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Facebook to rip search opt-out from under those who were using it

If you checked that box saying you don’t want to appear in Facebook search results, get ready: soon, that choice is going away. Facebook announced in a blog post Thursday that it’s removing the ability to opt out of appearing in search results, both for friends and globally, for those who’ve had it enabled.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/opted-out-of-facebook-search-not-anymore-youre-not-says-facebook/

 

80 percent of smartphones unprotected against malware

80 percent of smartphones unprotected against malware
By Ian Barker
A new survey from tech analysts Juniper Research shows that 80 percent of smartphones will remain unprotected throughout 2013 despite growing consumer awareness of mobile security products.

I highly suggest AVAST Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android. You can even block phone numbers in it.

Zappos hack exposes personal information of 24 million customers

 

Data on up to 24 million customers of online shoe retailer Zappos was compromised according to an email sent by its CEO Tony Hsieh on Sunday. While Hsieh says that full credit card information is safe, hackers may have the last four digits of the cards.

Zappos hack exposes personal information of 24 million customers

Shell Gas Station Uses Stickers To Prevent Credit Card Skimming – The Consumerist

 

As gas stations with pay-at-the pump, ATMs and other unattended machines where you scan your credit card get hit by skimmers tampering with their equipment, some businesses are taking preventative measures by way of a simple sticker.

Shell Gas Station Uses Stickers To Prevent Credit Card Skimming – The Consumerist

Thank you Chrysler for Supporting the D!

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Only One In Seven Consumer AV Tools Catch New ‘Aurora’ Variants

NSS Labs says its new test shows emphasis on antivirus exploit detection flawed, but others disagree

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading
Mar 11, 2010 | 04:20 PM

Most antivirus products don’t detect new variants of the exploit used in the so-called “Operation Aurora” attacks on Google, Adobe, and other U.S. companies, according to a new test conducted by NSS Labs.

www.darkreading.com/vulnerability_management/security/antivirus/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=223600014

Laptop theft can be reduced by turning off WiFi

02 March 2010
Credant Technologies, the endpoint data security specialist, has warned laptop users to turn off their WiFi signals when not in use to prevent the use of low-cost scanners tracking down the machines.
www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/7750/laptop-theft-can-be-reduced-by-turning-off-wifi/

Who Gets Your Personal Information on Facebook?

Are you one of the 350 million Facebook users? I’m a big fan of Facebook and like many I connect daily to see what my friends are doing and to share photos. As a security professional I am very careful about what I post and what information I allow to be shared. In that respect I’m unique…

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2009/12/who-gets-your-personal-information-on.html

Free COFEE opens Microsoft BitLocker

Microsoft has released a tool to law enforcement that helps get around the encryption provided by the company’s own BitLocker software, distributed in Windows Vista.
http://government.zdnet.com/?p=3781

AP IMPACT: Framed for Child Porn _ by a PC Virus

AP IMPACT: PC owners caught with child porn loaded on their computers _ by a computer virus
By JORDAN ROBERTSON AP Technology Writer
November 8, 2009 (AP)
The Associated Press

Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=9028516