Weekly Tech News Headlines – Jan 20 2021

 Ban on Huawei strengthens in USAAccording to sources from Reuters, the Trump administration in its last few days of office has decided to revoke the licenses of companies that supply materials to the Chinese Telecommunication giant, Huawei. Companies like Intel and Japanese chip maker Kioxia Corp were informed that they would no longer be able to sell to Huawei. The administration plans to revoke several dozen more such licenses. US President Donald Trump has long considered Huawei’s dominance in the telecommunications world to be a threat to their national security. Huawei in May 2019, is put on an "entity list,"…
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How to enable Two Factor Authentication in Zoom

Popular video calling app Zoom recently has added two-factor authentication methods for their user to improve the security of their Zoom account. For starters, authentication is a method to verify the identity of a user by comparing one or more factors against a database of valid identities, such as user accounts. These authentication factors are of 3 types:Type 1A Type 1 authentication factor is something you know. Examples include a password, personal identification number (PIN), or passphrase.Type 2A Type 2 authentication factor is something you have. Physical devices that a user possesses can help them provide authentication. Examples include a…
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Chrome will now warn users over unsecured forms submission on HTTPS sites

 Google will be introducing a security feature in its Chrome browser which will protect users sensitive data to be transferred over unprotected user forms. There are instances where “mixed forms” (forms on HTTPS sites that do not submit on HTTPS) are present on a website. This is a risk to users’ security and privacy. Users can verify a HTTPS connection by looking at the ‘closed lock’ symbol next to the address bar in the browser. If the information is submitted via an unsecured form, it can be visible to eavesdroppers, allowing malicious parties to read or change sensitive form data.Chrome…
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Beware! Fake Google Chrome downloader can steal your data

The Internet is a place filled with immense knowledge, entertainment, news and what not. It has become an integral part of life. Your electronic device without an active internet connection is hard to imagine.Browser applications such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox etc are windows to the internet world. You can dive and surf onto the internet using such applications. The whole world is now under your watch through these browser windows.However there are different kinds of threats also sitting on the other side of these windows. They are ready for you to get distracted so they can make…
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Online Attack: What is Social Engineering?

Social engineering is one of the most effective tools attackers use to gain access to a system. In its most basic form, a social-engineering attack consists of simply calling the user and asking for their password,posing as a technical support representative or other authority figure who needs the information immediately. They take advantage of user trust and curiosity. As an end user we receive many spam calls on a regular basis where the person on the other end is posing as your bank executive, trying to trick you into getting your card details, OTP or PIN numbers. The end customer,…
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TIPS: Protect yourself against hackers

Once in our lifetime we sure have faced suspicious phishing emails asking your bank or personal information, fake login website or a virus attack in our system through clicking on suspicious ads over the internet. The Internet is full of such scams and sometimes users fall for it.On Wednesday, dozens of high-profile accounts were hacked on Twitter. This list includes accounts of famous celebrities, businessmen, top companies and many more. While Twitter is a top social platform which encompasses high security standards, this hacking incident has once again proved that no account or platform is safe from getting attacked and/or…
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Immediately remove these 25 apps stealing Facebook credentials

Google has reportedly removed 25 Apps from Play Store after French cyber-security firm Evina claimed that they stole Facebook credentials of users. These 25 apps were collectively downloaded more than 2.34 million times before they were taken down.These apps were containing malicious code which would overlay a fake Facebook login page over a legitimate login page. If users entered credentials on this phishing page, the malicious app would log the data and send it to a remote server. This is a classic phishing technique of stealing credentials.Google has removed and also disable these apps on the user's phone.If you have…
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