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Online security: your two-factor authorization checklist

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Twitter reportedly is getting ready to roll out two-factor authentication in the coming weeks--a development that comes not a moment too soon as the company's current security efforts fall short. Take Tuesday, when the state of Twitter's account security was on full display as hackers took over the Associated...
Online security: your two-factor authorization checklist
Pinterest Has Been Locking Accounts In Response To Hacks, May Not Know The Cause Of Security Breach

Apple improving iTunes account security with stricter requirements

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Apple has begun asking users to select and answer a series of questions associated with their Apple IDs to enhance security measures....
Apple improving iTunes account security with stricter requirements
Your weakest link: All those online accounts you've forgotten about

Developer: Virgin Mobile USA customer account security weak

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Twilio developer Kevin Burke has found a serious security flaw in Virgin Mobile USA's online authentication system. Anybody who knows a customer's valid Virgin Mobile number can, with little effort, see who a subscriber has been calling, change the handset associated with a phone number, change billing information, and even...
Developer: Virgin Mobile USA customer account security weak

Twitter introduces 'two-factor authentication' to stop password hacking

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Company introduces mobile phone-based system to stop hackers from capturing control of Twitter accountsTwitter is introducing "two-factor authentication" using mobile phone verification on the social network, after a number of high-profile cases in which passwords were stolen by hackers.The worst case occurred in April when the Associated Press's feed was...
Twitter introduces 'two-factor authentication' to stop password hacking
Apple removes iForgot password page after reports of security hole allowing unauthorized resets

Dropbox two-step login verification available in experimental build, coming to all accounts soon

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Following up on its promise to tighten account security following a recent breach, Dropbox is now offering two-step login authentication to users who install the service's latest experimental desktop build. The team says the functionality will roll out to all users in the coming days, but listed full instructions...
Dropbox two-step login verification available in experimental build, coming to all accounts soon
Two-factor authentication announced for Microsoft accounts

Apple does the two-step: new layer of security added to Apple ID, iCloud

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Apple is giving its users more security over their Apple accounts and remotely stored data with a new option of two-step security authentication. Users can add two forms of verification on their Apple ID — the identity used to sign into iTunes, the App Store, FaceTime, iMessage and more —...
Apple does the two-step: new layer of security added to Apple ID, iCloud

Developer highlights weaknesses in Virgin Mobile account security, 6m customers at risk

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A worrying security vulnerability that could affect Virgin Mobile’s 6 million subscribers in the US has been unearthered by Kevin Burke, a developer with Twilio. Writing on his personal blog, Burke explains how Virgin’s log-in system is a privacy hell story waiting to happen since the only credentials required to...
Developer highlights weaknesses in Virgin Mobile account security, 6m customers at risk

TNW’s Daily Dose – 24 hours of tech news in 5 minutes [Audio]

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Apple is urging iPhone owners to make their passwords more secure. Viadeo raises $32 million for future expansion. Global PC shipments are on the rise. You can catch The Daily Dose every Monday through Friday right here on The Next Web. Make sure to hit the subscription button of your...
TNW’s Daily Dose – 24 hours of tech news in 5 minutes [Audio]

Facebook puts account security in the hands of your friends

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With Trusted Contacts, your closest friends are the key to getting back into your account. [Read more]...
Facebook puts account security in the hands of your friends

Microsoft boosts account security with two-factor login

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Microsoft this morning confirmed that it will roll out two-factor login for Microsoft Accounts across its major consumer products and services — giving users the option to boost their online security and thwart hackers by supplementing their normal passwords with secondary forms of authentication. One common use of the feature...
Microsoft boosts account security with two-factor login

Apple Enhancing Apple ID Safety by Enforcing Security Question Requirements

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The Next Web reports that Apple has begun enhancing the security of users' Apple ID accounts, requiring those who have do not have alternate email addresses and security questions on file to add them.In the past 24 hours, Apple appears to have started prompting iOS devices owners and those with...
Apple Enhancing Apple ID Safety by Enforcing Security Question Requirements

Evernote rolls out 2-factor authentication to premium accounts, coming to all users in 'near future'

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Digital note-taking service Evernote was forced to reset its 50 million-plus users’ passwords after suffering an unauthorized breach on March 2. Today, less than three months on from that incident, it is beefing up account security measures with three new measures, including two-factor authentication, which will initially go live to...
Evernote rolls out 2-factor authentication to premium accounts, coming to all users in 'near future'

Apple offers Flashback removal tool and strengthens iTunes accounts

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Apple has released an update for Java on Macintosh computers running Mac OSX 10.6 and 10.7 ("Snow Leopard" and "Lion") which it says gets rid of the Flashback malware that has affected as many as 600,000 Macs worldwide. The tool is available through the company's built-in Software Update system.Separately, the...
Apple offers Flashback removal tool and strengthens iTunes accounts

Should You Give Your Mobile Phone Number to Facebook?

