Tag Archives: images

You’re probably terrible at spotting fake photos

A picture is worth a thousand words. You have to see it to believe it. Pics or it didn’t happen. The trust we put into visual cues is all but encoded into our language. But what happens when the visual information itself is a lie? How effective are we at teasing out fact from optical fiction? Not very, according to a recent study in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

Continue reading You’re probably terrible at spotting fake photos

Simple exploits use images to attack websites

Would-be hackers don’t always have to jump through hoops to bring down a website. Researchers have discovered relatively simple exploits in ImageMagick, a common package for processing pictures on the web, that let attackers run any code they like on a targeted server. If someone uploads a maliciously coded image and ImageMagick handles it, they could theoretically compromise both the site and anyone who visits it. That’s particularly dangerous for forums and social networks, where user uploads are par for the course — a vengeful member could wreck the site for everyone.

Continue reading Simple exploits use images to attack websites

How graphic designers photoshopped images before Photoshop existed

Life was basically impossible without Photoshop. The process and tools it took to get images and type set just the way you wanted took an eternity. There were no shortcuts! You needed a rapidograph pens, T-squares, rubber cement, exacto knifes and so much more just to do things Photoshop now does in one or two clicks.

Continue reading How graphic designers photoshopped images before Photoshop existed