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How to secure your open source code

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It’s an open source world. Black Duck and Northbridge’s recent 2016 Future of Open Source Survey found that 78 percent of the over 1300 respondent companies said they run open source software. The number is likely much higher.

Black Duck finds open source software (OSS) in over 95 percent of the applications we analyze for clients. It’s easy to understand why. Open source adds needed functionality while lowering development costs and accelerating time to market. But securing and managing open source code still remains a challenge for many organizations.

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Going out of business: An important, but forgotten security precaution

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It takes a lot to launch a business in today’s competitive landscape. Unfortunately, not all find success and some end up shutting their doors for good. A company could be going through a merger or acquisition, as is the case with Office Depot, which is in the process of closing up to 400 locations following its 2013 merger with OfficeMax. Of course, there’s another reason -- a company could be facing mounting debts and a decline in sales. That’s what is happening to the once popular fashion retailer American Eagle, which has seen its net income take a huge dip from $400 million in 2008 to $80 million in 2015 and will be closing 150 locations by 2017.

Once any business makes the decision to shut down -- even if it only has one location -- there is one very important, but often forgotten, step that needs to be taken. Data needs to be permanently erased from every single piece of equipment and environment where corporate, customer and employee data are stored.

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Samsung tells users to just say no to Windows 10 upgrades

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A lot has been said about Windows 10, Microsoft's latest operating system. That's both good and bad because, while it's an improvement over the previous 8.x offering, the company is trying hard to foist the new OS upon users. Really hard. To the point that it has led to embarrassing high-profile situations.

Undaunted, the company continues with its strategy, but now one hardware maker is telling its users to say no to the nagging messages.

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Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor has 10 cores and 4 channel DDR4-2400 RAM

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When it comes to building a PC, there are many directions you can go. Of course, the most important question you must ask is, what are you going to do with it? Ideally, you don't want to pay for more than you need. If you will just be surfing the web, you probably don't need a hardcore GPU and 32GB of RAM. With that said, some folks with money will just buy the best regardless. If you can afford it, hey, why not?

Today, Intel announces its Broadwell-E line, including its fastest processor ever, the new Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-6950X. They feature support for DDR4 2400, and the top Extreme Edition has a jaw-dropping 10 cores. Before you get too excited, please know that these are designed for those with money to burn. For example, that 10-core variant costs more than $1,700!

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How to zoom into infinity in any photo in iOS

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Occasionally in the past I’ve tried to zoom further into a photo on my phone than is allowed by iOS. It’s usually to try and read some text, or identify a particular object in the background.

I’ve often wished there was a way to go beyond the fixed zoom set in the Photos app, and it turns out there is. It’s not a feature, but rather a bug that gives you the ability to zoom into infinity (and beyond!), but it works well and it's easy to do.

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Three steps to BYOD bliss

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BYOD has now become so prevalent that 29 percent of UK secondary schools are now operating some sort of BYOD policy including asking students to bring their own devices. While the enterprise world has been talking about BYOD for years, it’s this kind of mainstream use that confirms BYOD as a way of life, and of business.

While there are clear benefits in terms of productivity for example, unfortunately, security still remains a key concern. In order to take advantage of the potential benefits and avoid the security risks, organizations need to do three core things: develop a robust BYOD policy, choose the right security technology, and support the people using it.

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Dell unveils new Windows 10 Inspiron laptops, including world's first 17-inch 2-in-1

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Computex 2016 is in full-effect, and news from the event is coming fast and furiously. Windows 10 laptops are a big part of the announcements, and consumers have a lot to be happy about. Not only are many of the new machines thin and beautiful, but powerful too. Windows OEMs are finally understanding the wants of consumers, and delivering the notebooks they have long desired.

Today, Dell announces its new line of Inspiron laptops, and they look fabulous. Featuring Skylake processors and multiple chassis color options, consumers should be able to find a machine that both meets their needs and is uniquely them. The manufacturer has even produced what it calls the world's first 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop.

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The challenge of creating high performance, fault tolerant storage [Q&A]

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The growth of the Internet of Things, increased reliance on analytics to support decision making, and greater use of video means businesses are storing more and more data. That data has become a crucial asset and storing it so that it's accessible and safe is a major challenge. Solutions from major vendors are costly but data storage operating system specialist RAIDIX has come up with a product that can offer fault tolerance on commodity hardware.

We spoke to Sergey Platonov, product owner at RAIDIX to find out more about the solution and why data storage is now a major challenge.

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SWIFT hack affects 12 more banks

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Earlier reports of a couple of banks using the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) system being hacked are now paired with new reports saying that additional 12 banks using the same system might have fallen victim to the attack.

According to security researchers FireEye, which have been investigating the matter, "numerous" other banks have contacted them, including banks from the Philippines, and New Zealand. Even though the majority of these attacks were thwarted, approximately $81 million made it to the Philippines and ended up at casinos, where its trail is lost.

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Research finds critical out-of-the-box vulnerabilities on big name laptops

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When you buy a new PC it inevitably comes with a range of extra software -- bloatware if you will -- ranging from the maker's own updater tools to trials of antivirus and other products.

Trusted access provider Duo Security has carried out some research into how this extra software could be making users more vulnerable and invading their privacy.

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Image to PDF or XPS is a portable PDF creator

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Image to PDF or XPS is a compact tool which imports multiple image formats, saving the results to PDF or XPS files. Supported source formats include BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF, WMF, EMF, XPS, JPG, JP2 and J2K files.

Your chosen images may be imported via an "Add Files" button, or you can just drag and drop them onto the program window.

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Updated solution to improve control over enterprise data use

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As organizations rely more and more on data, so keeping it secure and making sure it can only be accessed by the appropriate people becomes increasingly important.

To address this, identity and access management company SailPoint is launching an updated version of its SecurityIQ solution that provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to governing all data in the enterprise.

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Microsoft, don’t be evil

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Microsoft is like an annoying salesman who pitches a product you don’t want then refuses to leave you alone after getting a loud and clear "No". So, it keeps trying, again, and again, and again, hoping that you will finally make the "right" decision. It does not care why, when or how you do it, just as long as it gets you on the Windows 10 bandwagon.

This is the Microsoft of today, a company that risks being in the position of having what I consider to be the best Windows release yet and a user base alienated by its overly aggressive tactics. Desperate people do desperate things, I know, but this feels like a step too far in the wrong direction.

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Tor Browser 6.0 arrives

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The Tor Browser team has announced the first stable release of Tor Browser 6.0. This edition adds code-signing for OS X, which should allow Mac users to install Tor without any Gatekeeper hassles.

The core Firefox build has been updated to Firefox 45-ESR, and there are similar updates for OpenSSL, HTTPS-Everywhere, Torbutton and more.

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Hacker offers 427 million MySpace passwords for just $2,800

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You know your website isn’t worth much when a database of 427 million stolen login credentials are being sold online for roughly $2,800 (£1,920).

Yep, that’s what happened to MySpace over the weekend. But Myspace not being worth much nowadays is not the news. Possibly the biggest login credentials theft, is.

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