The big stories of 2013 were Adobe, PRISM and CryptoLocker - but what about some of the wackier stuff? Google's dead donkey? The Space Station lost and found? Gun wielding penguins?
All this and more in 60 Sec Security - 04 January 2014
Our weekly security podcast looks back at the big blunders of 2013 to find out what went wrong.
Let Chet and Duck help you plan for a safer and more secure 2014!
Chet and Duck help you to learn from recent security news, both good and bad.
In this episode: the massive Target breach; Microsoft's and Apple's attitude to updates; and how to respond to Google's recent changes to image rendering for Gmail users.
In the same spirit of research openness that led to the Web, CERN has let Google Street View into its server farm.
Now, the nuclear boffins are running a treasure hunt amid the server racks...
App Ops Launcher, a hidden feature that allowed Android users to deny selected permissions to apps, was an experiment that was never supposed to be released and that could break apps instead of just policing them, Google said.
Microsoft joins Google, PayPal, Lenovo and other tech giants as a member of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, a non-profit group working to design better and more standardised methods of checking identity across the internet.
Gmail's new default is to automatically display all those HTML glamour shots that marketers desperately hope we'll click on. Does this really help our privacy and security, and how can you turn it off again?
If you follow technology gossip, you probably saw the fuss kicked up last week by a Seattle resident called Nick Starr, who went into a local 24-hour diner wearing Google Glasses.
Briefly put, the restaurant said, "No!"
When is Computer Security Day? What can forward secrecy do for you? Can you believe there's an 0-day in XP?
Have some fun finding out the answers in this week's 60 Second Security!
Google's recent decision to revamp YouTube's comment system by integrating Google+ in order to reduce spam has proven to be extremely unpopular with users. Ironically, however, it has proven to be quite a hit with the spammers themselves.
Eric Schmidt said recently that encrypting everything can end government censorship in a decade. Activists battling China's Great Firewall say why wait, when we just did it in a fraction of the time?
Two search giants, Google and Microsoft, have agreed on measures that should make it harder to search for child abuse images online on the open internet, while Google has made a groundbreaking move to identify and ferret out videos made by paedophiles on its YouTube service.
Worldwide requests have more than doubled since 2009, while the US - which is once again the most voracious data requester - has more than tripled its requests for information on Google customers.
November's Patch Tuesday includes updates not just from Microsoft, but Adobe and Google as well. Critical patches for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Adobe Flash Player lead the way this month.
Every time we've written about the Google Wi-Spy saga, we've said, "Betcha this won't be the last of it."
Still isn't...Brazil is the latest country to put the hard word on Google.
Which pets make the best/worst passwords?
How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?
Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!