WhatsApp just introduced a major update to its security settings and you should take advantage of it as soon as you can.
The app is officially adding support for two-step verification, which prevents someone else from activating your phone number without a six-digit passcode.
The feature, which has been testing in beta since November, is starting to roll out now to WhatsApp's iOS, Android and Windows apps. Head over to Settings —> Account —> Two-step verification —> Enable to activate it.
Once you do, the app will ask you to provide an email and set a six-digit passcode. You don't have to provide your email address, but if you don't, you will have a more difficult time accessing your account should you forget your passcode (WhatsApp says it will prompt you to enter your code "periodically" in order to help you remember it.) Read more...More about Security, Facebook, Whatsapp, Apps And Software, and Tech
When the rollout of its newest privacy tools, Facebook snuck in a very useful update: support for physical security keys. That means you can now use any USB key that supports the universal second factor (U2F) standard to log into your Facebook account, confirming your identity just by tapping the key.
What does this mean?
You can now use a physical key to log into your Facebook account just like you'd use a key to start a car. You'll still need to use the key in combination with your password (so if a person steals it, they won't be able to log in). You can even use a key to log into Facebook via Chrome on Android, that is, assuming both your phone and key have NFC wireless tech. Read more...More about Passwords, Security, Facebook, and Tech
Ever suspected your friends may be snooping on your Facebook profile behind your back? It turns out they are, a new study shows.
New research from the University of British Columbia in Canada says 24 percent — or more than one in five subjects — had accessed someone else’s Facebook account without permission, and 21 percent have been victims (that knew about the unauthorized access).
The security community calls this kind of profile snooping a "social insider attack." This means the attacker knows the victim and gains access to the account by physically accessing the victim’s device, whether it's a phone, tablet, laptop or something else. Read more...More about Social Insider Attacks, Security, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
Facebook is now making it easier to keep your information private and secure.
As part of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Facebook is launching a new version of its Privacy Basics page to help people understand how to take control of their information on the site.
The new site is mobile-friendly and redesigned based on user feedback. Facebook is also partnering with state attorneys general, privacy experts and others to help users understand how to manage their privacy online. There are 32 guides in 44 languages on the site, covering topics like managing your privacy, customizing who can view different parts of your profile and ways to increase account security. Read more...More about Security, Privacy, Facebook, and Tech
Live video on Facebook: It's everywhere. On the News Feed, Facebook's algorithm promotes videos when they're streamed. There's a dedicated tab for live video on their mobile app. And in a massive ad campaign seen everywhere from airport walls to TV screens, Facebook's suggesting to you what to broadcast, and how to watch it.
But not everything you come across is safe viewing—for you, or for others.
Earlier this week, up to 16,000 people viewed the torturing of a man in Chicago, according to The Guardian. The video, which lasted about 30 minutes, depicted men gagging and beating another man, who was kept restrained with his mouth taped shut. Read more...More about Security, Police, Apps And Software, Tech, and Business