Sharmila Nair

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18 Jan 2019 | 3:41 PM

Data leak exposes 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords

Around 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords were available on the Mega Cloud service, claims security researcher Troy Hunt, adding that the massive data has since been removed from the platform.

The data dump Hunt dubs “Collection #1” has over 12,000 separate files and is more than 87GB in size. — Reuters
15 Jan 2019 | 4:29 PM

Microsoft to end Windows 7 support in a year

This time next year, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7, which according to analytics company Net Applications is still installed on 42.8% of PCs.

Switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Home will cost RM919. — AFP
14 Jan 2019 | 2:08 PM

WhatsApp possibly adding fingerprint lock to protect chats

Popular messaging service WhatsApp is reportedly testing fingerprint lock on the app.

The fingerprint lock is reportedly a blanket lock on the entire WhatsApp app, and not for specific chats or contacts within it. — dpa
11 Jan 2019 | 6:51 PM

Child pornography easily found on Microsoft Bing: report

Microsoft Bing not only makes it easy for people to search for child pornography, it also suggests related terms and keywords to look for more of such imagery, TechCrunch claims.

AntiToxin, however, claimed to still be able to find child pornography on the search engine despite the supposed clean-up. — AP
11 Jan 2019 | 3:34 PM

AirPods reportedly can be used to eavesdrop on private conversations

When Apple released its Live Listen feature, it was meant to assist those with hearing impairment to hear better. Now, as some Reddit and Twitter users have shared, it is possibly being used to eavesdrop on private conversations.

The AirPods have to be switched on in order for the Live Listen feature to work. — AFP
10 Jan 2019 | 7:38 PM

Snapchat introduces end-to-end encryption to protect users

Popular messaging app Snapchat has finally introduced end-to-end encryption to its services in a bid to prevent videos and photos shared between its users from being intercepted.

Currently the encryption only applies to snaps, and the other forms of messages such as text message and group chats are not end-to-end encrypted on Snapchat. — AFP
10 Jan 2019 | 4:40 PM

Study claims Facebook tracks you even if you don’t have an account or logged off

Privacy International, a Britain-based organisation that promotes and defends the right to privacy worldwide, released a study which claims that Facebook collected data on users who don’t even own Facebook accounts.

Out of the 34 Android apps analysed between August and December 2018, 23 were found to send data to Facebook the moment a user launched the apps. — AFP
9 Jan 2019 | 5:43 PM

Use voice command to navigate in Google Maps

Google had many new exciting announcements regarding its Assistant at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas, United States.

Replying to text messages will also be easier and safer, as the users can use their voice to ask Assistant to read new messages and send replies.  — AP
8 Jan 2019 | 1:20 PM

Honor 10 Lite goes on sale for RM699 tomorrow

Honor Malaysia has launched its first budget smartphone for the year – the Honor 10 Lite – which runs on a Kirin 710 octa-core processor, and has 3GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB storage that’s expandable up to 512GB.

The 32GB Honor 10 Lite comes in Sky Blue (pic) and Midnight Black. — AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star
4 Jan 2019 | 4:00 PM

Facebook Messenger testing dark mode in selected regions

Facebook is reportedly ready to introduce a dark mode to its Messenger app, making it the latest social media platform to follow the trend after Twitter and Reddit announced their versions earlier.

Facebook acknowledged testing the dark mode feature in 'a handful of markets'. — dpa