57 Million Had Information Compromised

A whopping 57 million people had their passwords, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other important information stolen when hackers stole a huge database last year and put that information up for sale on the dark web.

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The breach only came to light when another hacker purchased the information and showed it to the folks at the ZDNet website. According to their report, the affected e-mail address included Apple and Google accounts as well as government agencies. At this point, no one is exactly sure just where the information was stolen from.

Many security experts say the safest thing to do is just assume that at some point your information has been compromised. That’s why it’s always best to enable 2-factor authentication and to change your password frequently.

Windows Will Cost You After July 29

If you don’t make the switch to Windows 10 before July 29, it will cost you to upgrade later. Microsoft has confirmed that the free upgrade period for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users will definitely end on July 29.

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After that, you’ll pay $119 to upgrade to Windows 10 Home (or more for pro). Or you can purchase a new Windows 10 device.

Those hoping Microsoft will extend their deadline (like they did several times with the end of support for Windows XP) are going to be disappointed.

How A Kid Earned A Big Payout From Facebook

It’s not uncommon for tech companies to offer rewards to people who go on “bug hunts” and discover flaws in their products.

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The folks at Facebook recently paid out $10,000 to a tech-savvy user who found a flaw in their Instagram photo sharing service.  But this time, the bounty went to someone who isn’t even old enough to have an Instagram account, a 10-year-old named Jani.  The boy found a way to delete comments from anyone’s Instagram accounts.

He alerted Facebook about the issue and they patched the bug and rewarded him with $10,000. Previously, the youngest person to be awarded a bounty was 13.  Facebook has paid out more than $4 million to companies and individuals who’ve alerted them to security flaws.

~ Cynthia