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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.

Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else

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This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

"Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device..."

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

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.

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook wants to listen in on your TV and music

Facebook proposes to recognize and post news feed updates about the TV shows and movies you're watching, and songs you're listening to. One assumes - well, one hopes - the company won't be eavesdropping NSA-style with the new feature.

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

Android "police warning" ransomware - how to avoid it, and what to do if you get caught

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With ransomware like "Koler" making its way to Android, locking your device and demanding $300 to keep you out of trouble with the police, it's important to keep informed about Android threats.

John Zorabedian gives you five tips on how to keep your Android safe...

First Aid for Android: How to unlock your ransomed phone

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What do you do when your Android device freezes or locks up so you can't do anything useful...especially if it wants $300 to let you get back to work?

Here's an Android troubleshooting technique for emergencies of this sort...

As one security hole closes, another one opens! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

How many years was that security hole in Linux ? How many security patches for XP? How many lock screen holes in iOS? How much do Google specs cost?

Find out in this week's 60 Second Security video...

SSCC 147 - Why Snapchat will have to tell you the truth about security now [PODCAST]

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As usual, Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their insightful and entertaining gaze on the security lessons we can learn from the past few days.

Give it a listen - it's our weekly quarter-hour security podcast...

Mandatory phone kill switch bill resurrected by California Senate

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The first time it came up for a vote, legislators turned it down, saying the pro-consumer bill would be "bad for business". Now, after having dropped the requirement for tablets and having added 7 months to the deadline for phones to have mandatory kill switches, the bill has passed and is headed to the Assembly.

"Open the iPhone door, Siri!" - Apple's digital helper coughs up another lock screen hole

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A hacker has found a way to bypass the iPhone 5 lock screen to get at your contacts. Ironically, he got in by asking Siri, Apple's voice-activated "helper."

Here's how to close the hole while you wait for Apple's fix...

Is Apple finally getting real about security? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Where does the data breach buck stop? Why do they call them "secret" links? And is Apple finally getting real about security?

Find out in "60 Second Security" for 10 May 2014

Snapchat agrees to settlement with FTC over privacy complaints

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Snapchat and the FTC have come to terms in a settlement over the privacy practices of the controversial mobile message service company.

Will Snapchat be better at protecting user privacy now that it's required to be monitored by a privacy auditor for the next 20 years?

Stolen phone snaps selfie of mystery man who entered wrong PIN

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Could be the thief, could be an innocent guy who just happened to pick up a stray mobile phone - hard to say! That's why police in Essex, UK, are keen to have a chat with him.

Apple admits flaw in email attachment encryption on iPhones and iPads

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Apple is under pressure once again to patch a security flaw in iOS 7, after a researcher published his discovery that email attachments are unencrypted on iPhones and iPads.

Monday review - the hot 26 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.

LibreSSL, Linux Foundation, Play Store refunds and Viber shabbiness - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you recover from Heartbleed? Can you get your money back from Google? And just how safe is the Viber instant messaging app?

Find out in 60 Second Security...

Feds argue for warrantless phone search to avoid suspects kill-switching evidence

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For a long time, the law has been demanding kill-switch technology as a way to thwart mobile phone theft. But in a recent brief to the Supreme Court, the DOJ cares much more about grabbing evidence before a suspect bricks or wipes his phone.