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LinkedIn is not working right now, support team is working on fixing it
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Reports are pouring in from news sources such as The Verge and individuals alike. The professional networking service LinkedIn is currently facing some problems and is facing an outage. Both the website and the mobile application seem to be affected by the breakdown.
LinkedIn's team members have responded to the outage, taking to Twitter to address the users' concerns. The response can be seen in the Tweet below:
According to Downdetector, 89% of LinkedIn users are having trouble with the website at the moment.
Hopefully, the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform will be back online soon. In the meantime, users will have to sit tight and wait patiently.
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Comcast becomes the first ISP to join Mozilla's TRR program
by Paul Hill
Mozilla has announced that Comcast has joined its Trusted Recursive Resolver program which aims to make DNS (domain name system) more trusted and secure. Cloudflare and NextDNS are already part of the TRR program and provide their DNS services to Firefox users who opt to use DNS over HTTPS (DoH).
Commenting on the move, Firefox CTO Eric Rescorla, said:
With its TRR program, Mozilla said that encrypting DNS data with DoH is just the first step in securing DNS. It said that the second step requires companies handling the data to have appropriate rules in place for handling it. Mozilla believes these rules include limiting data collection and retention, ensuring transparency about any retained data, and limiting the use of the resolver to block access or modify content.
Commenting for Comcast, its Vice President of Technology Policy and Standards, Jason Livingood, said:
DNS is an important part of the online infrastructure as it functions like a phone book; when you type in a website like Firefox.com, the DNS will translate this URL into an internet address that the computer understands, your browser can then connect you to the right place. By introducing things like DNS over HTTPS, users will benefit from more security and privacy.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Apple releases mobility data to assist COVID-19 efforts
by Usman Khan Lodhi
With nearly two million coronavirus cases worldwide, governments across the world have put restrictions upon the movement of people to curb the spread of the respiratory infection. Earlier this month, Google released data on how the pandemic changed movement in 131 countries. Similarly, Apple has launched a site, comprising of data that would assist authorities concerned in determining how effective the lockdowns have been (via Reuters).
To generate the data, Apple took into account the number of requests made to Apple Maps for directions and compared it with previous data to find the changes in the volume of people commuting, walking or driving. The Cupertino firm said that the information is being updated on a daily basis, and compared to a date in mid-January.
The information received from users' phones is being "associated with random, rotating identifiers" so individual users cannot be tracked through the service. The website details the changes for major cities and 63 countries or regions, the firm stated. The firm is not revealing the exact number of requests or people moving, but instead, the data is expressed as a percentage of numbers to the mid-January baseline.
Firefox DNS over HTTPS rollout begins in the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Mozilla has begun rolling out DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default for Firefox users in the United States. The plan is to continue pushing the new setting to Firefox installs over the coming weeks to confirm that there are no major issues. DoH by default will only affect U.S. installs but the company is exploring the possibility of rolling the setting out in other regions too.
DNS over HTTPS has been available for quite a while in Firefox and can be enabled by anyone, to do so, head over to Preferences > General > scroll down to Network Settings > Settings… > Enable DNS over HTTPS. You'll then have to choose a provider, right now you can pick Cloudflare, NextDNS, or add a custom provider. Mozilla said that it’s looking to expand the list of trusted resolvers in the future.
DNS works in a similar way to a phone book, for example, if you type neowin.net into your URL bar, DNS is used to find the corresponding IP address which is what’s used to find websites. Unfortunately, DNS lookups tend not to be encrypted which means that third-parties can intercept them, this is essentially how most web filtering software works at the moment.
While DoH is great for security and privacy, those interested in restricting children’s access to adult websites may have to figure out a new way to implement bans or learn how to disable DoH.