Latest technology news and views

  • Internet certificate fraud could affect millions – If you use Thunderbird, or Firefox you may have noticed security updates that revoked DigiNotar digital certificates used by Google sites to verify and validate logins. Turns out the service that generates the certs, Dutch company DigiNotar was hacked. The security breach highlights the fact that the automated systems at the heart of the internet are entirely dependent on certificates. If criminals are able to counterfeit these certificates, automated internet systems have no way of knowing they are being fooled, which means they can get into a wide range of systems so affecting millions of users. DigiNotar has downplayed the threat saying it has got things covered, but what about the next time for this or another cert provider?
  • Scan your Twitter account for safe and suspicious usersBitdefender’s new tool Safego is a handy online tool for Twitter users who want to find out if they are following potentially dangerous users on Twitter (spammers, scammers, bots etc).
  • Twitter image – Twitter users can now spice up their profiles with a new “Image Galleries” feature. Now onwards, when you post photos to Twitter via its new photo-uploading tool or through a third-party photo-sharing service, your photos will soon be featured on your Twitter profile in an image gallery.
  • Facebook changes privacy options – At last, Facebook has finally announced a revamp of its privacy settings that might actually be useful and understandable to everyday users of the site. Among the changes, items posted online will each have their own sharing settings determining who can see them. Users will also be able to approve tagging of photos by other people. This is the latest response to continued criticism from the technorati and activists pressuring the social networking site to address concerns about how members are limited by the system in how they could manage their personal information.

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