Nest apps go down + Firefox, Chrome get security updates | Tech for the People Today – November 17, 2020

Nest apps go down + Firefox, Chrome get security updates | Tech for the People Today – November 17, 2020

Imagine not being able to control your thermostat because an app went down. That’s happening today with Nest products, owned by Google. Commenters on sites like Hacker News are saying “That explains why I couldn’t turn up the heat before getting out of bed this morning.” That might seem like a first-world problem but gives us yet another example of the fragility of the Internet of Things, connected devices controlled by a third party.

Firefox and Chrome got some important updates this week. Chrome 87 closes a number of serious security vulnerabilities, while Firefox 83 helps protect you from non-secure connections to websites. If you use either browser, you should update them ASAP!

Dating app Bumble recently fixed an issue where anyone could see protected information about the service’s users, including their Facebook data, swipes and personal info. The bug was discovered by security researcher Sanjana Sarda.