This is Why I Quit Yahoo Mail

This is why I quit using Yahoo Mail six months ago! How many times is enough? This time it’s forged cookies! Thankfully, I didn’t get that additional notification from Yahoo that my account was targeted. Whew! A close call, but you can never be sure. Anyways, here’s the message I received this morning.

“Dear Ulysses,

We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that involves your Yahoo account. We have taken steps to secure your account and are working closely with law enforcement.

Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password. Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account. We have connected some of the cookie forging activity to the same state-sponsored actor believed to be responsible for the data theft we disclosed on September 22, 2016. Those users targeted by the state-sponsored actor were sent an additional notification like the one found here: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN26995.html.

We invalidated the forged cookies and hardened our systems to secure them against similar attacks. We continuously enhance our safeguards and systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.

We encourage you to follow these security recommendations:

  • Review all of your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

Additionally, please consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo altogether.

For More Information

For more information about this issue and our security resources, please visit the Yahoo Account Security Issue FAQs page available at https://yahoo.com/security-update.

Protecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen our defenses.

Sincerely,

Bob Lord
Chief Information Security Officer
Yahoo”

Facebook Video Auto Play

Nothing is more infuriating that going to a website with a video playing on the background. That is what Facebook is exactly doing. They are now playing videos on pages that you open. Sounds like they are more concerned more about counting their video views than the actual user experience. At least they’re trying to be nice by muting the audio if you scroll down past the video. Facebook is giving you the option to have the volume ON automatically, but why would you do that? If you don’t want videos playing in the background at all, you can turn it OFF by going to the Settings and setting Auto-Play Videos to Off. That’s what I would do.

Windows 10 Cloud

ZDNet just published an article about the rumored Windows 10 Cloud platform. It’s interesting take and departure from Microsoft. The Windows 10 Cloud platform is supposed to be competing with the Google Chrome OS. This version of Windows 10 is rumored to be locked down. That means you can’t install any app that you want. To install apps, you have to go through through the Windows Store app setup. It’s probably best that they’ve decided this for security reasons. Some sources are also saying that the Windows 10 Cloud platform can also run Universal Windows Platform apps. Universal Windows Platform apps and Windows Store apps are not the same. We don’t really know if both app platforms are going to be supported until Microsoft reveals it. Is Windows 10 Cloud free? Will it run on all devices? We will soon find out.

Debian 8.7

There’s a new version of the Debian 8 Jessie series. The latest release is Debian version 8.7 which includes 87 miscellaneous bug fixes and 86 security updates. If you’re running version Debian 8 now, the updates are going to be automatic. If you’re new to Debian, you can install the fresh Debian version by downloading it directly from Debian.com.

Intel i7-7700K

Intel just released their seventh generation of CPUs called Kaby Lake. If you read the latest reviews of the new chip sets, the improvement over Skylake is not much. It’s essentially the same CPUs with slightly faster clock speeds. However, the latest chips will have support for 4k media, allowing you to play 4k Netflix. The i7-7700K looks like the direct replacement for the i7-6700K, with higher clocks speeds at 4.2 Ghz and boost at 4.5 Ghz. Benchmarks are slightly higher. If you already own i7-6700K Skylake, there’s no reason to upgrade, but if you own an older CPU, then it makes sense to purchase the i7-7700K for $40 dollars more.

Drought Is Over

The drought in California is over! Five years of very little rain. This year is another story. It feels like it hasn’t stopped raining since October. And we barely into winter. Last year was supposed to be El Nino year for California, but it didn’t rain much. This year, California has received more rain on a non-El Nino year. NOAA just made the announcement that the drought is over. However, a large swat of Southern California continue to remain in drought. In the north, most major reservoirs are above average. Heavenly Ski area received 12 feet of new snow just this past week.

Norway Killing FM

Norwegian officials have decided to replace FM with DAB or Digital Audio Broadcasting. The decision is a move towards the digital age over the older FM analog format. Hurray for progress! Norwegian officials are saying that the move will save broadcasters over $23 million dollars. In addition, it will give listeners a clearer digital sound.

Sixty six percent of Norwegians are oppose to the move, mainly because many Norwegians cars don’t have DAB receivers. Hey, nothing like listening to your voters! To get around the problem, DBA adapters can be installed in cars for $176. Ouch! But, a business opportunity for someone to make money. At the end of the year, there will be 15 million FM useless radios in Norway.

Here’s the the article from Mashable.

Leaving Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail has been hacked numerous times the last couple of years leaving me with no recourse but to abandon it. I’ve used my Yahoo account for years, signing up on just about everything that had a presence online. So, it was extremely important for me that I stop using Yahoo Mail for my security.

Over the last couple of months, I have been slowly switching my online accounts over to another email.  The migration has been slow and an arduous process. It took me roughly a couple months to complete the migration. Here’s how I did it.

  1. First, I cleared all spam.
  2. I then deleted all emails that were not important to me, including what was in the Send folder.
  3. I compiled a list of important websites that had my Yahoo account.
  4. I logged in to those sites and changed them to my new email address.
  5. I kept all the important email messages and placed them on a couple of folders.
  6. I then archived them and secured them to a local drive.
  7. I then deleted all the remaining messages on my Yahoo account. It now has zero messages.
  8. However, the account is still active. I need it for my Yahoo Fantasy Football. 🙂
  9. Occasionally, I still get email, but nothing of anything important.

 

Amazon Light Sail

Amazon announced today a new product called Light Sail. It’s a virtual machine that’s preconfigured with either Amazon Linux AMI or Ubuntu Server. It’s comes with SSD storage, DNS management and a static IP address.

You can choose your developer stack whether it’s LAMP, LEMP, MEAN or Node.js. You can then run applications such as Drupal, Joomla, Redmine, Gitlab and countless others.

The pricing is flat-rate starting at $5 per month all the way up to $80 per month depending on number of vCPUs, memory and storage.

Running small virtual machines was an impediment to most independent developers due to steep price of running EC2 instances. With Light Sail, it opens up for smaller websites to be hosted at Amazon.

Read Amazon’s blog about the new Light Sail offering.

Mozilla 2015 Revenue Report

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser reported that it made $421 million dollars in 2015. The reporting is one year behind. It’s not bad for a browser with a market share of just 11 percent. Google Chrome dominates the browser market at 55% followed by Internet Explorer at 23% and Microsoft Edge at 5%.