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Epidemic of medical data breaches leaking our most sensitive information

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Health data is considered among the most private of information, but continues to leak out in a dazzling range of ways.

3 ways to make your Gmail account safer

Secure your Gmail account in 3 easy steps

Following on from our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes, for users of Google's Gmail.

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest Chet Chat podcast for your listening pleasure...

Enjoy.

Placemeter monitors streets from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter monitors street views from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter wants window-owners to survey real-time traffic, while promising that all that data is aggregated and anonymized and won't be stored or shared. Should we relax?

3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer

Secure your Outlook.com account in 3 easy steps

Following up on our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes for users of Microsoft's Outlook.com (formerly known as Hotmail and, for a while, Windows Live Hotmail).

Cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California cops swap arrested women's photos in nude-photo 'game'

California Highway Patrol (CHP) cops have allegedly been forwarding pics from phones belonging to women in custody to their own phones and to each other.

Adobe updates its e-reader - DRM data no longer transmitted insecurely

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Adobe's e-reader software now has "enhanced security" for uploading metadata about what you read.

Or, as you might say, "no longer uploads that data insecurely"...

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

US Senate calls Whisper in for serious questioning on user tracking

Following serious allegations brought up by the Guardian, the US Senate has a few privacy-related questions it would like to ask the people in charge over at Whisper, the self-proclaimed "safest place on the internet".

POODLEs, Sandworms and getting safe online - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

Enjoy...

How to kill a troll

How to kill a troll

A new Pew study confirms what we already know: online harassment is a widespread disease afflicting the internet. Ignoring trolls and hoping they'll go away is actually quite effective, survey respondents said.

Then again, how about fighting back, instead? Change is possible, be it enabled by troll-blocking software, societal shift that sees trolling evolve into a stigma, or, if all else fails, calling their mothers.

SSCC 170 - Is the best time to shop at a store right after it has a breach? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski, John Shier and Paul Ducklin as they turn news into advice...

Woman charged with planting spyware on cop's phone

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A woman has been charged after eavesdropping on "sensitive law enforcement communications" by tapping the mobile phone of her police officer ex.

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook explains that it's keeping its eye out for credentials - email, password combinations - dropped on sites after data breaches, running them against its own users' credentials to see if password reuse is going to land its users in trouble.

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go "too far" with default encryption

FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go too far with default encryption settings on mobile devices, including the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Does the FBI really have a legal right to exploit encryption backdoors to pursue suspects?

Whisper CTO trashes reports that it tracks even those users who turn off geolocation

Whisper CTO trashes reports that it tracks even those users who turn off geolocation

Supposedly anonymous social media app Whisper actually tracks some users - particularly newsworthy ones - even after they've specifically opted out of geolocation, according to reports.

Facebook: Dear DEA, please don't set up fake profiles to trap criminals

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Facebook CSO Joe Sullivan sent a letter to the DEA on Friday in which he explained how law enforcement agencies need to play by the same rules as the rest of us and not lie about who they are.

"Oops! I'm sorry about that" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here it is - this week's 60 Second Security video.

News that will amuse, and it only takes a minute...

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

Average person has 19 passwords - but 1 in 3 don’t make them strong enough

The vast majority of people are leaving themselves at risk of identity theft, fraud and extortion by not taking simple but necessary steps to protect themselves online, according to a new study.

Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook has graced its users with a new tool called Safety Check that lets people tell friends if they're OK when disaster strikes.