Friday, April 11, 2014

Heartbleed bug: Change these passwords

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Websites are racing to patch the Heartbleed bug, the worst security hole the Internet has ever seen.

As sites fix the bug on their end, it’s time for you to change your passwords. The Heartbleed bug allowed information leaks from a key safety feature that is supposed to keep your online communication private — email, banking, shopping, and passwords.

Don’t change all your passwords yet, though. If a company hasn’t yet updated its site, you still can’t connect safely. A new password would be compromised too.

Many companies are not informing their customers of the danger — or asking them to update their log-in credentials. So, here’s a handy password list. It’ll be updated as companies respond to CNN’s questions.

Change these passwords now (they were patched)

    Yahoo Mail

Don’t worry about these (they don’t use the affected software, or ran a different version)

    Bank of America
    Capital One bank
    Charles Schwab
    Chase bank
    E*Trade Fidelity
    HSBC bank
    PNC bank
    Scottrade TD
    U.S. Bank
    Wells Fargo

Don’t change these passwords yet (still unclear, no response)

    American Express Apple

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How To Delete Facebook, Google, Twitter Search Data

Social networks make millions off your data, but they don't need to know everything. Here's how to clear your search history from three top sites.

 Social networks have become an integral part of our online lives: They're how we stay connected to friends, how many of us find new job opportunities, and how more people stay up to date on news. And while you're probably wary about how much personal information you share, social networks know more about you than you think.

From the moment you sign up for a social networking account, the site collects droves of data about you: your birthday, email address, age, browsing habits, likes, dislikes, and your interests, for example. Some sites track the videos you've watched, location from where you last logged on, and even your search history.

That, of course, is the price you pay for using free services, and that's how companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter make their millions. While there are limits to what information you can prevent social networks from gathering about you, many sites give you options to delete your search history. Here's how you can remove this information from your Facebook, Google, and Twitter accounts.

1. Delete your Facebook search history
Facebook keeps track of everything you search for on the social network, including people and pages. While you don't have much control over the other tidbits Facebook collects and stores about you and your habits, you can clear your search history.

To start, navigate to your Activity Log. This shows you all your recent Facebook activity, such as photos you commented on, pages you liked, and searches you performed using Graph Search. Click More from the left-side navigation, then click Search. Your entire search history will load, provided you have never deleted it before.

From here, you can remove individual searches by clicking the Block icon and selecting Remove. If you want to clear all of it, click the Clear Searches link at the top.

2. Delete your Google search history.
When you search while logged into your Google account, it tracks all your queries and your Web history. There are several ways you can approach clearing this data.

To delete individual past searches, visit your Web History page while logged into your Google account. Use the search box at the top of the page to filter it by categories like Web, images, and video. Check the box next to the searches you want to remove and click "Remove items" at the top of the page.

To delete all past searches, visit your Web History page and click the gear icon, then Settings. Click "Delete all," then click the "Delete all" button to confirm.

To turn off your Web history to prevent future searches from being stored, visit your Web History page, click the gear icon, then click Settings. Click "Turn off" to stop Google from tracking your Web history.

3. Delete your Twitter search history.
Twitter tracks your searches on your mobile device, and it stores your location information. Luckily, you can clear your search history, delete your location information, and disable this setting.

To clear your search history on iOS and Android, click the magnifying glass search icon. Below "Recent searches" is a list of your latest queries. To delete these, tap the x next to "Recent searches," then tap Clear.

To delete your location information and turn off this feature, navigate to your Settings, then click the Security and Privacy tab. Next to "Tweet location," uncheck the box beside "Add a location to my Tweets" to opt out of this feature. To delete all location information from past tweets, click the button below that.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Humble Bundle PC codes found being resold

Late last week it was reported that a number of websites owned by 7 Entertainment were reselling Humble Bundle PC Steam game codes for profit. Over the weekend the company, which owns the likes of and Fast2Play, has stated its intentions to rectify this problematic moral and legal situation.
GameInformer published a story about game keys from Humble Indie Bundle (and other charity bundle) purchases which were being bought and sold for profit by web sites under 7 Entertainment's wing. The sites in question allow third parties to sell their digital goods, the core activity of the sites is likened to "an Ebay for gamers".
A representative of 7 Entertainment wrote to say that the practice of reselling the charity bundle keys is prohibited under the site's terms of service and promised to investigate and resolve such malpractice this week. 'Matt' went on to explain that the keys must have got onto its sites as it "can only verify validity of the key, not knowing its source". Without this data from the vendors under investigation, 7 Entertainment has removed the questionably sourced products from its site.
It is pointed out that Humble Bundle has started to operate differently in the way Steam codes are distributed now. Bundle buyers now don't receive keys in an email but a link to activate games directly on the Steam platform. Matt signs off by saying "I hope this information will help you understand that neither Kinguin nor meant to cause any harm to producers, developers of those games and Humble Bundle organization, which we strongly support".
While it was a surprise to hear of this high profile reselling and profiting from 'bargain bin' bought charity games it seems like 7 Entertainment has put its foot down quickly to address the situation, despite having no way to check the source of games codes. Hopefully the changes in the way Steam keys are distributed by Humble Bundle will fix the problem on 7 Entertainment's behalf anyway.