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Twitter Doesn’t Exactly Instill Confidence in Memo to Journalists

imagessources-unreliableTwitter has taken a bit of a reputation ding after the hijacking of the AP Twitter account last week. Financial markets dipped and now federal attention is being given to the activities to see who profited from this event.

The result has been the promise, or the rumor, of a two step authentication process. Uhhh, those are nice words but until it’s in place and works it means absolutely nothing. Now to add to the uncertainty that surrounds the security of a Twitter account and, as a result, the reliability of the service in ‘reporting’ the news (God help us if Twitter is actually seen as a reliable breaking news source ever but it seems inevitable) is the following memo sent to journalists trying to help them protect their Twitter accounts.

BuzzFeed provided the contents of the memo and here it is.

Will Two-Step Authentication Be Enough to Prevent Stupidity in Handling Twitter Accounts?

SecurityIn the wake of the Associated Press’s Twitter account being hacked yesterday there is plenty of vulture reporting about the possibility of Twitter incorporating a two step authentication process into the service sometime in the future. Gotta love what passes for news these days.

We are piecing together things from various pieces of other things and we are going to say that we think that maybe something like this may happen in the near, or maybe even not so near, future.

But here I am ‘reporting’ on it as well so enough of that talk. This is where the rumors about Twitter getting more serious about account security seem to have begun (maybe kinda sorta). Wired reported yesterday

Bing Might Ask, Is This a Fair Search Survey?

AV-TEST logoBing has been working real hard to poke holes in Google as of late.

Ads attacking Gmail privacy and the Scroogled campaign have been running along side the ‘Bing It On’ challenge that is still being run on TV. Basically Bing is saying that Bing is better because Bing says it is (along with those choosing Bing in the B.I.O. challenge.

Now a new study from Germany’s AV-TEST, that calls itself ‘The Independent IT-Security Institute’ says that while Bing can claim it’s better than Google there is at least one third party out there that says it’s not nearly as safe as Google when it comes to serving up malware sites in results.

AV-Test Results

Happy Belated Data Privacy Day!

data privacyYesterday was Data Privacy Day. I can’t believe I missed it. It probably slipped by me while I was carefully deleting my browser history, cookie cache, old social media accounts, personal photos and every bit of contact information from the web. Whew, that was quite a job.

While I was doing that, sites all over the internet were posting reports to show how seriously they take this issue of internet privacy.

Google updated their transparency report this month to include a breakdown of legal requests by type. You can now see how many subpenas and search warrants were issued. They recieved 21,389 requests for information from July to December of 2012.

Over One Third of User Data Requests to Google Come From US

Google’s latest Transparency Report numbers make one thing very clear. The United States government is not afraid to request data from the search giant as compared to the rest of the world.

In fact of the countries shown in the map below the US account for more than 1/3 of the total requests to Google by governments for user data. At over 16,000 accounts are represented in that this number which is 47% of the total accounts being requested from January – June of 2012.

Is there a meaning here?

LinkedIn’s Security Woes Pour Salt On Social Media’s Exposed Wounds

LinkedIn is in the middle of a pretty bad run. Their latest problems are around the phishing attacks on LinkedIn users that can be attributed to hacked passwords being handed out like candy on a Russian hacker site.

This is the latest in a series of security issues that has plagued the social network choice of the professional set. The New York Times Bits blog reports

The phishing attack marks the third headache for the professional social network in 24 hours. On Tuesday, security researchers said that a LinkedIn mobile app had been leaking sensitive calendar information to LinkedIn’s Web servers without their knowledge. On Wednesday, the breach exposed vulnerabilities in LinkedIn’s data security practices, specifically that the social network did not isolate users’ credentials on separate, secure machines and failed to “salt” passwords by appending random characters to them before encoding them.

Is it Really Just Social SPAMedia?

Spam. If only it were just the ‘meat product’ that spawned many stomachaches and a very funny Monty Python skit (If you would like to see it just skip to the end of the post now. It’s spamtastic).

Apparently, spam is kind of like a bacteria or a virus. How? Well, it is being fought on the e-mail front with a pretty good level of success. Sure spam e-mail still exists but improved filters, consumer awareness and a general hatred for the stuff has minimized its impact over the past few years. OK, so I may only be speaking for myself here. If you disagree we have a lovely comments section for your griping pleasure.