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It’s late. You should go to sleep. Instead, you Google yourself only to find an abundance of data brokers peddling your personal information. If you want to take action against them, Mashable suggests visiting the World Privacy Forum to take the recommended steps from their extensive data broker opt-out list. Also visit Stop Data Mining Me to review their opt-out options, among other resources. Roll up your sleeves and get to work.
2. DuckDuckGo Android Browser Vulnerable to URL Spoofing Attacks (Bleeping Computer)
The URL spoofing vulnerability pertains to version 5.26.0, which has 5 million+ downloads on the Google Play Store. A URL spoofing attack makes you think you’re on one website when you’re actually on another potentially-malicious phishing site. First reported to DuckDuckGo in October 2018, they marked it as an “informative bug” earlier this week without providing a fix.
By continuing to allow content-blocking extensions to operate as they currently operate, Google is biting the hand that feeds it — ad revenue. Manifest V3 is about to change all that to the possible detriment of Chrome users and to the benefit of those who earn advertising revenue. Chrome’s paying enterprise users, however, get to run content blockers since they make up a different revenue stream apart from ad revenue.
In 2017, the price of Bitcoin went bonkers, rising from $1000 to nearly $20,000. In 2018, the price dropped by 85% or so from those highs. This year is proving to be a little better for Bitcoin holders as the price has more than doubled. Forbes understandably thinks it’s time to remind people that Bitcoin is not anonymous, and both mining pools and exchanges are points of centralization. The ecosystem continues to strengthen and there is still a lot of work ahead.
5. Gatekeeper Bug in MacOS Mojave Allows Malware to Execute (Threatpost)
After a 90-day deadline passed, an Italian security firm disclosed a vulnerability in Apple’s Gatekeeper anti-malware technology that could allow malicious code execution. The vulnerability exists in macOS 10.14.5, the latest Apple operating system version. To date, Apple has not issued a patch, but the article points impacted users to a workaround.
Some things are once in a lifetime. Others are once in a generation. According to Glen Goodman, the rise of Bitcoin along with other cryptocurrencies represents the once-in-a-generation variety of investment opportunities. Caveat: Mr. Goodman is promoting his book, The Crypto Trader.
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