Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices

first_imgThe change will affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users.  James Martin/CNET Your Android passwords could one day go the way of the floppy disk. Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.The change will only affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. Nothing is needed for the billion Android devices to get the added security. It’ll be available out of the box or with an automatic Google Play Services update, the FIDO Alliance said.Using fingerprints or security keys as passwords was already available for a handful of apps on Android, primarily for banking and other financial services. The change opens security features to any Android developer, allowing for password-less logins on the operating system’s mobile browser and apps.Passwords are the keys to your digital lives, allowing access to accounts managing your finances, your social life and more. The problem is, they aren’t very secure gatekeeper because hackers can easily steal your credentials and sell them in data dumps. They’re even more ineffective if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as highlighted by reports that TurboTax account information was accessed using passwords from other accounts. The Best Password Managers of 2019 Comments Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Tags Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Google Computers have also become so powerful that they can easily guess complicated passwords within a matter of hours by entering every possible combination.That’s why security industry professionals want to move past passwords, using tools like biometrics and security keys instead. Unlike passwords, fingerprints and security keys are much harder to steal online, and with the FIDO2 standard, they’re protected against phishing attacks. “With this news from Google, the number of users with FIDO Authentication capabilities has grown dramatically and decisively,” Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, said in a statement. “Together with the leading web browsers that are already FIDO2 compliant, now is the time for website developers to free their users from the risk and hassle of passwords and integrate FIDO Authentication today.”Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox already support the FIDO2 standard.The security standard checks when you log in to make sure it’s the real page and not a fake site designed to fool you. Hackers frequently spoof pages as Google showcased several fake support pages that looked identical to the real ones. In a 2016 survey from TeleSign, the security company found that 72 percent of companies plan to stop using passwords in the next 10 years, moving to biometrics and two-factor authentication. It’s the same vision for Google, which created its own security key in July, and experts believe fingerprints are the most popular replacement for passwords.  center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Security Related Content Share your voice • See All 52 Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices 1:15last_img read more

BJP set to give deathly blow to CongressJDS alliance on its 1st

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy with his wife and son along with DK Suresh posing for the camera after casting votes.HD Kumaraswamy Twitter AccountThe BJP is set to register its best-ever performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. If we go by the early trends, the saffron party is leading in 23 seats, which eventually could come as a deathly blow to the Congress-JD (S) alliance on its first anniversary.Till the story went for publishing, Congress was leading in three seats – Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Central and Chamarajanagar, while JD (S) was leading in only in Haasan constituency. There is a neck-to-neck fight between JD (S) candidate Nikhil Gowda and independent candidate Sumalatha in Mandya.The heavyweights of Congress and JD(S) like Mallikarjun Kharge (Kalaburagi), who had won 10 consecutive elections, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda (Tumakuru), former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily (Chikkaballapur)and KH Muniyappa (Kolar) are trailing.If these trends are final, it is going to adversely impact the JD(S) and Congress government, which completes one year in office on May 23. Ironically, the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy had become a platform for all the opposition parties to display their unity of strength against Narendra Modi’s BJP. With state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa constantly claiming that 20 MLAs from the opposition parties are in touch with him and would join the BJP any time, the fate of the government might be in jeopardy and political pundits have already predicted that the alliance might fall soon.last_img read more

Court denies bail to 5 accused in Rupa murder case

first_imgZakia Sultana Rupa. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Tangail court on Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of five accused in a case filed over the killing of college girl Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus in Madhupur upazila of the district.|Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria passed the order when Advocate Fayezur Rahman filed the bail petitions.The five accused are bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.Rupa, 27, a law student, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while she was returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on 25 August.Police recovered the bloodstained body from Panchmail area of the upazila on that night.Following post-mortem, she was buried at central graveyard of the town as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her seeing her photograph.On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the murder of Rupa.On 31 August, police exhumed the victim’s body and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She used to work at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.last_img read more

