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44 million Microsoft users reused passwords in the first three months of 2019

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:45 AM - by Reverend
The Microsoft threat research team scanned all Microsoft user accounts and found that 44 million users were employing usernames and passwords that leaked online following security breaches at other online services.

The scan took place between January and March 2019.

Microsoft said it scanned user accounts using a database of over three billion leaked credentials, which it obtained from multiple sources, such as law enforcement and public databases.

The scan effectively helped Microsoft identify users who reused the same usernames and passwords across different online accounts.

The 44 million total included Microsoft Services Accounts (regular user accounts), but also Azure AD accounts.

"For the leaked credentials for which we found a match, we force a password reset. No additional action is required on the consumer side," Microsoft said.

"On the enterprise side, Microsoft will elevate the user risk and alert the administrator so that a credential reset can be enforced," it added.

The OS maker has been a staunch advocate and promoter of multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions.

Earlier this summer, the company said that enabling an MFA security measure for a Microsoft account blocks 99.9% of all attacks and that MFA bypass attempts are so rare its security team doesn't even have statistics on this type of threat.

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Dec 05, 2019 - 9:43 PM - by Reverend
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Instagram will now ask new users to provide their age

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM - by Reverend
Nearly a decade after its launch, Instagram is finally taking the basic step of asking people signing up for the service to provide their age in an attempt to better protect younger users.

Starting Wednesday, the photo-sharing service will ask new users for their date of birth when an account is created. Previously, Instagram users were required to confirm they were ages 13 or older when signing up, but they didn't have to provide an exact birthday.

Instagram has long valued anonymity, including not requiring people to use real names.

However, as with any other online service, it's possible users can lie about their age in order to join. "Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall," Instagram wrote in a blog post.

Instagram said it would use age information to recommend younger people opt for more privacy settings, such as allowing new message requests only from people they follow.

The photo-sharing service had been criticized for not checking kids' ages, which potentially runs the risk of exposing younger users to inappropriate content and also allows Instagram to collect data about kids under the age of 13.

The Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) limits how a company can collect data about anyone under 13. COPPA was passed in 1998, but was expanded in 2012 to apply to more types of companies and new technologies, such as mobile devices and targeted ads.

Instagram now expects ad targeting to become more accurate as a result of the change. This could be especially important for product categories limited to certain ages, such as alcohol and gambling.

Previously, Instagram said it targeted those types of ads to people when it was "confident" they were the appropriate age. The company figured out... [Read More]
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Microsoft delays Surface Earbuds until next year

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:52 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has apparently decided to delay the launch of its Surface Earbuds. The $249 wireless earbuds, which the tech giant unveiled in October, won't be coming out until sometime in spring next year, said Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay in a tweet Thursday. The earbuds were originally expected to launch this year.

"Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time...sometimes more than we planned on," Panay wrote. "To ensure we deliver the best possible experience for you, our fans & customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in Spring 2020."

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Earbuds at an event in October alongside its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone and new Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 tablets. The company said the earbuds have a comfortable fit, tap-and-swipe controls that allow you to access Spotify playlists without touching your phone (for Android users), and on-the-fly translation capabilities, with support for 60 languages. Microsoft said they'll also deliver 8 hours of battery life from a single charge and that the charging case (with USB-C charging) provides an additional three charges.

Microsoft confirmed the Surface Earbuds won't launch until 2020 and said it'll have more specifics to share on timing in the coming months.

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Twitter now lets everyone hide replies to their tweets

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:43 PM - by Reverend
After months of testing, Twitter users everywhere will now have the ability to hide replies to their tweets. Rather than delete an inappropriate or offensive message forever, the new option allows you to curate the conversation. Other people can still see the responses to your tweets by tapping on the grey icon that appears after hiding a reply. The feature is available on both the main and Twitter Lite mobile apps, as well as on the web.

During testing, Twitter says it found people mostly used the feature to take attention away from tweets they thought were "irrelevant, off-topic or annoying." In Canada, where the company first started testing the feature, Twitter says 27 percent of people who had their replies hidden by another user said they would think about their actions in the future. However, Twitter also acknowledged that the tool still needs some tweaking. The company found that some people didn't take advantage of the feature out of fear of retaliation since there's an icon that shows they've taken action.

The wider rollout of a feature like hidden replies comes at a time when Twitter says it's getting better at policing its platform. According to the company's Q3 2019 earnings report, it now removes more than 50 percent of abusive tweets before they're flagged by a user. However, the company also appears acutely aware that it still has a lot of work to do. "Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter," said Suzanne Xie, director of product management at Twitter, in the blog post announcing the wider rollout of hidden replies. "To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service."

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Apple Pulls Reviews From Online Store Product Listings

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:39 PM - by Reverend
Apple appears to have eliminated reviews from its online Apple Store, removing the options that customers previously had for both leaving reviews and viewing reviews.

Apple made the change over the weekend, and as of now, no products on the online store have reviews, so there's no way to tell how customers liked a given product.

Items like the Apple Pencil and the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack had hundreds of reviews at the time they were removed, as noted by AppleInsider. For example, a Wayback Machine archive of the original *Apple Pencil* from November 16 had more than 300 reviews, many of which were negative.

At the current time, product listings have no Ratings & Reviews section and it's not clear if Apple plans to return them, but it's looking like the change was made deliberately since it expands to the online store in multiple countries.

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