Today’s Tech Sightings:
OnlineCensorship.org – a non-profit looking at social media censorship – has been collecting data about posts blocked by Facebook. Surprised? There are some topics that Facebook will block if you try to post stories about them, such as drone strikes or some topics related to conflict zones. Facebook typically does not explain why the topic is blocked, but that’s what OnlineCensorship.org hopes to find out.
A state media report posted on China’s Internet regulator’s website said hackers accessed a database of more than 20 million accounts on Alibaba’s e-commerce website, Taobao. Alibaba’s systems reportedly intercepted the majority of log-in attempts. Hackers used compromised accounts to log-into Taobao and fake purchases to improve seller rankings.
There is no question that security breaches will continue, no matter how complex your passwords are. Writer Larry Seltzer argues that existing authentication and biometrics technologies have a long way to go before achieving the optimal balance between security and ease of use. In the meantime, he suggests that password managers are the best way to go so long as you are aware that they are just as hackable as your flimsy passwords.
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