A first for iOS devices: Snapchat users beware

Potential privacy risk in app on iOS 11 can allow recording of Snapchat without notification

Originally published by Kyle on medium.com, original story link.

Snapchat messages screen. Photo: Xavier Harding/Mic

Apple’s new mobile operating system update, iOS 11, has introduced an iPhone feature that has unsettling ramifications for users of the popular app, Snapchat.

Snapchat allows users to send “snaps” — short videos or photos— to other app users, which are only available to be viewed for a set amount of seconds determined by the sender and can only be replayed a limited number of times before being deleted. If a user were to “screenshot” an image or video, the app normally notifies the sending user (or group if a group-chat) that such an action — which is generally considered poor etiquette within the app’s user base — has taken place. This transient nature has been key to the app’s success with its key demographic, young adults aged 18 to 24, since its founding in 2011 by three Sanford University undergraduates.

Previously, the only way on iOS¹ to capture a snap was through screenshotting the message/image. Users of the app have discovered that the newly introduced screen-recording feature can potentially allow users to record Snapchat content without notifying the user that sent it. The inability of users to record “Snaps” with a notification being sent to the other party has been a feature which many of its 150+ million users have taken for granted.

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NOTICE: Email Server Configuration Error

At approximately 7:3o P.M (U.S Central Time) yesterday (May 25th) we discovered that a configuration error was present with our MX addresses, this error meant that any email you attempted to send us was never actually sent to us and was returned to you with error code 550. We apologize for this extreme downtime, we were not aware of the issue until now, it may have been this way since August 30th 2016 when we changed hosting providers. At no point was any information compromised via this error, emails from us continued to work, it just prevented you from emailing us back. We’ve worked with our hosting provider to fix this issue and at this time all email systems seem nominal. We’ve likely missed a few hundreds emails in this time-span, if you’ve previously sent us an email and it failed, you can now forward that email to us for review immediately.

My Apologies,
Andrew Gildner

AMD Ryzen: A Potentially Bleak Future for Intel

As of February 22nd 2017, AMD’s newest lineup of CPUs dubbed “Ryzen” has officially launched, and while not yet actually available on sites such as Newegg.com until early March, it has struck a clear business fear into Intel. YouTube user AdoredTV has uploaded a video discussing the current issues over at Intel, and about how they laid off some of their workforce, likely in preparation of Ryzen launching.

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Ransomware – A User’s Worst Nightmare

Ransomware is on the rise, it is a malware infection that will encrypt a user’s files and hold them for a ransom that normally can only be paid in bitcoin or other not easily traceable payment forms. This type of malware infection is particularly crippling to a business as they could potentially lose financial information and more to hackers. Recently, Malwarebytes shared a blog post that a hospital in LA paid around 17,000 dollars in bitcoin (40BTC) to recover their files that were encrypted by Ransomware, as a result of this and the rise we have noticed in Ransomware infections, we will now cover what Ransomware does in this blog post as well as how you can protect yourself from this threat.

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