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Google introduces new app vetting scheme

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In response to a number of recent phishing attacks, Google is beefing up its defences by unveiling a new ‘unverified app’ screen that instructs users and developers to tread carefully. This will replace the current ’error’ page that warns against opening dodgy apps and attachments. While users are still at… Read more »

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Unsolicited emails or data sharing?

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No one likes unsolicited mail. So, on the face of it, Unroll.me’s inbox decluttering service looks like a godsend – except that by giving it access to your account you are laying yourself open to even more invasion of your privacy. And it’s not just Unroll.me that passes on users’… Read more »

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Your headphones are leaking… personal data

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Leading US audio equipment company Bose has been taken to court for allegedly using its smartphone application to collect personally identifiable information on users. Having harvested the listener’s personal details through its Bose Connect app, it is apparently selling on the data to third parties. Most people won’t be too… Read more »

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Over a quarter of SMEs still don’t train staff on cyber threats

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Running a small business is no mean feat – ensuring that the business is making a profit from day to day is a 24/7 job on its own, and the list of wider responsibilities that fall under the business owner’s remit is ever-growing. But in today’s tech age, SMEs now… Read more »

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Windows 10 is hanging on your every Word

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Anyone using Windows 10 should be aware that Microsoft is tracking, logging and storing their every keystroke. While no one seems to be quite sure as to why Microsoft would be interested in this kind of information, it sure is useful for hackers – keystroke tracking is a popular means… Read more »

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Messaging apps’ web versions fall short of security standards

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Anyone believing that end-to-end encryption makes messaging apps impregnable is sadly mistaken. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it only affects the web versions of the two apps in question – which are arguably the lesser used ones. Check Point, an Israel-based security firm, has revealed that… Read more »

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WikiLeaks gets its WhatsApp wires crossed

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As a result of the Wikileaks data dump, rumours abound that the CIA can compromise Signal, WhatsApp and any other encrypted chat apps. Fear not, this isn’t true. Due to the end-to-end encryption used by the leading messaging systems, no one can access a private message while it’s in transit… Read more »

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WikiLeaks exposes hacks by spies

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The latest revelations from WikiLeaks suggest that the CIA has been using its hacking tools to compromise hard and software products made by tech majors such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. The report also claims the spy agency has developed an automated multi-platform malware attack and control system for… Read more »

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Your toothbrush is watching you

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With the advent of the Internet of Things, intelligence agencies may soon be able to monitor our every movement – even the most private ones. The US Office of National Intelligence is already using six paradigms for collecting intelligence. They now have a new protocol called TEMPINT (temporal intelligence) which… Read more »

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