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Nathan Wasson

Nathan grew up with computer hardware news and reviews in the family business and eventually joined the business himself in 2014. He initially joined to make video reviews and help with the podcast, but was soon asked if he would write, and he's been writing about computers ever since. More recently, Nathan has developed a passion for internet privacy, security, and decentralization and likes writing about those topics the most. He spends much of his free time tinkering with Linux distributions, custom Android ROMs, privacy and security tools, and self-hosting solutions. He also started gaming on a PC at a young age and still can't give up Unreal Tournament 2004 and Supreme Commander 2. Beyond computers, Nathan is a car enthusiast and philosophy nerd.

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The computer chip shortage has been a topic of much discussion over the past year and more as GPU prices have shot through the roof and entire lots of newly built cars sit awaiting microcontrollers. Both governments and companies alike are taking measures to increase semiconductor production capacity in light of high... Read more...
We’ve written before about how two-factor authentication (2FA) provides much stronger protection against attackers attempting to access user accounts than a single password. Even so, it’s still important to remain vigilant, as 2FA doesn’t make user accounts unbreachable. We recently reported on Android malware that... Read more...
Back in 2015, Google introduced its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project as an effort to speed up mobile web browsing. AMP uses special web components to load alternate versions of webpages on Google servers, rather than serving webpages from the servers of the corresponding website. AMP webpages first appeared in... Read more...
Two years ago, we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ and gave it our recommendation without reservation. As we noted in that review, the premium Android tablet space is pretty sparse. There are a number of dirt cheap tablets running old versions of Android out there, but you’re unlikely to find high build... Read more...
Apple recently drew attention when it accidentally revealed an upcoming power adapter. However, even without the company inadvertently teasing its own products, plenty of details are reaching the public through leaks. The design and features of the as yet unrevealed iPhone 14 lineup are quite quickly coming into view... Read more...
Back in January, we covered a phishing report by Check Point that placed DHL as the number one most-imitated brand in phishing attacks for the fourth quarter of 2021. DHL spoofs, representing 23% of global phishing attacks, passed Microsoft spoofs, which sat at 20%. However, Check Point just released its phishing... Read more...
Last week’s Patch Tuesday update included fixes for over 100 Windows security vulnerabilities. However, installing this update may prove difficult. Users are reporting that Windows 11 updates sometimes fail and throw the error code 0xc1900101. Unfortunately, this error code is incredibly unhelpful, as it doesn’t... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported on Operation TOURNIQUET, a year-long coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies from seven different countries that culminated in the seizure of the hacking site RaidForums and the arrest of its founder and administrator, Diogo Santos Coelho. RaidForums functioned as the hub for the trade of... Read more...
It’s likely that some of your information has appeared on RaidForums at some point during the site’s seven year run. RaidForums was a popular hacking site where users shared data collected from breaches, leaks, and scrapes. According to the US Department of Justice, the databases on offer on RaidForums contained... Read more...
Cybersecurity news can seem like a never-ending stream of new vulnerabilities and a single prevailing message: “make sure to patch your devices.” Nonetheless, this message bears repeating. While we may keep up with updates on devices that receive over-the-air (OTA) updates on a semi-regular basis, we can still forget... Read more...
Leaks are quite common in the mobile device world. Thanks to leakers, we often know the physical design and specifications of a phone before it is officially revealed. However, sometimes companies accidentally reveal product details early through official channels. Apple appears to have done exactly that, then... Read more...
Phishing attacks are currently the number one cause of data compromises, and they are becoming more sophisticated as additional countermeasures are developed and deployed and users become more wary of suspicious or unexpected messages. Just last week, we covered a new phishing technique that creates an animated login... Read more...
Earlier this month, Apple held its Peek Performance event, during which the company announced the third-generation iPhone SE, featuring 5G capability and Apple’s latest system on a chip (SoC), the A15 Bionic. The iPhone SE is Apple’s budget phone offering, which packs updated internals while adhering to the design of... Read more...
Kaspersky, a cybersecurity and antivirus company, appears in our news coverage fairly often, as the company’s researchers frequently uncover and disclose noteworthy vulnerabilities and malware. Earlier this month, we covered a gas pump hack that called to mind a vulnerability previously discovered by Kaspersky. Before... Read more...
We can sometimes forget how deeply computers are integrated into our lives beyond standard computing devices like phones, laptops, and desktop PCs. The hackability of computer systems beyond these devices can be a stark reminder of the ubiquity of computer systems. Just last week, a hacker was found to have stolen 400... Read more...
According to a recent cybersecurity report, ransomware attacks, having doubled in each of the past two years, are on track to outpace phishing attacks as the number one cause of data compromises. That said, phishing attacks are still king for now and will continue to pose a serious threat even if they are surpassed by... Read more...
A ransomware gang known as LAPSUS$ has recently hit a number of big-name targets, including NVIDIA, Samsung, and Ubisoft, and the group may have now added Microsoft to that list. LAPSUS$ made waves at the end of February when news broke that NVIDIA had been hit by a cyber-attack. In an unexpected twist, LAPSUS$... Read more...
Today, Samsung held its 53rd Annual General Meeting with around 1,600 shareholders in attendance. One of the topics of the meeting was the recent controversy surrounding Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service (GOS), which is present on the company’s Galaxy line of devices. GOS throttles game performance, and allegations... Read more...
Samsung became the subject of negative attention earlier this month when allegations began circulating that the company’s Galaxy line of phones includes software that throttles games and other apps while letting benchmarks run at full capacity. The allegations center around a Samsung software component called Game... Read more...
Google's YouTube video platform operates on a model where users can either watch videos for free with ads or pay a monthly subscription for YouTube Premium to remove ads and unlock additional perks. However, there are a number of unofficial tools for avoiding YouTube ads, such as ad-blockers, front-ends, video... Read more...
With cybersecurity being highly important in our present digital age, cybersecurity services have the potential to be a big money maker. Google appears to have recognized this potential with its most recent acquisition announcement. Google intends to buy Mandiant, having signed a definitive agreement of acquisition... Read more...
Samsung has been the subject of a number of disappointing news reports lately, between a security flaw affecting 100 million Galaxy devices, hacker group LAPSUS$ stealing Galaxy device source code, and Samsung’s Game Optimizing Service (GOS) throttling games, while leaving benchmarks free to run at full tilt. This... Read more...
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