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Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos apologized for spam texts that were incorrectly sent to users who had activated two-factor authentication. The company is working on a fix, and you won’t receive non-security-related text messages if you never signed up for those notifications.

Facebook says it was a bug. But calling it a bug is a bit too easy — it’s a feature that was badly implemented as it’s clear that Facebook has been treating all phone numbers the same way. It doesn’t matter if you add your phone number for security reasons or to receive notifications. Facebook put all of them in the same bucket. It’s poor design, not a bug.

“It was not our intention to send non-security-related SMS notifications to these phone numbers, and I am sorry for any inconvenience these messages might have caused,” Stamos wrote. “We are working to ensure that people who sign up for two-factor authentication won’t receive non-security-related notifications from us unless they specifically choose to receive them, and the same will be true for those who signed up in the past. We expect to have the fixes in place in the coming days. To reiterate, this was not an intentional decision; this was a bug.”

And yet, this is particularly bad because it creates a bad narrative around two-factor authentication. While Facebook lets you use a code generator mobile app or a U2F USB key, many people rely on text messages for two-factor authentication. It’s a second layer of security so that strangers who have your password can’t connect without the second factor.

Everyone should enable two-factor authentication. But people might hesitate now that they know Facebook has used a security feature to improve engagement in the past. I’d recommend turning it on with a code generator.

Does it mean tech publications shouldn’t have shared this information? Of course not (and I’m looking at you, former Facebook security engineer Alec Muffett). If nobody had written about the issue, Facebook would still be spamming users and sharing great engagement numbers in its quarterly earnings release.

The fact that Facebook poorly implemented a security feature is… Facebook’s fault.

In addition to that, Facebook is also disabling posting to Facebook via text messages altogether. Earlier this week, a tweet went viral as Gabriel Lewis tried disabling those text notifications and ended up sharing posts on Facebook:

The company says that this feature may have been useful at some point when smartphones were less popular, but there’s no reason to keep it around now.

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Play Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event For Free Right Now https://gadgetrio.us/play-overwatchs-lunar-new-year-event-for-free-right-now/ https://gadgetrio.us/play-overwatchs-lunar-new-year-event-for-free-right-now/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:40:14 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/play-overwatchs-lunar-new-year-event-for-free-right-now/ If you haven’t had a chance to jump in on Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch, now might be the perfect time to do so. This weekend, Overwatch is free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. To make the deal even sweeter, the base title and the game of the year edition are 50% off …

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If you haven’t had a chance to jump in on Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch, now might be the perfect time to do so. This weekend, Overwatch is free to play on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

To make the deal even sweeter, the base title and the game of the year edition are 50% off on Steam, the PlayStation Store, and Xbox. The sale also includes retail and will last until February 26.

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event, Year of the Dog, is currently underway until March 5. This year’s event includes new skins, emotes, and more for the game’s loot boxes, as well as changes to the Capture the Flag mode, a new competitive mode, and a new map called Ayutthaya.

To see all the changes for this year’s event, check out the patch notes. In other Overwatch news, the title may be restricted in Hawaii as representatives are taking action against video games with “predatory” loot box practices and microtransactions. If team shooters aren’t your cup of tea, make sure to check out these other free games available this weekend.

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‘Alien Zoo’ takes you on a virtual journey through an extraterrestrial world https://gadgetrio.us/alien-zoo-takes-you-on-a-virtual-journey-through-an-extraterrestrial-world/ https://gadgetrio.us/alien-zoo-takes-you-on-a-virtual-journey-through-an-extraterrestrial-world/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:34:05 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/alien-zoo-takes-you-on-a-virtual-journey-through-an-extraterrestrial-world/ An “Alien Zoo” has opened at a mall in Los Angeles, so get your tickets fast. The new VR exhibit pushes the boundaries of entertainment with an immersive cinematic trek through a world of extraterrestrial creatures. The post ‘Alien Zoo’ takes you on a virtual journey through an extraterrestrial world appeared first on Digital Trends. …

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An “Alien Zoo” has opened at a mall in Los Angeles, so get your tickets fast. The new VR exhibit pushes the boundaries of entertainment with an immersive cinematic trek through a world of extraterrestrial creatures.

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One-Stop Pots: Trinny Woodall Puts a Personal Spin on Color Cosmetics https://gadgetrio.us/one-stop-pots-trinny-woodall-puts-a-personal-spin-on-color-cosmetics/ https://gadgetrio.us/one-stop-pots-trinny-woodall-puts-a-personal-spin-on-color-cosmetics/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:33:08 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/one-stop-pots-trinny-woodall-puts-a-personal-spin-on-color-cosmetics/ LONDON — Trinny Woodall, whose posh, throaty voice and amusingly blunt style advice is still ringing in many a British TV viewer’s ear, is back with a new business. It’s color cosmetics, rather than clothing, and with the backing of Unilever Ventures and some smaller investors, the 54-year-old entrepreneur is creating a makeup and skin-care proposition …

