Meta facing lawsuit over reported tax sharing scandal

Meta has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly infringing upon users’ right to privacy by collecting data from users of popular third-party tax software. The filing relates to recent allegations that online tax software tools such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer used the company’s “Meta Pixel”, a piece of javascript code, to send information such as names, email addresses, income information, student loan data, and refund amounts back to Meta. This would have then been used by the tech giant to produce custom, targeted ads based on the…

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Almost all new malware is targeting Windows

Cybercriminals are releasing hundreds of thousands of new malware strains every day, with a huge proportion exclusively targeting Windows users, a new report has claimed. Researchers from Atlas VPN using statistics published by AV-TEST GmbH concluded that in the first three quarters of 2022, there had been a total of 62.29 million new malware sample detections, or roughly 228,164 new variants every day. Of that number, 59.58 million new malware samples were designed to target the Windows operating system, which amounts to 95.6%. Linux malware took up second place (1.76…

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Google says Rust is the key to cutting Android vulnerabilities

The Rust programming language is the key to making the Android operating system safer, Google’s engineers have claimed. In a blog post published by Android security engineer Jeffrey Vander Stoep, the Googler says the number of severe memory vulnerabilities has significantly dropped in the last three years and suggests it’s all thanks to the OS moving away from memory-unsafe programming languages, C and C++. Three years ago, the majority (65%)of Android bugs were either high-severity or critical-severity memory safety bugs (think out-of-bounds read and write flaws, for example). Since then,…

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Apple finally stumps up cash for MacBook customers hit by butterfly keyboard problems

Do you own a MacBook with a butterfly keyboard which required a repair? Well, you might be able to claim some money as part of a settlement to a lawsuit on behalf of affected parties, with a judge in California now having granted preliminary approval to that settlement. Apple has had a number of controversies around its hardware (often labeled as ‘this-gate’ or ‘that-gate’), and one of those was the MacBook models that ran with the butterfly keyboard prone to flaws and indeed having to be replaced. As spotted by…

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Apple finally stumps up cash for MacBook customers hit by butterfly keyboard problems

Do you own a MacBook with a butterfly keyboard which required a repair? Well, you might be able to claim some money as part of a settlement to a lawsuit on behalf of affected parties, with a judge in California now having granted preliminary approval to that settlement. Apple has had a number of controversies around its hardware (often labeled as ‘this-gate’ or ‘that-gate’), and one of those was the MacBook models that ran with the butterfly keyboard prone to flaws and indeed having to be replaced. As spotted by…

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Watch out – this Android malware has been installed millions of times already

Half a dozen Android apps, pretending to be utility services, have been scamming users and earning the developers advertising revenue, cybersecurity researchers have claimed. The apps have managed to fool quite a number of people, having apparently been downloaded more than two million times. Google has since removed all of them from the Play Store, but users are still being warned to be on their guard. Malicious Android apps The Dr. Web antivirus team discovered a total of five apps whose only goal is to trick people into downloading them…

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LG C1 OLED TV (OLED65C1) review

Two-minute review The LG C1 remains one of our favorite TVs in the world even a year after its release. There’s now the new LG C2 OLED , a model that took the TV of the Year award in our TechRadar Choice Awards 2022 – but that doesn’t mean the C1 OLED is destined for the dump. After some price cuts, it’s one of the best-value TVs on the planet. That’s because, as it stands, the LG C1 OLED is still a perfectly viable option for a new OLED TV.…

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Google Wifi review

The Google Wifi has been replaced by 2019’s Google Nest Wifi. While it still available and being sold by some online retailers, you’ll find the current generation to be a better value as they are both sitting at the same price point. The Google Wifi has brought mesh systems to the masses in a way that no other mesh router has. Other mesh Wi-Fi systems may have come before it, but it’s the one that has taken the mesh router revolution into the mainstream. In essence, Google Wifi has set…

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Google Password Manager is taking over this key Chrome security function

After months of speculation, Chrome 108 looks to be rolling out an updating passwords interface for Android users. According to 9To5Google, Google is replacing the Android browser’s native credentials list with its multi-platform Google Password Manager. Some Chrome 107 users are also seeing the rollout, which sees the company’s own password manager take over responsibility for saved details from the browser itself. Google Password Manager for Android Checking up on saved passwords is about to become a lot easier, too, with the new menu found inside the Settings menu of…

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Fitbit Charge 5 review

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a powerful fitness tracker that picks and mixes the best features from all of Fitbit’s other devices. It has the on-board GPS of the Fitbit Versa 3, the slim design and bright AMOLED screen of the Fitbit Luxe, and the stress-measuring app of the Fitbit Sense. It’s a huge upgrade from the Charge 4, and if you’re starting to get serious about your workouts (whether that’s running, gym work, or a combination), it’s a great option and a step up from the less complicated, cheaper…

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