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What Is Secure Email, and Should You Switch?

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Email was invented in 1971 and has changed very little since then. In that time, it’s managed to become a major security risk to individuals, governments, and private companies around the world. This might explain the rising popularity of so-called “secure email” providers.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/710380/what-is-secure-email-and-should-you-switch/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim Brookes

Go Update Your Passwords Right Now

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Hey, you, casual internet user. Why not go and update your passwords right now? I’m not trying to boss you around or anything, but semi-frequent password changes are widely considered a great way to avoid getting hacked and having your information spilled all over the web.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/go-update-your-passwords-right-now-1846365784
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Lucas Ropek

“ShareIt” Android app with over a billion downloads is a security nightmare

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Enlarge / You can’t argue with that green “safe” shield. (credit: ShareIt)

Trend Micro says it has found “several” security flaws in the popular Android app ShareIt. ShareIt has been downloaded over a billion times from the Play Store, and, according to App Annie, was one of the 10 most globally downloaded apps in 2019. The app was originally developed by Lenovo (it has since spun off into its own company) and for a time was pre-installed on Lenovo phones.

The report says ShareIt’s vulnerabilities can “be abused to leak a user’s sensitive data and execute arbitrary code with ShareIt permissions.” ShareIt’s permissions, as a local file-sharing app, are pretty extensive. According to the Play Store permissions readout, ShareIt requests access to the entire user storage and all media, the camera and microphone, and location. It can delete apps, run at startup, create accounts and set passwords, and do a whole lot more. It also has full network access. Trend Micro says compromising the app can lead to remote code execution. The security firm says it shared these vulnerabilities with ShareIt three months ago, but the company has yet to issue patches.

ShareIt’s incredible success of a billion Android downloads and 1.8 billion users worldwide (there are also iOS, Windows, and Mac apps) has led to what looks like an incredible amount of app bloat. The app was considered one of the best for local file sharing, but today the Play Store listing shows an app that offers “Infinite Online Videos,” “Tens of millions of high-quality songs,” “GIFs, Wallpapers & Stickers,” a “popular” media section that looks like a social network, a game store, a retail movie download section, COVID-19 check-in activity and case statistics, and what looks like its own form of currency. ShareIt’s website (which, just like the app, does not default to HTTPS) says the service is “now a leading content platform” and popular in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/shareit-android-app-with-over-a-billion-downloads-is-a-security-nightmare/
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Hacked Florida water plant used shared passwords and Windows 7 PCs

afcc9c90-6c39-11eb-9ddb-3004b63532e4The Oldsmar, Florida water plant hacked earlier this week used outdated Windows 7 PCs and shared passwords, the Associated Press has reported. A government advisory also revealed that the relatively unsophisticated attack used the remote-access progr…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/hacked-water-plant-computer-had-shared-passwords-andofdate-windows-os-082552973.html
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Microsoft Defender now directly warns IT admins about nation-state attacks

eb2f19c0-6b8f-11eb-8cff-f2b206a89e54Microsoft will soon warn Office 365 admins more directly about possible nation-state hacking activity, according to an update on its roadmap seen by ZDNet. Rather than just receiving an email as before, IT administrators will get notifications direct…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/microsofts-defender-will-now-warn-you-directly-about-nationstate-attacks-130553351.html
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Favicons Could Be the Supercookie That Tracks You Everywhere

As Apple prepares to launch its anti-tracking update for iOS, Facebook and other companies that have built their business on invading users’ privacy are nervous about the future. But there’s always a new vulnerability waiting to be discovered. For instance, researchers now claim that a website’s favicon can be used to…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/favicons-could-be-the-supercookie-that-tracks-you-every-1846229089
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Rhett Jones

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