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Over the next few days, Facebook will be asking each of its users to confirm their mobile phone number in an effort to ward off potential security leaks like the ones that have hit LinkedIn and eHarmony. Facebook, as first reported by TechCrunch, is telling users that having their phone numbers...
Should You Give Your Mobile Phone Number to Facebook?

Best Buy: Hackers Are Trying to Access Online Customer Accounts

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Some Best Buy customers had doubts about the authenticity of account security notifications sent by the company via email on Friday....
Best Buy: Hackers Are Trying to Access Online Customer Accounts

Boot up: more on Apple and Samsung, Dropbox gets two-factor, Windows Phone rises and more

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Plus Windows 8 productivity explained, did PDAs prefigure the iPhone, and moreA quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamAccount security >> DropboxIf you look down at the bottom, it now includes two-factor authentication. Do use it.A device with a touchscreen and...
Boot up: more on Apple and Samsung, Dropbox gets two-factor, Windows Phone rises and more

Twitter unveils a login verification, a form of two-factor authentication to better protect accounts

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Twitter unveiled today a new security measure it hopes will better protect user accounts from hacking and unauthorized entries. Called login verification, once enabled, users will be prompted to verify their phone number and email address to confirm their identity. In light of the recent phishing scams, hacks, and takeovers...
Twitter unveils a login verification, a form of two-factor authentication to better protect accounts

Microsoft fights back against Xbox Live account threats, begs you to update your security settings

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Redmond's console gaming network may not have suffered a breach of security comparable to last year's PSN fumble, but that doesn't mean it hasn't braced for impact. According to Xbox Live General Manager Alex Garden, Microsoft has made great strides in account security by taking legal action against sites...
Microsoft fights back against Xbox Live account threats, begs you to update your security settings

Apple App Store reviewer’s Facebook test account discovered, then shuttered

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If you’re at all interested in Apple’s App Store review process, then then this is an interesting tidbit that you’ll love. Dive Apple (cached) is what appears to be a (now closed) test account used by App Store reviewers to test Facebook apps. It was uncovered via a tip to Jon...
Apple App Store reviewer’s Facebook test account discovered, then shuttered

Blizzard Sued For Trying To Make Accounts More Secure

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We've discussed in the past how the class action lawsuit system these days seems often to be more about a legal shakedown for lawyers, rather than anything really designed to help protect the public. The latest crazy lawsuit involves a class action lawsuit (pdf and embedded below) filed against Activision...
Blizzard Sued For Trying To Make Accounts More Secure

Yahoo confirms server breach, over 400k accounts compromised

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Online account security breaches are seemingly commonplace these days -- just ask LinkedIn or Sony -- and now we can add Yahoo's name to the list of hacking victims. The company's confirmed that it had the usernames and passwords of over 400,000 accounts stolen from its servers earlier this...
Yahoo confirms server breach, over 400k accounts compromised
Amazon Patent Describes A Mobile Payment System That Keeps Transactions Anonymous

ATM heist clears $1 million exploiting Citigroup e-payment flaw

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Federal authorities said they uncovered an advanced bank heist that defrauded Citigroup of more than $1 million by exploiting a security loophole in the way it handles electronic payments. The scam worked by simultaneously withdrawing funds from cash advance kiosks maintained in at least 11 casinos located in California and...
ATM heist clears $1 million exploiting Citigroup e-payment flaw

Backup master class: Philosophy, structure, and why RAID isn't a solution

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When my primary hard drive failed earlier this summer, it forced me to re-examine both my backup strategy and the way in which that strategy was implemented. One of the most common schemas for data backup is referred to as 3-2-1 — Three copies of a file, two different locations,...
Backup master class: Philosophy, structure, and why RAID isn't a solution

Apple enhances Apple ID account security in iTunes and on iOS devices, leaving users confused

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With sales of the iPhone and iPad booming and an ever-increasing number of app and music downloads via the App Store and iTunes, the number of attacks on Apple accounts has also risen. Some have found their accounts compromised and expensive (often Chinese) apps purchased, mostly because their accounts were...
Apple enhances Apple ID account security in iTunes and on iOS devices, leaving users confused

Apple Flooded with iCloud Password Reset Requests Amid Tightened Account Security Controls

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In a high-profile case last month, a hacker was able to gain access to Wired reporter Mat Honan's iCloud, Gmail, Twitter, and Amazon accounts, taking control of much of Honan's digital life and remote wiping his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. Honan later detailed how the hack was accomplished through...
Apple Flooded with iCloud Password Reset Requests Amid Tightened Account Security Controls
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