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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights February 3, 2017

By boundless team in · Technology · February 3, 2017

ICMYI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

Gmail will block JavaScript attachments, a common source of malware

Starting Feb. 13, Google will no longer allow JavaScript attachments on its Gmail service, killing one of the main methods of malware distribution over the past two years.

Our thoughts: In the rare cases that users have legitimate reasons to send these files, they will have to use Google Drive.

Don’t believe the story about hackers locking guests in their rooms at a luxury hotel


“We had a cyber attack but the only problem was that we could not program keycards for the guests checking in on the same day.” He added: “The keycards and the computers were affected, but the doors were not.”

Our thoughts: IoT security problems clearly are not going away, but it's not as bad as originally thought.

Apple: You share iCloud data, and we'll make iPhones smarter

A new option in its iOS 10.3 software, released earlier this week for beta testing, asks iPhone and iPad users to share iCloud account data. iCloud services include file storage, email, calendars, photo management, password synchronization, and music and video library management.
Our thoughts: Apple does this data gathering on an opt-in basis vs default (like most companies). Will this cause their data to be less valid as the sample size is lower?

 

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