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How SOPA Works

The entertainment industry has tried to stop people from making digital copies of its work, but in 2011, they enlisted the help of the U.S. government. What is the Stop Online Piracy Act and what would it achieve?


Can you hack a drone?

 Can you hack a drone?

Hack a drone? The short answer is yes. The long answer? Read more about hacking a drone at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How could an algorithm spot trolls on the Internet?

 How could an algorithm spot trolls on the Internet?

Trolls on the Internet are never fun to deal with. Find out if an algorithm could spot trolls on the Internet to make online life easier. See more »

10 Forms of Online Harassment

 10 Forms of Online Harassment

Online harassment seems to know no bounds, with new opportunities for meanness evolving all the time. Learn about 10 types of online harassment. See more »

How can Google forget you?

 How can Google forget you?

Do you have some incriminating videos, photos or more online? Learn more about Google's online forgiveness at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is doxxing?

 What is doxxing?

Do you know what you're doing when you're 'dropping dox' on somebody? It's called doxxing. Learn all about doxxing at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Exactly what is a zero-day vulnerability?

 Exactly what is a zero-day vulnerability?

When software encounters a zero-day vulnerability, you better cross your fingers the developer creates a fast fix. Learn why at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is the Chinese army hacking American computers?

 Is the Chinese army hacking American computers?

Is the Chinese army hacking American computers? Learn more about the possible connection between the Chinese army and series of hacks. See more »

How CISPA Works

 How CISPA Works

The proposed CISPA cybersecurity bill is controversial. Learn what CISPA is all about. See more »

How Anonymous Works

 How Anonymous Works

The hacktivist group Anonymous garners mixed opinions. Learn how Anonymous is structured and what the group does. See more »

How Protect IP Works

 How Protect IP Works

The Protect IP Act has the seemingly simple and noble goal of stopping electronic piracy. Some saw it is flawed. See how the Protect IP Act works. See more »