The WhatsApp Vulnerability – Spotted and Fixed

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A Whole Lotta Users Goin’ On

The uber-popular messaging app, purchased by Facebook last January to the tune of 19 billion dollars, boasts over 900 million users and has a highly engaged user base. In fact, after the epic merger, Mark Zuckerberg explained the company’s logic in the purchase saying “WhatsApp is the only app we’ve ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself.” Those must be some dedicated 900 million users.

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Are You Among the 1% of Americans That Were Exposed?

Hackers are getting more sophisticated every day.

Massive data breach directly affects at least 4 million people.

Unless you were living under a rock this week (and maybe even then), you’ve heard about the recent data breach affecting the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

The hack involved personnel files relating to 4 million current and former members of the federal government. In other words, about one percent of the entire US population. It affected nearly every single federal agency, exposing people’s names, addresses, social security numbers, job details, training information, and more.

This was one very big hack indeed. It shows that the threat posed by hackers is increasing every day. It shows that everyone needs to take online security seriously. It also shows that all of us could be victims, and this means all of us must be proactive in protecting ourselves.

 

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What the Heck are Zero-Day Attacks? (And 3 Ways to Avoid Them)

Hackers look for vulnerabilities that they can exploit.

Hackers look for vulnerabilities that they can exploit.

 

If you look for the term zero-day attack in your home dictionary, you probably won’t find it.

Go ahead and check…I’ll wait.

You might not even find the term in some online dictionaries (though to be fair, it does appear in others.).

Nevertheless, if you google the term, you’ll find thousands of references to it, many of them from mainstream sources including Forbes, Time, and USA Today. So what’s the deal? If the term is so important, why isn’t in the dictionary yet?

 

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Is This File Safe Or Malicious?

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In this age of digital communication, it’s common to receive email attachments that we open without thinking twice. But did you know that close to 1 in 25 email attachments are actually malicious? Some malicious attachments come from spam emails, which usually are easy to identify, while other emails appear harmless to the naked eye. So how do you determine if the Microsoft document or PDF file you’ve received from a job recruiter is legitimate or not?
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The End of Windows XP is Near: Here’s What to Expect

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The clock is ticking for Windows XP holdouts. Microsoft has announced that official support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends on April 8, 2014, and users are urged to switch to a more modern operating system.

Ending support means Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches to fix vulnerabilities in the software. Even if serious issues are later found in XP or Office 2003, or if attackers target previously unknown bugs, Microsoft will not be releasing any updates after April to address them. The last update for Windows XP will be released as part of Microsoft’s April Patch Tuesday, on April 8, 2014.
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