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Earlier this week, TikTok found itself in hot water for snooping clipboard data on iPhone handsets, which it tried to justify as a fraud detection feature. Following the backlash, TikTok said it would patch out the behavior. Fantastic, but are there other mobile apps that do the same sort of thing? There is at least one, and that app is LinkedIn. This kind of unwanted behavior has come to light because of a change Apple made to its upcoming iOS 14 update. While not yet being pushed out to the public at large, iOS 14 is available as a beta release, and it sports a new privacy function that tattles on apps that poke their heads into clipboard data. That is how TikTok was caught, and now LinkedIn.... Read more...
Microsoft acquired LinkedIn over two and a half years ago, paying a whopping $26.2 billion in cash for the world's largest professional social network. It ranked as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's largest acquisition at the time. Microsoft obviously has a lot invested in LinkedIn, financially and creatively, and in a nod to both, it has started beta testing a new video streaming service. The service is called LInkedIn Live, and it is an invite-only affair in the United States at the moment. Those who accept the invitation and choose to participate can broadcast live video in real-time to certain groups, or even to the entire LinkedIn world. It's not clear if the service will eventually spread to... Read more...
Move over LinkedIn (or should we say Microsoft) and make room for Facebook, the world's largest social network that is expanding its reach into professional territory with a new job search feature. LinkedIn has been the go-to social service to gain an edge in the professional arena and to link employers with qualified job seekers, but now it is going to have some competition from Facebook. While LinkedIn already has an established system that works well and is popular, Facebook has the advantage of more eyeballs, including those that peer at Pages. According to Facebook, over 1 billion people visit Pages every month. "Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we're... Read more...
It's been quite some time since malware-laden images have been a major security issue, but the risk is still out there. The attack vector has been exploited recently through a couple of leading social networks: Facebook and LinkedIn. The attack, named "ImageGate" by researchers at Check Point, takes advantage of misconfiguration in these two social networks to make it so that when an image is loaded into a browser, it'll automatically download to the machine. This is similar to going to a download page where after 5 seconds, the download will begin. The difference here is that the downloaded file is infected. An unfortunate thing with this sort of attack is just how many people could fall victim... Read more...
Police in the Czech Republic have arrested a Russian hacker for his suspected involvement in a massive 2012 cyber attack against LinkedIn. LinkedIn had been working with the FBI to track down the individuals responsible for the data breach, which exposed hashed passwords from over 100 million user accounts that were later offered for sale on the "dark web." LinkedIn initially acknowledged the security breach four years ago, though at the time it didn't say how many people were affected by it. Then this past May, a hacker was found attempting to sell LinkedIn account credentials belonging to 117 million users for 5 bitcoins. Those were the accounts that were compromised back in 2012. "We are thankful... Read more...
Microsoft has just announced its intentions to purchase the “professional” social networking site LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 billion in an all-cash transaction. That values LinkedIn at around $196 a share, compared to Friday’s close of $131.08 a share. This marks Satya Nadella’s largest acquisition to date following his arrival as CEO of Microsoft in early 2014 and plays into his efforts to increasingly focus Microsoft’s attention to business customers. LinkedIn has experienced nearly 20 percent year-over-year growth, and has amassed 433 million users worldwide. The site has 105 million unique visitors each month, with 60 percent of those users taking advantage of the mobile version of the... Read more...
It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you make, if you don't practice good security habits on the web you're likely to get hacked. Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire whiz kid and co-founder of Facebook, the most popular social media site on the planet, had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked into over the weekend. To be fair, Zuckerberg is a bigger target than most people, but that wasn't the real reason his social media accounts outside of Facebook were compromised. It's because he was lazy with security, both with the password he chose and in reusing the same one for multiple websites and services. That's a major no-no if you care at all about staying in control... Read more...
