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2 Mil. Accounts Hacked in Latest Security Breach and A Reminder of Ways To Keep Yourself As Safe As Possible

According to various reports including this one from CNN Money 2 million accounts from social media outlets and email providers were compromised. CNN Money reports that credentials from over 93,000 web sites including over 300,000 on Facebook have been compromised. The cause according to cybersecurity firm TrustWave the cause of the security breach was the work of a malicious virus which stole log in credentials from people who were infected.

The recommendation I’ve heard typically is to change passwords every so often, somewhere in the every 3-6 month range. This is meant to make it harder for hackers or ID thieves to access personal information, social web sites, and personal email. Also be mindful not to make the password easy to guess, for example common passwords that people for some reason use are as easy as “123123” and “admin”, these passwords are poor in terms of safety because they’re frequently used.

Not to be a jerk, but I am happy than providers force people to use long passwords now a days and some also include a user to use all of the following: a capital letter, a special character (IE #,@,* and so on) and a number. This is done to make it much harder for potential victims to be hacked.

One of the more recent trends in email, so if you see an email that looks off, don’t open it! If you suspect something is wrong you should hover your mouse over the name of the sender, and it will show you what the email of the sender is, and that allows you to see who the sender really is. I think this can be done through all the major email providers.

The most common thing now is that these scams or virus’ are being sent under names of people you know in social media, which is a fault of Facebook selling advistising space and allowing the advertisers to access personal data including but surely not limited to, who is on your friends list, your location, and so on. So when I hear people complaining about security I can usually relate to their concerns. However this is a problem that I don’t think anyone expected to happen and it is little known, so make sure you hover over any suspicious emails, and double check, it won’t take much effort on the users end to check the email address. These emails from these supposed friends are easy to spot because they have headlines that make no sense because they’re written in broken English.

This probably doesn’t need to be said, but another place that is littered with bad things, and I am not referring to the content, are adult websites. Those sometimes have virus’ and can be a place for mal-ware, and spyware to be installed within the sites onto your computer. I do not advocate visiting these type of sites, but I would be doing a disservice if I ignored the threats within them since some people do visit them and there is nothing that can change that.

Also of note you might also consider a virus scanner than also keeps your computer safe from spyware. I personally use Windows Defender, but there is also Microsoft Security Essentials that also works well, and both are free to use. There are ones you can pay for and they probably offer superior coverage, but I’ve had no issues with the Microsoft products so I will stick to that.

I mean, listen, there is no way to be completely safe on the internet with all of the threats in cyberspace and hackers on the loose, but with a little common sense and some vigilant eyes you can do yourself a lot of good just by keeping yourself protected with the proper anti-virus software and using good passwords with all of your accounts. Another tip, is to have a different password for different places. Granted that may sound impossible, but it is doable, you just need to make a log of them on a piece of paper or a notepad externally off of your computer.

I hope this reminder helped you remember some basic stuff that might slip the mind with all of the stuff going on during the holidays including but not limited to shopping, Christmas parties, and so on.

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Yahoo set to acquire Tumblr

Yahoo! to Acquire Tumblr

Promises not to screw it up

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Tumblr announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement for Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr.

“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”

Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.

With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent on site each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app and do an average of 7 sessions per day. Its tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network. The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! is expected to grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50 percent to more than a billion monthly visitors, and to grow traffic by approximately 20 percent.

The deal offers unique opportunities for both companies. Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance the user experience.

Total consideration is approximately $1.1 billion, substantially all of which is payable in cash.

“Tumblr is redefining creative expression online,” said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. “On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo! couldn’t be more different, but, at the same time, they couldn’t be more complementary. Yahoo is the Internet’s original media network. Tumblr is the Internet’s fastest-growing media frenzy. Both companies are homes for brands – established and emerging. And, fundamentally, Tumblr and Yahoo! are both all about users, design, and finding surprise and inspiration amidst the everyday.”

“I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of the creator. That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met. He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve ever worked with,” continued Mayer. “David’s respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome. I’m absolutely delighted to have him join our team.”

David Karp, CEO of Tumblr, addressed the Tumblr community, “Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing. But we’re elated to have the support of Yahoo! and their team who share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. Tumblr gets better faster with more resources to draw from.”

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the second half of the year.

About Tumblr

Tumblr is a media network powered by an army of independent creators and home to an audience of more than 300 million unique visitors. Founded by David Karp in 2007, Tumblr is headquartered in New York City.

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company’s blog (yahoo.tumblr.com).

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Yahoo!’s proposed acquisition of Tumblr (including without limitation the statements contained in the quotations from management in this press release), as well as Yahoo!’s strategic and operational plans. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; and that the anticipated benefits to Yahoo!, including projected growth in audience and traffic, and benefits to users and advertisers may not be realized. More information about potential factors that could affect Yahoo!’s business and financial results is included under the captions, “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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