1. LinkedIn. I deleted my profile and completely quit this most useless of social networks. In all the years I kept up my profile and made connections, I got absolutely nothing in return. Even when searching for a job, it was useless. In retrospect, it’s like the Classmates.com of the aughts.
2. Dropbox. First they looked at user files, then they hired Condoleezza (why does her name have two z’s) Rice as their “privacy advisor.” Besides, I wasn’t really using it anyway.
3. Facebook. Again. But then I had to rejoin. It’s a very necessary evil, unfortunately, being in a band and trying to connect to fans, venues, and clients.
Get your updates going as soon as possible, as this looks pretty serious!
This is a bad bug, and Jetpack is one of the most widely used plugins in the WordPress world. We have been working closely with the WordPress security team, which has pushed updates to every version of the plugin since 1.9 through core’s auto-update system. We have also coordinated with a number of hosts and network providers to install network-wide blocks to mitigate the impact of this vulnerability, but the only sure fix is updating the plugin.
So not only is that an issue, but if you haven’t done your part in protecting yourself from this week’s HeartBleed bug, which has scared the bejeezus out of the entire Internet, get yourself fixed up ASAP!
If you are lucky enough to have been using LastPass to manage your passwords, log in there and do a Security Check to find out which websites you frequent may be vulnerable to that bug. LastPass will also help you quickly change passwords as needed.
Good luck, citizens!
Facebook can now read your texts. Why in the world do they need to do that?
This has been shown to be true of the Android version of Facebook since about December 20, 2013, according to this Reddit thread. You can’t tell if it’s true on the iPhone version, but it’s safe to assume they are doing it there too.
Another reason I am happy to have quit Facebook.
“The chances that we’ll see another big breach like this are probably 80 percent.”
This is why it is time for the United States to fix its weak payment security schema.
“U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card, which stores account information using the same technology as cassette tapes.”
Remember cassette tapes?
Because I shopped at Target during the window of exposure, I ordered a new debit card from my bank. It is an inconvenience to do so, but after reading about a friend on Facebook who saw purchases made on his card in Russia, and after reading about the hacked customer data from Target being sold in online black markets, I was legitimately freaked out.
Have you ordered a new card yet?
Target ups number of customers affected by data breach to 110 million – Boing Boing.