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Ok. Apps can have security holes, or they may even exploit the information intentionally.
But a security company publishes a report about security of those apps, saying that more than half of the apps it checked have security problems.
You might think that this is a bit worrisome, and it would be if they provided some details. As they're a security company, they do have incentive to list as many findings they can as security problems. Otherwise people might not find their services worth the money!
Come on, guys! This sounds a bit like a program from the past which reported each and every cookie as a privacy problem!
As we all know, publications NEED good headlines to get themselves read, so that they get revenue.
The headlines need to raise the interest. Scaring people is a sure way to get people read the article.
This is one of those articles
Yes, back in the time of gas lamps, the sensitive applications didn't always use encrypted connections (HTTPS et al). But those days are past, the programmers have learned this lesson, at least, and the apps use SSL.
But that wouldn't make an interesting headline, would it?
Removing a selectable option in a selection box/warning causes people not selecting the removed option? DUH!
Great news: Google has been able to make users of Chrome to heed the warning about security certificates.
Earlier about 70% of the users went ahead and proceeded to the website anyway, now only about 40% do the same.
Great results, eh?
Well, if you look a bit closer, they removed the "Proceed to the website" button. I guess they hid it behind "Advanced" options.
It is actually surprising that the 40% of the users were able to proceed to the website! The 30% who didn't find it must be frustrated ;)
Here's to the article in "Help Net Securit": Browser security warning redesigned with partial success
It is this time of the year again: Xmas. As a kid is was much waited for. In Finland the Santa visits the families on the 24th in the evening. The kids get to sing to the Santa, and even sit on his lap. Smaller kids start to cry as they're afraid of this strange man who brings presents, but who also CAN bring twigs if the kids haven't been nice.
No matter if the Santa sounds a bit like uncle Oiva who lives next door, you believe in the real Santa anyway. If you don't, you might not get presents!
Anyway, as the time passes, things change, and although Xmas is still very special time of the year it comes with the Xmas blues. At least to me it does.
You notice that yet another year is gone, and your spare tire is still on your hips despite your decision in the beginning of the year. And no, you didn't get that personal project done.
And if you live abroad like I do you're not still fully integrated within the local populace. You do have social contacts, but your relatives and closest friends are often so far away that a quick visit isn't really an option.
At least it is not cold over here (thus, no skiing this Xmas, either)...
But, at 3km there is snow. Not much, but anyway (this from last Sunday)
Should I get worried for my addiction?
Then I noticed that they have a local, CH website, contact information and all and I thought "Great!".
So, in shopping frenzy I put the goods in the shopping cart, headed to the cash register, typed in my credit card information and I was a bit surprised to notice that the "Verified by Visa" question didn't come.
Thought nothing of it, until the next day I received an e-mail asking me to scan my credit card and ID/Passport and upload them to their website.
They must be out of their mind!
Certainly I expose myself to the identity theft by scanning my passport - NOT! I stay away from their website from now on. Search continues...