Those of you who breathed a sigh of relief over the hacking of the Ashley Madison adult cheaters site because instead you are on one of the Friend Finder sex hookup sites, such as Adult Friend Finder (AdultFriendFinder.com) – guess what? It turns out that last month Friend Finder Networks, parent company of Adult Friend Finder and other associated sites such as Penthouse.com, Cams.com, iCams.com, and Stripshow.com – totaling over 412 million accounts – was hacked, exposing email addresses, passwords, and IP addresses – everything your spouse or significant other needs to nail you nailing someone else.
Yesterday Apple released an urgent security date for iOS, affecting all iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Security update 9.3.5 is essentially a security patch, to fix not one, but three different security holes that have been known to be exploited by spyware created by an American-owned Israeli group known as the NSO Group. NSO Group was acquired by San Francisco-based equity fund Francisco Partners in 2014.
We’ve been telling readers for years that you need to be very careful about what you say and post on social media, whether Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, or other sites. It can be used against you in divorce proceedings, in lawsuits and criminal trials, and, of course, in the court of popular opinion. Now add another place it can be used against you to the list: during the background check for your Federal security clearance. (Full text of directive below.)
By now you have probably heard about the enormous security flaw that was recently discovered that, experts say, left thousands of applications and devices vulnerable to remote attacks and control. It is a flaw that has been around since 2009, and has the potential to affect any server that is running any post-2008 version of the Gnu C open source library called glibc. It is the function getaddrinfo() within the glibc library that has the flaw, and it is so widely distributed that it is impossible to estimate just how many applications and hardware installs are running the flawed versions (of which there are at least 7 main version and dozens of incremental update versions).
You know that old adage, that something is only as strong as its weakest link? Well, private Facebook groups are only as private as the admins keep them. Which means that all it takes is for one admin to accidentally (or intentionally) make the group public for a period of time, during which people who aren’t members of the closed Facebook group can see both the members, and what they posted. So how safe is it to rely on the private, closed status of a Facebook group? Not very, it turns out.
Evidence in the form of leaked email demonstrates that Ashley Madison execs knew that their security was weak. A Federal court ruling last week says that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can go after companies whose Internet security is weak. Hrrm…
A new report released by Internet security firm Symantec highlights the security risks of personal and wearable tracking devices such as the FitBit, and even self-tracking apps such as Runkeeper, Runtastic, and MapMyRun. In our efforts to track and quantify our every move (what Symantec calls the “Quantified Self” movement), we are generating an unbelievable amount of data, including location data, that can be used to profile us, track our location, and even to steal our identity.
A lightbulb as a port of entry for a hacker to steal your wifi password? Yes! Specifically the LIFX smart lightbulbs, but it could be any smart bulb, or for that matter any other “smart” thing connected to that Internet of things.
Email Privacy Tester is exactly what it says – a way to test your email program for privacy and security leaks. And it’s free!
Apple has released a critical security update for iPhone and iPad iOS 7 and iOS 6. This urgent update is to fix the critical security vulnerability that exposes your data (including usernames, passwords, and other account credentials at nearly any website or service) to a “Man in the Middle” (MitM) attack.
It’s time to worry about your phone number reputation and mobile identity. The company that provides two-factor authentication for the users of sites such as Google and Facebook has been quietly amassing the phone numbers of those users, and is now assigning a phone number reputation, which it calls a PhoneID Score – or your Mobile Identity – to all of those phone numbers being used for two-factor authentication and, it seems, any other phone numbers the data for which they have access.
Experts think that it is entirely possible that the Russians and the Chinese have already accessed the most confidential information that Edward Snowden has on his laptops.
The Facebook security check warning says “Warning: Please Slow Down. It looks like you’re using this feature in a way it wasn’t meant to be used. Please slow down, or you could be blocked from using it.” This is what some people are seeing when they try to send, or reply to, a message within the Facebook messaging feature. The only problem is, people who rarely send messages at all are seeing it.
Do you know the name John McAfee? Well, if you have a PC with McAfee virus protection, then you just might. John McAfee is a computer programmer and the founder of the McAfee security software that just about anyone with a PC has already installed on their computers. McAfee is one of the first people ever to develop both an anti-virus software, and a virus scanner.
Many of us take free wifi at coffee shops for granted. Many, if not most – or even all – coffee shops now offer free wifi, and lots of people don’t give it a second thought before connecting to and using the free wifi. Some people even make a point of going to a coffee shop and using their wifi rather than using their own home wifi, particulary if they are going to do something of questionable legality. But even if you are not planning on doing anything illegal, certain actions on your part while logged onto the coffee shop’s wireless Internet could cause that coffee shop to have their Internet services suspended! Betcha never thought of that before, did you?