‘Watch’ YouTube’s competitor launched by Facebook

In an apparent bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook has rolled out ‘Watch’ – a redesigned video platform for creators and publishers. The social media giant last year launched ‘Video’ tab in the US which offered a predictable place to find videos on Facebook. “Now we want to make it even easier to catch up with shows you love. We’re introducing ‘Watch’, a new platform for shows on Facebook. ‘Watch’ will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop and in our TV apps,” Daniel Danker, Director of Product…

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BSNL asks net users to change password post Malware Attack

State-owned telecom operator BSNL today said it has advised broadband users to change the default system password after a section of its broadband system was hit by a malware attack earlier this week. The malware attack impacted nearly 2,000 broadband modems, where subscribers had not changed default password “admin”. “The situation has been addressed to a great extent. We are advising customers that they should immediately change their passwords, and they should not be worried about using broadband once they have done that,” BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava told PTI. He…

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How to avoid online frauds and scams: Pro Tips

Earlier this month, UP (Uttar Pradesh) Police’s Special Task Force (STF) busted a pan-India online fraud racket which had allegedly duped thousands of people within the country as well as overseas by using their credit and debit card details to shop online. Last year, reportedly 3.2 million debit cards in India were compromised by hackers. Mumbai Police, in a bid to raise awareness on cyber security released a video starring actor Ajay Devgn on micro-blogging site Twitter last week, urging people not to reveal any sensitive bank information. The Mumbai…

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Social Media used by militants to copy IS modus operandi: Govt

Even as the J&K Government has already indicated that it may continue with the social media ban in Kashmir, intelligence reports have suggested that “active and prominent” militants have been using social media platforms for enhancing their appeal and extending outreach. The intelligence agencies have also pointed to attempts by militants to “copy the modus operandi” of ‘extremist and violent’ organisations like the ISIS by the “misuse” of Internet-based social media services. This has been revealed by the government in a report submitted to the High Court to defend the…

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Govt’s Social Media ban goes for a toss as netizens turn to VPN

The month-long ban imposed by the Jammu and Kashmir government on social media applications and internet sites to curb the unrest in the Valley has come a cropper with almost everyone accessing these platforms using Virtual Private Networks. The state’s Home department, through an order issued on April 26, had banned 22 social media applications and sites, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in a vain bid to curb the street protests in Kashmir. “In the interest of maintenance of public order, the government hereby directs all internet service providers that…

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16-year-old develops Kashbook, Kashmir’s own Facebook, after government banned social media websites

Meet the 16-year-old Zeyan Shafiq who created KashBook, Kashmir’s own version of Facebook, and launched mobile app for it too. Three weeks since the Jammu and Kashmir government banned 22 social media services, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, the valley has come up with its own version of Facebook. A 16-year-old boy from Anantnag district of Kashmir division developed Kashmir’s own social networking website and launched it within a week of the social media ban. Zeyan Shafiq, who finished his 10th standard exams few months ago, along with his now 19-year-old…

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Ransomware: What you need to know about this new cyber threat

What is WannaCry? WannaCry, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore. Ransomware is a program that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom. How does it work and spread? The WannaCry program encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access. Security…

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Kashmir’s answer to Govt’s Social Media Ban: VPN

Valley users greet Mehbooba Govt from Japan! Since the government imposed social media ban on 22 popular networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, the tech-savvy youth have switched to use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP) to surpass the limitations setup by the government over the internet. Despite the ban, Facebook and Twitter timelines could be seen full of rants against the government for banning social media. The irked youth were all praise of the Virtual Private Network Applications and posts like ‘VPN Zindabad’ and…

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Post 2 days ban, Separatists active on social media: Admin informed ECI

In the report, the State Government also asserted that “certain elements have also resorted to use of force which has a demoralising effect on the overall environment in the area.” Two days after banning social media networking sites in Kashmir, the J&K administration informed the Election Commission of India that “separatist and anti-national elements” have launched “extensive anti-poll campaign” on social media. On April 26, the Government imposed a ban on transmission of messages or pictures through 22 social networking sites including widely-used Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. However, on April…

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How Kashmiris are dodging the social media gag?

The state government directed internet service providers to block 22 social networking platforms to clamp down on tensions spurring clashes between security forces and civilians. However, a day after the ban was imposed, people found a way around the gag. Kashmiris are turning to freely available technology to beat a government ban on websites such as Facebook and Twitter, undermining efforts to tamp down on the spread of videos and images that, officials believe, fan tension. “Even before the ban was announced, we knew that there are alternative ways of…

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