Tech Wrap-Up 5-5-2022. Today is World Password Day. What do you get when you combine Cinco de Mayo with World Password Day? I am not sure, but it sounds like a healthy hangover for tomorrow. The intention of World Password Day, first created in 2013, is to generate good password habits. The best password advice I can offer is to always use strong passwords (combined with multi-factor authentication) and never use the same password twice. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. Mozilla is Working on a Mobile Version of Thunderbird (Thurrott)
It is cool that our users resonated with a Thunderbird article today. I would not have picked this piece from Thurrott as the top in user engagement. Live and learn. As a Thunderbird user, learning that a mobile app is coming soon was gratifying. It has a lot of competition, but I will give it a shot when it arrives.
2. Apple, Google, and Microsoft team up on passwordless logins (Tech Crunch)
Three worlds colliding. That is the solidarity it takes to bring support for passwordless logins to devices and browsers. Apple, Google, and Microsoft agreed today to support a password-free sign-in standard from the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). A change to the standard means users will access their devices and browsers the same way they access their smartphones (fingerprint, face scan, PIN, etc.).
3. Google just made it easier to change your breached passwords (Digital Trends)
I am in the habit of using Google Assistant every day for help with various tasks. Now, Google Assistant can assist users with changing passwords when exposed to a breach. So far, Chrome browser is the app to support the capability of having Google Assistant reset breached passwords. To see if your Android phone has the required update to make this work, check Chrome’s password settings. If you see a “Google Assistant” bubble next to “change password,” you have it.
4. Google to Add Passwordless Authentication Support to Android and Chrome (The Hacker News)
This article covers essentially the same thing as #2 above, except more Google-centric. I am including it in today’s tech wrap-up because this was a top post today by user engagement, and rules are rules.
5. Microsoft Edge has edged out Apple’s Safari in browser popularity (Computerworld)
New April 2022 data from StatCounter shows Microsoft Edge surpassing Apple Safari as the second most popular browser in the world. But just barely. According to StatCounter, 10.07% of desktop users in the world used Edge in April as opposed to 9.61% for Safari. With Google Chrome sitting at 66.58%, the battle is definitely for second place in this race.
6. Opera browser enables direct access to BNB Chain-based DApp ecosystem (Cointelegraph)
Sorry, but I am not a shitcoin fan. News that Opera browser now supports direct access to BNB Chain and, in turn, to dApps, did not phase me too much. Opera now supports nine major blockchains.
Henry Irvine, Contributing Technology Writer, translates more than a decade of internet technology experience in product and customer relationship management into practical help and how-to content. Look for him on Bay Area trails, music venues, or sausage shacks when he’s not writing. Don’t call him Hank if you see him. Seriously. Hank on Twitter