Regulators Warn Banks To Plug Any Heartbleed Security Holes ASAP

Regulators Warn Banks To Plug Any Heartbleed Security Holes ASAP

While most major services you use like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter and others have likely (and hopefully) patched up any security holes at risk from the Heartbleed bug, U.S. regulators are warning banks to update their systems as well, and quickly. [More]

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What Is This Scary Heartbleed Bug, And Why Is Everyone Freaking Out About It?

One second everything on the Internet appears normal, and the next thing you know, everyone is talking about some security bug called “Heartbleed” that’s out to get us all. So what is it, and is it as scary of a problem as it seems to be? [More]

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Microsoft Thanks 5-Year-Old Who Found A Hole In Xbox’s Password Security System

Because nothing in life is perfect (besides the cool blue gaze of the divine Aaron Rodgers, natch), when there’s a security problem with a technological product, companies are usually pretty grateful to have it brought to their attention before too much damage can be done. Which is why Microsoft is currently offering a hearty “thanks!” to a five-year-old boy. [More]

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TSA Wants Armed Police Stationed At Airport Checkpoints As Part Of New Security Measures

After a gunman opened fire at one of Los Angeles International Airport’s security checkpoints last November, the Transportation Security Administration has been weighing its security measures to find where the system can be improved. A new report from the agency recommends beefing up police presence with armed officers at airport checkpoints, as well as increased training across the board. [More]

15 Things Everyone (Including Renters) Should Know About Homeowner’s Insurance

15 Things Everyone (Including Renters) Should Know About Homeowner’s Insurance

This is the second post in a multipart “How To Not Suck…” series on insurance. The first installment looked at the things you need to know about auto insurance, while upcoming installments will cover life, long-term care, and disability insurance.

Unless you’re a financial titan (or got your house on the cheap) your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so don’t screw it up by not having the proper insurance. [More]

Does Walgreens’ New Up-Close-And-Personal Pharmacy Approach Violate Privacy Laws?

Does Walgreens’ New Up-Close-And-Personal Pharmacy Approach Violate Privacy Laws?

In an effort intended to provide pharmacy customers a less impersonal experience, some Walgreens stores have been redesigned to get pharmacists out in the store, consulting with customers at desks, without the traditional counter (and sometimes panes of bulletproof glass) between them. But the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services wants to see if this new “Well Experience” model is unintentionally revealing customers’ private medical information. [More]

Surprise! Here’s Your New US Bank Debit Card

Surprise! Here’s Your New US Bank Debit Card

A blank envelope arrived on Amanda’s doorstep. She almost tossed it aside, since it didn’t say “HEY! I’M IMPORTANT!” on it. She happened to feel a plastic card inside, though, so she opened it up. Inside was her new debit card. That’s good, isn’t it? Amanda doesn’t think so. [More]

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

The world of finance and economics is pretty complicated as-is, and now there’s “digital money” in the mix making it even worse. Bitcoin is everywhere in the news lately, from hacks to hearings and everything in between. But there are a lot of questions about Bitcoin — starting with, what the heck is all this, anyway? And so, here is everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin, but didn’t actually want to ask your tech-loving, early-adopter friend. [More]

One Month After Being Hijacked, Twitter Finally Restores @N Account To Rightful User

One Month After Being Hijacked, Twitter Finally Restores @N Account To Rightful User

Several weeks ago, the Internet was abuzz with the story of how hackers had taken advantage of idiocy at Paypal and GoDaddy to hijack developer Naoki Hiroshima’s personal website and hold it hostage until he handed over the keys to his coveted @N Twitter handle. Now comes the good news that Twitter has finally put that account back under the control of the person it originally belonged to. [More]

More Than 30 Consumer Groups Urge President To Put Privacy Bill of Rights Into Law

More Than 30 Consumer Groups Urge President To Put Privacy Bill of Rights Into Law

Americans cherish their privacy, but as headline after headline brings alarming news of data breaches, governmental snooping, and data mining, it becomes evident that something needs to be done. That’s why more than 30 civil liberties and consumer advocacy organizations have written President Obama urging him to push for legislation that would make new consumer privacy protections law. [More]

Cruise Ship Worker Admits To Assaulting Passenger, Trying To Throw Her Overboard

Cruise Ship Worker Admits To Assaulting Passenger, Trying To Throw Her Overboard

Shocking news from aboard a Holland America cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, which sailed from Florida earlier this month set for the Caribbean: A ship worker reportedly confessed that he’d raped, beat and strangled a passenger before trying to throw her overboard from her balcony on Feb. 14, federal authorities say. [More]

NSA, Homeland Security Admit They Shouldn’t Have Blocked Sale Of Parody Merchandise

The two logos that resulted in cease-and-desist letters from the NSA and DHS (libertymaniacs.com)

No one likes being made fun of or humiliated (okay, some people do, but that’s part of a much larger discussion), but you can’t throw your authority as a big, scary federal agency around to stop people from mocking you, even if they’re making some money doing so. [More]

Kickstarter Apologizes For Hack; Asks Users To Reset Passwords

Kickstarter Apologizes For Hack; Asks Users To Reset Passwords

Since it announced on Saturday evening that its user database had been hacked — giving cybercriminals access to some personal information for its users — crowdfunding website Kickstarter says it has received thousands of queries from users with questions about the incident. [More]

Visa, MasterCard To End Swipe-And-Sign By 2015

Visa, MasterCard To End Swipe-And-Sign By 2015

Goodbye credit card signatures and hello PIN numbers. In a move that could better protect consumers from massive security breaches, major credit card companies are looking to implement a chip-and-PIN system instead of the tired and true swipe-and-sign method used across the country. [More]

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What Is The New MyRA Retirement Savings Plan, And How Is It Different From What We Already Have?

Retirement, for many American workers, is so far off in the future and so far behind other, more immediate priorities that their savings are, well, nonexistent. In an age where employer pensions are vanishing every day and Social Security may not provide all the income a retiree needs, individual savings are key to making it through the golden years.  Though many folks have 401(k) or IRA accounts, many more don’t. [More]

Hacker Hijacks Website In Extortion Attempt, GoDaddy Refuses To Talk To Actual Owner

Hacker Hijacks Website In Extortion Attempt, GoDaddy Refuses To Talk To Actual Owner

It’s the modern-day bureaucratic nightmare — Someone steals something that belongs to you, and the one party that could easily do something about it refuses to listen to you because its records show that the thief is the rightful owner. According to developer Naoki Hiroshima, someone lusted after his Twitter handle (@N) so badly that they went to great lengths, hijacking his personal website in a (sadly successful) extortion attempt. [More]

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Some sort-of-good news for anyone still using Windows XP, including 95% of all ATMs in the world: Microsoft will still provide antimalware signatures for the operating system through July 15, 2015. That’s not the same as software patches, but does help consumer and business security programs identify malware on the system. The original end of support date of April 8, 2014 still stands. ATMs aren’t going to stop working or explode, but will be more vulnerable to malware and other badness. [Microsoft]

United Nations Names Online Privacy That You Probably Don’t Have As A Universal Human Right

United Nations Names Online Privacy That You Probably Don’t Have As A Universal Human Right

Online privacy: it’s a contentious ground between corporations and consumers, a troubled 21st century frontier of expectations, and, apparently, a universal human right. [More]