Yes, you’ve read that headline right. Apple just released another version of iOS 12. This is the fourth release of an iOS 12 version since Apple first released iOS 12 back in September. It is an urgent release for all iOS compatible devices which are iPhone 5s or later, iPad mini 2?or later, 6th generation iPod touch or later. Compatible devices should be automatically prompted to upgrade. This upgrade is assumingely designed to fix problems with FaceTime and emojis. The size of 12.1.4 is 500MB which is surprising huge for a big fix. It had been reported by numerous sources that this fix does fix certain problems but also introduces new problems as well.
In all of the years of Apple iOS, never have I’ve seen so many version of iOS introduced in a such a short amount of time. But never had iOS had so many features either. Windows for instance gets updated with patches at least once every month because features and attacks it gets. I think it is safe to assume that the bigger iOS gets and the more features get added to it, the more security updates it will need going forward.
Recently, US officials have came across an organized crime ring selling fake cars on sites like eBay and Craigslist. They operate out of Romania and thankfully some of these people have already been caught and taken down. Some of the methods they would be to steal the identities of Americans in order to pull it off. Or they tell some kind of sob story to pull on the heartstrings of potential customers. What’s worse is that the cars being sold online don’t actually exist. Personally the idea of buying a car online without seeing it in person has never seemed like a great idea to me unless it’s brand new and straight out of the factory with a warranty attached. However when it comes to used cars, it’s always good to see the car in person first. Not to mention the smart notion of having a mechanic check out the vehicle before purchasing.
So according to the creator of http://www.HaveIBeenPwned.com, there have been well over 21 million passwords that have been hacked and revealed on the dark web. To find out if your passwords have been hacked and stolen, go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/passwords and type up your passwords. It will tell you if your passwords have been hacked.
Evidently there is a message circulating on Facebook stating that everything you’ve ever posted will become public tomorrow. People are even encouraged to copy and paste the text jargon and repost it. This message and the content in it is a hoax and no such deadline exist. So there is no need to repost the message. It is believed that the post originated from when Facebook got its IPO in 2012. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have also made the statement that they have made no such deadline.
During the holiday season, Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, got fed up with package thieves and took it upon himself to do something about it. So he went out to make a glitter bomb using an Apple HomePod box with a fake mailing label with the name ‘Kevin McAllister’ from the Home Alone movies. Inside the box, he had four smartphones with cameras that were recording, along with an engine that spun with glitter. On top of that, he had aerosol cans with odor that would spray a nasty smell. The video of this with the reactions of the thieves has 45 million views on YouTube. You can watch the video below to see for yourselves. This is hilarious!!!
If you read the news stories here on The Digital Blaze, you see a lot of stories about some company or someone being hacked. It seems like there is a cyber attack going on every day. Even with all of these attacks, people are still not taking their choice of passwords seriously. SplashData, which is a password managing service put together its annual list of the 25 worst passwords of 2018. Evidently, 123456 is still being used and that reached number one. Words like sunshine and donald also made the cut. Check the list of passwords. They are as follows:
Parliament in Australia is gearing up to pass an anti-encryption law that will make it not only illegal to use encrypted communications, but will also give law enforcement and other government authorities the power to use malware to crack an encrypted network. This will endanger the security of anyone using an online service and obviously violates an individual’s privacy rights. Russia has a similar law, so does England.