Don’t Be Fooled by PayPal Phishing Scheme

If you’re a frequent PayPal user, you know that protecting your account’s security is of the utmost importance. A new phishing scam has been spotted by a number of users who received a fake email with the subject “Dear PayPal”.

The email from phishing scammers claims to be from PayPal and asks uses to download and complete an attached form. The scammers are attempting to trick users by claiming that there has been unauthorized activity recorded on their PayPal account and asking for personal information in order to proceed with security measures as usual.

As with all scam emails, this one does not come from an official PayPal server and should not be trusted or replied to by any user. Do not reply to this email or download the attached form, and make sure not to give any personal information to any source you are not familiar with. The attached form asks for information such as home address, credit card number, date of birth, and other details which can easily be used to steal your credit details.

Posted in Security Issues having no comments »

Tumblr Improves Security with Two-Factor Authentication

In an effort to increase the site’s security power, Tumblr has introduced a two-factor authentication process similar to the one already in use by Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Dropbox. The service was announced and launched on Monday and can be accessed by users via the Settings page.

Security is a growing concern for internet users around the world, prompting a number of prominent online services to undergo stringent verification processes and checks. Users of the Yahoo-owned Tumblr blogging site will now be able to make it more difficult than ever for outsiders to access their accounts.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the idea of a two-factor authentication process, Tumblr’s staff was quick to shed a little light on the issues. “You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile?,” a blog post asked. “Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard.”

Now that you have a better idea on accessing both your Tumblr and a nuclear weapon, you can go ahead and increase your security settings as you see fit.

Posted in Security Issues, Social Media having no comments »

Twitter Investigates Disappearing Tweets

Social media microblogging site Twitter is currently investigating the mysterious disappearance of the world’s most famous selfie. Over the last few days, the site has experienced a spate of vanishing tweets from a number of users; counted amongst the casualties is Ellen DeGeneres’ record-breaking and start-studded Oscar night selfie.

Several Twitter users have voiced their concerns over the fact that several of their posts seemed to be disappearing at random, prompting the social network to launch an investigation into the cause of this mysterious problem.  According to an official statement on the matter, Twitter is currently “researching a bug that has caused some Tweets to not be displayed.”

Several high-profile Twitter accounts have been affected by the bug along with DeGeneres’, including Lady Gaga, The Daily Mail, and CNBC. Fans and Twitter users have also expressed distress over the disappearance of the final tweet posted by ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith before his tragic death last July.

Twitter officials have not yet discovered the cause of this strange bug.

Posted in Social Media having no comments »

Android Kit Kat Underperforming While iOS 7 Adoption Soars

The figures are in on mobile operating system adoptions- and it’s not looking great for Google’s Android platform this time. Analytics firm Mixpanel has revealed that while the vast majority of iPhone users have made the switch to iOS 7, the same cannot be said for Android’s struggling Kit Kat update.

According to Mixpanel’s real-time adoption statistics tracking system, between 88-90% of Apple devices are running on the latest operating system. In stark contrast to that is Android Kit Kat, which is apparently only being used by around 8% of all Google OS users. Although all mobile operating system upgrades are available absolutely free of charge, Android users seem not to be opting to keep their software up-to-date.

Apple’s most recent software update is iOS 7.1, which was only issued recently as a much-needed patch to certain security vulnerabilities. Since the release of this new update, Mixpanel has reported that the patch is in use by as many as 31% of users.

Posted in Devices having no comments »

Apple Considers Spotify Competitor App

Music streaming seems to be geared up to become the next big business for tech companies and app developers, and Apple aren’t letting that bandwagon leave without them. According to reports, Apple may be in talks with a number of major record labels in preparation to release a streaming service to rival popular music platforms such as Spotify and Beats.

Music magazine and news source Billboard has reported that Apple may be the next big player in the streaming game, with statements from three anonymous sources confirming that the company is in the early stages of creating the service. The move would make sense for Apple, considering the fact that music downloads have declined while streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have taken off with users around the world. According to a recent report, streaming services pulled in $1.4 billion in 2013 from premium subscriptions, advertising, and licensing revenues in the US.

Another interesting move for Apple may come in the form of a rumored Android app release. According to Billboard’s sources, the tech giant is giving serious considerations to creating an iTunes Store app for Android, officially launching their products into enemy territory.

Posted in Apps having no comments »

7 Out of 10 Beats Trial Users Sign On for Premium Service

Music streaming service Beats Music seems to be in tune with its potential customers, signing up as many as 1000 new paying subscribers per day without issuing any free trials. According to a Bloomberg report, the service is also managing to hang on to 70% of its AT&T trial users after the free introductory period ends.

Although relatively new to the online music game, Beats is taking its target market by storm if Bloomberg’s unnamed company sources are correct. After launching to the public on January 21st of this year, Beats offered a 90-day free trial to AT&T Family customers and 30 days to individual AT&T wireless customers. As these free trials expired, the music streaming service was able to retain 70% of its AT&T customers.

The service, which offers unlimited music streaming for $9.99 is doing extremely well in a field which was previously entirely dominated by competitors such as Spotify and Pandora. Unlike its competing services, Beats does not offer a free trial to most users.

Posted in Apps having no comments »

Mt.Gox Discovers 200,000 Missing Bitcoins

Have you ever put on an old coat and found a crumpled $20 note in the pocket? Well, that’s what just happened to bankrupt former Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox. Only instead of $20 dollars, they found around 200,000 lost Bitcoins.

According to Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, the hidden digital currency was overlooked because it was hidden in an old-format digital wallet which was used in the past but was believe to be empty. The impressive hidden cache was stored prior to June 2011 and discovered earlier this month.

Unfortunately, although Mt.Gox was once the biggest Bitcoin exchange on the planet, the company filed for bankruptcy in February after reporting a massive security breach and the theft of thousands of Bitcoins. While 200,000 Bitcoins amount to a staggering amount of money ($116 million by current exchange rates), this is not enough to repair the damage done to the company and its users.

In total hackers are estimated to have stolen around 750,000 Bitcoins from Mt.Gox customers, as well as 100,000 of the company’s own reserve.

Posted in Miscellaneous having no comments »