The Most Common Voting Scams—and How to Get Around Them

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Voter suppression tactics are as old as the United States itself. Limited enfranchisement, poll taxes, gerrymandering and, more recently, voter ID restrictions and targeted polling site closures have all been used throughout our country’s history to deny the vote to targeted populations.

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https://lifehacker.com/the-most-common-voter-suppression-scams-1830095243

The Key to a Secure Smart Home? A Secure Wi-Fi Network

We’ve talked a lot about the security of smarthome devices, but when it comes down to it, the most important step to secure your smarthome gear is to secure your Wi-Fi network, plain and simple.

Recently, hacker and security advocate Jerry Gamblin was able to easily reboot his Google Home Hub from his laptop using a simple curl command. I was able to replicate this myself using Terminal on macOS, and indeed I was able to reboot my downstairs Home Hub from my home office upstairs.

Gamblin was also able to turn off notifications, as well as even erase the Home Hub’s wireless settings, which “makes the device unusable until you manually reconfigure it using the Google Home application.” Unsurprisingly, Gamblin is “extremely disappointed” and “genuinely shocked” by the lack of security the Home Hub contains.

The catch, though, is that you have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Home Hub in order for any of this to work. So, while you don’t have complete control over the security of your smarthome devices, you at least have full control of the security of your Wi-Fi network. Make sure you’re at least using WPA2 encryption on your wireless router with a strong password so that anyone who isn’t authorized to access your Wi-Fi can’t do so.

Of course, as Gamblin notes, shared Wi-Fi networks (like at schools, dorms, businesses, etc.) are a bit more of a problem here, and someone on these networks could easily mess with a Google Home Hub down the hall.

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/the-key-to-a-secure-smart-home-a-secure-wi-fi-network/

The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018

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Beyond Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube, Google Assistant is shaping up to be one of the most important Google products in the years ahead, and it’s already more pervasive and more advanced than you might have realized. Here’s everything Google Assistant can do and everywhere you can find it.

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https://gizmodo.com/the-complete-guide-to-google-assistant-in-2018-1830022050

How to Perform a Video Screen Capture on Windows PC

Featured-Video-Screen-Capture-Windows-PCMany of us seek to perform a video screen capture on Windows PC for various reasons. For example, capturing a good moment on a news website that catches our eye. Or, it could be live stream feeds on social media to be included as part of a PowerPoint. Further, you may simply want to borrow precious minutes from an online video for your personal entertainment. While video editing software like Adobe Premiere CC or even the rudimentary MovieMaker are ideally suited for such jobs, there is a downside. With a full editing software, you will first have to import the video clips into the timeline to… Read more

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https://www.maketecheasier.com/video-screen-capture-windows/

Ubuntu 19.04 is Named “Disco Dingo,” Arriving April 2019

Are you ready to dance, or at least howl? Good, because Ubuntu 19.04 is named Disco Dingo. It’s just the latest in a series of animal-themed Linux distribution releases from Canonical.

As OMG! Ubuntu spotted, Ubuntu 19.04 has now been officially dubbed “Disco Dingo.” This version of Ubuntu will be released in April, 2019. This is the next release after Ubuntu 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish,” which was released earlier this month.

We don’t really know much about what features Ubuntu 19.04 will contain, but it’s already a winning release in our books. While this is an especially awesome name, it fits Ubuntu’s policy of of names that combine an adjective and an animal name, both starting with the same letter.

Here’s a full history of Ubuntu’s animal-themed release names:

  • Warty Warthog (4.10)
  • Hoary Hedgehog (5.04)
  • Breezy Badger (5.10)
  • Dapper Drake (6.06 LTS)
  • Edgy Eft (6.10)
  • Feisty Fawn (7.04)
  • Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)
  • Hardy Heron (8.04 LTS)
  • Intrepid Ibex (8.10)
  • Jaunty Jackalope (9.04)
  • Karmic Koala (9.10)
  • Lucid Lync (10.04 LTS)
  • Maverick Meerkat (10.10)
  • Natty Narwhal (11.04)
  • Oneiric Ocelot (11.10)
  • Precise Pangolin (12.04 LTS)
  • Quantal Quetzal (12.10)
  • Raring Ringtail (13.04)
  • Saucy Salamander (13.10)
  • Trusty Tahr (14.04 LTS)
  • Utopic Unicorn (14.10)
  • Vivid Vervet (15.04)
  • Wily Werewolf (15.10
  • Xenial Xerus (16.04 LTS)
  • Yakkery Yak (16.10)
  • Zesty Zapus (17.04)
  • Artful Aardvark (17.10)
  • Bionic Beaver (18.04 LTS)
  • Cosmic Cuttlefish (18.10)

The next release will start with an “E.” It’ll be fun seeing what that name turns out to be. “Effervescent Eagle,” perhaps?

Image Credit: Saturday Night Fever, Henry Whitehead/Wikimedia Commons

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/ubuntu-19.04-is-named-disco-dingo-arriving-april-2019/