HQ ScreenshotFor the last few months, I grab my phone most nights at 9 p.m. and open the HQ app and join a live trivia game. For 15 minutes, users from around the world answer increasingly-difficult trivia questions for money. You miss a question, you’re out. You can keep watching, but you won’t win any money. I’ve never won, but I’ve made it to question 10 (out of 12) once.

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2017 hasn’t been a good year for data security. There have been security breaches at companies large and small. Often, the data stolen includes usernames and passwords.

Look, I get it. Passwords are annoying, but they’re an important line of defense keeping bad actors away from your information. The better the password, the harder it is for someone to crack it. As computing power gets faster and stronger, cracking billions of variations a second is trivial for many systems. I blogged about this earlier this year.Continue reading

A higher ed colleague shared this week that his institution noticed that Tint, a social media aggregation and monitoring platform used by many institutions of higher education, is¬†was placing JavaScript code on its client’s public facing Tint pages. This code calls instructions from Coinhive, a tool that allows site owners to use their user’s/site visitor’s computers to mine for cryptocurrencies. Tint was using the CPU of site visitors to mine for currency, in this case the currency Monero.

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