Yet Another Data Leak Exposes Personal Information Of Facebook Users
Apr12

Yet Another Data Leak Exposes Personal Information Of Facebook Users

It’s been almost a year since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg’s infamous federal hearing regarding the Cambridge Analytica Scandal and the lack of data protection the social media platform gives its users. Unfortunately for the Silicon Valley staple, the security troubles haven’t stopped there. There’s been leak after leak in the months since. At this point, it doesn’t even seem like joining the 40% of Americans who consider themselves as very religious could save Facebook from its leak-ridden fate. The latest one, which researchers discovered on April 3, left over 540 million Facebook records exposed on an Amazon cloud-computing server. These records included users’ account names, comments, likes, and more. The security firm UpGuard Cyber Risk discovered these hundreds of millions of records. UpGuard has a history of discovering unsecured data, but in this instance alone it found two separate cloud storage data buckets from third party vendors that work with Facebook. The aforementioned 540 million records were all in just one data bucket, from a Mexico-based media company called Cultura Collective. The other bucket came from a Facebook-integrated app named “At the Pool” and included more than 22,000 plaintext passwords for the app. Cultura Collective sent a statement to media outlets, arguing that the information in question was already publicly available before UpGuard disclosed its exposure on the cloud. “All the publicly available data provided to us by Facebook, gathered from the fanpages we manage as publisher, is public, not sensitive, and available to all users who have access to Facebook,” the statement read. Despite this argument, this revelation shows how little oversight Facebook still has over its app developers’ use of user data. For years now, many of these developers have had access to users’ sensitive information, frequently without their knowledge or informed consent. This lack of security would be like organizations neglecting to regularly test their disaster recovery system. Yet just 25% of organizations never test their disaster recovery system. Meanwhile, Facebook is still facing similar leaks to the one involved in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. “As Facebook faces scrutiny over its data stewardship practices, they have made efforts to reduce third party access. But as these exposures show, the data genie cannot be put back in the bottle,” UpGuard wrote in a blog post about its findings. According to Facebook spokesperson Katy Dormer, the social media giant’s policies prohibit the storage of Facebook information in a public database. Dormer also states that Facebook worked with Amazon to take down the databases as soon as they were made aware of the...

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4 Self-Care Tips For Before Your Wedding
Apr12

4 Self-Care Tips For Before Your Wedding

If your big day is coming up, you might find yourself a bit more stressed out than you’d like to be. A bit of stress over your wedding is completely understandable; the average number of wedding guests is 136 people, and that’s a lot to coordinate for any event. However, too much stress can lead to you not enjoying your big day as much as you should. Here are a few tips for self-care leading up to your wedding to help you de-stress while you get ready. Treat yourself Eating healthy and taking care of your diet is important when it comes to self-care. A healthy diet can help you feel more energetic and improve your mood, which can seriously help with wedding stress. One of the most important parts of a healthy diet is staying hydrated. Getting enough water and staying hydrated can also help improve your skin to keep you feeling your best on the big day. That being said, it’s okay to treat yourself with something sweet every now and then. Eating healthy but depriving yourself of your favorite foods in the process isn’t going to help reduce your stress; if anything, you’ll stress yourself out more. Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods, like candy. There is too much of a good thing, though. Nearly 25% of American adults will choose to have at least one piece of candy every day of the week. Let your favorite sweets and less healthy foods be a special treat, rather than a frequent habit. Strong body, strong mind Exercise is another great self-care option that often goes ignored. People see exercise as an exhausting and sometimes even painful chore; maybe that’s why 67% of people with gym memberships never use them. However, now might be a great time for you to start using that membership if you have one; the right exercise routines can help you reduce stress and feel physically better leading up to your wedding day. Pick out exercise routines that make you feel good about yourself and your body. This will look different for every person, so what worked for your friend might not work for you. Pick an activity or routine that empowers you and helps you reduce your stress, and do your best to make a habit out of it to help you stick to it, maybe even after the wedding. Spa day every day Treating yourself to the occasional spa day can be nice, but not everyone can afford regular visits to a spa, especially with the soaring costs of a wedding. If visiting a spa isn’t an option, either due...

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