Tag: Security

Facebook Wants You To Report Bugs By Literally Shaking Your Phone

Encounter a bug on Facebook? Just shake your phone. The shake to report features is coming to all iOS and Android users within the next couple of weeks.

Apps/Software May 29, 2019

Facebook Has 'Unintentionally Uploaded' Email Contacts Of 1.5M New Users Since May 2016

Facebook accidentally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million users who signed up for an account during the course of three years. According to the findings, this has been happening since May 2016.

Security April 18, 2019

Kid Locks His Dad iPad Until 2067 After Spamming It With Wrong Passwords [Update: iPad Now Being Restored Via DFU Mode]

Thanks to his kid, Evan Osnos can’t use his iPad until 2067. Per Apple’s guidelines, he needs to restore the device via iTunes, but doing so will erase all his data assuming he didn’t back it up.

Apple April 9, 2019

Saudis Hacked Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos’ Phone: Report

The investigation Jeff Bezos ordered when The National Enquirer threatened him with private text and photos has concluded that Saudi hacked the Amazon CEO’s phone. No proof yet whether these two are linked, though.

Security April 1, 2019

WinRAR Releases Patch After Researchers Discover 19-Year-Old Security Flaw That Put 500M Users At Risk

WinRAR issues a new patch after a security vulnerability was found in its data compression tool. According to researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, the flaw is 19 years old and puts 500 million users at risk.

Security February 21, 2019

‘Donald’ Officially One Of Top 100 Worst Passwords Of 2018

'Donald,' the first name of U.S. President Trump is officially one of the top 100 worst passwords of 2018. '123456', meanwhile, is still at the no. 1 spot for five consecutive years.

Security December 17, 2018

The Google Titan Security Key, Now Available For $50, Will Protect Your Online Accounts

Google boasted that none of their employees have been victimized by a phishing attack since they were required to use physical security keys. Google's own version of the device, the Titan Security Key, is now available on the Google Store.

Google September 1, 2018

Here's How You Can Apply For Instagram Verified Status

Instagram has rolled out several new security features to protect its users. One of the new things on the photo-sharing platform is the clearer process for applying for verified status to gain the elusive Instagram blue check mark.

Apps/Software August 29, 2018

Make Your 'Fortnite' Account More Secure, Get The Boogie Down Emote For Free

'Fortnite' is arguably the hottest game in the world right now, which makes it a big target for hackers. Epic Games is urging players to make their accounts more secure, and is offering a free emote in exchange.

Video Games August 24, 2018

Instagram Accounts Are Being Hacked: Here’s How To Protect Yours

Hundreds of Instagram users had been logged out of their accounts and found out that their e-mail, username, and mobile number were altered. Here are ways to make sure your accounts are secure.

Apps/Software August 15, 2018

Researchers Find Amazon Echo Hack That Lets It Spy On You: Should You Be Worried?

A team of researchers from Chinese tech company Tencent have revealed that they have figure out a way to hack the Amazon Echo. However, owners should not fear because it would not be doable for many intruders.

Smart Home August 14, 2018

VPNFilter Is A Lot Worse Than Previously Thought: How To Protect Yourself From The Russian Router Malware

Cisco Talos has determined that the router malware VPNFilter is more dangerous and widespread than first thought. There isn't much to do but to install the latest firmware updates and perform a factory reset on routers.

Security June 7, 2018

US Police Buying Graykey iPhone Unlock Tool That Can Crack Even iOS 11 Devices

Federal law enforcement and local police departments have reportedly been purchasing GrayKey, an encryption-bypassing tool that allows them to crack iPhones. GrayKey use among law enforcement is reportedly on the rise, as the technology can crack even iOS 11 devices.

Apple April 15, 2018

Ring Video Doorbell Price Cut Makes It A Lot Cheaper At Just $99

Ring just made the Video Doorbell more affordable at $99.99. The price cut took place after Amazon concluded its $1 billion acquisition of the smart home company.

Smart Home April 12, 2018

McAfee Alexa Skill Adds Voice Commands For Network Security

McAfee announced a new Alexa skill called the McAfee Secure Home Platform at MWC 2018. This skill will allow users to easily secure their home network, set parental controls, and more--all via voice commands.

