Facebook reportedly purchases black market credentials for user safety

CNET recently reported Facebook buys credentials hackers sell on the black market. While this practice may seem unorthodox, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, claims these purchases are for Facebook’s overall security effort. Credential theft is the number one cause of account and information hacking. Using the same username and password combination is a common…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall brings attention to the need for safe battery design

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 devices have continued to make headlines this fall because of large-scale device malfunctions. Multiple reports of devices exploding and catching fire led to battery charge capping, and eventual recall of all Galaxy Note 7 devices. What caused the device fires is still unclear, but many industry experts think hasty construction of…

Apple reports iPhone 6S battery malfunction is more widespread than expected

Apple recently initiated a trade-in program for malfunctioning iPhone 6S devices. The program served as a response to multiple reports of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices shutting down without warning. Apple initially indicated the affected devices were manufactured between September and October of 2015, but now the company thinks the malfunction may be more…

The Supreme Court reaches decision in Samsung design infringement case

After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has reached a decision in Samsung and Apple’s design infringement case. Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled Samsung only violated one component of Apple’s design patent instead of the entire device, meaning Samsung may not be forced to pay penalties. In 2012, a jury ruled Samsung’s smartphone design…

Three data security tips for online shopping this holiday season

With the holidays in a few weeks, shoppers everywhere are using their mobile and desktop devices for online purchases. While online shopping is a convenient option for holiday shopping, without the right precautions, shoppers personal data could be at risk. Here are four tips for protecting personal information while shopping online this holiday season: Protect…