to Google.

  • Newscaster Katie Couric considers position;
  • Yahoo email accounts hit by hack attack;
  • AT&T ends contract after 15 years;
  • Yahoo chief to pocket $55 million if ousted.

This week has been a wretched one for Yahoo, one of the elder statesmen of the internet age. Within the last three days alone, it is having to face up the loss of a star newscaster, a lucrative contract, and a security alert. Much of which has been exacerbated by its proposed sale. Read more »

How to Recognise a Self-XSS Scam

How to beat the hackers who can compromise your social networking account

Self-XSS graphic by Profit_Image.

Self-XSS graphic by Profit_Image/Shutterstock.

It’s a typical Wednesday afternoon. You are enjoying your lunch and posting on your favourite social networking account. Then you see this video clip on a friend’s page. It’s a group of kittens at play, doing daft things. You click on the clip, then something strange happens. Your Facebook wall or Google+ account is littered with strange or distasteful posts, which you have no knowledge about. Then you realise your account has been hacked. Then you find out what caused this: a self-XSS scam. Read more »

Facebook: Taxing Times for Social Media Giant

Corporation Tax switch sees Facebook paying more tax in 2016-17 Financial Year

Taxing times for Facebook.

Taxing times: Facebook has agreed to pay UK Corporation Tax for its British operations. On the other hand, it is using an employees’ bonus scheme to streamline its tax bill. Image by RawPixel.com/Shutterstock.

 

Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking site is set to pay more Corporation Tax in the next Financial Year, following a recent outcry. The popular social media site will switch the tax base of its UK operations from Dublin to London. Read more »