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How to Build a Smart Home That’s Actually Secure

The number of smart connected devices in our homes is growing at a rapid rate, and that means more opportunities for unwelcome visitors to access your devices and your network. Whether you’ve got one smart home device or one hundred, here’s what to do to make sure your setup is as safe and secure as it can be. Read More >>

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Don’t Ride Through X-Ray Machines

X-ray radiation can mutate cells and cause cancer, but that was a small risk for a commuter who didn’t want to part with her handbag at a southern China train station during the Lunar New Year. Read More >>

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IT Firm Supporting Pyeongchang Olympics Reportedly Hacked Months Ago

The IT company supporting the Winter Olympics apparently never had a chance. According to CyberScoop, it was hacked well before the Pyeongchang games ever began. Read More >>

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Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security ‘Feature’ Into the Worst Kind of Spam

Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million US users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back—and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts. Read More >>

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Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymise and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. Read More >>

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Google Will Soon Start Shaming All Sites That Don’t Use HTTPS as ‘Not Secure’

HTTPS, or the secure version of the ubiquitous Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, can’t solve every problem when it comes to online security. As far as preventative measures go, however, it’s relatively cheap to implement and serves as a strong baseline before tackling other, more difficult issues. Read More >>

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Russian Hackers Tricked the Keepers of US Drone Secrets Using the Oldest Trick in the Book

A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that a whopping 40 per cent of 87 American defence contractors who were recently targeted by Russian hackers clicked on fake links sent to them via email, possibly exposing classified information in the process. Read More >>

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Google Is Absorbing Nest and With It, Your Smart Home

Google is bringing Nest back into the fold. Nest, known for its slick thermostats and user-friendly security cameras, was acquired by Alphabet (then called Google) for $3.2 billion (£2.3 billion) in 2014. Since then the company has grown, according to Geekwire it has more than quadrupled its staff, and it’s rolled out a wide range of products, including cameras, an alarm system, and a smart doorbell. Now the company, which Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz claims has shipped over 11 million devices to date, is being brought back into Google, and that means Google is about to get a lot more intimate with your home. Read More >>

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Grammarly Bug Let Snoops Read What You Wrote, Typos and All (Updated)

Copyediting app Grammarly left open a gaping security hole that left users of its browser extension open to more embarrassment than just misspelt words. Read More >>

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EE’s Going to Show Parents How Those Parental Control Things Actually Work

According to the government parents don't actually know how to protect their children online, which is where those draconian anti-porn laws came from. Or so they say. To help educate parents about this whole 'online safety' thing, EE is going to show them how parental controls work. Read More >>

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There’s a Reddit Clone Phishing People Who Type Too Fast

People make mistakes, and that’s why Gooogle.com, Yaho.com, and Amazan.com redirect to the websites you’d hope they would point to. Reddit.co? We don’t recommend you visit it. Read More >>

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12,000 Social Media Influencers, Mostly Women, Exposed by Marketing Firm Data Breach

More than 12,000 prominent social media influencers from YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and the gaming platform Twitch were exposed last month by a data breach at a marketing firm that pairs online stars with top brands seeking product reviews and endorsements, according to researchers at the security firm UpGuard. Read More >>

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The Latest Chrome OS Update Includes Another Patch to Combat Meltdown

In the wake of Spectre and Meltdown, every major computing company is scrambling to try to find a way to fix, or at least address, the widespread security vulnerabilities at hand. And while things haven’t been going great over in the Microsoft camp after the company had to pull its latest security patch, today Google is trying to shore up systems running Chrome OS with a new update, version 64. Read More >>

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Snake Oil Salesmen Plague the Security Industry, But Not Everyone is Staying Quiet

Sitting in his college dorm room back in the mid-1990s, Desautels let his curiosity run rampant. He had a hunch that his school’s network was woefully insecure, so he took it upon himself to test it and find out. Read More >>

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Update Your Firefox Now: Mozilla Just Patched a ‘Critical’ Security Flaw

Firefox version 57, otherwise known as Firefox Quantum, has done wonderful things to help get Mozilla’s open-source web browser back in shape, but along the way, the company has made a few mistakes. One of the biggest of Mozilla’s recent flubs was an exploit hidden in Firefox’s user interface code that made it possible to for an attacker to run unsanitised HTML on a user’s computer. Read More >>