Privacy warning: US ISPs could sell and share your browsing history without consent

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In a major blow for privacy advocates and individual rights, the US Senate has voted to permit ISPs to sell or share customers’ data — including their browsing histories — without consent. The vote overturns a Federal Communications Commission rule that banned such activity. While there are still legislative hoops to jump through before the result of the vote is ratified, ISPs will be rubbing their hands in glee at what the Senate has done. The Republican-controlled House will now need to conduct its own vote on the rule before the existing rule banning the sale and sharing of such… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Instagram ups security with two-factor authentication

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Just about every app and online service offer two-factor authentication (2FA) as a security measure these days, and Instagram is the latest to join the party. After numerous instances of hacking for other services, it’s little surprise that Instagram wants to offer its users an extra level of protection. Once enabled, users are required to enter a six-digit code that is sent to their mobile via SMS, greatly eliminating the risk of unauthorized access. If you want to take advance of the new feature — which is disabled by default — there’s no need to wait to download an update… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple says it has already fixed CIA’s Mac and iPhone hacks revealed by WikiLeaks

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Yesterday WikiLeaks published the second batch of its Vault 7 documents, Dark Matter, revealing information about Apple-related hacks used by the CIA. This time around, the documents focus on hacks for MacBooks and iPhones, and comes two weeks after the initial batch of documents came to light. Apple previously said that it had addressed “many of the issues” from the first Vault 7 leaks, and now the company has said much the same regarding the second batch. Despite promises from Julian Assange, it seems that WikiLeaks has not been in contact with Apple to provide further details about the exposed… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Windows 10 Creators Update RTM is Build 15063 confirms leaked Update Assistant

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It is only three days since Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 arrived on the Fast ring. The same build has already made its way to Insiders on the Slow ring as well, fueling understandable speculation that this could well be the final build. This does in fact appear to be the case. We already know that Microsoft is due to release Windows 10 Creators Update in April, and a leaked Update Assistant tool shows that Build 15063 is indeed the RTM build number. The Update Assistant was pushed out into the limelight by serial leaker and Microsoft fan WalkingCat.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WikiLeaks’ Dark Matter documents reveal CIA hacks for Macs and iPhones

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It’s only a couple of weeks since WikiLeaks unleashed the first batch of its Vault 7 CIA documents, revealing the agency’s spying and hacking capabilities. Now the organization has released a second cache of files dubbed Dark Matter, and they show that the CIA has developed tools for hacking Apple products. Bold and exciting names like Sonic Screwdriver, DerStarke, Triton and DarkSeaSkies are the monikers given to attack the firmware of MacBooks and iPhones. What’s particularly interesting about the documents is that they appear to show that the CIA had the ability to exploit Apple hardware and software a full… …Continue reading on BetaNews

US companies start to pull ads from Google and YouTube over extremist content controversy

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Last week saw the start of a backlash against Google after advertisers voiced concern that their ads were appearing next to extremist content. The Guardian, the BBC and the British government were among the first to start to pull their ads from the network, and the trend has spread to the US. AT&T and Verizon are among American companies that have now announced that they are boycotting YouTube by pulling their ads. After concerns about being associated with terrorist and other extremist content, an increasing number of big names are calling on Google to make guarantees about ad placement. In… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook Messenger borrows from Slack with Reactions and mentions

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Facebook is not shy about stealing features from other messaging tools, and it’s usually Snapchat that is used as inspiration. With the latest update to Facebook Messenger, it’s Slack that is being borrowed from. Today Facebook Messenger gets two new features: Reactions and mentions. These work in very much the way you would expect, and Reactions make a successful transition from the Facebook newsfeed to Messenger after having made a brief appearance to a testing group recently. Just like on your timeline, the appearance of Reactions in Facebook Messenger means that you are now able to react to individual messages… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple buys automation tool Workflow, tweaks some features, and offers it to iOS users for free

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Automation tools like IFTTT continue to be popular, and as if to prove this, Apple has just bought the iOS app Workflow. Working in a similar way to Automator for macOS, Workflow brings task-oriented automation to iPhone and iPad users. There’s good news to top off the acquisition revelation. Apple is not only keeping Workflow up and running rather than shutting it down, it’s also hanging onto the original team of developers behind the app. Even better, Apple is making Workflow available free of charge, dropping the previous $2.99 price tag. Financial details of the arrangement have not yet been… …Continue reading on BetaNews

DoubleAgent exploit uses Windows’ Microsoft Application Verifier to hijack antivirus software

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Security researchers at Cybellum have revealed details of a zero-day exploit that makes it possible for an attacker to take full control of antivirus software. The technique can be used to take control of just about any application, but by focusing on antivirus tools, the illusion of safety offered to victims means they are likely to be completely unaware of what is happening. The attack works by exploiting the Microsoft Application Verifier that’s built into Windows. It is possible to replace the tool with a custom verifier which can then be used to inject malicious code into any chosen application.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can broadcast live to Facebook from your desktop or your favorite games

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Facebook Live has been with us for a little while now, but it has been limited by the fact that it has only been possible to broadcast from mobile devices. Today this changes as Facebook opens up broadcasting to desktop and laptop users too. On top of this, Facebook is adding the ability to stream from other software or external hardware. This has many uses, but the social network suggests that gamers might like to use it to broadcast their gaming sessions live online. Using Facebook Live on the desktop is not really any different to using it on a… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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