Posts By: Traven

Traven is the Lead Author and Editor of TEKaholics. He loves to talk about programming and security topics. His mindset follows security-first programming. He strives to spread knowledge, updates, and his weirdness to everyone who is willing to listen.


The Weak Case Against Strong Encryption

I used to think that the idea of banning encryption was too absurd for discussion. Whenever a politician or government official suggested it, I figured it to be a ploy covering the real desire, which was not to ban encryption,...

How Containers are Changing Everything

Modern application development owes much to the growth of the development operations (devops) movement and the automation tools it has delivered. Instead of just writing code, developers now need to think in terms the tools they're using -- and how they...

Bug-free Code? That's a lie!

Behavioral psychiatrists say that virtually all people lie. Most are little white lies to protect the feelings of others. Some lies are acts of commission -- a deliberate statement of untruth -- whereas others are lies of omission. In the...

Facebook Should Care More About Privacy

Following the revelations that have shown major flaws in Facebook’s privacy settings with regard to linking your mobile number, security experts are now calling for the company to get serious about protecting users. The issue relates to Facebook and one...

The Security Risks of Third-Party Data

Most of us get to be thoroughly relieved that our e-mails weren't in the Ashley Madison database. But don't get too comfortable. Whatever secrets you have, even the ones you don't think of as secret, are more likely than you...

The Internet Officially Sucks

We are entering yet another new era for the Internet --  a very sad pessimistic one. You don’t have to take my word for it at all, but you should at least think about it and consider what I am...

The NSA Plans for a Post-Quantum World

Quantum computing is a novel way to build computers -- one that takes advantage of the quantum properties of particles to perform operations on data in a very different way than traditional computers. In some cases, the algorithm speedups are...

It's Time to Upgrade to Linux 4.7.1

If you are currently using Linux version 4.6 series, then the Lead Maintainer has a message for you. It's time to upgrade. Greg Kroah-Hartman on Tuesday announced the arrival of Linux 4.6.7. This is making it clear that it will be the...

It's Back! IronPython for .NET Framework

IronPython is a implementation that runs on .NET Framework's Common Language Runtime (CLR) is coming back thanks to the change of hands. Jeff Hardy, former lead IronPython developer, confirmed the transition on the Ironpyton-users mailing list earlier this month. For many reasons...

Edward Snowden Captured by Playing Pokemon Go

After more than three years as a fugitive, Edward Snowden is now in CIA custody, an Agency press release states. Sources inside the Agency claim that Snowden was captured in the early hours of the morning while walking the streets...

Futhark Language Can Generate C and/or Python Code

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Computer Science has officially released and shown off their new functional programming language called Futhark. This new programming language, which is free and open source, is designed to run on a GPU for machine learning...

Node.JS Version 6 is More Secure and Speedy

NodeJS is moving to version 6 today. This release is focusing heavily on performance and security as well as getting a full dose of compliance with the most recent JavaScript specifications. Version 6 is currently reported to be four times...

Why Python is a Really Good Programming Language

When I started programming, Java was all the rage. There were no two doubts regarding this. Java is the only programming language in the Information Technology industry that is remaining strong since it’s inception date. Java is the mist successful...

Infographed: The Story of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has built one hell of an empire, and a lot of people envy this. The number one question is where did all of this begin? Almost everyone who is truly into technology knows the highlights of his life....

Infographed: The Story of How Elon Musk Got Started

Elon Musk, the legendary man behind the companies called SpaceX, Telsa Motors, PayPal, and SolarCity, started his path to being successful by just reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He is known as one of the world best innovators by bringing the...

Could the Superconductor Theory be Flawed?

It is saddening to report that physicists in the United States have claimed to have found some errors in the superconductor theory. The overall use of trapped field magnets (TFM) is thought of to be impractical. The superconductor theory was...

Project Rome Allows for Consistent App Experiences

Alongside Microsoft's efforts for a Universal Windows Platform, their using some of their technologies from the Xbox gaming system to help promote high-quality, consistent application experiences across different devices. The goal is for Project Rome to work across Windows, Android,...

