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The 'I hate passwords' guide

Until a safer, saner alternative is available, we're stuck with an insecure, outdated authentication technique. Here's how to make the best of a bad situation while we wait for services to get serious about verifying identities.

By April 29, 2014


Snapchat now makes sure you're a real person

The photo-sharing site offers a new twist to the standard captcha to ensure you're not a bot looking to harvest user information.

By January 22, 2014


Deter phishing attacks by consolidating your contacts

If you forward your Web mail messages to your ISP mail account, you can delete all your Gmail, Outlook.com, and Yahoo Mail contacts and rely solely on your ISP account's address book.

By May 31, 2013


Delete accounts in Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Windows Live

It takes only a few clicks to delete an account on the most popular Web services, although Facebook gives you the option to put an account on ice and reactivate it later.

By December 14, 2010


Hands-on with Facebook's data downloader

The new tool squeezes your entire Facebook identity into a tidy little zip file. CNET's Josh Lowensohn checks out the fit.

By October 11, 2010


Facebook moves from app to platform (live blog)

Facebook is making an announcement at 10:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, and CNET will bring you the news live from the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.

By October 6, 2010


CNET to the Rescue: Beg, borrow, and steal

Josh and special guest co-host Seth Rosenblatt take a look at magic USB pens and cameras you can stick on your head, car, sky diving parachute--or whatever. We also answer your questions about cloning that failing hard drive, getting past Facebook's security, and the best backpacks for your laptop.

By August 25, 2010


Buzz Out Loud 1214: Floppy disks and boobquakes (podcast)

Natali Del Conte joins us in the studio to discuss really important issues such as boobquake day, cartoons, and violent video games. Oh, come on, we also discuss Google's failed attempts to reinvent the mobile phone sales paradigm, unfounded causal links between violent video games and sociopathic behavior, and the dangers of colonization. Good show, guys.

By April 26, 2010


Four men charged in computerized online ticket scam

Group is accused of operating a network of computers that bought up the best seats at events and re-sold them, allegedly making more than $25 million in profits.

By March 1, 2010


Captcha T-shirt from Crusher knows if you're human

Captchas got you down? This T-shirt is bringing us up.

By October 2, 2007