Now that Facebook has purchased WhatsApp everybody is wondering if WhatsApp is safe for texting.
Well, the fact is, WhatsApp has never really been a secure texting app and now that Facebook is the owner your texts will certainly be read and used by Facebook, the NSA and who knows who else.
Facebook recently made some changes to it’s Android mobile app requesting access to all your text messages. If you want to use their app you have to accept the permission update. I’m sure the same will be true for WhatsApp soon.
If you want a secure text application look at my Threema Review
A major computer code fail was found in Apple’s SSL security check has gone seemingly un-noticed for years.
There’s been a website put up that will show if your system is vulnerable at http://gotofail.com
As of this writing you should run an update immediately on any Apple device you have anyway to update the operating system and fix this supposed error that was missed by Apple for so long.
If you want to learn more about the nitty gritty details of this bug listen to Security Now Broadcast 444
I just got myself one of these WikiLeaks T-Shirts from the official WikiLeaks store. I like the new Hackers Unite design. I got the long sleeve tee shirt in black.
My WikiLeaks T-Shirt
One of my favorite shows and the best source for Security & Privacy related issues on the internet is the Security Now show with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. There are lots of great shows on Twit so definitely check it out.
They get a little technical sometimes, but it’s a great show to listen to even if you don’t understand it all.
I try to distill the great information they give out there and make it more understandable for the non techie person.
The world wide support of #STOPTHENSA and The Day We Fought Back was great.
Thank you for your support. Together we demonstrated against the NSA and hopefully things will change.
Here’s some of the initial numbers
37,000,000 saw the banner, 555,000 emails were sent, 89,000 calls were made, 301,000 signatures were obtained, 1,000,000 homepage visitors, and we trended on twitter at 84,000 tweets of #STOPTHENSA.
See more info here at https://thedaywefightback.org/the-results/
Keep your browsing habits safe from prying eyes with the Do Not Track Me browsing extension for Goolge Chrome.
Many big companies are paying good money to know what your looking at and buying online. Advertisers never had it so good before. No they can purchase data about you and your online activity and target you with very specific ads.
Maybe one day you’re looking a running shoes online and there’s a company that caters to runners, they could buy that information and target you with more products you may like. On the one hand it’s kind of nice to see only what you’re interested in, but say you go online and look up the weird rash you have that just came out of no where. You could be targeted with a whole new set of ads you don’t want to see flashing at you every time you get online.
If you install the Do Not Track me Chrome Extension it will keep your browsing habits private to you.
Here’s a little video I did to show you how to get the extension.
DEAR USERS OF THE INTERNET,
In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.
In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.
Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.
Join the movement https://thedaywefightback.org
Adobe has identified a critical security hole in the Flash Player which can allow hackers to install malware on your computer. Continue Reading
The second largest email provider Yahoo gets hacked! Are you sure you want to get a yahoo email account? Secure your passwords immediately with LastPass.
Yes, Yahoo, the second largest email service provider in the world has been has been hacked! An estimated 273 million user names and passwords have been stolen.
If you have a Yahoo account change your password immediately. Also anywhere you use that same password or a similar password go change it immediately.
Also, I highly recommend you download and use the LastPass software. See my LastPass software review and you will never worry about being hacked again.
Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence these days so you must take measures to protect your privacy online.
Here’s what my password looks like, but I don’t have to remember it because LastPass remembers it.