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Apple Says It’s Time to Digitize Your ID, Ready or Not

If you’ve ever scanned a digital boarding pass directly from your phone at airport security, you can imagine how doing the same with your driver’s license would make life a little easier. Beginning in iOS 15 this fall, Apple will enable just that, letting you store your state ID alongside ...

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Google Won’t Kill the URL After All

This week marked the arrival of Amazon Sidewalk, a mesh network that enlists your Echo and Ring devices to share bandwidth with others in the vicinity. Since the company opted everyone in without asking, here’s a quick guide to how you can turn off Amazon Sidewalk, and why you might ...

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The FBI’s Anom Stunt Rattles the Encryption Debate

The FBI’s repeated success in overcoming its “going dark” problem belie the protestations that it’s an existential threat. In some ways, Anom shows just how creative the agency’s workarounds can be. Researchers caution, though, that as more governments around the world seek the power to demand digital backdoors—and as some, ...

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How to Turn Off Amazon Sidewalk

Today Amazon is turning on Sidewalk, a way to extend internet service between Amazon devices like Echo smart speakers and Ring cameras. Unless you opt out, your Amazon devices will automatically start participating in this connectivity bacchanal. Amazon has talked about Sidewalk for a while, so it’s no surprise that ...

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How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware

Move over viruses, step aside worms: Ransomware has the spotlight and isn’t about to give it up. From taking down entire fuel pipelines to hijacking hospital networks, it’s the cyberattack du jour. Not only do you have the potentially disastrous consequences of being locked out of your most important files ...

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