Home Chef Company Data Breach Affected 8 Million Customers

Home Chef Company Data Breach Affected 8 Million Customers

Are you a Home Chef customer? If so, be advised that the company recently announced a data breach. It was discovered after the hackers who broke in sold more than 8 million user records on the Dark Web. The group, calling themselves “The Shiny Hunters” has been busy of late. They’ve been selling databases containing records stolen from a total of eleven different companies, with prices ranging from $500 to $2500 per database. Home Chef was made aware that the database containing their customers’ information was available for sale nearly two weeks ago. However, the company waited an inordinate amount of time before coming forward and publicly announcing the breach, a delay which has cost them in the eyes of their customers. Part of the company’s notice on their website reads, in part, as follows: “Protection of customer data is a top priority for Home Chef and we work hard to safeguard our customers’ information. We recently learned of a data security incident impacting select customer information.” The FAQ accompanying the notification goes on to outline that the stolen data includes the following information. It included the customer names, email addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of any credit card numbers on file, encrypted passwords, and a variety of other general profile information. Home Chef stressed that only the last four digits of a customer’s card was accessed, and reiterated that they don’t store complete payment information in their databases. That’s all well and good, but the company is finding it hard to convincingly sell the idea that protection of customer data is a top priority. After all,...
iPhone Update Includes COVID-19 Contact Tracing And Mask Detection

iPhone Update Includes COVID-19 Contact Tracing And Mask Detection

The latest release of iOS and iPadOS (13.5) is out, and contains the usual variety of bug fixes and modest improvements. In addition to the usual fare though, it also makes an important change to the way FaceID works for users wearing a mask. Also, it contains an important new COVID-19 Contact Tracing feature. Some months ago, Apple and Google announced a partnership that saw the two tech giants collaborating on a number of projects related to the pandemic. This new feature is an outgrowth of that partnership. It enables a contract tracing API that health official can use to build apps designed to help fight the spread of COVID-19. As to the new feature itself, it provides you with an anonymous way to alert others that you’ve come in contact with over the last 14 days, should you contract the virus and test positive. The changes to FaceID will immediately prompt you to enter your PIN if the software fails to recognize your face, as opposed to making you jump through that hoop multiple times before finally displaying the PIN prompt. It’s a small change, but a welcome one, especially since wearing a face mask often causes the facial recognition function to fail. The latest update is available right now. If you don’t have it yet, just open up your Settings app, then go to General  Software update and follow the prompts from there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we’ll be rid of COVID-19 anytime soon, so we’ll be seeing more enhancements like these in the weeks and months ahead. With any luck, one of the vaccines...
New Chrome Feature Stops Ads That Use Excessive Resources

New Chrome Feature Stops Ads That Use Excessive Resources

Recently, Google announced a change that should be a welcome relief to many users, especially those who surf primarily on laptops or handhelds. Beginning in late August, the browser will automatically unload ad iframes that soak up an excessive amount of computing resources. Advertising is, of course, ubiquitous on the web. There’s little you can do to avoid it, so this is an excellent step. Marshall Vale, Chrome’s Product Manager, had this to say about the coming change: “In order to save our users’ batteries and data plans, and provide them with a good experience on the web, Chrome will limit the resources a display ad can use before the user interacts with the ad. When an ad reaches its limit, the ad’s frame will navigate to an error page, informing the user that the ad has used too many resources. If users click the Details link, they will see a short message explaining why the ad was unloaded and saying that ‘This ad uses too many resources for your device, so Chrome removed it.'” In terms of the criteria Google will use to make the determination, it is as follows: Uses more than 4 megabytes of network bandwidth Uses the main thread for more than 15 seconds in any 30-second window Uses the main thread for more than 60 seconds in total Vale went on to explain that only about 0.3 percent of ads displayed on the web exceed these thresholds, but that they are responsible for a staggering 26 percent of all network data and 28 percent of all CPU resources used by online advertising. If you...
Update WordPress Pagebuilder Plugin To Avoid Potential Hack

Update WordPress Pagebuilder Plugin To Avoid Potential Hack

Do you use SiteOrigin’s Pagebuilder plugin for WordPress? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. The intuitive, widget-based plugin has been installed more than a million times and is used by webmasters all over the world to create responsive grid pages for websites. Unfortunately, a pair of security flaws in the plugin’s code recently came to light that would allow hackers to inject malicious code into the plugin and use it to take complete control over your site. The good news is that SiteOrigin responded quickly to the discovery and has already issued a patch to fix both of those issues. The bad news: As of this moment, only about 200,000 webmasters have installed the update, which leaves nearly 800,000 websites vulnerable to the hacks. Many security flaws are found and fixed before there’s any evidence that hackers are using them in the wild. In this case there’s evidence that hackers are actively employing both of these exploits in ongoing campaigns. So if you haven’t been good about keeping your plugins up to date, you’re probably at risk, and given the fact of an ongoing campaign, it’s just a matter of time before the hackers find you. The latest version is 2.10.16, and it’s well worth your time to take a few minutes to log into your Admin panel just to make sure you’re using the latest. If not, update the plugin to be sure you’re protected. Not only will it give you peace of mind, it will secure your data, and the data belonging to your customers. That will keep you from being just another statistic as you...
Bandwidth Limits For Updates Coming To Windows 10 Soon

Bandwidth Limits For Updates Coming To Windows 10 Soon

Some Windows 10 updates are big. Most of them range in size from 200-500MB, but some are even larger. This month’s, for example (May 2020), is more than 2GB in size, which is big enough that downloading and installing it can hog all the bandwidth you’ve got. That can easily bring your system to a grinding halt, keeping you from getting anything done until the updates have finished installing. Under normal circumstances, this might not be that big a deal, but these are not normal times. With so many people working from home right now, getting a big update in the middle of trying to get something done for work can be a genuine pain. Microsoft has heard the growing chorus of user complaints and has done something about that. Since the Fall Creators Update (Windows 10, 1709), the OS includes a little advertised Delivery Optimization feature that allows users to specify a percentage of the available bandwidth to use when installing updates. To activate and configure it, here’s all you need to do: Go to “Settings” From there, click on “Update and Security,” and then “Windows Update” Once that page opens, click on the “Advanced Options” tab At the bottom of that window, you’ll see “Delivery Optimization” You’ll find another “Advanced Options” tab here. Click that and put a checkmark in the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” Doing the above allows you to adjust the sliders for both of those options. Just set the sliders to indicate the amount of bandwidth you want to allocate for that purpose, and when you...