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The Google Titan Security Key, Now Available For $50, Will Protect Your Online Accounts

Google boasted that none of their employees have been victimized by a phishing attack since they were required to use physical security keys. Google's own version of the device, the Titan Security Key, is now available on the Google Store.

Google September 1, 2018

Here's How You Can Apply For Instagram Verified Status

Instagram has rolled out several new security features to protect its users. One of the new things on the photo-sharing platform is the clearer process for applying for verified status to gain the elusive Instagram blue check mark.

Apps/Software August 29, 2018

Make Your 'Fortnite' Account More Secure, Get The Boogie Down Emote For Free

'Fortnite' is arguably the hottest game in the world right now, which makes it a big target for hackers. Epic Games is urging players to make their accounts more secure, and is offering a free emote in exchange.

Video Games August 24, 2018

Google, After Proving That Physical Security Keys Work Wonders, Will Soon Start Selling One

Google claimed that none of its employees have been victimized by a phishing attack since they started using physical security keys. Google believes in the device so much that it will soon start selling its own, the Titan Security Key.

Google July 26, 2018

No Google Employee Has Fallen Prey To Phishing Since They Started Using These $20 Devices

Physical security keys, such as Yubico's YubiKey Security Key, have protected all Google employees from phishing attacks since early 2017. Here is how the $20 devices work as an alternative approach to two-factor authentication.

Google July 24, 2018

Buyer, Beware: This $100 Fake iPhone X Is A Security Nightmare

Motherboard investigated a $100 fake iPhone X that one of its writers purchased in China. The counterfeit iPhone X looked like the real thing, but it was discovered to be filled with malware and backdoors.

Apple July 20, 2018

Google Chrome RAM Usage Now Higher, But For A Good Reason

Google Chrome started using even more RAM with the release of a new feature on Google Chrome 67. This increases the risk of the internet browser slowing down computers, but the trade-off is worth it.

Google July 13, 2018

Smartphones Listening To Conversations? Researchers Discover Another Way Of Spying On Users Instead

Northeastern University researchers determined that smartphones are not secretly listening to user conversations, a conspiracy theory that has been present over the past few years. However, they found that apps are spying on users in another way.

Security July 5, 2018

VPNFilter Is A Lot Worse Than Previously Thought: How To Protect Yourself From The Russian Router Malware

Cisco Talos has determined that the router malware VPNFilter is more dangerous and widespread than first thought. There isn't much to do but to install the latest firmware updates and perform a factory reset on routers.

Security June 7, 2018

Two-Factor Authentication For Facebook Will No Longer Require A Phone Number

Facebook revealed that it is improving the sign-up process for two-factor authentication. To sign up for the security feature, users will not be required to use a phone number.

Internet May 23, 2018

Trump Reportedly Rejects Phone Security Measures: What Is At Risk?

President Donald Trump uses two iPhones, one for phone calls and one for Twitter. He is reportedly refusing to follow security measures that will protect his phones from hacking.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 23, 2018

Microsoft And 33 Technology Companies Vow To Prevent International Cyberwarfare Through Tech Accord

Microsoft and 33 of the world’s biggest technology companies have made a pact to not get involved in international cyberwarfare. Through a document called the Tech Accord, these companies laid out their vision to help their users everywhere.

Security April 17, 2018

Gmail Reportedly Testing Self-Destructing Emails: Here's How 'Confidential Mode' Would Work

Google's Gmail redesign could also bring in a new 'confidential mode,' which would set various restrictions and allow for self-destructing emails. The feature seems to be in testing for now, but here's what we know so far.

Google April 15, 2018

Some Android Smartphone Makers Caught Lying About Missed Security Updates

Researchers have discovered that some Android smartphone manufacturers are lying to customers regarding security updates. The phone makers claim that their devices are fully up to date, but most of them skipped installing certain patches.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 13, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Apologizes For Data Scandal With Full-Page Newspaper Ads But Admits Something Scary

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in several major newspapers around the world to apologize for the data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. However, the apology contains a statement that should scare Facebook users.

Security March 26, 2018

Facebook And Cambridge Analytica, Explained: Should You Join The #DeleteFacebook Movement?

Facebook finds itself in a massive scandal over supposedly lax privacy measures that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to acquire and retain personal data from the social network. Meanwhile, the #DeleteFacebook movement is now gaining steam.

