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April 11, 2014

WATCH: Heartbleed Security Flaw Explained in Simple English

This is a brilliant explanation of the Heartbleed Bug in easy to understand language. In the video, popular YouTuber Tom Scott breaks down what Heartbleed is, using diagrams and Pokemon references to illustrate his point. Watch this... and then go change your passwords

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April 11, 2014

Heartbleed Update: How to Create Strong Passwords

If you're not changing your important passwords this weekend you're at risk. Just do it. What's the big deal? Think of it as spring cleaning; a good time to get your passwords organized and get some strong passwords in place.

Our advice to all our friends is to change ALL your passwords starting with your EMAIL , then all your financial connections, then the rest. Change your email password immediately, because your mail controls all the other accounts. This is a good time to use a Password Generator.
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This is also a very good time to start using a password storage system like LastPass, or !Password.

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I've been using LastPass for a number of years and I swear by it. These tools make the whole password management process infinitely easier.

But what ever you do change your email and your banking passwords NOW!

 

April 11, 2014

Why The Security Bug Heartbleed Has A Catchy Logo

Welcome to the future - branding and identity graphics for internet security holes.

You've probably never heard of CVE-2014-0160. But you probably have heard of the Heartbleed bug, the "catastrophic" security hole that was revealed in half a million websites earlier this week.

The two are one in the same--except for one small point: CVE-2014-0160 is an esoteric corner of code that most of the world could never understand. And Heartbleed is a catchy, scary brand that features one heck of a jarring logo.

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January 22, 2014

Remembering Apple's "1984" TV spot

It was 30 years ago today, Jan. 22, 1984, Apple aired its now-iconic "1984" television commercial, introducing the world-at-large to the Macintosh computer.

The three-day shoot outside London employed about 200 extras, who were paid a total of $10,000. But the star of the show was the hammer-wielding heroine, who breaks the chains of conformity and oppression by smashing the Big Brother image displayed on the massive screen.

The ad was by agency Chiat/Day and famously aired only once, during the 1984 Super Bowl.

And then about a million times on YouTube.

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January 19, 2014

Frere-Jones is suing Hoefler for half of the world's preeminent digital type foundry.

It's a sad day in the type world. Hoefler & Frere-Jones, the preeminent digital type foundry, has broken out into civil war.

The firm is perhaps the most important type designer of the 21st century. Its fonts have graced the branding of billion-dollar companies, and the covers of glossy magazines. Movie-trailer warning labels in the United States are set in Gotham, an HFJ typeface that was also famously used by Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

Read the article here.

 
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