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LONDON — Trinny Woodall, whose posh, throaty voice and amusingly blunt style advice is still ringing in many a British TV viewer’s ear, is back with a new business. It’s color cosmetics, rather than clothing, and with the backing of Unilever Ventures and some smaller investors, the 54-year-old entrepreneur is creating a makeup and skin-care proposition for more than just Millennials.
After years spent criticizing herself — and others — most famously on the hit BBC TV show “What Not to Wear,” which she cohosted with friend Susannah Constantine, Woodall has since turned to Facebook Live and Instagram, where she films herself scrubbing, rubbing and exfoliating from her home bathroom, and doling out girlfriend-style advice about her favorite beauty products and clothing — all of which she pays for herself.
She recently gave herself a mini-facial on Instagram, using her Foreo Luna and a cheaper version she’d picked up at Marks & Spencer. “I’d say the vibration is on the same level, although the M&S one is a little bit firmer,” Woodall says in the posting in her “Absolutely Fabulous” accent. “The Foreo is a phenomenal product — I live by it — but I’d say the M&S one is a bloody good

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Gillmor Gang: Where’s The Beef https://gadgetrio.us/gillmor-gang-wheres-the-beef/ https://gadgetrio.us/gillmor-gang-wheres-the-beef/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:18:06 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/gillmor-gang-wheres-the-beef/  The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, February 16, 2018. The Gang catches its breath as cryptocurrency crashes and rebounds, Facebook attacks its stream or does it, while publishers and their aggregators cozy up to a wave of bundling @stevegillmor, ekolsky, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by …

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 The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, February 16, 2018. The Gang catches its breath as cryptocurrency crashes and rebounds, Facebook attacks its stream or does it, while publishers and their aggregators cozy up to a wave of bundling
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Overwatch To Determine Who The Good Boys And Girls Are With Its Puppy Rumble – News https://gadgetrio.us/overwatch-to-determine-who-the-good-boys-and-girls-are-with-its-puppy-rumble-news/ https://gadgetrio.us/overwatch-to-determine-who-the-good-boys-and-girls-are-with-its-puppy-rumble-news/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:14:15 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/overwatch-to-determine-who-the-good-boys-and-girls-are-with-its-puppy-rumble-news/ If Overwatch has any glaring flaws, it’s the lack of pup-oriented competition. There’s just not enough of it! Thankfully, Blizzard has finally taken this key criticism to heart with its new Year of the Dog Puppy Rumble. We’re honestly not quite sure what the event, which will stream on Twitch this Monday at 5pm Central, …

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If Overwatch has any glaring flaws, it’s the lack of pup-oriented competition. There’s just not enough of it! Thankfully, Blizzard has finally taken this key criticism to heart with its new Year of the Dog Puppy Rumble.

We’re honestly not quite sure what the event, which will stream on Twitch this Monday at 5pm Central, will actually entail, but the short trailer for the event shows a bunch of dogs coming onto an arena of some sort dressed as Overwatch characters, so we’re already into it.

We don’t know how the event will be scored, which characters will triumph, or even what will actually happen, but one thing’s for sure: Puppies!



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Opera, TorGuard, TunnelBear, and more https://gadgetrio.us/opera-torguard-tunnelbear-and-more/ https://gadgetrio.us/opera-torguard-tunnelbear-and-more/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:10:24 +0000 https://gadgetrio.us/opera-torguard-tunnelbear-and-more/ I resisted the urge to get a decent VPN for my Android phone for years. Why bother with an extra app just to get online, now that internet connections are ubiquitous?  Over time, however, the scenarios in which I needed a VPN became more common. I needed to check what this or that site looked …

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I resisted the urge to get a decent VPN for my Android phone for years. Why bother with an extra app just to get online, now that internet connections are ubiquitous? 

Over time, however, the scenarios in which I needed a VPN became more common. I needed to check what this or that site looked like from another geolocation. Or I needed to test an app that wasn’t available in my country. But what finally made me cave in was being unable to watch some of my favorite TV shows while traveling. 

A VPN, or virtual private network, provides an additional layer of privacy when connecting to the internet. It’s like using a private tunnel to browse the web, keeping you safe from prying eyes and enabling you to surf as if you were connecting from a server in a different place. Typically, all you need to do as a user is install the app on your smartphone, start it up, choose a server location, and then you can just continue browsing as usual.

Choosing which VPN provider to go with, however, is both easy and incredibly difficult. There are hundreds to choose from, but it’s very hard to test how reliable they are in different scenarios. So below, you’ll find a list of some VPNs, both free and paid, that are just plain good. 

A word of caution: People use VPNs for various purposes, ranging from accessing a video stream to protecting their privacy from an entity that might be monitoring online communications, including oppressive regimes. Not every VPN offers the same degree of anonymity and the fine print can be important here; if privacy is important to you, carefully read the privacy policy of each service before you use it.

