Regional carrier MetroPCS managed to get its 4G LTE network up and running before Verizon, and now they are out the door with the first LTE smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge packs LTE data and a free copy of Iron Man 2 on the MicroSD card. How nice. Of course, that SD card is phoning home to the carrier, but what could go wrong?
Be careful of what you post online, those comments could come back and bite you in the backside, even if you post anonymously. Marion County's Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid set what could become a precedent by being the first Indiana judge to rule on whether or not media outlets are forced to disclose names and/or other personal information of anonymous posters on their websites. The ruling won't please privacy advocates.
A 48-year-old Naperville man is $200,000 lighter after wiring that amount to a fake online girlfriend he thought had been kidnapped in London, according to The Herald News. It wasn't a lump sum payment, but a series of payments made over time as the scammer bled the now broken-hearted would-be lover dry.
Apparently all it takes to assess the security of the data traffic from an Android phone is an inquisitive undergraduate security class. Princeton's Freedom to Tinker blog has the rundown of what the class learned after using a sniffer to inspect Wi-Fi traffic on one Android phone. The verdict? It was a bit hit and miss for security on this day. Google's own technology mostly behaved, but the class did find some troubling data being transmitted by third-party apps.
Many users today are having issues logging into their Twitter accounts from mobile apps UberTwitter, Echofon, and Twitdroyd. According to Twitter itself, there's a really good reason for that. They've suspended the apps from the service for violation of Twitter's policies. The remedy? Twitter says you should use the official apps.
The rise of social networking can be a two-fold problem for parents when it comes to policing teens. First, there's a lot that goes on in Facebook, from potentially inappropriate chats to exchanging photos that show too much and don't cover enough. And secondly, today's teens are more computer savvy than ever. According to ABC New York, James Batelli, a New Jersey police chief, has an interesting solution: hack your child's account.
Chalk up another milestone for Seagate, which this week announced it has shipped over 1 million self-encrypting laptop and enterprise hard drives. Seagate's hunch that there's a market for HDDs with built-in encryption so far seems to be spot on, and it hasn't hurt that these drives have managed to win U.S. government certifications. And thanks in part to computer makers like Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, and others stepping on board, Seagate said its enterprise SED shipments have tripled over the two quarters, while its laptop SED shipments have doubled in the past three years.
Google has announced today that the 2-step authentication system that was rolled out for Apps users a few months back is going to be available to everyone soon. This system will dramatically increase your account security to hopefully alleviate the risk that your account could be hacked, or your password phished. The set up process will only take about 15 minutes, and makes use of your mobile phone.
Mozilla has released an eleventh beta of Firefox 4, which includes a handful of bug fixes, speed improvements, and a new "Do Not Track" privacy feature. This last bit is perhaps the biggest change, or at least the one Mozilla is talking most about. Firefox users can check a "Do Not Track" box in the latest beta, which is found in the "Advanced" screen of Firefox's options.
An odd message on Mark Zuckerberg's fan page racked up over 1,800 likes and over 400 comments before the hacked post was removed, TechCrunch reports. Here's what it said:
"Let the hacking begin: i facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn't Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a 'social business' the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011"
Assuming Zuckerberg didn't fall down a flight of steps head first in a drunken stupor as he made his way to his PC, it's pretty evident his fan page was hacked and the above message came from someone else. The post has since been removed, though not before raising questions about Facebook's security if it can't even keep its founder's fan page free from intrusion.