What Is “Military-Grade Encryption”?

by Chris Hoffman, How-To Geek

Many companies tout “military-grade encryption” to protect your data. If it’s good enough for the military, it must be the best—right? Well, kind of. “Military-grade encryption” is more of a marketing term that doesn’t have a precise meaning. Continue reading What Is “Military-Grade Encryption”?

Psychology of a hack

by Eric Reed, The Boston Globe

Hackers aren’t just targeting your computer; they’re targeting your mind.

“People are humiliated. They’re hurt and they’re vulnerable,” says Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher for the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. This echoes a sentiment shared by many in his industry about the experience of getting hacked.

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The decline in U.S. life expectancy is unlike anything we’ve seen in a century

by Sara Chodosh, Popular Science

The CDC identified three things shortening American lives.

For a nation that spends more on healthcare per citizen than almost any other, America isn’t exactly reaping the rewards. Life expectancy has been steadily climbing for decades now, but in the last few years it’s taken a troubling turn in the other direction.

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Space Junk Menace: New Guidelines Urged to Help Fight Orbital Debris Threat

by Mike Wall, Space.com

Spacecraft designers and operators need to be proactive, a new organization argues.

The final frontier may need a little taming.

About 2,000 operational satellites currently zoom around Earth, studying our planet’s weather, beaming down telecommunications data and performing a variety of other tasks. But that number has been rising steadily as the costs of building and launching spacecraft fall, and it’s about to make some big leaps.

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