Saturday, October 14, 2017

Someone in government listens? Brilliant!
It’s gratifying when advocacy efforts have an impact. Last week, this blogger spent a good amount of time talking with Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Education Department. We discussed the TheDarkOverlord attacks on the education sector and I had urged the Department to try to warn schools how to better protect themselves.
I am pleased to see that they have now sent out the following advisory (yes, even though they don’t link to any of my reporting on this issue):
Cyber Advisory – New Type of Cyber Extortion / Threat Attack
Note that despite what the cyber advisory suggests, this threat is not confined to K12, as TheDarkOverlord’s recent tweets suggest that they are also busy attacking institutions of higher education.

For my Computer Security (and other) students.
… Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA or two-step verification) is a security method that uses two different ways to verify your identity. Instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll be asked to enter a code which is sent via text message to your phone or generated via an app. This verification helps make sure that only you can access your account.
We’ve previously pointed out several internet services where you should enable 2FA. Today, let’s see which social media platforms support it and how you can enable them.

Convergence. Soon, every tool will be able to do everything.
Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the US
Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet,, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s and Panera.
Users can find the new option “Order Food” in the Explore menu in the Facebook app, where you can then browse area restaurants and click “Start Order” when you know what you want.

Uber, Surging Outside Manhattan, Tops Taxis in New York City
… the ride-hail app has increasingly shifted its focus to the city’s other four boroughs, where frustration over subway overcrowding and delays and fewer taxi options have made it the ride of choice for many.
As a result, Uber is booming in the other boroughs, with half of all Uber rides now starting outside Manhattan — up from one-fourth just two years ago — not including pickups at the city’s two airports in Queens. The growth has been so explosive that it has helped produce a milestone moment — for the first time, more people are using Uber in New York than the city’s fabled yellow cabs. In July, Uber recorded an average of 289,000 rides each day compared with 277,000 taxi trips.

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