Category Archives: Security

Google banks on its own tech to protect Chrome users from another Heartbleed

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT Last month Google said that it was tired of mashed-together bug fixes for OpenSSL and decided to create its own fork called BoringSSL. It has now implemented that variant in thelatest Chromium build, the open-source software that … Continue reading

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Google, Microsoft and Instagram rush to fix Flash flaw that could steal your data

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT  Yet another critical security flaw has been found for Adobe’s notoriously sieve-like Flash plug-in, this time by Google Engineer Michele Spagnuolo. His exploit tool, called “Rosetta Flash” is just a proof of concept, but could allow hackers to steal your … Continue reading

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Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

As reported on TechCrunch. by Alex Wilhelm Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services. In the wake of revelations that the United … Continue reading

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Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping for $630

As reported on Engadget. BY SHARIF SAKR  If you missed our coverage during Mobile World Congress, then here’s what you need to know about Blackphone: it’s a mid-spec Android smartphone that comes pre-subscribed to (and pre-installed with) a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance … Continue reading

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Dropcam can now tell the difference between your cat and boyfriend

As reported on Engadget. BY EMILY PRICE Wi-Fi-connected surveillance camera Dropcam can be useful for checking on your special furball when you’re away from home. However, movement from an enthusiastic scratching post session registers the same as a burglar running off with your … Continue reading

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Google will also stop scanning business and government Gmail inboxes for ads

As reported on Engadget. BY MARIELLA MOON Student Gmail accounts aren’t the only ones safe from Google’s prying eyes. Apparently, the company’s also pulling its targeted ad scanners from Gmail inboxes for businesses and government, as well as from free legacy … Continue reading

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Serious Internet Explorer flaw puts XP users especially at risk

As reported on Engadget. BY NICOLE LEE We hope that you heeded our advice to finally ditch Windows XP in favor of a more modern operating system, because there’s a new security exploit that’ll leave stubborn XP users in the cold. In a … Continue reading

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Google is working on end-to-end encryption for Gmail

As reported on The Verge. By Russell Brandom Google wants to make it easier for Gmail users to encrypt their emails, according to a report in VentureBeat. PGP has been an open-source encryption standard for nearly 20 years, but the protocol has been … Continue reading

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There’ll be no escape from the FBI’s new facial recognition system

As reported on Engadget. BY DANIEL COOPER If you thought that the NSA wanted too much personal information, just wait a few months. The EFF is reporting that the FBI’s new facial recognition database, containing data for almost a third of the US population, will be … Continue reading

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What is Heartbleed, anyway?

As reported on Engadget. BY JOSE ANDRADE If you’re an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you’ve been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about “this Heartbleed thing.” “Do I need to update … Continue reading

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