John Brandon

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John Brandon is a technologist, product tester, car enthusiast and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8,500 articles, many of them for Computerworld, TechHive, Macworld and other IDG entities.

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How AI is stopping criminal hacking in real time

Why companies offer a hacking bounty -- and why there are challenges

Why companies offer a hacking bounty -- and why there are challenges

Want to make a cool $20,000? All you have to do is hack the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld console that’s been out for a few years already. A listing on HackerOne spells everything out. There’s a range for this, of course -- some...

What the rise of social media hacking means for your business

What the rise of social media hacking means for your business

While it might be easy to dismiss sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as harmless diversions for employees, they reveal a wealth of actionable intel to a hacker.

Security for your collaborative software

Security for your collaborative software

There’s a gaping hole in your security infrastructure right now. The front door is open, the side window is ajar, and there’s an open safe with a neon sign saying “steal my data” in flashing lights.

What this expensive ‘secure’ phone tells us about mobile hacking

What this expensive ‘secure’ phone tells us about mobile hacking

Mobile security is a bit of a misnomer. Few of us can say we’ve been attacked by a piece of malware or have quarantined an actual virus. Yet, there’s a sneaking suspicion that mobile security is a bigger concern.

No Man's Sky launch on PC puts a big dent in the resurgence of computer gaming

No Man's Sky launch on PC puts a big dent in the resurgence of computer gaming

The No Man's Sky launch on PC is a terrible nightmare. Some gamers have even decided to wait for bug fixes. This is not a good sign.

4 laptop security trends you should know about

4 laptop security trends you should know about

These new techniques and products are not as widely known, yet they are effective for any laptop-carrying business worker who needs to fend off the latest attacks.

Why a Verizon and Yahoo merger would be like Microsoft snapping up CompuServe

Why a Verizon and Yahoo merger would be like Microsoft snapping up CompuServe

Cultures collide, it happens. But this one is a bad idea.

10 travel apps to smooth your next business trip

10 travel apps to smooth your next business trip

The best-laid plans of mice and business travelers often go awry. When trip stress is mounting, these mobile apps can help.

Security concerns rising for Internet of Things devices

Security concerns rising for Internet of Things devices

The burgeoning market for gadgets that trigger a sprinkler system, help you count the number of times you swing a bat, or dim the lights automatically are rising. That’s a concern for any business due to how these devices are also...

Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface phone has these features

Dear Satya Nadella: Make sure the Microsoft Surface phone has these features

Microsoft is officially dropping out of the smartphone race...except for some strong hints that they will make a Surface phone.

How 5 IT leaders beat their toughest technical challenges

How 5 IT leaders beat their toughest technical challenges

Just as technology is always evolving, so is the role of IT leaders. In the not too distant future, tech execs will face new challenges and take on new roles. The most successful IT leaders are the ones that can recognize and adapt to...

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