Security February 27, 2018

Google Chrome Will Soon Mark HTTP Websites As 'Not Secure': Time To Switch To HTTPS?

Starting with Chrome 68, Google will blatantly mark all HTTP websites as 'not secure.' This should further push the owners of these websites to upgrade with HTTPS encryption, which provides protection against information interception and malware injection.

Google February 9, 2018

Some HP Laptops Have A Hidden Keylogger That Hackers Can Activate

A security researcher discovered that HP laptops come with hidden keylogger software that hackers can activate if they gain physical access to the target device. HP confirmed that the keylogger is present in more than 460 models of its laptops.

Security December 12, 2017

Honda Forced To Shut Down Plant After WannaCry Ransomware Infects Carmaker's Network

Honda had to halt operations in its factory in Tokyo because WannaCry infected its networks, new reports have now confirmed. Meanwhile, where the ransomware originated still remains uncertain.

Security June 22, 2017

Facebook Profile Picture Guard And Other Tools Aim To Protect Women In India

Facebook has kicked off a new pilot program in India to give users more control over who can access and use their profile photo. With guarded photos, the social network aims to prevent misuse.

Internet June 22, 2017

Vine Users, Beware: Archive Bug May Have Exposed Your Phone Number And Email Address, Twitter Warns

Twitter shut down Vine last year, but it still kept an archive of all Vines. An archive bug has now compromised some phone numbers and email addresses, Twitter warns.

Internet May 20, 2017

Bose Headphones Spy On Users, Lawsuit Claims: Here's What You Should Know

Bose is allegedly spying on its customers by collecting information about what they’re listening to. The claim further suggests that Bose sells the information without permission.

Security April 20, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Fooled By A Photo, But Let's Not Rush A Verdict Yet [Video]

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ boast enhanced security through facial recognition and iris scanning, but they may not be that secure after all. A new video surfaced showing the Galaxy S8 facial recognition feature tricked by a photo.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 1, 2017

UK Wants WhatsApp Backdoor Access Amid Privacy And Security Concerns

The UK's bid to gain access to WhatsApp following the London attack has stirred another round of controversy in the encryption debacle. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to secure communication and a backdoor would create a dangerous security loophole.

Security March 28, 2017

Apple On Latest WikiLeaks CIA Documents: No Worries, Exploits Have Long Been Patched

WikiLeaks has dumped a new set of CIA hack documents, detailing how the government breached into Macs and iPhones. Apple has issued a statement in response, arguing that it 'does not condone theft' and those exploits were patched long ago.

Security March 24, 2017

US To Ban Laptops And Tablets On Flights From African And Middle Eastern Countries, 10 Airports Affected

Passengers coming from select countries to the United States will be required to get their electronic gadgets screened at airports,before boarding. Gadgets bigger than mobile phones will reportedly have to undergo a security check.

Security March 22, 2017

Popular Messaging Apps WhatsApp, Signal, iMessage, And More Reportedly Safe From CIA Hacking Tools

The recent string of reports pertaining to a WikiLeaks document dump alleging the CIA’s hacking tools caused a fit of unrest over data security. Reports of CIA being able to bypass encrypted messaging apps, however, are apparently overblown.

Security March 11, 2017

WhatsApp Finally Pushes 2-Step Authentication Out Of Beta: Here’s How To Enable It Now

One of the most popular messaging apps just got more secure. WhatsApp has now officially rolled out a two-step verification feature for all its users, which was first introduced last fall but only for beta builds.

Apps/Software February 10, 2017

Dumb WhatsApp Scam Spreads Malware, Touting 'Free Internet' Without Wi-Fi: Beware

A new WhatsApp scam is making rounds, touting 'free internet' without Wi-Fi. The scam requires users to forward the message to 13 friends or 5 groups to activate the offer, but it just brings malware.

Security January 15, 2017

WhatsApp's So-Called 'Backdoor' Is Not A Vulnerability But A Feature

WhatsApp, along with information security experts, have reacted negatively to a recent report by the Guardian about the app’s possible backdoor vulnerability. Facebook had been accused of the same thing in April, but the company called it a feature.

Security January 14, 2017

Yahoo Reveals Another Security Breach: 1 Billion More User Accounts Compromised

Yahoo has identified another security breach on its systems that potentially compromises the data of at least 1 billion more users. With this latest development, is the acquisition of the company by Verizon now in doubt?

