PC Magazine May 2019

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United States
Ziff Davis
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
here’s why 5g is a huge deal

Long before the term “5G” began to surface in mainstream consciousness, PCMag was covering its nascent development. (Subscribers might remember our first 5G Digital Edition cover story, from September 2017: “Oulu Finland: 5G Lives Here.”) After all, the technology that underlies the products we review is just as important as those products; more so, in some cases. And although many people associate 5G with smartphones only, the tech is going to do much more than make our phones faster: It will also play a large part in powering the implementation and effectiveness of autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, remote surgery, and on and on—no doubt, it’ll have an impact on things we haven’t even thought about yet. Very recently, our mobile expert, Sascha Segan, had the opportunity to test two of…

2 min
are foldable phones the next big thing?

YOUR COMMENTS While I agree with most of the points in this article, I’d really be happy with anything that isn’t one of the same rectangles that we’ve been handed for the last few years now. As far as hinged phones are concerned, the dual-screen concept would probably be better anyway. There have already been custom ROMs of x86 Android that could handle multiple screens, so I don’t think Google themselves would have too much trouble implementing something that would actually be functional…I just think it’s high time that someone tried something new with the hardware again, even if it is “weird.”—dozerman Change is only good when it is for the better.—Lance Zimmerman I want a phone that is shaped like—and can be used as—a Ninja throwing star. Obviously, you’d have to keep…

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pirating ‘game of thrones’? that file is probably malware

Pirated versions of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Arrow can sometimes contain a nasty surprise: They’re among the shows most commonly used as bait to secretly install malware on your computer. Security firm Kaspersky Lab ranked the top 15 pirated TV shows most likely to contain malware. Number one on the list was Game of Thrones, even though the HBO fantasy series hasn’t released a new episode in over a year. “Game of Thrones accounted for 17 percent of all the infected pirated content in 2018, with 20,934 users attacked,” the antivirus vendor said. “The first and the last episodes of each Game of Thrones season we analyzed turned out [to be] the most dangerous.” In total, Kaspersky uncovered 33 different types of malicious threats associated with pirated episodes of Game…

2 min
airbnb guests find hidden camera live-streaming their stay

A family made a creepy discovery at an Airbnb in Ireland in March: Their host was secretly filming them with an internet-connected camera. The Barkers, from New Zealand, noticed the camera when a family member checked the surrounding Wi-Fi networks and saw the device. He then accessed the camera and discovered it was live-streaming all its footage. “We just found a camera hidden in a smoke alarm case in the private living room of a listing. We were travelling with children,” reads a Facebook post made by Nealie Barker on April 1. The same post contains a family photo taken from the live stream of the surveillance camera after it had been accessed. “The host admitted to the concealed camera over the phone, only after presented with our irrefutable proof,” Barker added. After…

2 min
sophisticated surveillance malware spotted on android and ios phones

Most of the malware targeting phones is the product of a handful of disaffected people looking to make a quick buck. That’s not the case with a new strain of malware found on both Android and iOS devices. Security researchers believe this malware is based on so-called “lawful intercept” software in use by law enforcement and governments. The privacy organization Security Without Borders detected the Android malware first, which it dubbed Exodus. The installer package was bundled inside APKs (Android’s package file format) on numerous phishing sites, as well as in several apps that snuck into the Play Store. Users needed to install the app manually in either case, but it was much harder to do so with the phishing sites because of Android’s security features. You don’t pick up Exodus…

6 min
securitywatch: fixing us elections is easier—and harder—than you’d think

When I flew out to San Francisco for the RSA Convention (RSAC) in early March, I planned to attend all the election security talks I could fit into my schedule. It’s an obvious choice: We’re still fighting over the 2016 presidential election, and we’re halfway to the next one. That’s in addition to the US system of casting and counting votes being, at best, a barely functional shambles. I expected the usual doom-and-gloom about election security, with researchers bemoaning the sorry state of voting machines in the US. I was even looking forward to it, because you have to be a little masochistic to be in this industry. But I wasn’t prepared for a double whammy of optimism and despair. I left convinced that we’ve actually sorted out the most pressing…