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Facebook reveals passwords stored in plaintext

Published on 03/21/2019 @ 2 PM EST
From a routine security review, Facebook determined back in January that hundreds of millions of users' passwords were kept in plaintext. Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security did his own security review and revealed that 2,000+ Facebook employees had access to these plaintext passwords.

Instagram launches in-app shopping

Published on 03/19/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Users can now browse posts for shopping within Instagram and check out without even leaving the app. Using stored payment info, users simply tap the product tags within a post to be redirected to the checkout page. Sellers will eat the fee, but eliminating the need to redirect users to their websites could prove to be a game-changer.

Largest social media networks face outage

Published on 03/14/2019 @ 10 AM EST
As one of the longest outages in Facebook and Instagram history, yesterday’s lasted through the majority of Wednesday, leaving users to take to Twitter to complain. Facebook used Twitter to explain that they were actively working on a solution “but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Skype for Web launched with limited compatibility

Published on 03/10/2019 @ 1 AM EST
The app allows users to access the functions of Skype without the use of the standalone app. However, it’s only available for Chrome and Edge, meaning it doesn’t work for Safari, Firefox, Opera, and many others. It also comes with interface updates, HD video calling, and more.

Foursquare adds Hypertrending for local events

Published on 03/09/2019 @ 1 AM EST
The location-based app is back with its latest feature. Hypertrending allows users to see where everyone else is hanging out. The map shows anonymous and non-trailed dots. Once a user arrives at a destination, the number of users on the map increases. Foursquare is also including a Top 100 list that updates in real time, so users can see what’s trending and what’s not.

Facebook’s search includes security phone numbers

Published on 03/05/2019 @ 8 AM EST
Any user with a security phone number linked to their account is now searchable on the social media platform. After countless prompts for users to set up 2FA with their numbers, many signed up. Now, users cannot opt out. At best, Facebook allows the search to be limited to Friends, Friends of friends, and Everyone.