Tim Cook Privacy

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

By on June 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tim Cook blasts Google and Facebook while boasting of Apple’s commitment to privacy

The old adage of, “If a product is free you are the product” isn’t lost on Apple CEO Tim Cook. During a recent speech delivered at an Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) event in Washington D.C., Cook championed Apple’s core belief that user privacy and security should remain at the forefront of all products and services.

TechCrunch on Tuesday posted highlights from Cook’s talk, where the Apple CEO and operations wiz passionately emphasized Apple’s unwavering commitment to privacy.

“Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook stated. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demands it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”

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Mac Sleep BIOS Security Vulnerability

Warning: Serious Mac vulnerability could open permanent backdoor to hackers

By on June 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM.

Warning: Serious Mac vulnerability could open permanent backdoor to hackers

A security researcher has discovered a new Mac vulnerability that can seriously affect some Mac owners, even though most users should be relatively safe because the security flaw apparently isn’t used on a wide scale yet. More →

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TSA Airport Security Check Homeland

TSA security checks can easily be fooled, Homeland Security finds

By on June 2, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

TSA security checks can easily be fooled, Homeland Security finds

An undercover operation conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams revealed that TSA security checks often do not serve their intended purpose, with airport officials failing to discover mock explosives and banned weapons in 95% of the trials. More →

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Malware Software

Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

By on May 28, 2015 at 11:44 AM.

Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

We might be entering a whole new era of malware, one where even those who lack any semblance of deep technical expertise will be able to acquire and disseminate viruses and the like on the fly.

Speaking to this point, security researchers at McAfee recently discovered a new piece of software which makes it exceedingly easy for anyone to create their own ransomware. The online software, which runs on TOR, is called Tox and, believe it or not, is completely free to use. The developers of the software aim to make money on the back end by taking a cut of any successful ransomware campaigns its users run.

Here’s how it all works.

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Android Safe Mode Tips And Tricks

Android tips: How to use an important security feature you probably don’t know about

By on May 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Android tips: How to use an important security feature you probably don’t know about

If your Android phone’s performance has gotten noticeably worse, it might be because it’s being plagued by a malicious app you’ve unwittingly installed. As GreenBot informs us, there’s actually a very good way to tell whether a third-party app is negatively affecting your phone’s performance by enabling a feature called Safe Mode. More →

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IRS Hack 100,000 Taxpayers' Data Stolen

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

By on May 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Thieves hack IRS, steal tax info from more than 100,000 taxpayers

Gulp. This isn’t good. The Associated Press reports that the Internal Revenue Service admitted on Tuesday that thieves had hacked into one of its systems and had managed to swipe tax information from more than 100,000 American taxpayers. According to the AP, the IRS says that the thieves “used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.” More →

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Google Security Questions

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

By on May 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset.

Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding the problem is that many users, as a result, also have a difficult time remembering their security question answers in the first place. This is especially true when the questions chosen are exceedingly specific.

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Android Factory Reset

500 million Android devices at risk: Researchers find that factory reset doesn’t completely wipe data

By on May 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM.

500 million Android devices at risk: Researchers find that factory reset doesn’t completely wipe data

One of the most important things to do before selling or giving away a used smartphone is to wipe the device clean. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a complete stranger to have access to all of their personal data. Unfortunately for Android users, researchers from Cambridge University recently discovered that performing a data wipe on Android devices doesn’t clear the device as one would expect.

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Adult FriendFinder Dating Profile Hack Leak

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:00 AM.

Do this now: Secure your adult dating profiles – a major site was just hacked

In case you happen to have one or multiple adult dating website profiles, you might consider securing them right away, as one of the world’s largest such websites has been hit by hackers. The attackers managed to steal highly sensitive personal data for four million users, leaking them online in spreadsheet format. More →

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NSA Android App Store Hack

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

By on May 21, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

Once again, we have to tip our cap in grudging admiration for the lengths the National Security Administration will go to hack into our mobile devices. The Intercept has published some new documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show how the NSA and other spy agencies at one point planned to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks between end users and Android app stores to infect users’ phones with spyware. More →

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Apple Watch Security Flaw

Potentially big Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay on stolen watches

Potentially big Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay on stolen watches

By on May 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

A potential security vulnerability recently detailed by a blogger may have uncovered a serious flaw in the Apple Watch’s design that could lead to some big headaches for some users. In a nutshell, a nifty feature designed by Apple to maintain security on the Watch without sacrificing convenience may have actually ended up sacrificing security instead, allowing thieves to continue using Apple Pay on a stolen Watch without having to input the owner’s PIN code to confirm purchases.

It should be noted, however, that the procedure detailed by the blogger in question did not yield consistent results. As such, a thief would seemingly need a bit of luck in order to ensure that he or she can exploit this vulnerability. More →

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Keylogger For PC

$10 gadget that looks like a harmless phone charger lets you spy on your coworkers

By on May 18, 2015 at 11:54 AM.

$10 gadget that looks like a harmless phone charger lets you spy on your coworkers

The number of tools that nefarious hackers have at their disposal these days is positively frightening. Attacks seem to be growing more complex and more dangerous by the day, and we constantly see new stories emerge that cause us to rethink our own security practices. But as we are reminded constantly, it doesn’t always take complex machinery or even any real coding know-how to steal things using technology — in fact, people were recently caught using an iPod nano and a piece of plastic to steal cash from ATMs.

Now, it looks like anyone can spy on others in the vicinity with a new gadget that is cheap, relatively easy to build, and looks just like a normal cell phone charger. More →

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