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Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

The ad technology will enable Facebook partners to siphon user data from Facebook's deep, deep sea and use it to super-target ads at users on and off its website, no matter what wireless or wired device we're using.

More celeb nude photos leaked: Cara Delevingne, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence (again)

55 more celeb photos leaked: Cara Delavingne, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence (again)

Jennifer Lawrence again finds herself the subject of tawdry picture posters in what has been dubbed 'The Fappening 3' by Redditers and 4chan community members.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

SSCC 166 - A sleeping bag and a camping stove to queue for an iPhone? [PODCAST]

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For your listening pleasure!

Here's the latest episode in our weekly podcast series...

Netflix deadlocked with broadcast regulator over "confidential" subscriber data

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Things are getting testy between Netflix and Canada's broadcast regulator over "confidential" subscriber data which the regulator wants to be able to access.

Emma Watson threatened with hoax nude photo leak by internet marketers

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Up sprung the threateningly titled emmayouarenext.com website which featured a clock counting down to the release of apparently stolen photos of Emma Watson. Were there photos? No, it was just a viral marketing stunt.

DuckDuckGoAway: China blocks privacy-oriented search engine

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Getting selected as the default private search engine for Apple's Safari browser has been a boon for young search engine DuckDuckGo. But it may well have tainted the search engine in the eyes of the Apple-leery Chinese government.

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

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We regularly warn you against using the same password for multiple accounts.

But if you memorise one really long and complex password, isn't that enough?

No! Here's why...

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, et al. targeted in latest naked celebrity photo leak

Celebgate redux: Alleged nudies of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens et al. doxed

Early on Saturday morning, Celebgate flooded the same sites as it did three weeks ago - 4Chan and Reddit, among others - as cyber crooks again posted nude celebrity photos, despite the scuffle of threatened lawsuits and attention from the FBI.

10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Apple’s Tim Cook talks privacy: 'We're not like all the others'

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Apple has launched a new privacy website to explain what it does and doesn't do with user data. On the front page, a letter from CEO Tim Cook explains that Apple views privacy differently to other internet services who, he says, view users as products and not customers.

Apple ships a sevenfold security surprise, including iOS 8 and OS X 10.9.5

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Apple doesn't have Patch Tuesdays, but it does have Update Surprisedays.

We just had one of them, with brand new and more secure versions of iOS, OS X and Safari.

SSCC 165 - "U2 or not U2," that is the question [PODCAST]

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It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

Is Facebook building a "Moments" app for ultra-private sharing?

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The company's reportedly putting the finishing touches on a separate app for composing intimate updates, designed to be an entirely different experience than what we have now: the kludgy toggling of the sharing settings on one composer interface in order to create both intimate content and blasted-out-to-the-universe Newsfeed updates.

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

After mounting protests, Facebook reps scheduled a meeting with San Francisco activists and city officials over its real-name policy, which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.

New Google transparency report details hike in government user data requests

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Governments around the world are demanding increasingly larger amounts of user data from search giant Google, according to the company’s latest Transparency Report.

Apple questioned on Watch privacy by state attorney general

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Apple calls the gadget its "most personal device ever". Attorney General George Jepsen would like to know how Apple's planning to protect all that data, which will include things as intimate as our heartbeats.

California passes "landmark bill" to protect students' personal data

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There's a lot at stake: think student records that cover attendance, grades, discipline, health, academics, intimate details about family members, parent and student contact information, biometrics, and sometimes even a child's geolocation.

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?