How To Use 2-step Verification

Here’s how to protect yourself with two-step verification on 11 top websites

By on April 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

Here’s how to protect yourself with two-step verification on 11 top websites

Heartbleed is a very scary bug that came to light recently and once again sent the Internet into a frenzy with talk about how to protect yourself from security vulnerabilities and hackers. Several sites also published guides covering how to protect yourself from Heartbleed, suggesting that using stronger passwords could somehow have kept users safe from having their data compromised by Heartbleed. Using complex passwords is always a good idea, but even the longest password would have been vulnerable in the case of this particular flaw. What would have offered users solid protection, however, is two-step verification. More →

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How To Use Windows XP After Support Ends

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

By on April 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

How to safely run Windows XP in the post-XPocalyptic world

A lot of people are having trouble saying goodbye to Windows XP even after Microsoft has cut off support for the ancient operating system. Earlier this week we gave XP fans some tips for how to keep Windows XP around even if they upgrade to Windows 8, but what about those XP diehards who just flat-out refuse to upgrade to a new OS? For those hardy souls, The Guardian has put together a handy guide for XP stragglers who still can’t let go but who also don’t want to be open to the barrage of malware that will now run completely rampant on their machines without Microsoft’s support. More →

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How To Test For Heartbleed On My Android Phone

This free Android app could save your phone from the Heartbleed bug

By on April 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

This free Android app could save your phone from the Heartbleed bug

The NSA has apparently known about Heartbleed for years, but the general public was only made aware of the devastating bug a few days ago. Many of us are at a loss for what to do, but smartphone security firm Lookout is living up to its name with a free app that will allow you to check and see if your Android device is vulnerable. Lookout’s Heartbleed Detector app determines which of OpenSSL is running and then tells users whether or not their phones could have been affected by Heartbleed. More →

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NSA Heartbleed

NSA reportedly exploited Heartbleed for years, leaving us all at risk

By on April 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM.

NSA reportedly exploited Heartbleed for years, leaving us all at risk

The odds are good that no one will be surprised to learn that the National Security Agency knew about the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability that affected 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery. The allegation that the NSA used the security hole itself to spy on targets might not be terribly shocking either. What is pretty surprising — and appalling — however, is the fact that Bloomberg is reporting the NSA knew about the huge vulnerability for “at least two years” and did nothing, leaving us all at risk. More →

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How to Create Strong Passwords

This guide will teach you how to create stronger passwords

By on April 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

This guide will teach you how to create stronger passwords

The Heartbleed software bug caught the web by storm, affecting a huge number of websites and online services that are now hurrying to patch the security bug. Internet users have little they can do right now, aside from checking whether the websites they access on a regular basis are affected in any way – especially those sites where they have user accounts – and then changing their passwords for those sites once they have been patched. Changing a password now would not have any effect on a site that’s still vulnerable to Heartbleed, as hackers would still be able to access passwords no matter how complex they’d be.

With that said, however, people looking to set up stronger passwords than “password” or “123456” in the future should check out this handy infographic from WebpageFX, which can help them come up with better passwords. More →

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Heartbleed Explanation

Why is Heartbleed called Heartbleed?

By on April 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Why is Heartbleed called Heartbleed?

After a week of unescapable coverage on tech blogs and news sites, it’s probably safe to say most of us now know what Heartbleed is. The positively terrifying OpenSSL vulnerability affected an estimated 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery, and passwords for many big sites including Yahoo, Flickr and thousands more were at risk. Sure, we all know what Heartbleed is, and now, thanks to a simple browser plugin, we know how to avoid websites affected by Heartbleed. What most people don’t know, however, is how Heartbleed got its name. More →

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Hearbleed Online Security Checks

Trying to protect yourself from Heartbleed could land you in jail

By on April 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM.

Trying to protect yourself from Heartbleed could land you in jail

The recently uncovered massive Heartbleed vulnerability affecting 66% of websites is currently being patched by many companies, but several online services already offer users the means to test whether a website is still affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability. However, checking to see whether a site uses flawed OpenSSL protocol is actually in violation of Internet laws and could land users in jail, at least theoretically, The Register reports. More →

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Heartbleed iOS, OS X and Apple

Apple: iOS, OS X and ‘key web services’ aren’t heartbleeding

By on April 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Apple: iOS, OS X and ‘key web services’ aren’t heartbleeding

Following the revelation that hundreds of thousands of websites are susceptible to attacks based on the “Heartbleed” flaw in OpenSSL, Apple told Re/code that its operating systems including iOS and OS X, as well as unnamed “key” web-based services are not affected by the hack. More →

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Google Android Malware Security Scans

Google will give your Android phone routine checkups to ensure it’s malware-free

By on April 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Google will give your Android phone routine checkups to ensure it’s malware-free

Google is going an extra step to help make sure all of your Android apps are behaving exactly as they’re supposed to. The company announced on Thursday that it would be expanding its Verify apps security system to routinely run scans of apps on your device to make sure that they aren’t doing anything suspicious or malicious. More →

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Heartbleed Detector Plugin

This plugin will warn you immediately when you visit a site affected by Heartbleed

By on April 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM.

This plugin will warn you immediately when you visit a site affected by Heartbleed

Heartbleed is one of the most widespread vulnerabilities we have seen in recent years — it impacted an estimated 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery. The bug affects OpenSSL, which is a popular security protocol used to encrypt sensitive data sent to and from websites. Major sites such as Yahoo, Flickr and Imgur are among the sites that were affected by Heartbleed, potentially exposing users’ passwords and other data to hackers. While many have patched the bug and others continue to do so, it will be months or even years before every site addresses the issue.

In the meantime, a simple free Chrome browser plugin will alert users when they visit a website that is still vulnerable. More →

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Malware Global Infection Map

Watch in real-time as malware infects the entire planet

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Watch in real-time as malware infects the entire planet

In what might be the most ingenious ad campaign for anti-virus software we’ve ever seen, Kaspersky Lab has put has put together a terrifying, interactive infographic of sorts calling attention to malware threats in real-time. The “Cyberthreat Real-Time Map” visualizes our planet in relation to malware, displaying the infection rates in every country and ranking them based on which are the most infected. Russia comes in at number 1, with the United States and India taking the 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Of course, it’s nothing more than a clever endorsement for Kaspersky Lab’s Security Scan software, but it’s fascinating to see the reach of malware across the globe in such a visually evocative format. See for yourself on Kaspersky’s site.

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How To Prevent Smartphone Theft

New innovation could put an end to smartphone thefts forever

By on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

New innovation could put an end to smartphone thefts forever

Every other month it seems like researchers at some tech company or university come up with clever new ways to prevent or deter smartphone thieves. However, some researchers at Georgia Tech have come up with a new system called LatentGesture that really does have the potential to end smartphone theft once and for all. More →

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