While you’re busy planning your holidays, clearing your leaves and shopping for some Christmas gifts, here’s something you might want to add to your list of things to do – change your passwords for basically all the major services you use on the internet like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and more. It has recently been reported that a hacker has stolen about 2 million credentials from these major services using a keylogger malware and it affects users worldwide, from 92 countries to be precise.
As reported by a web security firm Trustwave, these information have been stolen over the past couple of months with the help of a malware called Pony. They have analyzed all the data and broken down the numbers:
- 1,580,000 website login credentials
- 320,000 email account credentials
- 41,000 FTP account credentials
- 3,000 Remote Desktop credentials
- 3,000 Secure Shell account credentials
Among the web services, the most compromised websites (listed in order) are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn. CNNMoney reports that some web services like Facebook, ADP, LinkedIn and Twitter have already reset passwords for compromised users and informed them while the rest like Google and Yahoo! have yet to respond.
5 December 2013 marked yet another milestone in Apple’s journey here in Malaysia with the release of Apple iPad Air in our market – less than two months after it was first revealed to the world. In general, you can expect to see it at majority of the reputable Apple dealers all over the country starting from today onwards with a starting price of RM 1599.
In case you missed our previous posts regarding Apple iPad Air’s release in Malaysia or just lost your way around them, here they are for your quick references:
While we only touched three retailers in our coverage above, you can actually visit plenty of other authorized retailers throughout Malaysia to obtain the new iPad Air such as CompuZone, Thunder Match. Only one exception though (ironically): Apple’s own online store, as iPad Air somehow is not yet available there.
To learn more about the device itself, head on to www.apple.com/ipad-air.
It have been 9 days since Nokia Malaysia launched the new Nokia Lumia 1520 for our market and the day has come for the device to make its way to the hand of consumers which is starting from tomorrow onwards. With that, today is the last day to order yourself a unit from our online shop over at Storekini.com.
As refresher, Storekini’s Lumia 1520 pre-order program allows you to purchase the device at RM 1999 instead of its standard RM 2159 price tag. Additionally, each pre-order customers will receive plenty of goodies alongside their spanking new 6-inch full HD phablet which is currently the best Windows Phone 8 device in the market.
These special pre-order goodies include a Coloud Boom WH-530 headphone, 32GB microSD card, 5200mAh power bank and aluminium stylus. The pre-order window will continue to open till 11:59pm tonight, so head over to Storekini.com right away to get it done.
While we are well aware of its imminent arrival into Malaysia, we have finally obtained the actual release date for the new Acer Iconia W4. For those who are not familiar with the device, the Iconia W4 is essentially an 8-inch tablet that runs on a full version of Windows 8.1 and powered by the equally new Intel Atom Z3740 processor which belongs to the Bay Trail family.
According to the announcement by Acer Malaysia earlier today, the Iconia W4-820 will make its debut tomorrow, 6 December at the PIKOM PC Fair in KLCC. Comes standard with 64GB internal storage and Microsoft Office Home & Office 2013, the device will priced at RM 1099 – instead of the RM 1199 price tag that appeared in the catalogue in our previous report.
Alternatively, consumers also able to obtain it through authorized Acer reseller through the country starting from the same date as well. To learn more about it, check out Iconia W4’s specs over at www.acer.com.my.
Another cloud storage solutions provider has bit the dust. After negotiating an out-of-court settlement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) amounting to a massive $80 million, Hotfile completely and almost immediately shut down its service, taking down all of its users’ files with it.
The shut down came as a surprise to many, as the cloud hosting provider had been scheduled to go on trial against the MPAA over…you guessed it, pirated content hosted by the company. The trial had not even begun before both parties decided to settle out of court. Even worse, all files hosted on Hotfile can no longer be accessed in any way whatsoever.
Now, users who access the Hotfile website will be greeted with a splash image with the following text:
“As a result of a United States Federal Court having found Hotfile.com to be in violation of copyright law the site has been permanently shut down. If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV-shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms.”
The shutting down of Hotfile is the second high-profile shutdown initiated by the MPAA, after popular BitTorrent site isoHunt was taken down in October – before a third party revived the forum a few weeks later. These also follow after Megaupload’s infamous shutting down and the series of events that transpired after, culminating in the introduction of Mega, a new cloud storage option that offered 50GB of free cloud storage.
One of the best and worst things about using Google Chrome browser on your computer would definitely be how easily you can check the passwords you save within the browser. You know how when you’re so used to having your browser automatically fill in your passwords for you, you tend to forget that password and retrieving them back can be such a pain? Well, those passwords can easily be accessed in the advanced settings in Google Chrome (chrome://settings/passwords) but there’s one problem with that, they can easily be accessed by anyone who has access to your device.
Last month, Google started experimenting on the same feature but it was available for Mac users only. The feature, called “Password Manager Reauthentication”, requires users to key in their User Mac OS password in order to access that list of saved passwords. Spotted by Chrome enthusiast, Francois Beaufort, it looks like Google has finally decided to bring the feature to Windows users.
Don’t be too happy yet though, the feature is not available for the general public yet, only in Chromium builds for Mac and Windows. But judging from how important this it is and the fact that it is already in the latest Chromium build for both platforms, it better be released for everyone else soon. Will you start saving your passwords on Chrome once you receive this added layer of security?
Benchmark scores of what is supposedly the Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, appears to indicate that the Korean giants are preparing to pack a 2K resolution display on the next-generation device. The Galaxy S5, as some speculate, could see an earlier release compared to previous years.
The benchmark score also lists another aspect of the device’s hardware: a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, which is the highest clockspeed of any Snapdragon 800 chipsets in any mobile device to date. In addition to the 2560 x 1440 display, the device will also ship with Android 4.4, which should not be much of a surprise, considering that every flagship Samsung Android device will run on the latest version of Android. There is also word that Samsung may finally move away from plastic and finally adopt a metal chassis for its 2014 flagship. The Korean company has approached Taiwanese company Catcher to supply up to 30 million metal housings, as well as approaching two other suppliers.
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S5 may be announced several months earlier compared to previous releases, with a Q1 release mooted. But then again, this benchmark score may not even be referring to the Galaxy S5 at all: Samsung is also rumoured to be working on a more-premium-than-premium Galaxy F series, and it was initially rumoured that this device may be announced in Q1 of 2014 as well. All there is for now is a model number, SM-G900S (the Galaxy S4′s model number is SM-I9500, while the Note 3 is SM-N9000), and the promise of more leaks to come.
Calling all those who are not into high-end expensive smartphones that costs a kidney or two, if you’re looking for a mid-range device with an affordable price, Celcom has recently added 3 new quad-core smartphones to its phone bundles namely the Alcatel Idol X, Sony Xperia C and HTC Desire 500 going off from as low as RM488 when you sign up for a contract with the telco. Celcom is offering these devices with its usual Celcom First voice plan along with one of its data plan with either 1GB or 3GB of data.
These three “best quad-core smartphones” are in addition to the i-mobile IQ X that has already been offered by Celcom since late September. Check out our previous posts for more information about each individual device – i-mobile IQ X, Alcatel Idol X, Sony Xperia C and HTC Desire 500.
Visit Celcom now for more information about the bundles.