Articles by John Zorabedian

About John Zorabedian

John Zorabedian is a blogger, copywriter and editor at Sophos. He has a background in journalism, writing about technology, business, politics and culture. He lives and works in the Boston area.

Firefox slams Chrome again in our trustworthy browser poll

Our poll says Firefox is the most trusted browser, but there's a lot of distrust too

Firefox once again outpaced Chrome, IE, Safari and Opera as the most trusted web browser. But many are not happy with their browser choices when it comes to privacy.

Read on for some of the interesting comments our readers submitted ...

iSpy? Researcher exposes backdoor in iPhones and iPads

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A "backdoor" that Apple built into iOS for developers can be used to spy on iPhones and iPads by governments, law enforcement, or cyber criminals, according to forensics researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.

Which web browser do you trust the most? [POLL]

Browser Trust Poll

The web browser could be considered the most important piece of software we use on a daily basis, which is why a relationship of trust comes into play - we rely on our browser to secure our communications, data and privacy.

So, take our poll, and tell us which browser you trust the most ...

Notorious Shylock banking malware taken out by law enforcement

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Law enforcement action led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has knocked out the infrastructure of a banking malware known as Shylock, because of excerpts from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice hidden in its code.

Here's how to check to make sure you weren't among the more than 30,000 PCs that were infected.

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

BlackBerry takes a pop at privacy-focused Blackphone

There's a public spat between BlackBerry and Blackphone, the spunky start-up company trying to break into the crowded mobile market with promises of air-tight security. Can BlackBerry survive the competition?

CNET website and 1 million passwords compromised by Russian hacker group

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CNET, the popular tech news and reviews website, was compromised over the weekend by Russian hackers called "W0rm," CNET's parent company confirmed yesterday.

What would make you quit Facebook? Here's what you said ...

Quit Facebook?

Last week we asked our readers to take a poll about Facebook's controversial social experiment on thousands of unknowing users.

Lots of you responded - more than 1,000 - and we received a lot of great comments. Here's what you said ...

Google's Android security chief: Don't bother with anti-virus. Is he serious?

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Google's chief security engineer for Android, Adrian Ludwig, claims that most users shouldn't bother with anti-virus and that security companies are overstating the problem of Android malware. Can he be serious? ...

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook is taking heat once again for perceived invasion of privacy, after it disclosed a research experiment conducted on users without their explicit consent.

What do you think? Have you finally had enough of Facebook's privacy invasions to say "enough is enough"? Take our poll...

Google and Microsoft want to kill your phone if it's stolen. Do you feel safer?

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The law enforcement group Secure Our Smartphones is claiming victory after Google and Microsoft announced they will add a "kill switch" to their mobile operating systems.

What's next for ransomware? Cryptowall picks up where CryptoLocker left off

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With many victims paying up, ransomware is a lucrative business for cybercrooks, and CryptoLocker has inspired copycats who want in on the loot.

John Zorabedian looks at ransomware that seems to be filling the void left by CryptoLocker's takedown last month...

Has Apple killed off location analytics with this simple privacy enhancement?

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A small change in iOS 8 will make privacy advocates happy, although it's going to be a tough pill to swallow for mobile marketers.

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities

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The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.

What we learned from Edward Snowden

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Tapping the conversations of world leaders, facial recognition, PRISM, Tempura, Upstream, XKeyscore... Whether you think Snowden's a hero or a traitor, there's no denying that revelations about widespread spying by the NSA keep pouring out. One year on from the first leak, we thought we'd take a look back at what we've learned.

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

'Half of American adults hacked' in the past year - really?

A new study publicized this week claims that almost half of all American adults have had their personal data hacked in the past year. Headline-grabbing truth-stretching? Or have 110 million Americans really been hacked?

Yes, your smartphone camera can be used to spy on you...

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A researcher claims to have written an Android app that takes photos and videos using the device camera, even while the screen is turned off - so you wouldn't even know the camera was spying on you.

Spotify warns its Android app users of breach, says to download new version

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Spotify has told users of its music-streaming app for Android to upgrade to a new version, after the company spotted unauthorized access to its systems and internal company data.

Many Spotify users will no doubt be annoyed at the company for the inconvenience, but we think it's worth it for their own security.

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

It's been 10 years since Facebook gave the world a reason to share everything with everyone - but the social media giant is finally acknowledging its privacy pitfalls.

Buzzkill: FBI director says he was joking about hiring weed-smoking hackers

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FBI Director James Comey says he was being "funny" when he made a comment that the FBI should consider loosening drug policies for its job applicants, but FBI recruitment to fight cyber crime is a serious problem.

Should the FBI hire pot smoking hackers?