US urged to block sales of crowdcontrol gear to Hong Kong

first_imgA protester sits atop an overhead bridge during a rally by civil servants to support the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China on 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersA bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Friday urged the Trump Administration to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd-control equipment to Hong Kong police which has been accused of using excessive force against anti-government protesters.A Hong Kong democracy activist, Joshua Wong, this week tweeted pictures of teargas shells and rubber bullets he said were used by police against protesters.Representatives Christopher Smith and James McGovern, chairs of a congressional human rights commission, made their request in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.”We ask that you suspend future sales of munitions and crowd and riot control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force and publicly announce that the US will not contribute to the internal repression of peaceful protest in Hong Kong,” they wrote.They also urged the secretaries to push back “against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments’ efforts to characterise the demonstrations as ‘riots’ and to blame the US for political instability which they alone created.”Members of Hong Kong`s medical sector attend a rally to support the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, China on 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersThe State Department and the Commerce Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”All these weapons are imported from the United States. Given the innumerable proof of police brutality in recent protests, all countries should call a halt to the sale of arms to the notorious Hong Kong Police,” Wong said on Twitter.Thousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Friday for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral.Protests against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China have grown increasingly violent, with police accused of excessive use of force and failing to protect protesters from suspected gang attacks.The human rights commission is composed of more than 40 members of the US House of Representatives. Smith is Republican and McGovern a Democrat.last_img

Founding Member Of WuTang Shares Raw Memories Of Growing Up

first_imgDaga SamitowskaLamont “U-God” Hawkins, an original member of the iconic rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.The Wu-Tang Clan is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And now, one its founding members is telling his story.Lamont “U-God” Hawkins had a pretty rough life growing up before making it big. In his new memoir, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, he tells a lot of his personal story – from growing up in the projects, to selling drugs in New York City, to serving time — and how that all fueled his desire – and that of the other Wu-Tang members – to make it.In the audio above, U-God tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how everything he went through as a young man gave him the drive to make something of himself.He appears at a Brazos Bookstore event on Tuesday, March 12. Sharelast_img read more

LocationBased VR Startup The Void to Open San Francisco Outpost

first_imgThe Void is coming to San Francisco: The location-based VR startup is getting ready to open a new outpost in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall on the city’s busy Market street this summer, Variety has learned. There’s no word on the exact launch date; The Void didn’t immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.The Void hasn’t officially announced the planned San Francisco location yet, but its future outpost near the Westfield food court already features posters teasing a summer launch.The Void is one of a number of startups operating ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters around the world. The company currently operates 11 such locations, with VR centers in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Calif. and Toronto. It has announced plans to launch additional locations in Hollywood, New York, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The company has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on a number of location-based VR experiences, including “Ralph Breaks VR” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” In addition, it has also produced some original content in-house, like its horror-themed “Nicodemus” experience. All three were featured in posters at its future SF location.last_img read more

Fake notes worth Rs 7 lakh seized from duo at Hare Street

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police on Thursday nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from them at Hare Street. The duo has been produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court, Calcutta.According to sources, police officers recently got a tip-off that a few people were planning to make some deal in fake currency notes at Hare Street. Based on the information, STF officers were keeping an eye on the area. On Wednesday evening, they noticed two persons were roaming aimlessly in the area and one of them was carrying a bag. On suspicion, they detained the duo. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe duo allegedly tried to mislead the police by stating that they were searching for an address. One of them said he was from Malda. Hearing this, STF sleuths grew suspicious. Immediately the bag which they were carrying was searched and a considerable amount of fake currency notes were found. Immediately, the duo identified as Razzak Shaikh of Baishnabnagar in Malda and Vikash Kumar Gautam alias Vikash Kumar Lodi alias Sunil of Unnao from Uttar Pradesh were taken to the STF office in Lalbazar. Later, it was found that they were carrying 350 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination. The duo was arrested immediately. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSTF sleuths suspect that the duo was working as carriers of FICN. Sources informed that the duo would be interrogated to find out who was the prospected receiver of the FICN seized. Sleuths will also try to identify who gave them the fake notes. The duo has been booked under Sections of 489B IPC (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C IPC (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 120B IPC (punishment of criminal conspiracy).last_img read more

Smart Money How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Wealth Management

