News Snippets

News snippets from reliable sources about some of the issues and dangers of the Internet.

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas teenage girl died Sunday when when the cellphone she was charging fell into a bathtub and she was electrocuted.
"The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software — despite a state law preventing it."
A Modern Spine Ailment: Text Neck - Spine Health
"Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long."
Why is human depravity Facebook's responsibility? - Sky News/Sky Views - April 2017
"A staggering 1.8 billion people actively use Facebook - about a quarter of all the people on the planet - so we, as a society, have chosen to share our lives through social media. 
"Is it a surprise then that a happy world of holiday snaps, anniversary reminders and pet videos has also come to feature police shootings, torture, rape and now murder?"
Your iPhone's dirtier than a toilet.... - U.S.A. Today, Mar. 17, 2017
"The next time you answer your smartphone and press it firmly to your face, consider this: Are you touching fecal matter right now?"
People Are Falling For This Outrageous Facebook Customer Support Scam - Forbes, Feb. 2017
"If you ever found yourself in need of customer support for Facebook, how would you go about finding it? If you're like tens of thousands of other people, you might do a quick Google search to locate the information you're after. Do that, and you could wind up on the receiving end of yet another scam."
 Nearly 8,000 motorists caught using phone at the wheel in one week Sky News - Jan. 2017
"Figures from a week-long crackdown show the amount of drivers being fined for illegal mobile phone use has more than tripled."
Top Story: Smart home gadgets ripe for hacks - Attacks expected to rise in 2017 - Kim Komando - Dec. 2016
"IoT, which stands for Internet of Things, is the label these web-connected smart home devices have been given. And, it's not the increasing number of IoT gadgets on the market that has security experts so worried. It's the behavior of the consumers who seem uninterested or unconcerned over the hacking risks these gadgets bring with them."
Android Ransomware Infects LG Smart TV - Bleeping Computer - Dec. 2016
"Security firms have been warning us for more than a year about the possibility of Android malware jumping from phones and tablets to other Android-powered devices, such smart TVs."
Your private medical data is for sale – and it's driving a business worth billions - The Guardian - Jan. 2017
"...patients generally don’t know that their most personal information – what diseases they test positive for, what surgeries they have had – is the stuff of multibillion-dollar business."
 Edward Snowden Warns Against Google Surveillance: 'Don't Use Allo' Tech Times - Sept. 2016
"Famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is firmly against the new Google Allo chat app, arguing that it spies on absolutely everything people say." 

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