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Microsoft vows to clean away misleading apps from its Windows Store

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Microsoft is vowing to clean up Windows Store after a recent survey of the app store found many scam apps that were deceptively labeled with logos and names of legitimate apps.

This has been an ongoing problem. Will Microsoft finally rid its store of "crap apps"?

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Firefox OS app permissions will give users more privacy than Android

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Mozilla's mobile platform, Firefox OS, is behind Google's Android in just about every way.

But in one important respect, privacy, Firefox OS is trying to move ahead by giving users more control over what data apps can gather from their devices...

Linux hits 23 - the Time Machine that changed the world!

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Linux reached the entirely respectable age of 23 this week, more or less.

Paul Ducklin looks at what might have been...

Watch out for fake versions of Flappy Bird sequel Swing Copters in Google Play Store!

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Remember Flappy Bird, and the imposter apps that swarmed around at his death?

The imposters were back in force at the birth of Flappy's follow-on game, Swing Copters...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

"You're under arrest for possession of an insecure phone" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

News you can use in a format you can enjoy...all in 60 seconds!

Apple iOS malware gets onto 75,000 iPhones, steals ad clicks

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Apple keeps iOS locked down, so malware on iPhones and iPads is very rare.

But iOS malware does happen, and this one is called "AdThief" because that's exactly what it does - steals ad click revenue...

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

SSCC 160 - That's not just any old malware - that's a TRUE VIRUS! [PODCAST]

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Ready for listening...

Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast.

Why the Facebook Messenger app is not the privacy nightmare people think it is

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There's good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn't the privacy nightmare that some people think it is. Here's why ...

Most people think public Wi-Fi is safe. Seriously?

Most people think public Wi-Fi is safe. Seriously?

Talk about dismaying numbers! In Ofcom's recent report, three quarters of the public were unconcerned about security when accessing Wi-Fi outside of their homes, and were quite happy to do *anything* on public Wi-Fi. Help us educate them, please!

Android "Heart App" virus spreads quickly, author arrested within 17 hours

Q. How to attract the attention of the police if you're a bored student on summer vacation?

A. Write a virus that unleashes 20,000,000 SMSes, infects 100,000 devices, and steals personal data...

Foursquare app tracks your location by default whenever your phone is on

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Foursquare, makers of the popular app that lets you "check in" wherever you go, unveiled a new version this week that tracks your location even when the app is closed, with opt-in as the default.

We show you how to opt out if you don't want ad men and Foursquare to constantly know your whereabouts.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Android "FakeID" security hole causes a pre-BlackHat stir

Seems that a rogue Android app can get more privileges than it deserves simply by saying that someone trustworthy has vouched for it.

It's been dubbed the "FakeID" hole...

Free Wi-Fi - but it'll cost you your privacy

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The UK city of York is planning to roll out citywide free Wi-Fi. Correction: it's only "free" if you don't count the privacy you stand to lose.

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

Having a tough time breaking into your neighbor's house? Not terribly conversant with key gauges or making clay molds? Don't worry, there's an app for that!