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Can You Delete DMs on Twitter?

According to a web security researcher, Twitter has a "functional bug" that effectively retains the direct messages (aka DMs) that users send, even after a user deletes those messages, or even their whole account.

The so-called bug has been raising some rather loud criticism of the platform, which at one point allowed users to effectively "unsend" direct messages by deleting them, though that feature has since been removed. Twitter has not provided any details, but did state that it was looking into this issue. Notably though, the researcher stated that he notified Twitter over a year ago, and nothing has changed.

What Are Best Practices for Texting Clients?

Some things are better left unsaid, and that includes text messaging.

For lawyers, it goes without saying that they must protect client confidences. But when sending a text message, it's easy to breach confidentiality because the sender doesn't really know who will see it.

That's why there are some rules when it comes to lawyer-client texting. Here are some written ones:

Another Malicious App Found on Google Play

Security experts found another malicious app on Google Play.

The "clipper" malware was disguised as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, but it stole cryptocurrency from users who downloaded it. The app took their credentials and keys, and redirected cryptocurrency deposits to the cyberthieves.

If it sounds familiar, that's because cybercriminals have used Google Play before to spread malware. It's become a thing -- a bad thing.

Bezos Stands Up to National Inquirer's Mr. Pecker

"No thank you, Mr. Pecker."

That's what Jeff Bezos said to David Pecker, who controls the National Enquirer. Bezos addressed Pecker in a public response to alleged extortion and blackmail.

The National Inquirer allegedly threatened to publish intimate photos that Bezos shared with his lover. You can guess why Bezos called out Mr. Pecker.

This Chrome Extension Alerts You of Password Breach

Google has a new Chrome extension to protect users from password breaches.

The add-on for the Chrome browser automatically checks websites against known password breaches. The extension, called Password Check, is available now for free.

That's the easy part. The rest is Greek to everybody but geeks.

First the FaceTime Bug, Now the 5G Spy?

They say there's no rest for the wicked, and that would include hackers.

No sooner do the experts figure out the FaceTime bug, than researchers discover a vulnerability in the 5G network. That's the high-speed protocol set to roll out in a matter of months.

The vulnerability allows potential data thieves to steal information off the airwaves. Wicked thieves.

The Internet of Things and other "smart" tech may offer promises of a more convenient life, allowing you to operate any number of gadgets, home appliances, locks, lights, cameras, and more, all from the palm of your hand. However, some IoT and smart tech can also offer a really easy backdoor into your network for hackers, even after you've sent them off to the e-recycler.

Notably, one of the big problems is discount, or bargain bin smart tech. As Tech Crunch explains, often these devices will have absolutely no security whatsoever. That means after you toss it, or sell it on eBay, someone could extract private data, like your wifi password, or more.

Yes, we tech savvy lawyers might consider ourselves to be sharp enough to spot every single phishing attempt that hits our email inboxes. After all, if we can spot a bad client, or a good case, we can spot a suspicious email, right?

Well, you might want to guess again, or at least confirm what you may or may not already know. And you can do that easily thanks to a simple online quiz Google designed, that won't take more than a couple minutes. The quiz runs through several example emails and asks you to identify whether the email is a phishing attempt or legitimate. After each question, the quiz reviews your answer and shows you all the different tell-tale warning signs. And after you're done, you'll want everyone you work with (or care about) to take it too.

Robotic Divorce: It's Nothing Personal

While eHarmony and other internet sites are making matches, another online industry is splitting them up.

Online divorce: it's cheap, fast, and easy. At least that's what the marketers say. Attorneys say there is no such thing as a free lunch or a free divorce.

As the virtual world becomes more real, however, something is definitely missing in online divorces. It's nothing personal.

How the Government Shutdown Stalled Cybersecurity

The government shutdown may be over for now, but national cybersecurity is still in limbo.

Agencies furloughed security teams. Patches and updates to websites were deferred.

Meanwhile, federal workers went looking for jobs in the private sector. It wasn't the end of the world, but it's hard to reboot cybersecurity once it goes down.