Torrents Time Security Issues

Streaming torrents could lead to a host of security issues

By on February 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM.

Streaming torrents could lead to a host of security issues

Online piracy skyrocketed into the 21st century this week as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents adopted new technology from Popcorn Time spinoff Torrents-Time allowing users to stream TV show and movie torrents in their browsers.

Hours later, anti-piracy groups were already publicly decrying the technology, but whether you care about the obvious legal issues surrounding Torrents-Time or not, you still might want to avoid using it. More →

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FBI Hack

Hacker group just doxxed 22,000 FBI employees

By on February 9, 2016 at 10:55 PM.

Hacker group just doxxed 22,000 FBI employees

Shortly after revealing the contact information of nearly 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees, a group of hackers on Monday also published the contact information of more than 22,000 FBI employees. The leaked information, in addition to disclosing names and job titles, also includes employee phone numbers, states of residence, and email addresses.

Notably, identifiable information of FBI employees from all areas of the bureau was compromised, including special agents, intelligence analysts, technicians, language specialists and more.

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Android Security Tips And Tricks

Simple tips for making your Android phone more secure

By on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 PM.

Simple tips for making your Android phone more secure

Google knows Android has a reputation for not being the most secure platform around, which may be why it decided this week to help out Android users by posting a list of four essential tips for making their devices more secure. While some of these tips may be obvious for power users, they nonetheless contain some very useful information that newcomers to the platform should know. More →

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How to Use a Password Manager

Stop what you’re doing and download a password manager right now

Stop what you’re doing and download a password manager right now

By on February 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Whether you know it or not, today is Safer Internet Day. That might sound like a silly, made up name for a random day in February, but rather than laugh it off, we might as well take the time we’d spend crafting some sarcastic tweet to actually make ourselves safer on the internet.

There are plenty of ways to do that — let’s focus on just one: Downloading a password manager. More →

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Gmail Security Settings

Gmail just added 2 new features aimed at keeping you safe

By on February 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Gmail just added 2 new features aimed at keeping you safe

Happy Safer Internet Day! Wait, you had no idea it was Safer Internet Day? And you say you don’t even know what Safer Internet Day is? As noted on the Safer Internet Day website, it’s a day each year in February that Insafe organizes to “promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.” Online security is a hugely important topic, needless to say, so BGR fully endorses this great annual event. Guess who else endorses it: Google.

The world’s top Internet company is celebrating this event in a few different ways, the most widely publicized of which has been a simple offer that will get you an extra 2GB of Google Drive cloud storage for free if you perform a quick security check. But Google has also just announced two new Gmail features that are aimed at keeping you and your private data safe. More →

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iPhone iOS 9 Lockscreen Security

Here’s one iPhone lock screen security exploit you shouldn’t worry about

By on February 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

Here’s one iPhone lock screen security exploit you shouldn’t worry about

A newly discovered iPhone vulnerability can bypass your lockscreen code, but it will probably not affect you anytime soon. Security researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri from Vulnerability Laboratory stumbled upon an authentication issue that affects iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 and iOS 9. More →

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Suicide Bomber Daallo Airlines Airplane

A suicide bomber was behind a scary mid-flight explosion earlier this week

By on February 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

A suicide bomber was behind a scary mid-flight explosion earlier this week

A Daallo Airlines pilot managed to safely land a plane after an explosion ripped through the jet’s fuselage a few days ago. All but one passenger survived the event, and the ensuing investigation apparently revealed that the person who died following the explosion was actually a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device just minutes after takeoff.

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How to Not Get Hacked

Follow these 5 steps to keep yourself safe from hackers

By on February 5, 2016 at 1:22 PM.

Follow these 5 steps to keep yourself safe from hackers

No matter how secure you think your devices are, someone could access your data if they put their mind to it. It’s just the reality of the Information Age, but you should still do everything in your power to make yourself less of a target for hackers. More →

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eBay Malware Vulnerability

Unpatched eBay vulnerability leaves shoppers at risk of downloading malware

By on February 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Unpatched eBay vulnerability leaves shoppers at risk of downloading malware

Be extra careful the next time you visit a suspicious-looking eBay store page.

According to Help Net Security, researchers from the Check Point security firm have discovered a vulnerability in the eBay platform that allows criminals to distribute malware by bypassing the site’s code validation process and control the code themselves.

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NASA probes AnonSec hack claims, denies that one of its drones was hacked

By on February 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

NASA probes AnonSec hack claims, denies that one of its drones was hacked

Hacking group AnonSec says that it has accessed a trove of NASA data and hacked one of the space agency’s drones, prompting an investigation by NASA, which has questioned the validity of the claims.

AnonSec dubbed the alleged hack “OpNasaDrones” and claims to have accessed a slew of drone flight logs as well as email addresses and phone numbers of NASA employees, according to documents posted online Sunday. The hackers say they even attempted to crash a NASA Global Hawk drone. More →

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NSA Hacking Chief

NSA’s chief hacker explains how to keep the NSA out of your business

By on January 29, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

NSA’s chief hacker explains how to keep the NSA out of your business

The level, reach, and breadth of NSA surveillance activities, which were originally brought to the surface by Edward Snowden, undoubtedly opened the eyes of many. As a result, the public over the past three years has learned an awful lot about the NSA’s capabilities and some of the more clever approaches they incorporate when conducting surveillance.

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