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

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

first_imgThe #MasterpieceCakeshop #SCOTUS case is about discrimination, not dessert. Public businesses should be #OpenToAll. Our analysis: https://t.co/7OvfCqJGW4 pic.twitter.com/QdTNyYuTlY— Americans United (@americansunited) December 5, 2017 The Supreme Court was taking up on Tuesday the highly anticipated case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.Tuesday’s clash at the high court pitted baker Jack Phillips’ First Amendment claims of artistic freedom against the anti-discrimination arguments of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and two men Phillips turned away in 2012.The commission ruled that Phillips violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when he refused to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.The argument is the first involving gay rights since the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that states could not prevent same-sex couples from marrying.The Trump administration is supporting Phillips in his argument that he can’t be forced to create a cake that violates his religious beliefs. It appears to be the first time the federal government has asked the justices to carve out an exception from an anti-discrimination law.Protesters on both sides filled the sidewalk in front of the court, shortly before the start of the argument.Scene outside SCOTUS: competing chants/rallies after oral arguments in #MasterpieceCakeshop case. pic.twitter.com/v0W6zh1hlL— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) December 5, 2017 “We got Jack’s back,” Phillips’ supporters said. Backers of Craig and Mullins countered: “Love wins.”The case’s outcome also could affect photographers and florists who have voiced objections similar to those of Phillips.“Artists shouldn’t be forced to express what the government dictates. The commission ordered Jack to celebrate what his faith prohibits or to stop doing the work he loves. The Supreme Court has never compelled artistic expression, and doing so here would lead to less civility, diversity, and freedom for everyone, no matter their views on marriage,” Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom who is representing Phillips, said in an email.But the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights groups that have sided with the gay couple said they fear a ruling for Phillips could allow for discrimination by a range of business owners. They said the court has never recognized what they call a constitutional right to discriminate.“The question is whether a shop like Masterpiece Cakeshop can put up a sign in its window saying, ‘Wedding cakes for heterosexual couples only,’” ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling said. The ACLU is representing Craig and Mullins.Jack Phillips, the Christian baker in #MasterpieceCakeshop, leaves the Supreme Court. I just shook his hand & told him “I’m an American Muslim convert & I support you 100%. God bless you.” He smiled & said thank you @AllianceDefends @mpac_national @MuslimAdvocates @asmauddinesq pic.twitter.com/InXh4TDGQe— Ismail Royer (@_IsmailRoyer) December 5, 2017All eyes were on Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote often decides cases that otherwise split the court’s liberals and conservatives. The 81-year-old Kennedy is the author of the 2015 gay marriage decision and all the court’s major gay-rights rulings. At the same time, Kennedy has forcefully defended free-speech rights in his nearly 30 years as a justice.Colorado native Neil Gorsuch also is taking part in the most important gay rights case since he joined the Supreme Court in April.Colorado is among only 21 states with statewide laws barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in public accommodations.The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 16-111, will be decided by late June.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Masters strokes

first_imgCelebrations, an exhibition of limited edition prints and serigraphs by MF Husain, etchings by Laxma Goud and art works by Thota Vaikuntam, Somnath Maity and Murali Nagapuzha have been organised in the Capital at Beanstalk.India’s best known ‘art maestro’ the late Maqbool Fida Husain popular know as MF Hussain is one of India’s most charismatic artists who redefined art to a great extent. He is also called as ‘Picasso of India’ by a leading magazine and celebrated for his wide repertoire of works of art. M F Hussain, the artist, who earned fame and controversy over his work which are a blend of cubism and classical Indian styles, that fetch millions of dollars on international art markets. On display will be his limited edition prints. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh, in South India, and finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. Men and women of his village are often the central characters of his work. Telangana women, in particular, are frequent subjects for his works. The obsession can be traced back to his childhood, when he used to be fascinated by the male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the travelling theatre groups that performed in his village. He admits finding the women of his village very sensuous and that he only attempts to capture their vibrancy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRecognised today as one of Bengal’s important new emerging painters, Maity has already exhibited his works at many major Indian and European galleries. He has won awards and scholarships from most of the major Indian fine art institutions, including the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, the Birla Academy and the IAAI. With several one-man exhibitions in India and abroad to his credit, including shows in Germany Sweden and the United Kingdom, his paintings also enjoy pride of place in prestigious permanent collections like those of the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, the Fukuoka Museum in Japan and also in several corporate and private collections all over the world.The artistic motifs of Murali Nagapuzha are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s own country. And yet, without being banal or kitschy, Nagapuzha’s artistic terrain marvels at the Kerala contours and colours and makes it his own.Where: Beanstalk, Gurgaon When: January 25  – February 28last_img read more

Tricks for good nights sleep

first_imgDo you wake up in the middle of the night and keep staring at the ceiling thinking of ways to finally get some rest before the alarm rings? Are you tired of restless tossing and turning during sleep time? Do you wake up feeling tired in the morning? Try these simple tips to get a perfect good night’s sleep. Listen to bedtime stories, millennial style: Remember those good old days when you enjoyed listening to grandma’s bedtime stories? Not only did her narrations transport you to lands of mystery and utopian countries, but they easily drifted you off to the world of slumber as well. Try the same technique now. Listen to stories or audio books as you tuck in and let your brain relax for a good night’s sleep. There are tons of podcasts and services such as Amazon’s Audible that you can use for this purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Choose the right mattress: One main reason for your sleepless nights could be your uncomfortable mattress. The best way to address this trouble is to switch to a comfortable mattress that allows you to submerge in deep sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains. Look for a mattress that provide complete spine support and are designed keeping ergonomics in mind. Enjoy the compressed relaxation that the memory foam offers.Block all blue light screens before bedtime: It’s imperative to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality of sleep. Block all the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to white noise: Are the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep? The best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time is to listen to white noise. White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. Worth a try! Drink cherry juice: If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, then try sipping a glass of cherry juice before you’re off to bed. According to several studies, cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Isn’t this a ‘sweet’ way to drift off into the land of nods?Do a headstand: Turning the body upside down is not an easy task. However, a headstand will supply enriched oxygenated blood to the brain cells and ward off all depressive thoughts. This exercise if done regularly can beat any kind of sleep disorder. A must try! Place lemons in your room: If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma or cold and find it difficult to catch good sleep, then simply cut a lemon and place it next to your bedside table. This will not only leave a fresh citrus scent in your room but will also help you breathe better and sleep well.IANSlast_img read more

Goway has a new Downunder agent incentive

first_imgGoway has a new Downunder agent incentive TORONTO — Agents who book an air and land inclusive vacation Downunder now qualify for up to $55 per two-person booking on their Goway rewards card.The promotion runs until March 31. Agents who book their clients on a Goway air and land inclusive vacation to Australia or New Zealand will receive a bonus $25 per new booking on their Goway Rewards Card.That’s in addition to the $15 per person incentive already paid out for air and land getaways booked with Goway. Based on two adults per booking, the incentive works out to $55 per booking.Bookings must include roundtrip international airfares from North America to Australia or New Zealand, and a minimum of seven nights land arrangements.Goway is also reminding agents about its Passport to a Free Fam promotion. Agents who book each of Goway’s six regions – Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand, South America, Europe, and the Idyllic Islands – qualify to start their Passport to a Free Fam. “Book a group to anywhere in the world and you can apply it to any destination,” and then claim a free fam trip, says Goway. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travelcenter_img Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more