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Commercializing the open-source FingerprintJS browser fingerprinting tech nabs Chicago entrepreneur $4M

Chicago-based serial entrepreneur Dan Pinto has raised new cash and launched a new company looking to commercialize a years-old open-source project that purports to solve one of the web’s hardest problems — fraud prevention.

The company he launched in January, FingerprintJS, touts itself as a new kind of toolkit offering browser fingerprinting as a service for any application.

The company, based on an open-source project that already has 5 million downloads and 8,000 websites using the service (and hundreds of paying customers, according to the company), is a variation on the browser fingerprinting technology that companies have been using for years.

FingerprintJS uses the same canvas fingerprinting, audio sampling, WebGL fingerprinting, font detection and browser plugin probing tech that’s available on the market, but de-identifies the fingerprint from a specific device by generating a unique identifier of a browser without using cookies. Companies can store the identifier in their database

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Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the company to sell its dominant Chrome browser and parts of its lucrative advertising business, three people with knowledge of the discussions said Friday.

The conversations — amid preparations for an antitrust legal battle that DOJ is expected to begin in the coming weeks — could pave the way for the first court-ordered break-up of a U.S. company in decades. The forced sales would also represent major setbacks for Google, which uses its control of the world’s most popular web browser to aid the search engine that is the key to its fortunes.

Discussions about how to resolve Google’s control over the $162.3 billion global market for digital advertising remain ongoing, and no final decisions have been made, the people cautioned, speaking anonymously to discuss confidential discussions. But prosecutors have asked advertising technology experts,

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Ethereum browser and wallet app MetaMask now offers token swap functionality

The popular Ethereum toolkit MetaMask now allows users to swap tokens from within the app itself.

MetaMask owner ConsenSys announced the news on Tuesday, saying that the new feature would request token prices from decentralized exchanges and aggregators so that users can get the best prices.

MetaMask will support Uniswap, Airswap, Kyber, 0x API, 1inch.exchange, dex.ag, Paraswap, Totle, and private market makers for the feature. This approach means that users won’t need to navigate these platforms individually to find the optimal price.

The feature is initially available to users of the MetaMask extension on the Firefox browser and will be rolled out soon to other browsers and MetaMask Mobile, ConsenSys said. 

The MetaMask team said on Monday that it had exceeded one million monthly active users.

“MetaMask user growth happens in a compounding feedback loop similar to the feedback loop of the internet itself. Users onboard to use one site,

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You can bypass TikTok’s MFA by logging in via a browser


A month after TikTok rolled out multi-factor authentication (MFA) for its users, a ZDNet reader discovered that the company’s new security feature was only enabled for the mobile app but not its website.

This lapse in TikTok’s MFA implementation opens the door for scenarios where a malicious threat actor could bypass MFA by logging into an account with compromised credentials via its website, rather than the mobile app.

Reached out for comment on the ZDNet reader’s findings, a TikTok spokesperson said the company plans to expand MFA to cover its official website in the coming future.

In the meantime, users who have enabled MFA for their TikTok account for security reasons should not be lowering their guard and reuse passwords from other accounts, thinking MFA blocks all attackers. These users should continue to use complex and hard-to-guess passwords.

TikTok web dashboard has limited features

However, while this is technically an

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How to post on Instagram from your phone or computer, using the official app or an internet browser

a woman holding a dog: Posting on Instagram is simple. Oleksiy Boyko / EyeEm/Getty Images

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Posting on Instagram is simple. Oleksiy Boyko / EyeEm/Getty Images

  • You can post on Instagram at any time using the free mobile app, or on a desktop with Safari or Google Chrome.
  • The Instagram app lets you post photos, videos, and more with just a few taps.
  • If you’re posting on Instagram from a Mac or PC, you’ll have to change your browser settings. 
  • This story is part of Business Insider’s Guide to Instagram.

Since its release in 2010, Instagram has taken the world of social media by storm. It’s an elegantly simple platform that boasts more than a billion monthly users, and sees as many as 500 million using the platform each and every day.

That stunning popularity aside, many people still wonder exactly how to make an Instagram post, and many more ask if you can post to Instagram from a computer.

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