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Meltdown and Spectre are going after your private information.

There are two vulnerabilities that were recently brought to light. The essence of these attacks is that they can establish processes that can read the supposedly secure data from other processes.

Suppose you are logged in to your bank via the web. There is data there about account numbers, balances, passwords etc. Some of that will be encrypted. However, the exploit MIGHT be able to view the unencrypted data. After all, your balance and account numbers need to be displayed in a format you can read.

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Gmail appears to be down

Having issues with gmail. Checked http://downdetector.com/status/gmail  and it appears that there are issues. Some people have been down for 4 days.

One comment said that IMAP was working but not smtp. I’ll check that later to confirm,

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A deadman’s switch for google. – Allow someone access if you no longer check into google.

Google can be a significant portion of someone’s life. If a person dies or becomes disabled, the information in their account might be lost forever. It is possible to set google so that it will allow access for selected individuals if you stop checking into your account.

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