Top Security News: Weekly Update

Privacy Threats? Not as far away as you thought.

Here’s what’s new this week and what you need to know to stay safe and secure online! We’ll gather the top info for you, so you don’t have to.


“Log in with Facebook”- Not What It Seems?

What if you knew Facebook was giving over your information to other apps? Facebook, one of the most widely accessed social media platforms, might be accessing more information than you would like them to, and allowing others access to it as well.
We’re all too familiar with the “Log in with Facebook” option when you try logging in to a new app. Other than the relief in seeing this, knowing it will save you the headache of creating yet another login and password, clicking it might mean your information is being shared with more parties than you intended.
Facebook took this caveat to heart and slightly redesigned this process. Users can now edit what information they are interested in sharing and what they’d rather keep to themselves.
Pay attention to the options Facebook now gives, boxes you can “unclick” so the info stays private. Here’s screen by screen instructions how to better protect yourself.


“It Wouldn’t Happen to Me”

Ever think all the talk about security breaches, could just not be relevant to you? Out of all the smartphones out there, what are the chances of mine being affected?!
Turns out you’re not the only one who thought that.
The increasing amount of hacks, and sheer volume of accounts and devices being affected should be a wake up call for all of us. No one is minute enough to not interest hackers, no one’s information is prone to being exploited. The New York Times breaks down some of the biggest hacks, highlighting just how many (!!) times your information was probably hacked. The numbers show that nearly half of American adults had their information exposed to hackers, one way or another.

No one is prone to these risks, therefore it is imperative to take the necessary precautions to try and protect ourselves.


In Other News

Microsoft recently released Windows 10, which already reached millions of users. Aside from being a supposedly great Operating System, it seems to come with a few caveats that might compromise user’s data confidentiality. A thorough review of the Terms and Conditions, despite their length, shows a few elements that should raise an eyebrow for users.

Much of the worrisome elements include giving Microsoft permission to look at sensitive personal information. Maybe the most startling is the “minor” detail that empowers Microsoft to disclose your information once you’ve downloaded Windows 10.

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

Not as comfortable with them now, are you? This terminology should definitely spark our concern, and until they roll out a fix, we need to protect ourselves. Time to find out how.

Android recently uncovered the most widespread hack yet. One text message is all it takes for nearly a billion Android users to be hacked? A vulnerability exposed by Zimperium zLabs shows that almost 95% of Android users are exposed to receiving a attack through a simple MMS (Multimedia Message).
Although Google has released patches to partners, it seems that most manufacturers have yet to release a solution.
The standard media playback tool in Android, called Stagefright, contains a vulnerability that allows hackers to infiltrate the devices and extract sensitive data. All the hacker would need is a mobile phone number, and the exploit could be delivered in the form of a Stagefright MMS message.

This breaking news might mean a wake up call for the millions of Android users , less security aware and alert users of the potential dangers lurking in our very pockets.

Facebook uses biometric software to remember pictures you’ve been tagged in, so it can recognize you in other pictures and suggest tagging you there. Seems harmless, right? even helpful!
Facial recognition technology is gaining popularity, aiding companies by replacing the use of password logins, even aiding shoppers by allowing them to have a customized shopping experience.
But privacy advocates are raising awareness of the dangers facial recognition poses, and the security risks it brings with it.
Facebook continues to defend its use of this biometric technology, and show no signs of backing down. What’s concerning isn’t necessarily their use of this technology, rather this ability combined with the vast amounts of information they have on their millions of worldwide users.
Some claim that the fear of this technology is overblown. However, in today’s reality, there may be no such thing as too cautious.

Stay tuned for more top info on everything you need to know to stay secure online. Protect yourself!

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