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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Secure Home Wi-Fi Router

Do this now: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with just one click

By on March 27, 2015 at 3:06 PM.

Do this now: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with just one click

Recent reports have shown that Wi-Fi routers are frequent targets for hackers who try to reroute some of the Internet traffic from the homes of unsuspecting users to fake websites that masquerade as genuine trusted sites. From there, they send the users more ads than they’d usually see while online, potentially steal their personal information, and perform other malicious tasks. To help users discover whether their home routers have been taken over by skilled attackers, F-Secure has come up with a simple online tool called Router Checker that lets anyone secure their home network with just one click. More →

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Facebook Data vs. NSA Spying

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

The many Snowden revelations, which have detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection operations conducted by some of the world’s most important agencies including the NSA and the GCHQ, have revealed that various U.S. tech companies might also be involved, whether willingly or unwillingly, in some NSA programs. The implications of the leaks detailing the Prism data collection program – that says the NSA has access to personal customer data from various U.S. companies including Apple, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo – might be far greater than initially believed, as they could affect the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for transatlantic data transfer and connected trade deals. More →

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Pwn2Own web browser

No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

By on March 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own

Given the myriad of security mechanisms and technologies tech companies have developed, it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency and think that what you’re doing is safe from prying eyes.

Truth be told, if skilled attackers really want to see what you’re up to online, there’s not really much you can do to stop them.

Case in point: Last week at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, all 4 major browsers were exploited.Safari, Firefox, IE, Google Chrome — none of these browsers can provide safe refuge from hackers.

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NSA Vs. Cisco

How Cisco customers avoid NSA tampering

By on March 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

How Cisco customers avoid NSA tampering

While the NSA certainly has the technical chops to eavesdrop, monitor, and intercept all types of electronic communications, they’re also not afraid to employ more straightforward and simpler spycraft methods when it comes to keeping an eye on enemies of the state.

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