If you haven't changed your LinkedIn password in several years, now would be a good time to get on that. Not only is it good practice to change passwords much more frequently than that, there's a chance that your login details were compromised four years ago and are just now being shopped around in an underground marketplace. A hacker who goes by the name "Peace" is shopping around account information of 117 million LinkedIn users. The data was stolen during a security breach at LinkedIn in 2012, at which time around 6.5 million encrypted passwords were posted to the web. LinkedIn never said how people were affected by the data breach, and in this day and age where major hacks occur with frightening... Read more...
Business-oriented social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, might have to step up their game. According to unnamed sources that spoke to the Financial Times, Facebook is working on a new website called “Facebook at Work” which will allow users to have a work profile that is separate from their personal profile. The report says that “Facebook at Work” will allow employees to edit documents, collect professional contacts, collaborate with each other, and chat with colleagues. Financial Times goes on to say that the company’s own employees have been using the site in order to work together for years now. Because of this, they have developed a suite of features for... Read more...
LinkedIn has risen to become the replacement for the professional Black Book. It's the de facto place to find and connect with other professionals, either colleagues you work with or folks that you meet quickly at a conference. Over the years, it has expanded quite a bit, from just online resumes to job searching, messaging, news, and now, notifications about the contacts you hold dear. The company has snapped up Newsle, which is responsible for developing software that can constantly be on the lookout for mentions of you (or folks you care about), and then notify you instantly if these names pop up in published articles around the Web. The tie-up seems completely logical. LinkedIn is great,... Read more...
LinkedIn is focused on being a bona fide social network, and to that end the company has created a new iPhone app called LinkedIn Connected that promises to “take the work out of networking”, according to a LinkedIn announcement. “Connected gives you relevant, and timely, reasons to reach out and keep in touch with the people in your network,” reads the post penned by the company’s David Brubacher. The app can alert you to various happenings concerning people in your network, such as when they switch jobs or have a birthday.     It uses a card-like interface to make it easy to see quick info about people, and with anticipatory computing features and a synced... Read more...
Although--or actually because--LinkedIn is a professional social network, the inability to block other users was problematic, allowing stalkers, bullies, and toxic former coworkers or bosses to keep tabs on you. LinkedIn has now added a Member Blocking features that allows you to block anyone on the site. In a blog post, head of LinkedIn Trust & Safety Paul Rockwell, the company said that “We built this feature not only because it was a feature our members requested, but because we also knew it was the right thing to do.” LinkedIn HQ To block a user, you just have to go to their profile, click an arrow, and select Block or Report; that user, incidentally, will not be notified... Read more...
Social networking has become one of the hottest online activities with 73 percent of adults using a social networking site of some kind, according to data compiled by Pew Internet. Around 4 out of 10 online adults get their social groove going with multiple sites, but which are the most popular? Facebook is the obvious big man on campus, but you might be surprised at where the other sites stand. Like Facebook users, Instagram users are likely to check in on a daily basis. However, Instagram is the least popular social networking (by a hair) out of Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Source: Pew Research Center Mark Zuckerberg's online playground dominates all others with 71 percent of... Read more...
Making money while running a social media service is difficult. Companies like Facebook and Twitter have struggled to monetize their platforms on both desktop and mobile, while striking balances that don't royally tick off users with obnoxious advertising. But in a world where dubious advertising and branding experiments are often celebrated like Nobel Prizes, LinkedIn has just launched one of the worst. It's called "Intro," and it's a security nightmare waiting to happen. Here's the backstory. Apple locks down its iOS Mail program tightly. This isn't just because Apple loves a walled garden, though it does, but because giving developers too much access to such a vital part of the platform could... Read more...
iPhone users who also rely heavily on LinkedIn are getting a welcome new feature today. With the new LinkedIn Intro, an email on your iPhone will display a picture of the sender, with useful profile info only a tap away. That’s handy for sorting spam from legitimate email, but more importantly, it gives you a face to go with the name. Emails are more interesting when you can see the person you're conversing with. Being able to quickly look up their background is icing on the cake. Pulling photos from contact lists into emails isn’t new, of course, but the LinkedIn Intro is the first to put LinkedIn pictures in your iPhone Mail app. And, it gives you the sender’s name and company... Read more...
