Adobe Flash Critical Security Update

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

By on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical security update to patch a vulnerability that could help hackers “take control” of computers after users visit various sites, CNET reports. Security blogger Michele Spagnuolo, who detailed the security exploit, says the Flash issue can be used by hackers to steal cookies that authenticate users on “thousands of websites.” More →

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Android Malware

This huge Android security flaw could cost you a fortune

By on July 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

This huge Android security flaw could cost you a fortune

Android’s open nature offers some substantial benefits to consumers versus rival mobile platforms such as Apple’s iOS operating system. There are also some negative affects, however, and one of them is the fact that Google’s Android devices are far more susceptible to malware attacks. We have seen plenty of reports on various Android security holes and malware in the past, and now a newly discovered flaw could end up costing Android device owners a fortune. More →

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TSA Smartphone Power and Battery

If you forget to charge your phone, airport security might force you to leave it behind

By on July 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

If you forget to charge your phone, airport security might force you to leave it behind

Frequent fliers who also happen to own various smart devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops should make sure their toys have good-enough battery charges and can be easily turned on during security checks, so agents can play with them, Engadget reports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Sunday in a press release that it requires certain overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. to check whether electronic devices power on and work as supposed to. More →

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Android Device Wi-Fi Location Sharing

Your Android device might be broadcasting your location history to everyone around you

By on July 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM.

Your Android device might be broadcasting your location history to everyone around you

In an age where we store our most important data on our mobile devices, we depend on device manufacturers and designers to ensure our information is kept safe. Unfortunately, potential problems are often overlooked until someone finds a way to take advantage of them, as appears to be the case with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest discovery. More →

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Smartphone Security Tips Tricks

5 things you absolutely need to do to keep your smartphone secure

By on July 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

5 things you absolutely need to do to keep your smartphone secure

Believe it or not, you can have a reasonably secure smartphone without shelling out $630 for the recently released Blackphone. The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler has written up five best practices for making sure the conversations and messages you have on your smartphone stay as private as possible and they’re simple enough for just about anyone to use. More →

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How To Stop Facebook Tracking

Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking your browsing data once and for all

By on July 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM.

Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking your browsing data once and for all

Facebook always seems to be taking heat for something, and its most recent slip up involved conducting a massive psychological experiment on its users without their knowledge or permission. Mere weeks before this latest uproar, however, Facebook found itself the target of user complaints for another reason: The company announced that it would begin tracking users’ web browsing history and using it to serve targeted advertisements.

But thankfully, there is now a way to stop it once and for all. More →

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NSA Spying Programs

Every crazy NSA revelation in one giant chart

By on July 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Every crazy NSA revelation in one giant chart

The United States National Security Agency has had a rough year. It all began when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden infiltrated the agency’s systems and stole thousands upon thousands of confidential documents revealing many of the top-secret cyber surveillance programs the NSA has employed in recent years. The revelations began with PRISM but there have now been so many that it may be a good time for a quick recap. More →

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NSA Snowden Leaks

NSA chief says terrorists are changing their behavior thanks to Snowden leaks

By on July 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

NSA chief says terrorists are changing their behavior thanks to Snowden leaks

More than a year ago, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began leaking thousands of confidential documents that he stole while working for the National Security Agency. The documents shined light on a number of controversial spying methods employed by the government agency, many of which were considered violations of American citizens’ privacy.

There are very good arguments for and against Snowden’s actions, and one of the most valid arguments against the leaks was the suggestion that terrorists would alter their behavior and strategies in order to avoid the now-public NSA monitoring tactics. As it turns out, the NSA has now confirmed that this is indeed the case — but the problem apparently isn’t as serious as many people had feared. More →

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Google on Android Malware and Security

Up to 5 million Android users have malware issues

By on June 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Up to 5 million Android users have malware issues

Ignoring the unexpected protesters who tried to disrupt Google’s major developer event on Wednesday, or the unnecessary code demonstrations to an audience packed with media members excited about sharing with the world details about Google’s new products rather than looking at code demos that didn’t always work, Google’s I/O 2014 was packed with news, interesting announcements and revelations. And Google also talked about Android malware on stage and the measures it takes to prevent its customers from being affected. More →

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Luuuk Trojan Online Banking Malware

Mysterious Luuuk Trojan stole over $680,000 in just a week, then disappeared

By on June 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Mysterious Luuuk Trojan stole over $680,000 in just a week, then disappeared

Luuuk is the name of a mysterious Trojan that was discovered in early 2014 after having allowed its creators to steal more than €500,000, or about $680,000, in just seven days by performing “Man-in-the Browser” attacks. Kaspersky found the threat on January 20th, and it affected 190 customers of an unnamed bank that operates in Italy and Turkey. More →

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Flappy Bird Clones Malware

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

By on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

As if the Flappy Bird phenomenon wasn’t infectious enough to begin with, the torrent of clones that followed the app’s release might be leading to an even bigger problem. USA Today shares the data from McAfee Labs’ latest Threat Report, which sampled over 300 of the Flappy Bird clones on the App Store and Google Play only to find that 238 or “almost 80% of them contained malware.” More →

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Microsoft Illegal Data Collection

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

By on June 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Microsoft has become completely fed up with the U.S. government’s surveillance programs

Microsoft has been one of many technology companies standing up to the U.S. government in response to unwarranted, rampant data collection. CNET reports that Microsoft’s top lawyer, Brad Smith, spoke on Tuesday morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to reiterate his stance that the unchecked data collection should be put to an end. More →

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