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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"?

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!

SSCC161 - What do you mean, "Trade him for Edward Snowden"? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat security podcast!

Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin once again turn plain old news into advice you can use.

Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death

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MS14-045, which fixes various security holes in the Windows kernel, can cause a BSoD and leave you stuck in a reboot loop.

Here's how to escape...

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.

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, August 2014: RCE + ASLR bypass + EoP == patch early, patch all!

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Patch Tuesday is here again.

Paul Ducklin explains how this month's vulnerabilities can work together for harm, and why *all* the updates matter, not just the ones that ended up with a "critical" or "severe" tag...

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.

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Internet Explorer (IE) will finally catch up with rival browsers next week when it begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls.

Potato chips: Big Brother's next eavesdropping tool?

Potato chips: Big Brother's next eavesdropping tool?

A team of researchers from MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have figured out how to use sound vibrations in objects that are quivering too imperceptibly for the naked eye to discern, but when captured on video can be used to decipher intelligible speech.

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 ...

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.

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?

Microsoft and No-IP reach settlement over malware takedown

Microsoft and No-IP reach settlement over malware takedown

Microsoft has reached a settlement with domain provider No-IP less than two weeks after it grabbed 23 internet domain names, knocking out 1.8 million customer sites and over 5 million hostnames.

SSCC 155 - cybercrime bust, cloud laws, phishing and malware back from extinction [PODCAST]

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In this episode, Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin tackle the week's interesting security stories.

John and Duck get stuck into: a high-profile cybercrime arrest; how mainstream brands help phishers; and why macro malware is making a comeback.

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, July 2014 - Adobe fixes "Rosetta", plus a new risky file type on Windows...

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Patch Tuesday for July 2014 is just behind us in the case of Microsoft and Adobe, and just ahead of us in the case of Oracle.

Paul Ducklin tells you what you need to know...