Security March 21, 2018

Android P Will Not Allow Background Apps To Access Your Smartphone's Camera And Microphone

Android P code spotted by XDA Developers revealed that the upcoming operating system will prevent background apps from accessing the cameras and microphones of smartphones. This will make it much harder for hackers to invade the privacy of their victims.

Google February 21, 2018

Google Chrome Will Soon Mark HTTP Websites As 'Not Secure': Time To Switch To HTTPS?

Starting with Chrome 68, Google will blatantly mark all HTTP websites as 'not secure.' This should further push the owners of these websites to upgrade with HTTPS encryption, which provides protection against information interception and malware injection.

Google February 9, 2018

Cisco Warns The World Of Super Dangerous VPN Bug: Here's What It Does

Cisco released a security advisory for a dangerous VPN bug discovered by NCC Group. The vulnerability found in the WebVPN feature of the company's Adaptive Security Appliance software may be exploited by hackers to take full control of systems.

Security January 31, 2018

Alphabet Gives Google A New Sibling With Chronicle: What Will The Moonshot Cybersecurity Company Offer?

Alphabet launched Chronicle, the latest product of the moonshot factory simply known as X. What does the cybersecurity company offer, and will it live up to its moonshot status?

Google January 26, 2018

Windows 10 Password Manager Brings Back Critical Security Vulnerability Spotted Last Year

A free password manager that was bundled with Windows 10 downloads was discovered to have a critical security vulnerability. The bug, however, was already spotted by a Google security researcher last year.

Security December 17, 2017

Researchers Develop High-Speed Quantum Encryption, And It Might Just Be The Future Of Cybersecurity

The key to a secure and safe internet might just be quantum encryption. A team of researchers have developed a new encryption system that’s basically hack-proof, potentially improving the state of cybersecurity.

Security November 27, 2017

When Uber Discovered A Major Security Breach, It Paid Hackers To Keep It A Secret: Report

Uber paid two hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a massive data breach, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has admitted. Fifty-seven million driver and rider accounts were put at risk.

Security November 22, 2017

New Phishing Scam Targets Netflix Subscribers: Here's How To Keep Your Account Safe

Millions of Netflix subscribers became targets of scam emails containing links to phishing websites last week. As hackers become more skilled in identity theft, subscribers should be more wary of these various schemes.

Security November 15, 2017

Phishing Is The Biggest Online Threat For Google Accounts, Study Says

Phishing has been ranked above keylogging and third-party breaches as the biggest online threat. Google says that hackers have stolen 12 million credentials using the method between March 2016 and March 2017.

Security November 12, 2017

Eavesdropper Bug Discovered In Almost 700 iOS And Android Apps: Careless Developers To Blame

Mobile security firm Appthority discovered a new vulnerability among iOS and Android apps that it named the Eavesdropper bug. The blame for the security mishap are the careless developers of the nearly 700 affected apps.

Security November 10, 2017

Hackers Can Use iOS Apps With Camera Access To Spy On iPhone Owners

A security researcher discovered that hackers can abuse iOS permissions to have apps secretly take pictures and record videos using the iPhone's cameras. How can you protect yourself against this new iOS privacy problem?

Apple October 29, 2017

New BadRabbit Ransomware Spreads Through Europe Demanding .05 Bitcoins For Every Infected Computer

A new ransomware is breaking into hard-to-crack media outlets, subway systems, and airports in Europe, particularly Ukraine and Russia. Called BadRabbit, security researchers think it’s by the same people who distributed NotPetya.

Security October 25, 2017

Here's Why You Should Sign Up For Google's Advanced Protection Program: Stay Safe From Phishing, Hacking

Google's new Advanced Protection Program is out to protect you online from malware, hacking, phishing, and any other method of stealing your personal and sensitive information.

Security October 18, 2017

Say Hello To KRACK: WiFi Is No Longer Secure

Researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK, which allows other nasties, including connection hijacking and malicious injection. It lets attackers monitor traffic between computers and wireless access points.

Security October 17, 2017

Every Single Yahoo Account Hacked In 2013 Security Breach: Here's What You Should Do

An August 2013 Yahoo security breach, which was said to have exposed 1 billion users, is now believed to have compromised all 3 billion Yahoo accounts at the time. If you think you are affected, here's what you should do.

