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Glenn Fleishman is the author of dozens of books, including mostly recently Take Control of Slack Basics, a book on mastering and becoming efficient in Slack. He's a senior contributor to Macworld, where he writes the Private I and Mac 911 columns and hosts the Macworld podcast, and contributes regularly to many periodicals.

Your cell phone number could be hijacked unless you add a PIN to your carrier account

Two-factor authentication and other verification systems are for naught if someone can call your phone carrier and get your number transferred to them.

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Crowdfunding tech can serve backers poorly, even when the thing gets made

Another spate of failed and much-delayed high-profile crowdfunded projects should give pause to potential funders, especially of giant hardware projects.

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Everything you need to know about the iMessage security flaw patched by iOS 9.3

Security researchers discovered a number of weaknesses in iMessage's encryption system. Apple's patches are already slated to appear.

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Replacing Fire OS's encryption isn't enough: Amazon should turn it on by default

Amazon says few users turned on full-device encryption, but that's the wrong approach to helping users protect their data. Thankfully, the company changed its mind.

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Skeleton keys open doors for all governments, not just ours

You can't keep "bad guys" from using a key handed over to "good guys."

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iPhone 6s pricing plan offers frequent upgrades and AppleCare+ for a premium

Apple adds two financing options for iPhones, one of which includes AppleCare+ and an option for a yearly upgrade.

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Apple announces new Apple Watch bands and finishes, and watchOS 2 ships Sept 16

Apple showed off new Watch bands, finishes, and a partnership with Hermes, and set a release date of September 16 for watchOS 2.

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Stop ad injections with HTTPS connections or a VPN

You already knew that secure web connections prevent snooping by criminals and others on points between you and a server. But they also keep networks from injecting advertising.

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How T-Mobile's pricing is pushing AT&T and Verizon in a race to the bottom

In the wake of T-Mobile's aggressive, expansive plans, AT&T is the latest carrier to blink. But wait: Prices will drop much more.

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Wi-Fi sensibility: Not really risky, but not really needed

Windows 10 lets you share Wi-Fi network access with contacts in a seemingly secure manner, but it opens all Wi-Fi networks to the potential of unwanted use.

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You don't need Comcast's gigabit broadband. You just need consistent throughput

Comcast's gigabit broadband announcement sidesteps what Internet users really need: consistent, high-quality throughput for video.

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Don't dash to Dash: new Amazon buttons aid brands, not consumers

A new brand-name oriented doohickey from Amazon promises to remove the tedium of re-ordering as long as you want only products from brands.

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Cameramakers missed the Wi-Fi bandwagon on the road to obsolescence

The companies that make standalone cameras thought quality would win over sharing.

Browser engine forking isn't the end of the world

Announcements from browser makers last week may recall the bad old days of browser incompatibility, but this isn't IE6 all over again.

Review: Compact Kanex MySpot extends an Ethernet network to Wi-Fi

Kanex's MySpot lets you extend your Ethernet network to Wi-Fi using a compact, USB-powered accessory. However, it suffers from using older wireless technology and security.