Protect Your Online Information

It's important to know how to protect your online information. While millennials don't seem to care much these days about their online privacy and information, as time goes on, they'll rue the day they decided to post that college party selfie or tweet that asinine observation. But our online presence goes beyond posting photos and superfluous missives -- it holds our identity.
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Shellshocked

A new security threat has been discovered--Shellshock, also known as the "Bash bug" for affecting the Bash program in Linux and Unix systems. You may have heard of this as it has been compared to Heartbleed, the virus that hacked into data on millions of computers this summer. The main issue that system administrators are experiencing with Shellshock is that it affects "a common bit of code that is used all over the place," according to Robert Graham, security expert and CEO of Errata Security. Currently, nobody knows exactly how to fix Shellshock and solving the overall problem has been estimated to take months to years, though security companies and even the US Department of Homeland Security have been releasing patches to help aid affected servers.
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5 Million Gmail Accounts Hacked

It's been a busy week for hackers! A group of hackers from Russia have been discovered to have stolen and published the passwords and associated emails of 5 MILLION Gmail, Yandex and Mal.ru accounts. Though it's not clear how they hacked into the systems, it is most likely due to phishing and weak passwords, just like the celebrity iCloud hacking scandal that we previously wrote a blog about.
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iCloud Hack

If you've paid any attention to the news this past week, you'd have heard that dozens of celebrities' iCloud accounts were hacked into. Hundreds of personal photos were then shared over the internet to a swarm of viewers, in a clear violation of privacy. You may be wondering how this could have happened. Well, unfortunately, fairly easily.
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