Forget the usual, “We can’t comment on pending litigation” line that companies often employ when accused of wrongdoing. LinkedIn took to its blog this weekend to rebut claims by some of its users that the company broke into their personal email accounts and accessed their contact lists without permission. LinkedIn's offices in Mountain View, Calif. A group of LinkedIn users brought the class action lawsuit in San Jose, Calif., claiming that LinkedIn harvested email addresses from their personal email contact lists and then contacted some of those email accounts. LinkedIn’s Blake Lawit took to the official LinkedIn Blog yesterday to give the company’s take on the... Read more...
A compromised password for your social network account can quickly jump from an inconvenience to a nightmare, so services like Google have long offered two-step verification features to help you prove you’re, well, you. LinkedIn is finally getting in on the game with its own verification program, which sends you a text message when someone accesses your account from a new computer. If that someone is you, you enter a code and you’re on your way. If that’s not you, whoever has your password is stopped in his tracks. Two-step verification on LinkedIn from LinkedIn LinkedIn only makes you go through the two-factor authentication process when you access the service from a device... Read more...
What do you get when you mesh LinkedIn and Pulse? InPulse? Perhaps, but it looks as if this is a real question now that LinkedIn has snapped up Pulse for a cool $90 million. That's right -- the job location board has acquired a news reading service. It may seem like an odd marriage at first, but it's just one (major) step in LinkedIn's agenda to becoming more than just a place where people connect to one another in order to locate new and exciting job opportunities. Pulse has grown into quite the popular app, delivering news in segments in a beautiful interface. The program was launched in 2010, and just three years later, it has a new master. According to Pulse: " LinkedIn is the perfect partner... Read more...
The Web isn’t difficult to navigate if you bring along some common sense and a healthy dose of skepticism, but those traits are sometimes in short supply among stock traders. Lately, would-be moguls are falling victim to scammers who are trying to influence the market with social media accounts that are designed to look like they belong to top industry players. News flows fast on Twitter, and it's easy to get sucked into the excitement generated by a tweet that seems to be from a legitimate source - which is exactly why you need to be on guard when using Twitter (or any source, for that matter). The pump and dump trick is popular with unscrupulous short sellers. They start a Twitter account... Read more...
If you use LinkedIn much at all, you’ve seen prominent role people’s status updates are taking in spurring conversation at the professional networking site. LinkedIn is looking for ways to improve that communication, so it’s launching what amounts to a panel of industry influencers who will be providing frequent and (hopefully) substantive updates. You can follow these pros, much as you would on Twitter. You can follow the updates of  a new group of "Influencers" on LinkedIn. It’s an interesting approach and the lineup of influencers doesn’t look shabby at all. Outside the tech industry, you’ll find politicians, well-known journalists, and CEOs.... Read more...
Quick, someone queue up Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," because that song describes how LinkedIn must be feeling after Twitter decided it was time to end their two-and-a-half-year partnership and move on. "Consistent with Twitter’s evolving platform efforts, Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn starting later today," LinkedIn stated in a blog post. "We know many of you value Twitter as an additional way to broadcast professional content beyond your LinkedIn connections. Moving forward, you will still be able to share your updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn." Image Source: Flickr (Unlisted Sightings) The decision to part ways was all Twitter's.... Read more...
Social networking site LinkedIn reportedly faces a $5 million class action lawsuit over a recent security breach that compromised the passwords of millions of members. The suit was filed by Katie Szpyrka in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. Szpyrka says LinkedIn "failed to properly safeguard its users' digitally stored personally identifiable information, including email addresses, passwords, and login credentials," ZDNet reports. As a result, she wants LinkedIn to cough up $5 million in damages, which works out to less than a dollar for each of the 6.46 million passwords that were compromised. Image Credit: LinkedIn While these things happen, Szyprka takes issue... Read more...
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