If you use Facebook to log into your favorite services, it should come as no surprise that you're sharing some of your Facebook data with a third-party app or website. That's the point. So the company wants members to feel safe using Facebook to connect to services that include everything from AirBNB and Yelp to FarmVille and Candy Crush. On Monday, Facebook announced an update to its bug bounty program designed to help prevent user information from leaking through security flaws in third-party apps. The program will now pay for reports of third-party services that might expose the bits of information that Facebook uses to identify you as you. That information is known as user tokens. Facebook declined to say how many third-party apps run on its platform. Only apps that allow give you the option to "log in with Facebook" are affected by the changes announced Monday. The program is another way that Facebook is attempting to show users it's trying to keep their data safe … [Read more...] about Facebook will pay you to find security holes in third-party apps
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement this weekend supporting Apple and Amazon’s denial of an explosive Bloomberg Businessweek report claiming that a Chinese military unit inserted microchips into Super Micro Computer Inc (Supermicro) server motherboards in widespread use at U.S. companies, saying “at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story.” The Bloomberg report claimed that the chips, which were the size of a pencil tip and allegedly ended up in server boards used by almost 30 companies as well as government agencies, compromised entire data centers operated by Amazon and Apple. It said that U.S. investigators had found that Chinese agents operating on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army had used a combination of subterfuge, bribery, and threats to insert the compromising chips during various stages of Supermicro’s supply chain, after which point they would have been nearly … [Read more...] about Homeland Security Denies Report Chinese Spies Put Tiny Microchips on Apple, Amazon Servers
Researchers at the security firm Armis announced this week that they discovered two serious chip-level vulnerabilities that could potentially put “millions” of enterprise access points at risk. Namely, the security flaw could allow hackers to gain access to networks completely undetected. Dubbed “Bleeding Bit,” the two security risks involved the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chips used in enterprise wireless access points from Aruba, Cisco, and Meraki—networking industry leaders that account for 70 percent of the market. The firm said this week that the vulnerabilities pertaining to the use of the BLE chips, which are made by Texas Instruments, can pose two significant problems. The first applies specifically to two chip models used in Cisco and Meraki access points, while the second vulnerability can affect one of Aruba’s devices. Per TechCrunch: Armis calls the vulnerabilities “Bleeding Bit,” because the first bug involves … [Read more...] about Firm Says Bluetooth Chip Security Flaws Could Expose Enterprise Wifi APs to Attack
If you have a few years of very low earnings, is it possible to increase your Social Security payments once you’ve already started taking them? That’s what we’re discussing this week. Each Monday we’re tackling one of your pressing personal finance questions by asking a handful of money experts for their advice. If you have a general question or money concern, or just want to talk about something PeFi-related, leave it in the comments or email me at [email protected] This week’s question is from Martin: I just read your article on Lifehacker – “What to know about Money in Retirement.” I’m 62 and I took my Social Security early. I went for numerous years without contributing to Social Security so there are a few years with $0 contributions to the fund. As a result my check is woefully low. My question is this – if I start a job now and make contributions, will my monthly check go up? By replacing some of the … [Read more...] about Can You Increase Your Social Security Checks in Retirement?
Cloud security is an essential task because it protects you from losing precious information to leaks, hacks, and system failures. There are several different methods you can use to help protect your cloud information. To help assist you in this process, we have compiled the best practices for protecting your data. Each of these data security methods has been carefully tested and has been proven to create an excellent security system. So if your business is struggling or you are worried about falling victim to hacks, make sure to implement these concepts. Just a few of them include increased visibility, threat prevention, greater security on your data, and understanding just how cloud breaches begin. By grasping all of this information, you provide a buffer for your business that will keep it safe. Understanding How Cloud Data is Compromised There are several different ways that your data can be severely compromised and end up open to hacking. This problem is one that can be hard to … [Read more...] about Cloud Security Threats: Best Practices and Tools