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A Brief History of Wi-Fi Security Protocols from “Oh My, That’s Bad” to WPA3

Thanks to upcoming developments in Wi-Fi, all of us connectivity-heads out there can look forward to getting familiar with new 802.11 protocols in the near future. Ars took a deep look at what's on the horizon last fall, but readers seemed to have a clear request in response—the time had come to...
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The Lost Worlds of Telnet

Most people think of Telnet as “that thing I used to use to remotely access servers.” But a few hearty souls are still keeping their Telnet services online — and it’s a great way to experience some good old-fashioned time-wasting fun! Although, as a work tool, Telnet has long been deprecated in...
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Unencrypted HTTP sessions are wide open to abuse; lock them down with Let's Encrypt.

Protect Your Websites with Let's Encrypt

Learn how to use Let's Encrypt in this tutorial from our archives. Back in the bad old days, setting up basic HTTPS with a certificate authority cost as much as several hundred dollars per year, and the process was difficult and error-prone to set up. Now we have Let's Encrypt for free, and the...
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Tim Berners-Lee Introduces "Solid" Decentralized Identity Platform

​Solid is a new decentralized identity platform from WWW Creator Tim Berners-Lee which provides a mechanism for users to own and better control the usage of their data. With several large companies trusted with large amounts of user data, and with several high profile data breaches and misuses of...
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Around 62 Percent of All Internet Sites Will Run an Unsupported PHP Version in 10 Weeks

The highly popular PHP 5.x branch will stop receiving security updates at the end of the year. According to statistics from W3Techs, roughly 78.9 percent of all Internet sites today run on PHP.  But on December 31, 2018, security support for PHP 5.6.x will officially cease, marking the end of all...
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ICANN Sets Plan to Reinforce Internet DNS Security

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to go ahead with the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the internet’s address book – the Domain Name System (DNS).  The ICANN Board at its meeting in Belgium this week, decided to proceed with its...
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Wi-Fi Security Is Starting to Get its Biggest Upgrade in Over a Decade

Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But today, that’ll begin to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees adoption of the Wi-Fi standard, is beginning to certify products that support WPA3, the successor to the WPA2 security protocol that’s been in use since...
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6 RFCs for Understanding How the Internet Works

Reading the source is an important part of open source software. It means users have the ability to look at the code and see what it does. But "read the source" doesn't apply only to code. Understanding the standards the code implements can be just as important. These standards are codified in...
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Tencent Becomes a Linux Foundation Platinum Member to Increase its Focus on Open Source

Tencent, the $500-billion Chinese internet giant, is increasing its focus on open source after it became a platinum member of the Linux Foundation. The company has long been associated with the foundation and Linux generally, it is a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s deep learning program...
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Spanning the Tree: Dr. Radia Perlman & Untangling Networks

As computer networks get bigger, it becomes increasingly hard to keep track of the flow of data over this network. How do you route data, making sure that the data is spread to all parts of the network? You use an algorithm called the spanning tree protocol — just one of the contributions to...
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