Instagram has notified some of its users that their password might have been exposed due to a security bug, according to The Information (via Engadget). A spokesperson for the company says that the issue was “discovered internally and affected a very small number of people.” In this instance, the bug was tied to a feature that the company rolled out in April that allows users to download all of their data, implemented after European lawmakers rolled out its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to Instagram, some users who used that feature had their passwords included in a URL in their web browser, and that the passwords were stored on Facebook’s servers, Instagram’s parent company. A security researcher told The Information that this would only be possible if Instagram stores its passwords in plain text, which could be a larger and concerning security issue for the company. Instagram says that it has since fixed the feature so that passwords … [Read more...] about Instagram accidentally exposed some user passwords through its data download tool
By Christine McKee Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:15 am PT (02:15 pm ET) The e-commerce giant has kicked off its Black Friday Deals week, and as you may have guessed, Amazon's own hardware is front and center with some of the lowest prices ever. Here are the deals you can grab right now. Kicking off the Black Friday 2018 Sale, Amazon is offering a free Echo Dot with the purchase of a Fire TV Stick, as well as cash discounts on Echo Spots, Fire tablets, Blink indoor home security systems, Tile Mate packs and more. Many of these deals match Prime Day 2018 prices, with the free Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick offer being more aggressive than that offered on Prime Day. Here are the deals you can scoop up right now, with more being added as they come in.Echo devicesFire devicesAmazon Cloud CamsHome security dealsHDTV dealsAmazon MusicLooking for the best early Black Friday deals on Apple products? Check out these MacBook Pro discounts, plus find savings across every product line in our … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week delivers the lowest prices on HDTVs, Echo devices, Cloud Cams & more
The Instagram tool that allows users to download a copy of their data from the social media platform had a security flaw that accidentally leaked passwords in plain text. In April, Facebook-owned Instagram rolled out a Download Your Data tool that sends users a file containing all the pictures, comments, and other information that they have shared on the platform. The feature was rolled out to comply with new data privacy regulations in Europe and to address the privacy concerns of users around the world amid Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Unfortunately, the Download Your Data tool contained a security issue that also sent users their passwords in plaintext in the URL, The Information reported. In addition, for some reason, the passwords were also stored on Facebook’s servers, though they have since been deleted. The security issue of the Download Your Data tool, which has already been fixed, only affected a “small number of people,” a spokesperson told … [Read more...] about Instagram tool accidentally exposes user passwords: Were you affected?
Through the looking glass: The Pixel 3 stands out in some meaningful ways, with possibly the best camera and software experience of any smartphone. New evidence has arisen that strongly suggests both those features will be coming to a new Google ‘Pixel 3 Lite’ which could come at around $400-$500 and arrive before the end of the year. The same Russian blog who got their hands on the Pixel 3 XL two months before its release has got a Pixel 3 Lite in their claws, too. Based on their tests of the device, it has a Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The screen is 5.56” (about the same as the Pixel 3), uses IPS technology and has a resolution of 2220 x 1080 (18.5:9). It has the same 2915mAh battery as the regular Pixel 3, and possibly the same dimensions and thickness based on the images. Probably the most exciting features are the cameras, which are the same 8MP front and 12MP rear lenses found on all the Pixel models. It doesn’t seem … [Read more...] about Google may release a ‘budget’ Pixel phone
Video By Vadim Yuryev Saturday, November 17, 2018, 08:15 am PT (11:15 am ET) The 2018 iPad Pro is undoubtedly the best iPad ever made. It's chock full of cutting edge features like desktop-grade performance, a completely revamped design, a modernized display, Face ID biometric authentication and support for the brand new Apple Pencil, but no device is perfect. The 2018 iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Despite its many benefits, there are a few major issues with Apple's latest tablet, and we have selected five problems to highlight in hopes that the information can help potential buyers or upgraders make a final decision. External Drive Connectivity The first problem is less of a hardware shortcoming than one of software annoyance. Apple implies that the iPad Pro can replace a notebook, but it's missing one key feature that serves as the backbone of any full-fledged computer, and that's full hard drive support. Apple built in only limited support for external hard drives for iPad Pro's … [Read more...] about Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect