TIME privacy

This Is Why Nothing Online Is Totally Hacker-Proof

No one is invincible

In the world of digital security there is unsafe, and there is safer, but no one is hack-proof. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebs may have been protecting their private images, but hackers have a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks.

Software for inputting millions of username and passwords combos make cracking effortless for a good hacker and the right target, for instance. Hackers don’t even always have to break your security measures — using “social engineering,” web-raiders can use Facebook, Twitter, and even the phone book to find all the information they need to score your password.

There are measures you can take to make yourself safer, but in the digital age, everyone can be hacked.

TIME Infectious Disease

How Fear and Ignorance is Helping Ebola Spread

Overly cautious companies and governments are hindering the flow of help to afflicted regions

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has amassed 2,600 cases and claimed more than 1,400 lives, spreading fear and rumors about the illness around the globe — which may be making things worse.

Some overly cautious airlines and shipping companies are stopping service to infected areas, so aid can’t get in to help. Overzealous governments have also imposed city-wide quarantines and closed borders, so patients find it difficult to seek help.

The World Health Organization continues to try to educate regional governments and firms about the virus, but until the UN agency can reverse the flow of disinformation, Ebola will continue to spread.

TIME Television

See the Other Roles Played by the Doctors of Doctor Who

From Time Lords to crime lords, see the actors who played the doctor's second most famous roles

In the world of Doctor Who they are simply known as ‘the doctor,’ but those who have portrayed the Time Lord are some pretty big names in Hollywood.

Children’s shows, fantasy epics, and blockbusters have starred former and future doctors for 50 years since the series first started in 1963.

Step into the TARDIS and let TIME take you through wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey to find the doctors acting in their second most famous roles.

TIME Pop Culture

The Animation Pioneer Who Helped Disney Create Mickey Mouse

Ub Iwerks, who helped Walt Disney animate the famous cartoon rodent, published the first Color-Sound cartoon 84 years ago today

Ub Iwerks published the first Color-Sound cartoon 84 years ago today, starring Flip the Frog. But chances are, you’re much more likely to know him for his other cartoon creation: Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks developed Mickey in the 1920s together, with Iwerks designing and often animating the actual cartoons.

Iwerks was a dab hand at innovation too, becoming one of Disney’s first imagineers while developing the multi-plane camera, salt vapor filming (early green screen), and animatronics.

Famous animator Chuck Jones once said of Iwekrs “Iwerks spelled backwards is screwy,” but maybe you need a screw loose to invent like Iwerks did.

 

 

TIME Rememberance

Man of a Thousand Faces and Voices: Robin Williams’ Career in Photos

Williams' bottomless wellspring of characters left lasting impressions

A rebellious military disc jockey, an exuberant and gifted English professor, a magical genie trapped inside a lamp, a bawdy but kindly elderly nanny–these vastly different characters flowed from the mind of just one person.

Robin Williams took his own life on Monday, but the multitude of unforgettable characters he willed into being with unmatched energy and warmth live on. Over his almost four-decades-long career, Williams donned prosthetics, dressed up in drag, and scrunched his face beyond recognition in the name of quality entertainment.

Take a look back and marvel at how the same guy who made you laugh as Mork from Ork also tugged at your heartstrings in Good Will Hunting.

TIME Crime

Alcatraz by the Numbers

Alcatraz has no prisoners 80 years after it opened, but still has America's imagination on lockdown

From 1934 to 1963, the most high-profile, dangerous criminals in America went to one place – Alcatraz.

A high security prison built on an island off the coast of San Francisco, “the Rock’s” hyper-vigilant security systems and improbable escapes became the stuff of legend. Infamous gangster Al Capone, famous for paying off prison guards, told the warden that “It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked.”

Due to outrageous running and upkeep costs (all supplies had to be ferried to the island), ‘the Rock’ emptied its cells after 29 years, but not before housing and breaking America’s most wanted criminals.

TIME Middle East

TIME Covers: 47 Years of War and Hope in the Middle East

A look back at nearly five decades of conflict and attempts at lasting peace

The Middle East has wrought episodes of war and attempts at peace that have defined news coverage for much of the past half-century. That has especially been the case with Israel and the Palestinian Territories. TIME’s first cover story on Israel, “The Struggle to Survive,” came in 1967, nearly two decades after it was first recognized as a state. It has been featured one way or another—from tanks and doves, to aggression and deescalation, to leaders and guns—alongside searing images and bold headlines more than 30 times since then.

TIME Crime

Anatomy of an Assassination Attempt

One deranged drifter almost took down the most powerful man in the world

In 1.7 seconds, John Hinckley Jr. could have altered the course of history. But thanks to a Secret Service agent, a D.C. cop, and the White House Press Secretary—the late James Brady, who died Monday—President Ronald Reagan made it home from the Washington Hinton Hotel alive.

The ripples of that March morning can still be felt years later in the Brady Bill and calls for expansions on the background checks and waiting period to buy guns that the bill enacted. But on March 30, 1981, it all came down to six shots, three heroes, and the one man who could have changed everything.

TIME

5 Crazy Junk Food Combinations

You gonna finish that pickle juice Popsicle?

Crack open a beer and grab a sandwich because it’s National Junk Food Day.

In honor of the day, here are some zany junk food combos that have to be seen to be believed. So spread that beer, crack open a sandwich and get ready to take snacking to a whole different level.

TIME MLB

1964 All-Star Game: Putting the ‘Classic’ in Midsummer Classic

Legendary names, drama, and a come-from-behind finish - the '64 MLB All-Star Game had it all.

Crowds that skipped the ’64 Worlds Fair in order to see the thirty-fifth MLB All-Star Game were treated to one of the best games of all time.

While sports pundits whine about how the All-Star Game has become a joke and broadcasters report lower and lower viewership, match-ups like the ’64 contest remain a shining beacon of what the game could be.

The big names like Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente showed up to play (with Mays even laying out for a hard-hit ball).

In the end it came down to a bottom of the ninth two-out, two-strike home run to decide the game, putting the “classic” in Midsummer Classic.

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