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The Weekly Roundup 10.30 Edition

by Amy October 30, 2015

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Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important to make sure your children are safe while trick-or-treating. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective
  • To keep your home safe for trick-or-treaters, remove anything from your front lawn that children could trip over
  • Make sure your outside lights are turned on
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children while trick-or-treating
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on
  • Never enter a home for a treat
  • Stay in a group and communicate where you are going

Utilize these tips to keep Halloween a fun and safe holiday for everyone.

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X-Ray Scans Expose Chip-and-Pin Hack

While the chip-enabled credit card system is fairly new here in America, it has been used for years in Europe. Its purpose is to keep people’s information safe by requiring both the chip-enabled card and PIN number for use. However, French criminals have found a way around this system that puts users’ credit card information at risk. The criminals altered stolen credit cards by implanting a second chip inside of them and creating an alternate PIN number. The new PIN number takes the place of the old chip’s, rendering it useless. Fortunately, X-ray scans were able to reveal the hidden second chip inside the cards. After the discovery of this hacking technique, awareness has been raised and the chip system has been equipped with measures to counter potential breaches.

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Apple Bans Over 250 Apps That Secretly Accessed Users’ Personal Info

Apple has removed over 250 apps from the App Store that were using software to secretly access and store users’ personal information. Chinese advertising company Youmi was responsible for the software that allowed app makers to collect information like the user’s email address and the serial number of their smartphone. Many of the app makers who used the software unknowingly violated Apple’s security and privacy guidelines. Apple is working to rectify the issue and assist app developers in ensuring that their software is in compliance with App Store guidelines.

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Facebook Will Warn You If the Government Is Hacking Your Profile

Facebook has announced that it will begin warning users if it detects that your account is being targeted by a nation-state or state-sponsored actor. Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, explained that these attacks can be more dangerous than other attacks and require users to take actions to secure their accounts. In the event of an attack, Facebook will send users a message with information on how to secure their account. If you receive the message, you should enable two-factor authentication, which can be found under the Facebook “Login Approvals” tab. It is likely, however, that Facebook will not be able to provide an explanation as to why your account is being hacked.

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