Security October 4, 2017

Equifax Data Breach Places 143 Million Customers At Risk: Are You One Of Them?

Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, suffered a massive data breach. The cybersecurity incident places 143 million Americans at risk, and here is how to check if you are one of them.

Security September 8, 2017

Spambot Compromises Over 700 Million Email Accounts: You Should Probably Change Your Password Right Now

A spambot dubbed Onliner was discovered to have compromised over 700 million email accounts. Attackers use the spambot and its treasure trove of credentials to spread Ursnif, a banking malware that can steal login details and credit card information.

Security August 30, 2017

Forget Everything You Know About Password Security, As The Man Who Made The Rules Admits He Was Wrong

Netizens have long been forced to follow complicated requirements in creating passwords for their online accounts. The man who made these guidelines in 2003, however, has now admitted that he was wrong.

Security August 9, 2017

HBO Hacked: 1.5 TB Of Data Stolen, Including Script For Unreleased 'Game Of Thrones' Episode

HBO confirmed that it suffered a cyberattack, with hackers stealing 1.5 TB worth of data. The hackers have uploaded episodes of 'Ballers' and 'Room 104,' along with written material connected to the next episode of 'Game of Thrones.'

Security July 31, 2017

Is Your Old MySpace Account Still Active? You Might Want To Check If It Was Hijacked

A security researcher discovered a severe issue with the account recovery system of MySpace. Users with old MySpace accounts should check if their profiles on the website have been stolen, and should consider deleting their account.

Security July 18, 2017

Verizon Customer Service Partner Exposes Data Of 6 Million Accounts: Here's What Subscribers Should Do

Data belonging to at least 6 million Verizon subscribers were leaked online due to an unprotected Amazon Web Services server. Verizon customers who recently contacted the carrier's customer services should take certain steps to protect their accounts from being compromised.

Security July 13, 2017

Reliance Jio May Have Suffered India's Worst Data Breach: Personal Information Of Over 120 Million Subscribers Possibly Compromised

Various reports claimed that the personal information of Reliance Jio subscribers were leaked online. If the allegations are true, the incident could be the worst data breach in India, with data of more than 120 million customers compromised.

Security July 10, 2017

WWE Fans, Beware: Personal Information Of Over 3 Million Users Left Unprotected Online

WWE fans may have had their personal information leaked due to an unprotected online database, The leaked data include home address, email address, educational background, ethnicity, earnings, and age ranges of children.

Security July 8, 2017

Petya Ransomware Vaccine Helps Protect Systems, But No Kill Switch To Stop The Cyberattack From Spreading

The crippling Petya ransomware made ravages globally, but a 'vaccine' can now protect systems. It's a limited solution, however, and without a kill switch the cyberattack keeps spreading.

Security June 28, 2017

How Quantum Mechanics Is Chinese Scientists’ Answer To Cybersecurity Attacks

A team of Chinese scientists has successfully beat the record for quantum entanglement. But what are the applications of quantum mechanics in addressing cybersecurity attacks as well as information sharing systems?

Energy June 16, 2017

Attention, GameStop Online Shoppers: Cybercriminals May Have Stolen Your Credit Cards, Company Says

Some GameStop customers may have had their credit cards stolen along with their names and addresses. Those who placed an online order between Aug. 10, 2016, and Feb. 9, 2017, are likely to have been affected.

Security June 10, 2017

Microsoft Faces Another Antitrust Charge, This Time From Russian Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Lab

Over the last decade, it seems like every major tech company has faced antitrust charges for business practices in Europe. Microsoft just got hit with another, this time by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Microsoft June 7, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Wreaks Havoc Across 150 Countries: How To Protect Yourself Against Such Attacks

A dangerous new ransomware called 'WannaCry' has been wreaking havoc recently, spreading with an unprecedented global reach. It's already hit more than 150 countries worldwide, so here's how it works and what you can do to stay safe.

Security May 16, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Attack Linked To North Korea: Here's The Clue That Gave It Away

The WannaCry ransomware has been linked to North Korea due to a technical clue found in its code. Is North Korea really behind the global cyberattack that has infected more than 300,000 computers across 150 countries?

Security May 16, 2017

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