Application Layer Attacks Could Defeat DDoS Protection

Security Researchers have officially observed large application-layered distributed denial-of-service attacks using new techniques that could end up foiling DDoS protection and defenses. This could be a sign of things and change for web application operators. This attack targeted a Chinese Lottery...

Infographed: What is Actually Driving Innovation

I know that we all love a good infograph regarding the internet of things, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and more. If you're familiar with reading articles that is posted here, you should feel right at home with this...

The Important GMail Update You Never Want to See

Back in 2013, the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad fired several scud missiles into civilian cities and populations, destroying towns, then a 16 year old named Dlshad Othman created an early warning system. His system used citizen reports of missile launches to calculate their...

Facebook Needs to Care About Privacy More

Following the revelations that have shown major flaws in Facebook’s privacy settings with regard to linking your mobile number, security experts are now calling for the company to get way more serious about protecting users more. The issue relates to...

Researchers are Working on Self Cleaning Clothing

A new method of growing special nanostructures that can dissolve organic matter in sunlight in just six minutes has been developed that can be applied to textiles paving the way for future self-cleaning clothes. Aside from just being one less...

Code a Lot Quicker with Swift Version 2.2

Yesterday, Apple has officially released Swift 2.2 to everyone. This release is focusing on quicker coding and is the first official release Yesterday, Apple has officially released Swift 2.2 to everyone. This release is focusing on quicker coding and is...

Java 9 Will Finally Understand Dependencies

Java Developers will officially have a year to prepare their code before modularity arrives in the new version of Java SE Development Kit 9. With the modularization of Java, it will be a major transformation for the platform overall. The...

Symantec Partners with Web Hosts to Offer Free SSL

Symantec has started a program called Encryption Everywhere that will offer basic SSL/TLS Certificates to domain owners for, you guessed it, free. Symantec wants to make the web a little more encrypted. With this goal, they will be offering free...

Open Source can Save the Internet of Things

To a half-decent degree, open source is present in the internet of things chain of value. Cloud applications that collect and analyze our data are extremely dependent on open source software and standards. Device manufacturers have taken up open source...

Origami is Helping to Revolutionize Surgery

Some mechanical engineers are starting to team up with using origami with medical technology to develop the next major wave in surgical tools. This will hopefully mean that there will be less invasive surgery for everyone. The mechanical engineers are...

MIT Research Team is Working on a New Garbage Biofuel

A major Research Team at MIT has developed a new system that turns waste gases generated from industrial processes and garbage dumps into a liquid biofuel. The MIT Research Team tested and researched the system -- which uses engineered microbes...

Your Mouse Can be Hacked Now

Now we are at the point where wireless mice and keyboards are prime for hacking. With a massive vulnerability leaving billions of devices at major risk. The U.S. Cybersecurity company Bastille claims to have found the vulnerability, officially calling it...

Windows Apps Are About to Truly Become Universal

Cross-platform development for .NET has just been extended greatly thanks to Microsoft purchasing Xamarin. We are talking about having Windows apps on Android, iOS, and so much more. There has been a lot of speculation with the future of Microsoft...

Take a Selfie to Process an Online Payment

MasterCard is working on a process to accept selfies and fingerprints as a new alternative to passwords to accept online payments. MasterCard is working on a process to accept selfies and fingerprints as a new alternative to passwords to accept...

Top 5 Security Breaches of 2015

It was an interesting year for cybersecurity and the fight against data breaches in the world of information technology. It has been a pretty bountiful year for hackers who has gained unauthorized access to countless corporate and government databases. Here...

Let's Discuss: What Are Exactly Functional Languages

People are arguing exactly what a functional programming language is, but they are attracting developers like crazy. The men behind Clojure, Scala, F# explain what these functional programming actually is and how the languages are evolving today. Martin Odersky, Founder...

RedHat Linux can be run in the Microsoft Azure

Over the last few years, Microsoft and RedHat have gone from being rivals to now buddies. Instead of fighting, their now scratching each others' backs. RedHat has been hosting .NET applications, and Microsoft supporting linux (such as RedHat) on Azure....