Almost every service you use on the web that involves a username and password is in some ways collecting information about you. In some cases, that info might just be your email and a few identifying data points like your age or gender. In others, (*cough* Facebook) you're handing over information about your likes and dislikes, who your friends are, and even where you go during the day.
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Maybe you've heard someone mention GDPR in passing, but were too embarrassed to ask what those letters actually stood for. Or maybe your friend posted something online about what GDPR means for online data protection. At the very least, you've probably received a few dozen emails from various companies about how their updated their privacy policies comply with the new law.
When it comes to messaging apps, Signal is one of the most secure options around, but it turns out the service actually has a pretty big vulnerability if you're using it on a Mac.
Cybersecurity company Endgame , which provides security solutions for preventing attacks and detecting threats, has released a large data set that can be used for training AI-based security systems. In a research paper they recently published, Endgame's Hyrum S Anderson and Phil Roth describe EMBER - a "benchmark dataset for training machine learning models to statically detect malicious Windows portable executable files".
If the last few weeks of Facebook scandals have revealed anything, it's that the social network already knows way too much about us. But in case you needed another reason to stop giving Facebook your personal info here's a good one: it could get your online accounts hacked.
In a couple of weeks, security experts from around the world will be converging on the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference. I've been a few times and its quite overwhelming with the entire city filled with infosec companies. Accompanying the event, every major analyst firm and security vendor releases their annual security report, telling us what they've learned over the least year. This year, there's one new thing that's hitting the headlines.
With all the security issues surrounding Facebook in recent weeks, we're all probably paying a bit more attention to what web services we use and how much information about us they have (and if you're not doing that, you should be).
Mac: Apple used to boast that its Mac computers were a virus-free utopia, but that was before hackers and criminals decided to focus their efforts on the operating system. Now, your Mac is just as vulnerable to viruses as any Windows PC, and a new report reveals that hackers can get access to your computer through an entryway that you might think would be better protected: The Mac App Store.
We're fans of password managers here, not only because they help you generate and save stronger passwords, but because they have a few more tricks up their sleeve. If you're using a password manager such as 1Password or Lastpass, you can use it as a digital double for your physical safe box (you do have one of those, right?).
When Apple first announced Face ID for the iPhone X, it claimed the new feature was significantly more secure than Touch ID and couldn't be fooled by even the most realistic of masks. But it turns out that might not be the case.