Various VPNs offer versions of their service for Android devices. Here are the best ones that we’ve tried, in no particular order:

Opera

Even though it’s not as good as some of the paid options out there, I like Opera’s VPN because it’s free and because it has a big, reliable brand behind it (Opera has been making web browsers for two decades). 

And if you just skimmed over that paragraph above, let me repeat the important bit: It’s free. It costs you nothing to try it out, and with Opera’s reputation, you don’t have to worry about getting your phone infected by malware. The app also offers a built in ad blocker and the ability to determine the security level of the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to. 

Opera won’t give you the amount of versatility you’ll get from paid options, though. There are only five virtual locations to choose from, and torrenting is not supported. 

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NordVPN

NordVPN has a fairly  affordable long term payment plan.

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NordVPN has a reputation for being amongst the sturdiest, most reliable VPNs out there and my experience has confirmed that. Whenever I needed to mimic being in a different geolocation, NordVPN had a server that was fast, and, even more importantly, the server was not on any blacklist. With it, I was able to stream Hulu shows in several European countries without issues. 

NordVPN says it offers over 3,533 servers worldwide. It lets you connect six devices at the same time, and it claims to keep no logs of your activities. 

Unlike Opera, NordVPN isn’t free, but here’s the bad news: It’s very, very hard to find a decent VPN that’s free. NordVPN does have some pretty sweet long-term deals, like a three-year subscription for $99. This might sound like a lot of money out of the gate, but divide it into monthly installments, and it’s just $2.75 per month. 

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F-Secure Freedome VPN

F-Secure Freedome VPN offers various pricing models.

F-Secure Freedome VPN offers various pricing models.

If you’re looking to get a VPN with a premium brand, the one from antivirus software maker F-Secure might fit the bill. Besides allowing you to privately browse the internet without activity logs, F-Secure also offers protection from third-party tracking and malicious sites.

The app’s circular UI is a little odd, but after a while you’ll get used to it, and you’ll find that it does give you a solid overview of what’s happening. The app’s settings don’t offer a lot but the basics are there: You can set up trusted Wi-Fi networks or allow some apps to bypass the VPN altogether.

F-Secure’s paid tiers are a little different to most VPN services. A 49.90 euro ($62.44) one-time payment (this boils down to 4.16 euros or $5.21 per month) will get you 12 months of access with the ability to use it on up to three devices at the same time. If you need support for more devices, the price goes up, with the most expensive tier offering support for seven devices for 6.66 euros ($8.34) per month. 

F-Secure Freedome VPN is available here — and don’t worry, you can download and try out the Android app for five days without paying anything first. 

ExpressVPN

Like essentially all VPNs out there, ExpressVPN promises a ton of servers (more than 1,700), unlimited bandwidth, no restrictions, and great speeds. It also openly advertises the fact that it’s based in the British Virgin Islands, which doesn’t have data-retention laws, meaning the company isn’t required to keep activity or connection logs.

One area where it stands out is the number of available locations, a whopping 148 cities in 94 countries. It also supports a ton of security standards, including 256-bit AES encryption. 

The starting monthly price for ExpressVPN is pretty steep: $12.95 per month. But you can also buy a 15-month subscription for $99.95, which means you’re actually paying $6.67. Not the cheapest option out there, but still OK. And if you’re a cryptocurrency fan, you’ll like the fact that you can pay that in bitcoins. 

Using the app is simple enough: Fire it up and choose a location (you get a recommended location depending on your actual geolocation which should give you good speed), and then surf away. 

Get ExpressVPN for Android here

TorGuard

First things first: TorGuard has no relation to the Tor anonymizing project or the underlying technology. But it’s still a very versatile VPN for all platforms, including Android, aimed primarily at folks who like to do torrenting without worrying about getting an unwanted letter in the mail telling them to stop. 

The service claims it has more than 3,000 servers in more than 55 countries, effectively giving it unlimited bandwidth (i.e. you don’t have to worry about too many users taxing the system at any one time).

TorGuard is not the most beginner-friendly option out there; in fact, the first thing it’ll ask you after you fire it up is to choose between a variety of security protocols that most people don’t know much about. Still, once you’ve clicked on those and connected to a server, you’ll be fine. 

The pricing starts at $9.99 per month but that can be lower if you pay on a quarterly, semi-annual, annual or a biennial basis. Bitcoin as well as Litecoin are accepted as payment. 

Get TorGuard here

TunnelBear

TunnelBear isn't just a cute interface.

TunnelBear isn’t just a cute interface.

TunnelBear’s main selling point is simplicity and ease of use, and it delivers. After downloading the app, all you need to do is create an account (only your email address and password is needed), confirm the registration via email, and you’re good to go. The animation of a bear actually tunneling from one place to another is pretty great, too. 

The app is free, but it only gets you a monthly 500MB, which will be enough for a little bit of work but definitely won’t do for video streaming. If you want more, you can get a paid account with unlimited data. The two tiers — Giant and Grizzly — offer the same deal, but the former will cost you $9.99 monthly while the latter is paid on a yearly basis for $49.88 (which works out to a monthly price of $4.16).

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