Heartbleed, the bug that crippled the Web’s security for the last two years.


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Heartbleed, a name that strikes fear lately, the bug found in OpenSSL encryption, that for the last two may have exposed your data on even the most famous websites we use everyday, such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, which could actually let your data to be “bleed” by someone from a server.

Although most of them have fixed the problem already with a patch, there’s no guarantee that your data hasn’t been stolen yet. Even if you are habitué of changing password at some point and don’t use the same for multiple accounts, it’s better to stay safe and sound. Still, we don’t know if hackers knew about this bug until last week when it was discovered. Here’s a list of the services that have been hit, where we strongly recommend to change password immediately.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google & YouTube
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Tumblr
  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • OkCupid
  • IFTTT
  • Wikipedia
  • Wunderlist
  • Pinterest
  • Yahoo!
  • GoDaddy
  • Netflix
  • Flickr
  • Minecraft
  • SoundCloud

OS X and iOS users do not need to worry; Apple already claimed that they didn’t rely on OpenSSL, they’ve always been secure. Same goes for Microsoft and relative services such as Outlook.

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In Italiano

Heartbleed, un nome che fa paura di recente. È il bug trovato nella crittografia OpenSSL che per due anni ha esposto dati degli utenti anche sui siti più famosi e usati al mondo, come Facebook, Google, Instagram, a causa di un errore di programmazione che permetteva a malintenzionati di far “sanguinare” (appunto dall’inglese “bleed”) certe informazioni dal server.

Nonostante la maggior parte abbia già rilasciato una patch volta a risolvere il problema, non c’è garanzia che i nostri dati non siano stati già rubati. Anche se avete l’abitudine di cambiare password periodicamente e di usarne sempre una diversa, è meglio restare sul sicuro. Tuttavia, non possiamo nemmeno essere certi che gli hacker fossero già a conoscenza del bug di Heartbleed fino a settimana scorsa quando è stato scoperto. Ecco una lista dei “colpiti”, ai quali consigliamo di modificare le credenziali di accesso immediatamente.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google & YouTube
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Tumblr
  • Dropbox
  • Box
  • OkCupid
  • IFTTT
  • Wikipedia
  • Wunderlist
  • Pinterest
  • Yahoo!
  • GoDaddy
  • Netflix
  • Flickr
  • Minecraft
  • SoundCloud

Gli utenti Mac OS X e iOS non hanno di che preoccuparsi; Apple ha già reso noto di non utilizzare OpenSSL, sono sempre rimasti sicuri. Stesso vale per Microsoft, e per tutti i servizi correlati tra i quali Outlook.

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Apple kicks off WWDC 2014 on 2nd June 2014

As for any year, Apple will hold the annual Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 on June 2nd at Moscone West Center in San Francisco. Now you may think “Tickets get sold out so fast that I would hardly be able to have a chance of participating”. No, this year is going to be different. Instead of selling tickets like the usual first come is best served, there is going to be a lottery. That’s right, everyone will be given a fair chance of attending at this year WWDC by submitting an entry on Apple Developer website, requiring to be enrolled in one of the development programs between iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program

Hold on! There’s more. Not only working developers are eligible for the lottery. There are going to be two hundred Student Scholarships tickets reserved to students to give them too a chance of showcasing their work. In this case, they’ll only need to be registered as free Apple Developers (no enrollment required) and have created an app, which they’re supposed to be working on. A great chance to learn more about Apple’s development technologies.

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The Facebook redesign that you will never see rolled out because some can’t handle it.

On March 2013, Facebook showed a neat redesign for its website. A less cluttered layout, bigger pictures and also better looks.


Facebook Redesign 2013

No, we aren’t going to see this anymore. Reason is that a lot of Facebook users still run old computers such as netbooks that just can’t handle it. A lot of users still run on them, having insufficient performance and small screens that won’t fit it.

An early post stated that such redesign wasn’t just good from a revenue point reason because it has been ditched. Not quite correct.

Stating to Julie Zhuo – Facebook Design Director – “These people may not be early adopters or use the same hardware we do, but the quality of their experience matters just as much.”. Many of us may have shiny new computers, pixel perfect and wide screens to have a sharp pictures. There’s something more beyond just improving the user experience only from an exterior aspect. You have to make sure they can actually use it and not gimp the browser with a too heavy payload to take care of with already low room for themselves. Read More…

Microsoft releases Word, PowerPoint and Excel for iOS

After a lot of rumors about Microsoft about to launch the Office suite to iOS, it happened. Alongside OneNote (which was already on App Store and updated to a new look), Word, PowerPoint and Excel make their appearance totally for free but with a gap; you need to be a regular subscriber to Office 365™ to create, edit and share documents within the application. Otherwise, they’ll work in read-only mode preventing any modification. This on the iPad.

With some astonishment too, a few days later this restriction has been removed from their respective for iPhone. Exactly, if you intend using Office on iPhone you won’t be forced to purchase a subscription that goes for 99,99€. Microsoft says that it was purely a question of balancing App Store and Windows Phone users as on the last one it has always been like that. Read More…

Apple releases finally releases iOS 7.1

iPad Air

After months of extensive beta testing and minor updates focused on fixing minor security issues and tweaks, Apple has released the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch back in 2013′s fall which brings a great improvement to iOS 7, among others fixing annoying home screen crashes, additional contrast options if you don’t feel comfortable with the system’s transparency and more defined buttons (was it a floating text or what…). Here’s the complete official change log: Read More…

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