Category: Technology

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University students’ data stolen in cyber-attack
July 24, 2019

Personal student data has been stolen in a data breach at Lancaster University. The “sophisticated and malicious” cyber-attack was discovered last Friday and an incident team was set up to deal with it. The phishing attack gathered information including records and ID documents and officials at the University said that fraudulent invoices were sent to undergraduate applicants. Phishing involves attempts to trick web users into handing...

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Facebook’s new transparency tools – too little too late?
July 23, 2019

There’s a new feature on Facebook called ‘Page Transparency’. The tech giant says it has introduced this new feature to increase accountability and transparency of pages. To access this feature, you must visit the page’s Timeline and then scroll down to the Page Transparency tab below the About section and tap See All. The information shows when the page was created, primary location of the page, the number of people who manage the...

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Password reset for thousands of Slack users after a data breach.
July 19, 2019

Popular messaging service Slack is to reset the user passwords for thousands of customers after a historic data breach. Around one percent of all Slack users are thought to be affected by the attack - equivalent to over 65,000 customers. Slack, which stands for the Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge, has more than 10 million daily users. The company was recently valued at over $20bn and claims to have 10 million active daily...

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Privacy warning over FaceApp craze
July 18, 2019

The AI powered FaceApp has taken social media by storm over the past couple of days. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds have been bombarded with altered photos of people, showing how they would look as an oldie by the selfie-editing app. Users can use one of the filters on the app to digitally ‘age’ their face. There are several features of the app that can make you look not just older, but younger and even change...

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Microsoft Office 365 banned in German schools over privacy concerns
July 17, 2019

German schools have barred the use of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 software following fears over data privacy. Schools in the state of Hesse have been told they can longer use it after the authorities ruled it was gathering information from users who were unable to give their consent. Under GDPR, the use of telemetry software to gather data on its users, is not an issue provided the users have given permission for it to do so. German...

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Facebook slapped with a $5 billion fine over data scandal
July 16, 2019

American authorities have approved a $5 billion fine against Facebook over the sharing of data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.  The Justice Department is now expected to review and approve the settlement after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made its landmark decision. The motion was passed by a vote of 3-2, FTC’s decision broke party lines, with the Republican majority voicing support of the fine, while...

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Video sharing app TikTok probed over data use
July 3, 2019

Popular video-sharing app TikTok is being investigated for possible data breaches over the handling of personal data. In particular, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking at how the personal data of the app’s young users is being managed and whether the safety of children on the social network is their main focus. Transparency Earlier this week, Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner told a...

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Is Bitcoin too much of a privacy risk?
June 24, 2019

Bitcoin is the internet’s version of money. These are pieces of unique digital money that can be transferred from one person to another. The coins are generated using an open-source computer program to solve complex math problems which is called mining. Each coin is defined by a public address and has its own fingerprint and a private key or a string of numbers and letters that give each a specific identity. The private key is essentially...

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Are you securing your online privacy with a VPN?
June 24, 2019

Changing your password every so often is simply not enough now to protect your privacy and online security. Advances in technology mean that unless you are using something like a VPN (virtual private network), then your personal information is no longer safe from people who want to see what you’re up to. Privacy is a precious commodity online and you only have to buy something online and get the inevitable pop-ups to realise that your online...

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Govt delays plans for online porn block 'privacy time-bomb'
June 24, 2019

There has been a huge surge in Google searches about VPN’s, ever since the government announced plans to check ID’s for access to porn sites. The ban on instant access to well-known porn sites such as Pornhub has been slammed by campaigners who fear it’s a privacy nightmare. There are concerns that the age-verification system could present a juicy target for hackers looking for blackmail material or to steal personal data. The...

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