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Texting bans for drivers not putting a dent in accident rates

A study of accident rates indicates that the bans may not be having the desired effect, as accident rates may actually be increasing in some states that have enacted them.

The study was done by the Highway Loss Data Institute, a nonprofit that is supported by auto insurers and has access to their data on accident claims.

But accident rates are also influenced by a variety of factors beyond the texting ban, and the HLDI data included information on things like the drivers’ age, the age of the car, and total number of miles driven, so the report takes these into account when performing a regression analysis on the data. It’s only when all these factors are controlled for that accident rates appear to go up once bans are enacted.

Nevertheless, the majority of the post-ban trends are positive, and many are statistically significant, so the data clearly indicates that the bans are not having their desired effect. The authors even try to suggest a mechanism by which a ban might increase accident rates: texters might now be concealing their phones, and have their attention focused further from the road ahead while driving.

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Traveling this summer? Finding Last-Minute Deals on Upscale Hotels

Balance cost savings with research time by comparing just three tools: Hotel Tonight or Booking.com Tonight (because these apps are intuitive and have some high-end hotels), your favorite third-party site (such as Expedia) or Kayak.com (to check prices across multiple sites) and the hotel’s own website. If you have an extra minute, try using Stayful to bid lower than the best price you find.

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Passord Manager LastPass Hacked

Password Managers are supposed to make our online lives safer. This week, LastPass was hacked. The LastPass security breach: What you need to know, do, and watch out for.

The good news is it appears hackers didn’t get away with anyone’s encrypted password vaults. Still, it certainly sounds like a bad breach, but the consensus among security experts is that it could’ve been a lot worse.

First of all, LastPass is currently defending against potential account theft by requiring email verification—or multi-factor authentication if enabled—whenever a new login comes from an unknown device or new IP address. An attacker would need access to your email account or authenticator app on top of cracking your LastPass master password to get in.

What should we do? Enable multi-factor authentication.

This is the most important step you can take if you haven’t already. Even if the worst happens and hackers get your master password, they’ll still need the authentication code to access your account if you have two-factor authentication enabled. Multi-factor authentication isn’t important just for LastPass—you should be using it on any site that offers it, including social networks, email accounts, and so on.

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Serious OS X and iOS flaws let hackers steal keychain, 1Password contents

Researchers have uncovered huge holes in the application sandboxes protecting Apple’s OS X and iOS operating systems, a discovery that allows them to create apps that pilfer iCloud, Gmail, and banking passwords and can also siphon data from 1Password, Evernote, and other apps.

The malicious proof-of-concept apps were approved by the Apple Store, which requires all qualifying submissions to treat every other app as untrusted. Despite the supposed vetting by Apple engineers, the researchers’ apps were able to bypass sandboxing protections that are supposed to prevent one app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other resources belonging to another app.

For the time being, the researchers told Ars, there isn’t much end users can do except wait for Apple to fix the vulnerabilities. At the request of Apple, the researchers delayed disclosing their findings for six months to give developers a head start in hardening OS X and iOS against the attacks.

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Three Million Apple Watches Have Been Sold So Far

Slice Intelligence provided data to Reuters showing that about 2.8 million Apple Watches have been sold in the U.S. through mid-June. Unsurprisingly, the entry-level $349-$399 model of the watch has been the most popular. However, nearly 20% of purchasers are also springing for an extra watch band, which costs $49 or more.

With hardware version 2.0 getting ready to be released (which includes a camera, WiFi and more), I’d say it’s time to wait before buying an Apple Watch. Unless, you’ve just gotta have one. After all, they are pretty cool.

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US wonders: Why stolen data on federal workers not for sale?

The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China’s government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned. One sign: None of the data has been credibly offered for sale on underground markets popular among professional identity thieves.

Investigators inside U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, using secret “beacons” employed across the Internet, have been monitoring data transmissions across overseas networks for the file properties associated with the American personnel records, and scouring communications among targeted foreign hackers for credible references to the theft, two people directly involved in the investigation said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because parts of the case and techniques being used are classified.

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