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Here’s how your Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is calculated – and what it could look like in 2021

Here’s how your Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is calculated – and what it could look like in 2021

Finance
People line up outside the Social Security Administration office in San Francisco.Getty ImagesIf you collect Social Security benefits, you're probably already eagerly waiting to see what your cost-of-living adjustment will be next year.New, early estimates from The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan senior group, point to a possible 1.5% COLA increase for 2021.In 2020, Social Security recipients got a 1.6% increase. For retired workers, that meant their average monthly benefit increased to $ 1,503 per month, up from $ 1,479 per month.Meanwhile, Social Security COLAs have averaged 1.4% in the past decade.How those adjustments are calculatedThe Social Security Administration generally announces its COLA in October for the following year.The amount is calculated based on the percentage cha...
TikTok fixes ‘serious’ security flaws

TikTok fixes ‘serious’ security flaws

Technology
Security flaws on the TikTok video-sharing platform, that could have let hackers add or delete videos, change privacy settings and steal personal data, have been fixed after they were highlighted to developer ByteDance.Researchers at security firm Check Point found multiple issues, all ripe for exploitation by hackers.It informed ByteDance of the problems in November.TikTok said they were fixed and thanked the security firm for alerting them."Like many organisations, we encourage responsible security researchers to privately disclose zero-day vulnerabilities to us," it said in a statement. "Before public disclosure, Check Point agreed that all reported issues were patched in the latest version of our app. We hope that this successful resolution will encou...
UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

UK’s cyber security chief to step down next year

Technology
The head of Britain's frontline defence against cyber attack warned the challenge of securing technology will become ever more complex as it was revealed he will step down next year.Ciaran Martin, 45, will leave the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the summer, almost four years after founding the organisation, the government said on Friday evening. It said his decision to move on had been a "long-standing" plan."It has been the privilege of a lifetime to set up the NCSC and lead its brilliant people," Mr Martin, a career civil servant, said in a statement."When we created the NCSC we set out to achieve something truly special, and I hope and believe we are leaving UK cyber security in much better shape. Advertisement ...
Shops urged to take smart toys off shelves over security concerns

Shops urged to take smart toys off shelves over security concerns

Technology
Children are at risk of being contacted by strangers and seeing offensive images through their must-have smart toys, an investigation has found.Consumer group Which? found security flaws in toys including walkie talkies, karaoke machines and robots which could leave them open to being hacked, hijacked by other users or lack online filters. With the UK expected to spend billions of pounds on toys this Christmas, the group is calling on retailers - including John Lewis, Amazon, Argos and Smyths toy store - to withdraw a number of 'connected' or 'intelligent' toys. Image: Karaoke microphone allows people to send recorded messages to the device through Bluetooth Out of seven popular devices tested, three of them could be exploited so a st...
Cinema chain reinstates gangland film with ‘increased security’

Cinema chain reinstates gangland film with ‘increased security’

Entertainment
Showcase Cinemas has reversed its decision to cancel all screenings of the gangland film Blue Story.The chain said it was reinstating the London street war drama with extra security after "careful consideration and discussions with the distributor", just hours after it was pulled from its multiplexes across the country. Showcase had announced it would be following rival firm Vue in banning the film, with the latter having revealed more than a dozen of its cinemas had faced problems linked to its release.In an updated statement released on Monday night, Showcase said: "We took the decision to temporarily suspend screenings of Blue Story to enable us to assess the situation. Image: Director and writer Andrew Onwubolu, known as Rapman, has def...