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Facebook's Largest Breach of Accounts

Numbers look to be around 50 Million users affected by the latest Facebook breach. Facebook has been losing credibility left and right making this hack and even harder blow. You can read about how the attack happened, the after-effect investigation and what's next from USA Today's news read

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Are you loving all the iOS 12 changes this week?

Did Monday feel ultra-special to you with the iOS 12 update? My daughter behaved as though it was her birthday the next day when she exclaimed on Sunday evening, "Tomorrow is the day, woohoo! The new iOS 12 updates!" Funny? Odd? Or were you just as excited?

No matter your feelings about it there are some pretty neat features that dropped. Apple has added things such as Screen Time to help users limit how much time they spend on certain apps, to features such as adding clearing notifications quickly, and Do Not Disturb on a smarter level.

Gizmodo did a great article listing all the featured updates, details and how to access them. You can read more in their article linked here. 

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Enough with Cookie Alerts already

I'm sure you are seeing the Cookie alerts everywhere. Now websites have to be forthcoming in cookies and your privacy. Good to know, but man can it be so annoying. Follow a few easy steps to get rid of them with Kill Sticky Headers from this good read. 

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How to: Reduce your digital Security Risks

You may feel safe and not-as-appealing to hackers if you have a small business, however, research over time and data from this Tech Republic article show that 50% of hacks are targeting small business owners.

Read over some of the reasons why and preventative measures you can take here

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Lesson Learned: Even the Military needs to Keep Secure Networks

Mashable shared this article recapping a hacker who was selling military drone documents for $200. Sounds a little too cheap right?

After some further digging there was a bug revealed back in 2016 with Netgear security routers and a fix was available. Take this as a lesson learned and ensure your networks are not only kept secure but heed warnings when offered as well. 

You can read more about the hack and drone documents in this article by clicking here

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Can our Phones Spy on Us?

It's a time in tech history when more are considering their privacy settings, their data being shared and questioning what technology can truly do.

This article shares some findings on capabilities of phones and the option to spy on the user. You can learn more here. 

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A new Data Breach exposes 230 Million

Exactis was recently found out with their database sitting on a public server that was exposed. The data found didn't include socials and such, however, the company collects data such as phone numbers, home address, and more. 

You can read more about the breach in this article from Fortune by clicking here

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My Data Request: check out what Info You are putting out there

With privacy policies and security updates happening all over, consumers are becoming more aware to what data or info is being collected from them. Are you curious what companies actually know and track about you? 

My Data Request is a site allowing you to just that. You can see over 100 different companies and what data they have collected about you. Checking the site out doesn't mean that the companies will stop collecting data, but at least you will be more in the know of what info you are sharing and with whom. You can learn more by clicking here. 

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iOS 12 to share your Exact Location with 911 responders

Sometimes you may chose to share your location with others, but when in emergency you want those details to be as precise as possible. Apple is working on improving the shared location features to be compatible with the 911 capabilities that are mostly aligned to work with landlines. You can check out details here from CNN's article. 

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How-to: Join the 5 percent in control of their data

Protecting  your data is an important conversation going on right now. You are likely to be finding tons of emails updating you on various company's privacy policies. How many people actually spend time reading that stuff? Tech giants like Facebook and Amazon believe only about 5 percent actually update or respond to privacy update emails. 

The attached article does a great job of explaining simple steps you can take to protect your data and what privacy settings you should update. Geoffrey A. Fowler says, "On the internet, the devil's in the defaults." 

Take control of your data and don't fall into the 95 percent crowd not taking time to make small changes. You can read more tips and all the details of leaving default settings far behind you in this Washington Post article. 

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Be Aware of Mail Fishing

Hackers are now using sticky traps to quite literally "mail fish." You can read a case example of a check mailed to pay a bill that was caught and became a victim fraud story in this CNBC article.

Take precaution by learning more and practicing safe mail steps.  

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Real-time cell phone locations leaked

Location Smart is meant to be a device to enable users to track their own phones following an authorization process. Unfortunately the demo had a bug that allowed easy hacking to track the cell phones of almost any U.S. user in real-time. You can learn about what happened from this Ars Technica article. 

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Has your Mac contracted mshelper?

A recent discovery of a malware infecting Macs known as mshelper. This handy article attached will help you diagnose if your computer has been infected and then steps to recover from. You can get all the helpful scoop in this Lifehacker article. 

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All 336 Million Twitter Users need to Change their Passwords

After the discovery of an internal bug Twitter announced that all users should update their password as the bug may have it saved. You can read more from this CNN article. 

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Drop WhatsApp for your Privacy's Sake

Facebook and WhatsApp are all over the news lately and for good reason. This article shares why you should drop WhatsApp for your own personal privacy. Read more by clicking this Lifehacker link. 

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Net Neutrality is dead....What does that even mean?

Have you seen the term Net Neutrality flying around? The end of the open internet as we know it, huh?

Mashable did a great job explaining net neturality in a highway type analogy and sharing where things might go from here. You can learn more in the read from them by clicking here. 

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Blue Screen of Death issues

Microsoft issued a new build instead of fixing the bug with the latest Windows Update. It's referred to as the Blue Screen of Death and the blocking bug could cause delay now until May. You can learn more from The Verge article linked here

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Bad Joke Wi-Fi Name leads to Evacuation

Scrolling local Wi-Fi names led to an interesting discovery at a Michigan Planet Fitness. Would you be concerned if you saw "Remote Detonator" as a Wi-Fi network name? You can read the full story in this article and the response from the police that it was simply just a bad joke. 

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Are your emails being scanned?

Yahoo and AOL email users should especially check out this article detailing changes to privacy policies for it's email users. The company shared that emails can be scanned and used for targeted advertising. You can learn more from this Gizmodo article. 

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Are you among the unlucky 87 Million of Facebook? What to do...

As the truth of Facebook's activity continues to surface users are being notified if they are among the 87 million affected. What do you do then? 

You can follow some advice in this HuffPost article found by clicking here. 

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