Social media isn’t evil, but faulty security is bad for business


One of the discussions I’ve been having ever since CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by ISIS supporters is whether or not agencies like U.S. Central Command should even be on social media

The short answer is, obviously, yes. At least it’s obvious to me.

Like any innovation, social media is not without risks. Depending on what you use, it’s a public or semi-public platform. Whatever you post will be seen by more people than you intended — this is a given. So you always post as if the world is your audience.

These are easy and evident truths.

What isn’t so obvious is if being on social media offers real benefit to organizations and companies. Recently, I went on CNBC to talk about this subject and the host asked me what were the actual benefits of social media. I was so surprised by the question that, initially, I asked him if he wanted to know about the risks or benefits. For the sake of argument, let’s start with the former. Read more...

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Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

gmail A popular service like Gmail inevitably becomes a target for hackers. Over the years, Google has made quite a few security improvements, such as requiring HTTPS connections to prevent others from getting access to your email. Today the company announced that it has implemented support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and malevolent browser plug-ins… Read More

Facebook finally puts its privacy policy in plain English


Facebook updated its privacy policies on Thursday, but the real change came in the form of the site using basic language so people can better understand how everything works

The company introduced a page called Privacy Basics, which tells users how to manage settings — including photo tags and what others can see about you — that's not just for friends, but also advertisers.

The page is colorful and uses easy-to-decipher verbiage ("How can I stop someone who's bothering me?"), instead of forcing users to weed through buried tools to find what they're really looking for. It is available in 36 languages Read more...

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Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

lollipop-security1 Android’s newest update is coming soon, with devices running 5.0 Lollipop beginning to ship November 3. While the visual update might be the one that most users pay the most attention to, Android 5.0 also has a number of under-the-hood changes, including some major updates to the overall security of the platform. Google has put a lot of effort into addressing the biggest threats to… Read More

Facebook Cuts iOS Crash Rate by 50% After Nabbing Mobile Bug


With half of its overall traffic now on mobile, Facebook is putting more time and resources into to making sure its main app isn't as buggy for users as it was in the past

According to the company, its New York-based team of mobile engineers have been able to cut the crash rate on iOS by 50% over the past several weeks after catching a long-term bug that was messing with the app.

The announcement comes as the company is forcing users to download a standalone Facebook Messenger app, removing the ability to send messages to friends and family within its existing app. (This has been a sore subject for many.) Read more...

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Facebook ‘Color Change’ Malware Resurfaces, Infects 10,000 Users


One of the oldest Facebook scams is back — again.

The color change scam tricks users into downloading malware via a site that claims to let users change the colors of their Facebook profile.

The latest iteration of the scam has already affected more than 10,000 people around the world, according to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company that highlighted the most recent appearance of the scam in its blog.


The malware begins by advertising an app that tells Facebook users they can change the color theme of their profile. Download the app and you're directed to a malicious phishing site, according to Cheetah Mobile's security researchers. Read more...

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Google Launches Project Zero To Find Security Bugs In Third-Party Software

bug Google today announced that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug put the whole software industry on heightened alert, and Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many others already formed a… Read More

NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 5.07.47 PM Google recently made waves by introducing the framework for a tool that will bolster email encryption through a coming plug-in for its Chrome browser. TechCrunch noted the complexity of the problem that Google is taking on, and that it seemed like a worthy task. Read More

Google Plans To Launch An Easy-To-Use Chrome Plug-In For Email Encryption Soon

google_tls_landing_hero Google today announced that it will soon release a Chrome plug-in that will enable end-to-end encryption for web-based email services. The plug-in is based on the OpenPGP email encryption standard. Google’s plan here is to make encryption easy enough to use to become widespread among mainstream users. Right now, unless you are fairly technical and can get extensions like Mailvelope to… Read More

Google Chrome Goes 64-Bit, Promises Better Stability, Security And Performance

chrome Most modern operating systems now natively support 64-bit processors, but even though many developers now offer 64-bit versions of their applications, browsers have generally lacked behind this move (though there are a number of unofficial 64-bit versions of Firefox, for example). Google, however, is releasing its first 64-bit version of Chrome today into the highly experimental Developer… Read More
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