FBI says Foreign Hackers Penetrated State Election Systems

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

Details may be found in an article by Michael Isikoff in the Yahoo News web site at http://goo.gl/zEqhjO.

How Security Experts Are Protecting Their Own Data

The San Jose Mercury News asked several prominent security experts which security products they were actually using for their own data.

Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked.

Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer.

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Follow-up: What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?

This is an update to the information given in my earlier article, What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?, at http://goo.gl/dKy2jr.

In the article, I described Google’s Project Fi and how it could make cell phone calls over several different cell phone networks as well as over wi-fi networks, even switching connections in the middle of a call, if necessary. I stated “Phones for Google Project Fi are all expensive (check the latest prices as they vary often), but they are all high-end phones with the latest technology. I am using a Nexus 6P phone with Google Project Fi and love it.” In fact, Project Fi only worked on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

Today, Google announced that the feature is coming to all Nexus cell phone users. It will no longer be limited to only the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

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WhatsApp has Announced That it will Start Sharing Your Phone Number with Facebook

But you can opt out.

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy to indicate the changes as well as other additions to the platform, such as WhatsApp Web, desktop clients, end-to-end encryption, and voice call service. The data will be leveraged to show you targeted ads on Facebook, offer better friend suggestions, and fight spam. And if you don’t want the service to share your data with Facebook, you can opt out.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/1DMkdT.