Security December 15, 2016

New Malware Lets Hackers Listen To Your Conversations Via Your Headphones

A group of researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel has found a new security threat. They discovered that a RealTek audio codec chip feature in most computers today can be maneuvered to turn headphones into audio-recording devices.

Security November 23, 2016

Facebook Taps The Dark Web To Buy Stolen Passwords Off Black Market, But It's For Your Protection

Facebook has been diving into the dark web to buy stolen passwords, the company's chief security officer has acknowledged. It may sound shady, but it's part of an effort to increase security and protect users.

Security November 13, 2016

The Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera Delivers 6 Months Of Power On A Single Charge

Wireless security cameras are slowly becoming popular, but battery life has always been a major setback. However, Netgear has managed to address this problem with its Arlo Pro, which the company promises can deliver six months of recording on a single charge.

Security October 11, 2016

US Elections 2016: Hackers Wage Attack On Election Systems In 20 States

The voter systems of 20 U.S. states have been hacked. The FBI has assured the public that there should be no concern about the possibility of altering the result of the November election.

Security October 3, 2016

Apple Looking To Make iPhone More Secure: Future Models Could Take Videos And Collect Fingerprints Of Thieves

A patent application for Apple reveals a technology that will further improve the security of the iPhone. Upon meeting certain trigger conditions, the system can collect biometric information from thieves, including their fingerprints and a video of them.

Apple August 26, 2016

Chromebooks To Get Quicker Unlock As Google Tests PIN Logins

Google announced in a blog post that it is testing a new way to unlock its Chromebooks. The feature, which is currently available only to Devs, allows them to use four-digit PINs to unlock Google’s laptops.

Google August 22, 2016

'Pokémon GO' Banned For Volkswagen Employees On Fears Of Corporate Espionage

Volkswagen has banned 'Pokémon GO,' forbidding its employees from having the game installed on their phones. The automaker fears corporate espionage, worrying an employee could snap a screenshot of a Pokémon near a secret project.

Business Tech August 13, 2016

Apple Launches Its First Bug Bounty Program, But It's Invite-Only For Now

Apple has unveiled its first ever bug bounty program at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. The program, which could pay rewards of up to $200,000, is currently invite-only.

Apple August 4, 2016

Gamescom 2016: Cosplay Weapons Banned, Longer Wait Times Expected As Security Checks Get Stricter

Gamescom organizers announced tighter security measures for the upcoming event, and attendees may not like it. The restrictions will not only impact cosplay fans, but all attendees who will face long waiting lines at the Koelnmesse exhibition center.

Video Games August 4, 2016

Android Will Now Push Out Notifications When New Devices Are Added To User Accounts

Google has released a new Android security feature that will inform users when new devices are added to their Google accounts through push notifications. Previously, notifications on such activities were sent out through email.

Google August 2, 2016

Mall Security Robot Runs Over Toddler In Silicon Valley

Knightscope’s K5 robot used for security in a Silicon Valley mall ran over a toddler causing minor injuries on Thursday.

Security July 17, 2016

Qualcomm Told Google About The Android Encryption Flaw In 2014, So Why The Delay To Patch It?

Qualcomm says it informed Google about a critical security flaw as early as 2014, but Google took more than a year to roll out a security patch. We take a look at the reasons why Android devices remained vulnerable.

Security July 9, 2016

Warning: Android Full Disk Encryption Significantly Weaker On Qualcomm Chips

An independent security researcher identified big vulnerabilities in Android devices running on Qualcomm chips. The reason behind the concern is that the full disk encryption is lacking in protection, although Google claims otherwise.

Security July 2, 2016

iOS 10 Beta Makes It Easier To Find Bugs Thanks To Unencrypted Kernel

Apple beta testers just received the latest iOS 10 build, and the new operating system sports an opening in its armor. For the first time in its history, the company sent out an OS with an unencrypted kernel.

Apple June 22, 2016

How To Protect Your Smart TV From Hackers: Here Are Some Tips

Hackers can now get into your fully secured networks through an unnoticeable and negligible entrance: your Smart TV. Here are different preventive measures to make sure Smart TV vulnerabilities and access points are safely secured from unsolicited hacking.

Smart Home June 20, 2016

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