Heard about the giant Facebook data leak?

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As a result, we call all expect online scam attempts. Via Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN:

How to spot a phishing email or smishing SMS, according to Markuson: 

1. Check the sender’s address or telephone number. Don’t just trust the display name – pay attention to the email address, telephone number, and other sender credentials.

2. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes, design issues. Serious companies and institutions don’t usually send out emails with bad grammar; email design is usually lean and precise.

3. Don’t click on links or download attachments. If that’s an email – hover your mouse over the link to see the destination link. Check if it looks legitimate and, especially, if it contains the “https” part to indicate a secure connection. If that’s and SMS – it’s better to search for the website yourself.

4. Consider context. Were you expecting such an email or SMS? If not, it is probably suspicious, especially if the offer is too good to be true.  

5. When in doubt, contact the company or institution over the phone or alternative email address and ask to confirm if the email is legitimate.

6. If you notice something unusual – report the incident to the authorities. Raising the alarm can help not only you, but others affected by the leak as well.

SCOTUS rules to allow more media consolidation

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Just what we needed, right?

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Federal Communication Commission to loosen local media ownership restrictions, handing a victory to broadcasters in a ruling that could facilitate industry consolidation as consumers increasingly move online.

“In a 9-0 ruling authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the justices overturned a lower court decision that had blocked the FCC’s repeal of some media ownership regulations in 2017 for failing to consider the effects on ownership by racial minorities and women. Critics of the industry have said further consolidation could limit media choices for consumers.

“The justices acted in appeals by the FCC, companies including News Corp, Fox Corp and Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc and the National Association of Broadcasters.

“The associations for other broadcast networks’ local affiliates, including ABC, NBC and CBS, backed the appeals, arguing that consolidation would help ensure the economic survival of local television amid heavy competition from internet companies that provide video content. Broadcast television stations have said they are increasingly losing advertising dollars to digital platforms.”