Things That Scare Us

Bad News: Some Sketchy Marketer Has Realized They Can Do Pop-Ups on Mobile

UGH. (Photo: Krebs on Security

Remember back in the mid-2000s, when everyone used to get those annoying “YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED” pop-up ads for anti-virus software?  (For that matter, remember pop-up ads?) Like anyone with an ounce of Internet savvy was going to download software marketed via sketchy pop-ups.

Well, get ready for a blast from the past, warns cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, because that same tacky, spammy tactic may now be coming to your mobile device.

Mr. Krebs tells the tale of one security consultant, who was doing a little dining-while-browsing, when suddenly, Read More


Betabeat Reviews: The Terrifying, Awesome New Facebook Timeline

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Today, Facebook unrolled one of the largest front-end changes to the social network in its history: the Facebook Timeline. It’s front and center on your Facebook profile, and the totally revamped design aside, underneath is functionality that allows you to dip back into your own—or other people’s—history, to pinpoint exact dates on everything from uploaded pictures to status updates. In short, it aims to organize the entire history of your life in the most intimidatingly convenient way possible.

It’s currently only available to developers, but you can join that group pretty easily as evidenced by this TechCrunch post, which we used to enable Facebook Timeline moments ago. The team’s spit-takes on neu-Facebook, in chronological order: Read More