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Is our Wi-Fi no longer safe?

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The WPA2 security protocol (stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 and is the common method of securing networks through the use of a ‘key’) has been providing effective and reassuring protected access for wireless networks since 2004. Suddenly, however, all bets are now off – due to a new threat… Read more »

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Coffee with a dash of insecure WiFi, please

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Senior management’s use of free WiFi in coffee shops, airports and exhibition centres is becoming a major security hazard – according to the latest iPass Mobile Security Report stats gleaned from 500 companies in the UK, USA, France and Germany. The survey also reveals that British businesses take the most… Read more »

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Fake URLs hide in plain sight

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A security researcher has brought new attention to an old way for scammers to lure unsuspecting internet users onto bogus sites. The secret lies in the use of the Unicode computer text handling system. While Unicode offers the benefit of standardising text across most of the world’s writing systems, it… Read more »

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Whistleblower flags up eBay insecurity

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A British former eBay contractor has been using blogs and social media to express concern that many of the e-commerce giant’s pages containing users’ personal information are not HTTPS encrypted. A number of security advisers agree that eBay may be failing to meet data privacy standards – allowing unauthorised access… Read more »

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Google misdiagnoses NHS as botnet

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As one of the world’s largest employers with 1.2m staff, the NHS tends to have a lot of people using Google at any one time – clinicians in particular (which in our mind raises another set of questions…). It must have come as a shock, therefore, when Google decided to… Read more »

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Nowhere to hide for insecure sites

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Firefox, Mozilla’s free and open-source web browser, is gunning for sites that collect personal data without using HTTPS encryption, in an attempt to combat the growing number of phishing attacks. Google’s Chrome web browser already flags up insecure cleartext sites that collect users’ passwords. From now on, Firefox will also… Read more »

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TalkTalk complacent about Mirai attacks

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Researchers are urging TalkTalk customers to change their passwords in the aftermath of the recent Mirai botnet attack that enslaved their routers. TalkTalk, however, is taking a relaxed view; leaving it to its users to decide whether or not to adopt any security measures. Security advisers are not impressed by… Read more »

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A low-tech solution to a high-tech problem

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The head of the FBI has come up with a highly sophisticated solution to the problem of being watched while he’s on his computer – sticking a piece of tape over the webcam. Ironically, for the boss of an organisation that takes a keen interest in other people’s affairs, he… Read more »

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