Snowden Password Tips: Pass-Phrases

Do this now: Set up all your passwords the Snowden way

By on April 21, 2015 at 1:12 PM.

Do this now: Set up all your passwords the Snowden way

A few weeks ago, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver travelled all the way to Russia to interview Edward Snowden. Snowden, of course is responsible for numerous leaks that revealed the advanced surveillance operations intelligence agencies are capable of nowadays. The interview was particularly enjoyable thanks ti the fact that Oliver’s team was able to present serious matters in very entertaining ways. One of the gems in that episode is related to password security, PopularMechanics points out, with Snowden revealing one key tip that you absolutely should consider when setting up online passwords.

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iPhone iOS App Encryption Security Issue

1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit

By on April 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit

While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. More →

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iPhone Encryption Manhattan District Attorney

Manhattan DA makes the most over-the-top claim about iPhone encryption we’ve heard yet

By on April 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Manhattan DA makes the most over-the-top claim about iPhone encryption we’ve heard yet

We’ve heard a lot of hysterical claims from law enforcement officials about all the awful things that will happen if Apple and Google encrypt their mobile operating systems, but this new piece of hyperbole from Manhattan’s district attorney may take the cake. More →

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In-Flight WiFi Cybersecurity Risk

Government watchdog says that in-flight WiFi could allow hackers to hijack planes

By on April 15, 2015 at 12:11 PM.

Government watchdog says that in-flight WiFi could allow hackers to hijack planes

In a report released earlier this week, U.S. government watchdog group GAO (Government Accountability Office) warned that the increasing connectivity of our aircraft, from flight tracking technologies to in-flight WiFi, could give hackers an access point to tap in and potentially hijack a flight. More →

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Facebook Chat Privacy and Scans

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

By on April 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

If you thought your Facebook chats are safe from prying eyes, you’re apparently wrong. Bosnadev says that Facebook’s chats are being scanned by a CIA-funded company, a discovery Bosnadev made after looking into some unusual activity on a website triggered by a link present in a Facebook chat. More →

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Ransomware Removal Software

There’s finally a tool to free you from the ransomware holding your PC hostage

By on April 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM.

There’s finally a tool to free you from the ransomware holding your PC hostage

Of all the malicious software out there that we have to be afraid of, ransomware may very well be the most sinister. As its name might suggest, ransomware is malicious software that hackers use to hold your computer hostage, blocking access to all of your files unless you agree to pay a ransom. Only when the ransom is paid are your files finally freed, and failure to pay will likely result in the permanent loss of all data on your PC.

Now, however, there’s a new free tool to combat some of the most popular ransomware being used right now by hackers. More →

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John Oliver Edward Snowden Interview

John Oliver interviewed Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight – watch it here

By on April 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

John Oliver interviewed Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight – watch it here

Edward Snowden was behind one of the biggest leaks of classified information in modern history. The only problem is that most of the information that he leaked is extraordinarily difficult to parse for the average American. Do you really understand what PRISM does? Do you have any idea how Executive Order 12333 affects your life?

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Google Android Security Report

Google is scanning your Android devices, but don’t worry – it’s for all the right reasons

By on April 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Google is scanning your Android devices, but don’t worry – it’s for all the right reasons

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but Google is scanning every single app that finds its way on to your phone, whether you downloaded it from Google Play or a third-party source.

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Google Android Malware Installs 2014

Google claims a major victory in its battle against Android malware

By on April 2, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Google claims a major victory in its battle against Android malware

Concerns about Android malware really are overblown many times — after all, you’re most likely safe as long as you only download apps from the official Google Play store or other trusted sources like Amazon’s app store. That said, Google knows that it has to do more to improve Android’s overall security and this week it claimed a big victory in its war against malware installations. More →

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Verizon Supercookie Opt Out

You can finally stop Verizon’s supercookies from tracking you – here’s how

By on April 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

You can finally stop Verizon’s supercookies from tracking you – here’s how

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of Verizon’s “supercookies,” the unstoppable tracking cookies that Verizon uses to track every single unencrypted website you visit on your mobile device, whether you like it or not. After taking a tremendous amount of heat from users and even consumer rights organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon said back in January that it would create a means for users to opt out of its supercookie tracking.

Now, Verizon has finally created three ways for users to opt out of this invasive tracking technique — here’s everything you need to know. More →

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Uber Account Hack

Warning: Your Uber account might be up for sale on the black market

By on March 31, 2015 at 12:41 PM.

Warning: Your Uber account might be up for sale on the black market

Hackers may have hit Uber and stolen user account details including log-in credentials, full names, the last four digits of credit card numbers and telephone numbers, Threatpost reveals, although the next-generation taxi service is denying the report. The scariest part is that an Uber account can seemingly be bought for as little as $1 on underground forums. More →

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Password Strength Security

Why your password isn’t as safe or secure as you think

By on March 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM.

Why your password isn’t as safe or secure as you think

Because people are generally unable to come up with rock-solid passwords on their own, many websites that require user-generated passwords employ “password strength meters” which inform users how secure their chosen password is.

If you choose “Puppy” as a password, you’re liable to be told your password is weak and encouraged, if not downright forced, to pick a new one. On the other hand, picking something like “24DoYz@93mU” will likely see you pass with a “strong password” blessing.

Now, new research has discovered that the reliability of many password strength meters themselves may not be all its cracked up to be.

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