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Black Friday shoppers should be wary of scammers with fake apps

As Black Friday approaches and shoppers scour the Internet for deals, scammers are also coming out of the woodwork to intercept your credit cards, debit cards, and whatever else you plan to use to buy things online over the course of the next few weeks. According to cybersecurity research firm RiskIQ, you could get caught in this net if you're not watching closely enough.

Last year, RiskIQ estimated that 40 percent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers in 2016... Read More »

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Google offers The Washington Post free for 6 months, plus 3 months of YouTube Premium

As we head full-force into the holiday shopping season, you've probably got your eyes peeled not just for gift ideas, but also for bargains. Sure, Black Friday is on its way with "doorbuster" deals, but you might not want to line up in front of a big-box store in the middle of the night and fight your way across the store to the right shelf. Even when buying gifts online, you don't want to find that a popular item... Read More »

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Lyft's ambitious new push: Tip defaults, better driver ratings, more features every month

Like Coke and Pepsi, the rideshare world has developed its own No. 1 and No. 2 players in Uber and Lyft, respectively. But as we've seen over the course of the year, Lyft may not be content to ride shotgun on this journey. This summer, Lyft redesigned its app to integrate public transit and partnered with Southwest Airlines to compete with conventional car rentals. It's also experimented with scooter rentals, provided free or discounted rides for midterm election voters,... Read More »

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Firefox for PCs will begin warning you when a site's private user data has been breached

While tech news has been full of Apple products and Facebook drama lately, Mozilla has been quietly on a roll, emphasizing its strengths and sensibly charting the areas where it wants to grow.

Just in the last couple months, Mozilla's added the Firefox Monitor that can check your email address to see if its connected to a personal data breach; partnered with a respected VPN provider to offer privacy enhancement to its users; integrated a price tracker to help with your holiday shopping;... Read More »

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Microsoft relaunches Windows 10 October Update after fixing file deletion bug

Take two. Microsoft has relit the fuse on the Windows 10 October Update. But you may have to wait awhile to get it.

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The October Update is now available once again for Windows 10, Microsoft said in a blog post. But you might not see it just yet even if you manually check for updates. This time, the company is taking a more cautious approach, gradually making it available for... Read More »

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Pocket Casts podcast app gets revamped with lots of great new features

Despite the constant river of streaming services, video games, social networks, and other entertainment to fill up your leisure time, good podcasts remain a steady draw, though that may be because the overwhelming majority of them are free. But despite their compelling value, it's sometimes difficult to navigate through your options and keep your downloads sorted.

Pocket Casts has been a popular podcast app over the years, but it's upped its game further with version 7, releasing today for iOS... Read More »

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Mozilla's holiday buying guide ranks gifts based on how well the product respects your privacy

If you're browsing the internet this week, you're probably dealing with a blizzard of Black Friday promotions and gift guides, and the truly novel ideas could get lost in the storm. Of course, the CNET Holiday Gift Guide should steer you in the right direction, as is tradition. But if you are a privacy-minded holiday shopper, you may be wondering how these gadgets handle your day-to-day personal data.

For that, Mozilla has fashioned its own gift guide ranging from... Read More »

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ProtonVPN virtual private network app now available for iPhones and iPads

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a response from ProtonVPN.

With the rise of faster internet speeds has come an industry of streaming services ready to sling movies, music, and TV shows your way -- but always-on connections can bring security and privacy risks along for the ride. In an age where you're rarely fully offline, you probably should have better security around the pipe that brings the digital world to your phone or PC, and an ecosystem of... Read More »

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Google's new Squoosh web app can help you optimize image file sizes

For Google, the speed at which a web page loads is incredibly important. If its search results start lagging even by fractions of a second, it can create user frustration that could drive them to the competition, and Google also reportedly uses load times to decide how to rank search results to begin with. There are several factors that go into load times, and media optimization (or lack thereof) is high on the list.

To help web developers and site administrators... Read More »

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Google's Project Fi mobile service now gives 24/7 VPN connection for your privacy

While Google's ambition to bring wicked-fast fiber Internet to the masses has faced serious industry machinations, Project Fi has remained robust and generally free of legal challenges. With Fi, Google consolidates T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular coverage into a single service, and users pay $20 for basic calling and texting, then $10 per gigabyte of data. The data that you don't use gets applied to next month's bill.

But mobile carriers are tough to compete against, so Google has sweetened... Read More »

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