Archive for May 7, 2019

Freedom Mobile Suffers Data Leak….Credit Cards, Email Addresses, And More Exposed

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 7, 2019 by itnerd

If you are a Freedom Mobile customer, you might have a very good reason to be concerned about the security of your personal information. According to Tech Crunch, a server belonging to Canada’s fourth largest telco is leaking data:

Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found an Elasticsearch server leaking five million logs containing customer data. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Rotem and Locar, who shared their findings exclusively with TechCrunch and published his report at vpnMentor, said it took the cell giant a week to secure the leaking database after first reaching out.

The database is believed to be part of a logging system used by the company to determine errors and glitches in the company’s systems. The database recorded any errors and the plaintext data associated with it, including customer data.

Data seen by TechCrunch reveals customer names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, dates of birth, customer types, and Freedom Mobile account numbers.

The logs also answers to credit checks filed through Equifax, including details if an application was accepted or rejected — along with the reason why.

We also found full credit card numbers, expiry dates and verification numbers stored in plaintext.

None of the data was encrypted.

This is a #EpicFail on the part of Freedom Mobile. Partially because the server was leaking data, and partially because someone else had to tell Freedom Mobile about it which implies that the company wasn’t on the ball. Now 15000 customers were affected and the server was secured after the researchers told them about it. Though Freedom Mobile all but tossed a company called Apptium who managed the server under the bus for this. No matter. It’s being investigated by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and I hope they dole out the right level of punishment as this sort of thing simply cannot go unpunished.

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peel 3d Launches peel 2: An Affordable 3D Scanner

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 7, 2019 by itnerd

The professional-range and affordable 3D scanner developer peel 3d introduces peel 2, a new variant of its popular scanner, which features three cameras making it now possible to capture the colours of objects with an unprecedented level of scanning accuracy for a device in its price range.

Two years after breaking into the market with peel 1, a professional-grade budget-friendly scanner which is now successfully distributed in over 30 countries, peel 3d is back with an even more powerful device that’s just as easy to use as its predecessor.

Life in colour
Borrowed from high-end 3D scanners, peel 2’s new integrated colour capture functionality opens up a whole new world of possibilities for its users. They will finally be able to archive objects in high definition and in their original colours. Among other things, they can now capture design details and annotations found on an object, as well as monitor the progress and accuracy of the surface colouring.

The device also features:

  • three cameras instead of just the one on the previous model, enabling it to capture increasingly finer details with enhanced resolution;
  • a system that uses the texture of scanned objects to improve its ability to accurately position itself in space;
  • the reviewed and improved peel 2.0 software offering more tools and functionalities in order to achieve even better results.

Priced at US $7,490, peel 2 is available online at peel-3d.com and from select retailers. Its predecessor, the peel 1, is still available for purchase at US $5,990.

The peel 3d solutions are powered by 3D scanning pioneer Creaform, a unit of AMETEK, Inc.

FlexJobs Names The Top 25 Companies Hiring For Remote Freelance Job Listings

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 7, 2019 by itnerd

According to a FlexJobs survey of more than 800 freelancers, aside from work-life balance and freedom, the top factors that compel people to freelance are the desire to choose when (62%) and where they work (55%). Eighty-five percent of freelancers report that they work from their home office. To demonstrate the various opportunities in the remote freelance job marketplace, FlexJobs has identified the top 25 companies hiring remote freelancers so far in 2019. This list is based on an analysis of over 51,000 companies and their remote freelance job posting histories in FlexJobs’ database between January 1 and April 30, 2019.

Below are the top 10 companies, ordered from greatest to least, for the number of remote freelance job postings during the first four months of 2019. Education, insurance, computer/IT and healthcare are among the industries represented on this list. Many of the companies featured on this list are staffing agencies and hire for a variety of positions.

  1. Robert Half
  2. VocoVision
  3. CyraCom
  4. AFIRM
  5. Landi English
  6. Apex Systems
  7. EXL
  8. GreatAuPair
  9. Syndicate Claims Services
  10. Aquent

To demonstrate the variety of remote freelancer job opportunities currently available, below are 10 recent job listings that were active as of May 6, 2019.

  1. Accountant
  2. EVP of Social Media and Digital Strategies
  3. Law Enforcement Transcriber
  4. Managing Editor
  5. Online ESL Teacher
  6. Project Coordinator
  7. Senior Cyber Security Specialist
  8. Senior Software Engineer
  9. Speech Language Pathologist
  10. Video Production Manager

For the full list of 25 companies please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/top-companies-hiring-remote-freelance-job-listings/

Guest Post: NordVPN Discusses The Fact That Canadians Rely On smartphones But Lack Awareness Of Threats

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 7, 2019 by itnerd

Google’s Consumer Barometer shows that for many people in Canada, internet access is smartphone-centric. 28% use smartphones more often than computers or tablets to connect to the internet. Moreover, a Global Web Index report shows that as many as 16% of the world’s online population are mobile-only. Relying on smartphones to go online is particularly popular in countries with younger populations.

“Unfortunately, few people realize that mobile devices are even better at spying on them than computers. Millions of apps make it easy to use smartphones not only for social interaction but also for payment or storing sensitive data. That means users are vulnerable to security breaches as well as personal hacking attacks, especially on public Wi-Fi,” said Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

Here are a few tips from NordVPN’s expert Daniel Markuson that can help protect your privacy while using a mobile phone:

  1. Recognize suspicious messages. Sometimes people tend to trust a text message more than an email. However, in reality, a “smishing” attack is as dangerous as an email phishing attack. It is usually a text message urging to click on a link. If you do, a malicious app may be installed on your smartphone, or you may be tricked into giving up your sensitive data. Make sure not to click any suspicious links in SMS or messenger apps and not to reply to messages that seem strange.
  2. Be vigilant when downloading apps. There are apps designed particularly to collect your data or install malware. Make sure to download apps directly from official app stores, such as Apple’s App Store, Android’s Play Store, or Amazon’s Appstore. Pay attention to any signs suggesting that the app may be fake. For instance, excessive permissions often mean that the app is not legitimate.
  3. Use a VPN app on your mobile phone. Many smartphone users tend to use public Wi-Fi hotspots. Unfortunately, these are especially unsafe. Whether you’re shopping online or sharing vacation photos on Wi-Fi, you should always use a VPN to keep your connection encrypted. For example, NordVPN’s apps for iOS and Android provide reliable encryption and user-friendly features.
  4. Keep your software and apps updated. Hackers usually exploit security weaknesses in operating systems and apps. That’s why system and app updates usually contain security patches, which are released to protect your smartphone from threats. For your own peace of mind, make sure never to skip software updates.
  5. Use your phone security settings. Install an anti-theft and recovery app that can locate your phone, lock it remotely, or even wipe your data if it gets stolen. Don’t forget to use passcodes to secure your phone. They should be more complicated than “1234” or the day of your birthday.