The request is for streaming services to scale back their offerings standard definition to keep broadband networks from crashing.
Unfortunately, they made the announcement that they are “Connect The World Privately.”
That’s a stretch. This is Facebook after all. And we all know how they love to vacuum up user data, along with their regular disregard for anything resembling facts and truth.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation found the Ring app was “packed” with third-party tracking, sending out customers’ personally identifiable information.
Five companies were receiving a range of information, including names, IP addresses and mobile networks, it said.
Ring said it limited the amount of data it shared.
The company told Gizmodo: “Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimise the customer experience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing.”
More than 267 million Facebook users allegedly had their user IDs, phone numbers and names exposed online, according to a report from Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko. That info was found in a database that could be accessed without a password or any other authentication, and the researchers believe it was gathered as part of an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse.
Dianchenko says he reported the database to the service provider managing the IP address of the server, but the database was exposed for nearly two weeks. In the meantime, he says, the data was posted as a download in a hacker forum.
Here is another reason I have personally decided not to go back to Android.
According to a report from cybersecurity firm Check Point, there are tens of vulnerabilities that are found every day, some of them in the apps themselves and others in external shared code libraries that are used by those apps to enable specific features. Updating them to keep up with the most current security threats is a monumental task, so app developers have to prioritize which ones get fixed first.
The researchers decided to take a look at how many apps in the Google Play Store are currently still using vulnerable libraries. They hunted specifically for three vulnerabilities that are rated critical and were disclosed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This won’t surprise the infosec community, but the resulting list includes over 800 popular Android apps and games that have been downloaded a total of 5 billion times.
Among the affected apps are some that people use very frequently, like Facebook, WeChat, Messenger, Instagram, AliExpress, TuneIn and SHAREit. The shared libraries have all been updated since the vulnerabilities were discovered, but new versions of those popular apps still use the outdated libraries.
If you have a mobile device, you know how important it is to keep the core operating system and all installed apps up to date. It comes as a shock to discover that these precautions are of no help when the app maintainers neglect to incorporate security fixes into their versions of popular components. Keeping track of all security updates in all external components of a sophisticated mobile app is a tedious task, and it’s no surprise that few maintainers are willing to expend the effort. Mobile app stores and security researchers do proactively scan apps for malware patterns, but devote less attention to long-known critical vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this means there’s not much the end user can do to keep his mobile device fully secure.
It should be noted that the Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger apps are all Facebook products. One of the largest corporations in America, Facebook, cannot be bothered to protect it’s users and find the time and resources to upgrade it’s products.
Furthermore, Google isn’t doing enough to encourage app developers that use the Play Store to keep their apps secure.