Apple, Google and Microsoft Devices Vulnerable to “FREAK” Security Flaw

FREAK security flaw

What happened?

In recent weeks, technology researchers have discovered a decade-old security flaw, dubbed “FREAK,” that leaves Apple and Google devices and Microsoft Windows PCs vulnerable to hacking.

Attackers compromise these devices through Apple’s Safari browser and Android’s default browser when the user visits certain websites, even on mobile devices. Microsoft announced in a recent advisory note that Windows PCs are also vulnerable to the “FREAK” flaw.

Mathew Green, a cryptographer from John Hopkins University shared with MarketWatch that approximately 5.04 million websites may be at risk of this vulnerability. Continue reading

Are You Likely to Fall For a Phishing Scam? Google Thinks So.

Think you can distinguish a fake email from the real deal? Sorry to disappoint, but Google’s recent study says otherwise. Google, in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego, found that sophisticated, manual phishing attempts allow hackers to successfully takeover a Gmail account a staggering 45 percent of the time.

While this statistic may be a bit mind-boggling, let’s take a few steps back to uncover what phishing is and how can you spot it. Continue reading