You Have No Excuses For Crappy Passwords Anymore

The password itself is crappy. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist.

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Scientists Create Blood Test That Might Someday Predict A Woman’s Due Date

Getting an early ultrasound to figure out when your child will be born has become part and parcel of becoming a new mum in countries such as Australia. For many women living in countries with poor-quality healthcare, however, ultrasounds are rarely available or too costly to afford. But a new study published by Science this week suggests there might someday be an easier, cheaper way to pin down the due date: A blood test.

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Artificial Genome Scientists Want To Build Human Cells That Are Impervious To Viruses

Two years ago, a consortium of scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs announced a plan to synthesise an artificial human genome from scratch – an extremely ambitious endeavour that’s struggled to secure funding. Project organisers have now disclosed details of a scaled-down version of the venture, but with a goal that’s still quite audacious: creating human cells that are invulnerable to infections.

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Office 365 Gets Encrypted Email And More To Boost Security

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a number of new tools and protections for Office 365 that are designed to boost security for cloud users. This included new file recovery tools, password protection when sharing links over email and the ability to prevent a message from being forwarded (something I bet Claire Swire wish had existed back in 2000). Now, the promised email encryption feature is also being rolled out.

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