APPLE is now assigning trust ratings to iPhone users, based on your phone call and email habits. The new ratings were added as part of the latest iOS 12 update, which rolled out to users on Monday, September 17. Apple's new system was revealed after the company updated its iTunes policy page on the official website. According to the iPhone maker, Apple builds a score based on the number calls and emails you send and receive – to help spot fraudulent transactions made using your device. "To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase," Apple explained. "The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers." So how does it actually work? Apple has a bunch of different anti-fraud systems in place to work out whether … [Read more...] about Apple gives you a TRUST rating – and it’s based on your phone call and email habits
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BioWare general manager Casey Hudson teased players with the information that his company is working on secret projects while development on Anthem continues. In a blog post, Hudson thanked the overwhelming support that fans have shown Anthem and shared that the team would be at PAX West to offer further details on the game. He also hinted that plans are in place for more Star Wars: The Old Republic content and that BioWare has teams in place working on surprises that fans of Dragon Age and Mass Effect would like."Our Star Wars: The Old Republic team is hard at work on some amazing plans for the coming year, with new features and surprises that I think makes it the game's most exciting year yet," wrote Hudson. "And yes--we hear loud and clear the interest in BioWare doing more Dragon Age and Mass Effect, so rest assured that we have some teams hidden away working on some secret stuff that I think you'll really like--we're just not ready to talk about any of it for a little … [Read more...] about BioWare Hears Dragon Age And Mass Effect Requests; Teams Working On Secret Projects
A FIFA player made a GDPR request for personal info held by EA, and obtained over one hundred pages of data. Last May, the General Data Protection Regulation went into effect across Europe. In brief, this allows EU citizens to request personal information from companies to see how it’s being used. This prompted a FIFA player named Michael to ask Electronic Arts for everything the publisher had on his account, as summarized in a report from Eurogamer. Michael ended up with a massive data dump – two PDFs that are over 100 pages long, 10 audio files of customer support calls, FIFA 18 statistics, device information, and more. Of these, Michael’s biggest surprise was the amount he’d spent on FIFA Points. His data published on Reddit shows a grand total of $10,010. More detailed spending data presented to Eurogamer revealed a second spending period that increased this figure to $16,154 over two years. “Upon reflection, the figure EA stated would be … [Read more...] about FIFA player makes GDPR request for EA info, discovers he spent 16K in two years
PHISHING, vishing or smishing - criminals will always try to find ways of fleecing you of your hard-earned cash. Here is all you need to know about these ruses and scams that help line the scamsters' pockets. What are phishing? Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker pretends to be reputable entity or person in email or on a website. It is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. It can be a request from your bank or a note from someone in your company — all to make you click a link or download an attachment. What is SMiShing? Essentially, SMiShing is a variation of phishing. Only instead you receive an SMS message on your mobile phone. A villain will get hold of your phone number, either because you listed it on social media, or because they bought data that has been hacked or leaked from a legit company. Mass text messages are then sent and the probability is that someone will fall victim. What is vishing? This … [Read more...] about What are phishing, SMiShing and vishing and how can you protect yourself from email, phone and text scams?
Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" is the latest example of the social network's failure to protect its users' data. At a Glance: Zuckerberg to testify, other probes pending Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week. His appearance comes as authorities around the world investigate allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on as many as 87 million Facebook users to influence elections. Not to mention its seeming inability to even identify the problem until the company was already embroiled in scandal.CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Wednesday that Facebook is shutting down a feature that let people search for Facebook users by phone number or email address. Although that was useful for people who wanted to find others on Facebook, it turns out that unscrupulous types also figured out years ago that … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg to 2.2 billion Facebook users: Someone, sometime has probably accessed your information