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KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2018

1 Feb 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

Apple has released a security update for iOS, macOS and Safari to protect against attacks exploiting the recently published vulnerability called Spectre. Although few details are available on the updates themselves, Apple’s description states that the purpose is to protect against Spectre attacks and researchers responsible for discovering the bug have been thanked in the acknowledgements, including Google’s Jann Horn. This is the second group of updates released by Apple, who confirmed that all devices running iOS and macOS were affected by the Spectre vulnerability. Another recently uncovered vulnerability, Meltdown, has already been addressed with specific patches released for iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).

 

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KNOW | TWELVE, JANUARY 2018

4 Jan 2018,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days

Last week Facebook launched a Snooze feature that gives users another option to limit what they see in their news feed. This new feature allows users to mute content from any person, page or group for 30 days without having to go to the extreme of unfriending or unfollowing someone they may want to keep in touch with later. Don’t want to see a month long stream of political rants or baby photos? Temporarily block that group or person by using the new snooze button in the top right dropdown menu on a post.

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KNOW | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2017

30 Nov 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Twitter is about to get more words -- a lot more.

Twitter recently announced it is doubling how many characters can be used when tweeting, going from 140 to 280 characters. The new limit will roll out to Twitter users in almost all 40 languages Twitter supports except Japanese, Korean or Chinese because those languages can convey twice as much information in less space. Twitter performed a test in late September with a small group of users. Interestingly, after the novelty wore off, most people in the test stopped making full 280 character length tweets. Twitter noted that only 5% of tweets sent from people in the 280-character test group were longer than 140 characters, and just 2% were over 190 characters.

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KNOW | TWELVE, SEPTEMBER 2017

Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook. 

Research firm eMarketer reports that Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults and growth is slowing as those demographic groups switch to using alternative social apps Snapchat and Instagram.  Both Snapchat and Instagram are enjoying double-digit growth in the younger demographic, thought to be partially due to younger users favoring more visual communications platforms.  This is the second consecutive year of decline in usage for Facebook among this demographic group. 

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KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2017

4 Aug 2017,
Posted by Emily Morgan

Why you should delete your old phone number on Facebook: Simple profile recovery trick that relies on outdated details lets anyone break into your account. 

James Martindale, a security expert based in Colorado has exposed a flaw in Facebook’s account recovery system that can allow a hacker to easily access your Facebook account using a simple trick. Facebook's account recovery system lets users log in using their phone number if they lose their password, but if a hacker buys an old phone number that is still linked to a Facebook account, they can easily gain access to the profile through the account recovery system.  If a user forgets their password they can request a code to recover their account.  But if someone has a new phone number and has not unlinked their old one from their Facebook account, hackers can type in the old number into the account recovery screen to gain access to the profile, change the password and access the Facebook account. 

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