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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 ...

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...

Microsoft scans email for child abuse images, leads to arrest‏

Microsoft scans email for child porn images

Microsoft detected two illicit images of a young girl when they were uploaded to a Pennsylvanian man's OneDrive cloud storage account. Before anybody starts worrying about snooping, be assured that humans weren't involved in looking at the email; rather, Microsoft's own PhotoDNA matched the images to those of known child abuse images.

How Google plans to encrypt the web

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This could be an inflection point for web security. By making HTTPS something that impacts search results Google are applying the stick to an enormous security push that's been all carrots up to now.

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.

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

Google tips off cops after spotting child abuse images in email

A 41-year-old resident of Houston, Texas has been arrested after Google tipped off police that they had spotted child abuse images in his emails.

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...

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...

Hacking, spamming, rogue SMSes and browsers - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The week's security news, turned into an entertaining lesson, turned into a 1-min video...

60 Sec Security, 26 July 2014

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 ...

Android "FBI Lock" malware - how to avoid paying the ransom

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The latest "FBI Lock" Android ransomware reported by SophosLabs follows a familiar theme.

But it has a slight sting in the tail to make it trickier to remove, so we thought we'd take you through the steps...

Android app market pirates busted by FBI

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Six Americans charged with large-scale piracy of Android apps.

But what about their "customers"?

Is there really an increased risk of malware from unlawfully acquired apps?

SSCC 157 - Routers, Browsers, Zombies and Sysadmins [PODCAST]

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Here it is...this week's Chet Chat security podcast.

In this episode: fixing routers, trusting browsers, killing zombies and showing TLC to sysadmins.

Google given 18 months to change its handling of user data

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The Italian Data Protection Commissioner has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data.

"Rickmote" box Rickrolls Chromecast, forcibly earworms hapless victims

Image courtesy of Dan Petro, Bishop Fox IT

Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you.

Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge

US judge: your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds

A New York court on Thursday opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.

Apple and Google told to stop misleading consumers about 'free' apps

Apple drags its heels whilst Google drops ‘free’ label from apps with in-app purchases

The European Commission (EC) has recently been working with national authorities and app store owners to address concerns over in-app purchases, especially where those transactions are undertaken by children. Google's response was positive, while Apple says it that it is doing "more than others" to protect parents.

It's all about trust! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Watch 60 Second Security for 19 July 2014 - it's all about trust!

Bing follows Google by offering 'right to be forgotten' form

Bing follows Google by offering ‘right to be forgotten’ form

It's unclear whether Microsoft will take a similar approach to Google in the way it handles Bing search results. The situation certainly needs clarification and the big 3 search engines have been invited to meet with EU privacy regulators next Thursday to discuss how the ruling should be implemented.

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?