Amazon & Apple Change Security Procedures: In the aftermath of Wired tech columnist Mat Honan’s horrific hack experience*1 over the weekend Amazon and Apple have, not surprisingly updated their security procedures. Amazon has changed its procedure by doing away with the option to allow customers to change account information by telephone. And Apple has at least temporarily suspended the option for people to call and re-set password information over the phone while the company reviews its security policy and procedures. I find this a very serious issue because we are transitioning at almost warp speed to being a society that stores massive amounts of information in the cloud (meaning online). So to further highlight this issue, here are three articles on the subject for your perusal:

1) The first article, from the tech site Mashable, is titled Hackers Force Apple, Amazon To Change Security Policy:

http://mashable.com/2012/08/08/hackers-amazon-apple-policy/

2) The second article, from CNET, is titled Amazon addresses security exploit after journalist hack:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57488759-83/amazon-addresses-security-exploit-after-journalist-hack/

3) And the third article, from PC World, is titled Mat Honan Hack Pokes Holes in Apple iCloud:

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/260574/mat_honan_hack_pokes_holes_in_apple_icloud.html

Starbucks To Use Square: I’ve previously mentioned in this blog that there is a new high tech process for people to pay for items sold by vendors and in stores and restaurants via apps like Foursquare set up on their smart phones. This new high tech process allow merchants to know both that the customers are in their store or restaurant and for those customers, once they set up the service, to pay for items by simply approaching the merchant’s computer and saying their name. And now Starbucks has become one of the first major companies to adopt this service. So if you have a smartphone you can download the Square app from your respective app store and the next time you purchase a coffee at Starbucks you’ll be able to pay via this new high tech process!

Here’s a link to a New York Times article, titled Starbucks and Square Team Up, on the subject:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/technology/starbucks-and-square-to-team-up.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Linda R.

*1 The hack entailed hackers breaking into Honan’s Amazon, Apple, Gmail and iCould accounts via “social engineering;” a term that is defined as a hacker calling a company and impersonating the person whose online accounts they are trying to break into so they can gain control of those accounts.

*2 the previous blog posting on this subject was posted July 21, 2012 and is titled Apple TV Really Isn’t A Hobby, E-Books Are Gaining in Popularity, The High Tech Future of Buying Things & A Cool Star Wars Mug

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