Zack Whittaker

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Zack Whittaker was the security editor for ZDNet.

I don't hold any stock, shares or investments in any company. (Updated: December 2, 2015)

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German government refutes Windows 'backdoor' claims

German government refutes Windows 'backdoor' claims

The German government says Windows 8 and TPM 2.0 chips, used in conjunction, can increase security but have the potential to reduce a user's control over software and hardware. The common-sense advice for government IT experts has been distorted by some observers into wild claims of "backdoors" or spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, or the Chinese.

August 22, 2013 by in Windows

Here's what Windows 9 could look like: pictures

Here's what Windows 9 could look like: pictures

With Windows 8.1 just out the door, Windows 9 is slated for a late 2014 release. With little to go on except sheer creativity and a bevy of ideas, designers and enthusiasts have published what they think the next-generation desktop, notebook, and tablet software should look like.

November 28, 2013 by in Windows

Web archiving enterprises: keep trying

Web archiving enterprises: keep trying

Through my keen observations, deep procrastination and occasional drunken ramblings, there are three things which annoy me about a service or product before I even use them. These three things, from a consumer's point of view, are the following:having a product with a stupid name;a blatant disregard to standard English and not capitalising the first letter of their product or company name - a noun;having a company which uses a ccTLD which magically incorporates the product name: del.

August 24, 2008 by in Windows