NetAuthority: saving your bank account from the Russian mob, one algorithm at a time

Imagine this: you phone your bank, asking a service rep to pay a phone bill and transfer money from savings to checking. Only, instead of talking to the bank, you’re speaking to a crook who is talking to you on one phone … and your bank on the other. And when you provide him with all the authentication details your bank requires, he loots your account and transfers your funds into accounts he controls.

Mozilla's Firefox 4 vision looks a lot like Google Chrome

A recent blog post by Mozilla’s Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner, offers up the first real glimpse at what the open source browser maker intends to accomplish with Firefox 4. And not too surprisingly, it looks like Mozilla is racing to catch up with young browser upstart Google Chrome. Firefox currently holds about 30 percent of worldwide browser market share, with about 365 million users, according to Mozilla.