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » September 10, 2018 Rather than making it obsolete, artificial intelligence appears poised to revitalize the wealth management sector, ensuring that customers can rest easy knowing they are getting the benefit of fresh insights and streamlined processes. Far from taking the human element out of wealth management, it’ll let us personalize services even better, streamlining complex processes and making the business of handling clients’ wealth more effective and profitable for all.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeThere’s a reason a tech giant like IBM and its Watson AI are dipping their toes into wealth management — our field has a great deal of improvement at our fingertips, the kind that’ll lead to greater returns for both ourselves and our clients. While the full suite of services wealth managers offer will never be as simple as pushing a few buttons, those of us knee-deep in the complexities of wealth management work are about to get a valuable new tool. Here’s a look at just how AI will be changing the wealth management business in the coming years.Data analysisConsulting giant Deloitte named big data one of the biggest potential disruptors in wealth management, and it’s hard not to agree with that assessment. While we’ve always been able to draw on detailed information about our customers before, the massive amount of info we can now pull from is unprecedented and is sure to change wealth management for good. Thanks to AI’s enhanced data analysis capability, wealth managers will be able to design strategies that take a greater number of factors into account, informed by a deep dive into all the valuable data our software has been able to gather. Soon, catering plans to client’s every specification and pinpointing solutions with incredible accuracy will be a wholesale expectation for the job, not a nice bonus enjoyed only by the biggest firms.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingSupercharged investmentAlgorithms have already transformed the investment sphere, allowing investment firms and wealth managers to make huge numbers of transactions without lifting a finger. If these pre-programmed trades were the baby steps toward a smarter investment strategy, AI represents a full-on Usain Bolt sprint. Artificial intelligence-based investing gives money managers their own ultra-capable (and fast) research assistant, and as the technology evolves they’ll only get smarter. Analyzing past performances, adjusting portfolios on the fly, and presenting new streams of opportunity are just the beginning for AI investing strategies. When you’re in charge of a client’s future, you want to give them the best of your abilities. With AI, you’ll be doing that and more.Accounting precisionTomorrow’s wealth manager will be able to pass off the most tedious and repetitive accounting tasks to AI. The time savings alone are enough to get excited about, but it’s the reliability of artificial intelligence in making these crucial calculations that’s the real game changer. Needle-in-a-haystack accounting errors way well become a thing of the past, something that should come as a major relief to the money management sector. Not every accounting mistake leads to unmitigated disaster, but it’s a great weight off your shoulders to know there’s a technology-based solution to simple carelessness and mistakes. While nobody’s perfect, AI will help us get ever closer to that ideal.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe limits of AIWhile AI certainly represents a big step forward, it’s important to remember what it can’t yet do. Rest assured that smart machines won’t be completely eliminating the human element of wealth management (for now), but providing a powerful supplement to the work we already do. Jumping into AI is a great idea right now, but before putting all our eggs into this one basket it’s crucial to take note of the shortcomings of AI when it comes to the most important aspect of wealth management.When people put their signature on a wealth management agreement, a great deal of trust goes along with it. Anyone with some experience in this sector knows how important the human element is, that people need to buy into you personally just as much as they’re buying into your investment and accounting strategies. While AI is a powerful piece of software, it’s still just that: lines of code in a computer. It won’t be able to build relationships the way a personable manager can, or summarize complicated concepts in a way that only comes from experience. The talented wealth manager of today isn’t in danger of being replaced by AI, only supplemented by it.What this means for wealth managers of the near future is that tech-savvy will no longer be optional. The sooner we get used to this revolution, the faster we’ll be able to save time for ourselves and money for our clients. A complete understanding of what AI tools can and cannot do will be a necessary part of the job description. Essentially, we’ll be getting more time to focus on the big picture: And that means getting the best value for the people who entrust us with their lives’ earnings.AI isn’t a magic box that we can put all our problems into and spit out money, but it’s a tool more powerful than any we’ve seen before. When we can wield this exciting new tech tool intelligently and responsibly, wealth managers of all stripes stand to get a lot more done, for themselves and for their clients. For anyone hoping to succeed in this fast-moving industry, that’s something to celebrate. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more