Technology Instagram is helping users avoid phishing scams
Twitter bans financial scams in new policy
Don't believe every tweet you read.On Monday, the social media site unveiled a new policy that prohibits users from using "scam tactics" to get money or private financial information from others. Some of these tactics include creating fake accounts to pose as a public figure or organization, telling users you will send a larger amount of money in return for a smaller payment, offering fraudulent discounts and impersonating banks or other financial information.
The tech-literate might think we're impervious to phishing scams, but even the best of us get fooled once in a while. Fraudsters are constantly getting better at using email to impersonate friends, coworkers and big brands to obtain people's personal information and passwords. As a measure against these cons,'s new security feature adds a list of official emails the company has sent to the app's security tab, letting users double check whether an email they've received is from the company or a scammer.
The list displays security-related emails that instagram has sent within the past two weeks. A secondary tab lists emails that aren't security-related, such as announcements about new features or direct message notifications. If you received an email from Instagram with a subject prompting you to change your password, for example, you could open up the app, check to see if that email is listed in the security tab, and then either delete it or read it depending on if it's a genuine message.
Instagram is removing the Following tab to cut down on creepers
Many users weren't aware of the feature.The Following tab let users see what posts and accounts their friends are engaging with. Instagram introduced the tab in 2011 to help new users find other people to follow. However, not many were making use of it, hence the decision to remove it.
It's encouraging to see social media companies embracing increased levels of security. However, most problems come fromand bugs rather than phishing scams. Earlier this year, third parties exposed the data of . Last year, Twitter urged all of its users to after every login credential was accidentally converted from a hashed code into easily readable plain text. At least with measures against phishing like this Instagram feature, more users can take their accounts' security into their own hands.
Beware, a sophisticated Google Docs hacking email is spreading on Gmail
Particularly sophisticated hacking attempts have targeted Gmail addresses since Wednesday. Thanks to a fake Google Docs sharing message, hackers try to gain access to mailboxes and address books.
A phishing attack - phishing in French - target since Wednesday, May 3 Google's email system.users in the service say they have received an email asking them to open a document very similar to a Google Docs.
This attack seems more elaborate than classic phishing attempts. As pointed out by
So, after clicking on the blue "Open in Docs" button, a real Google page opens to select the Gmail account of your choice. Once done, another page then asks you to allow the fake Google Docs app to "read, delete, manage your mails and contacts", taking particularly well the model of the pages of permissions used by Google.
Just got this as well. Super sophisticated.
- Zach Latta (@zachlatta)
Piracy initially targeted several, including members of the editorial Mashable. University also reported being victimized. Called on Twitter, Google claims to investigate this attack and calls the users concerned to report directly to the company any phishing attempt.
We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through, & report as phishing within Gmail.
- Gmail (@gmail)
The firm of Mountain View has not yet explained the extent of the attack but was reassured in anHow to Spot These : "We act to protect our users Google Docs usurpers and we have disabled offending accounts, we have removed fake pages, updated our and our team is investigating ways to prevent such scams from happening again. "
Phishing Emails Although they look particularly realistic, these phishing emails are spotted by three clues.Graphical level, it does not include the address of Google which appears normally at the bottom of all the mails of document sharing. The white box which separates the body of the invitation from the rest of the e-mail is The issuer is designated under the address [email protected], a service used to send anonymous e-mails.
A real Google document sharing message with Google address at the bottom and white box. Mashable
A fake document sharing message Google Docs.Screenshot Twitter
Do not panic: if the link has been opened and the authorization given to the fake Google Doc app it remains possible to backtrack. Go to the, then "Applications and connected sites" and finally "Manage applications". You will see in the list of apps associated with your email address, the famous "Google Docs". Just delete it to cancel the granted access rights. Also remember to change your password.
Millions of Adobe Creative Cloud accounts exposed online .
Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko have discovered an unsecured database which contained the account details of 7.5m Creative Cloud users.Comparitech partnered with the security researcher Bob Diachenko to uncover the exposed Elasticsearch database which was accessible without a password or any other form of authentication.
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