Facebook Starts Sending Alerts to Users About Suspected Intrusions

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Today's topics include Facebook's warning to users about nation-state intrusions, a petition that calls for Microsoft to revamp Windows 10 updates, rumors of 3D Touch in the Galaxy S7, and Sprint says it will throttle back the network speeds of customers that exceed a 23GB monthly data limit.

If government network hackers in Syria or North Korea, for example, happen to target your Facebook account and are curious about the cat video you posted, Facebook will detect and warn you about any intrusions.

Facebook announced on Oct. 19 that it will begin notifying users if it believes their accounts have been compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.

Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said that the security of people's accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why they constantly watch for potentially malicious activity and offer users multiple options for securing their accounts.

Thousands of people are petitioning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to overhaul the Windows 10 patching process and provide customers with more thorough documentation.

Despite some early indications that the operating system has a bright future in the enterprise, many administrators are distrustful of the software giant for its lack of transparency concerning the content of Windows 10 patches.

Concerned about their organizations' privacy and security, they fault Microsoft for not publishing a comprehensive list of bug fixes and feature additions.

Rumors continue to circulate about Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, with the latest reports indicating that the next-generation handset could come with a 3D Touch feature like that found in the latest Apple iPhone 6s models.

According to an Oct. 18 story by ValueWalk, it's also possible that Samsung will extend the wraparound screen included in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ to the top of the handset in addition to its existing wraparound sides. 

The rumored 3D Touch and expanded wraparound screen features have been seen in "concept images" based on patents that Samsung has applied for.

Sprint is now imposing a 23GB monthly high-speed data limit on new mobile customers who have unlimited data accounts. Sprint will throttle them back to lower network speeds when they reach that data limit. 

Dr. John Saw, Sprint's chief technology officer, wrote in an Oct. 16 post on the Sprint Blog that customers that consume 23GB within a month will still have access to unlimited data under their phone plans, but their usage will be prioritized below other customers.


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