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"There is no inside" - How to get the most from your firewall

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Firewalls are often seen as having the role of a moat surrounding the castle.

But data is everywhere, so it's time to take a new look at firewalling...

Do Not Track - the privacy standard that's melting away

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Do Not Track hasn't been in the news lately but that's only because it's failing too slowly for the naked eye to see. It's melting away like a giant glacier and its meltwater is slowly washing away any hope for an industry standard that puts consumers in control of who can track them.

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

"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!

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Austrian law student Max Schrems has won the first round in his class action lawsuit against Facebook over online privacy. Schrems and others are seeking damages of €500 each ($664/£400) for alleged data violations by Facebook.

Android users - Sophos needs you (and you could bag a prize)!

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Sophos is looking for beta testers for the new version of Sophos Anti-Virus and Security for Android. And to sweeten the deal, we're giving away 20 Google Play gift cards worth $25.

Police push for phone screen locking by default

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The UK's Met Police has been putting pressure on mobile device makers to enable screen locks on all new mobile devices, to encourage better security and reduce theft.

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.

Google et al slammed by justice chief over 'right to be forgotten'

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Europe’s Commissioner for Justice, Martine Reicherts, has slammed Google and other opponents of the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, claiming that they are attempting to undermine the reform.

5 excuses for doing nothing about computer security!

Here are five security excuses that we hear a lot, both from individuals and from small businesses.

We've given you some advice to help you argue back that security really does matter...

Google plans YouTube clean-up, ready for kid customers

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The new services reportedly will include a dashboard for parents, a child-safe YouTube, and a new age requirement on Android gadgets. This might be a good thing. Can you imagine a YouTube that won't make you feel like you need a shower after a viewing session? Then this might be a bad thing. Helloooooo, micro-data-mining!

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

In this, the 25th year anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, the man who claims to have invented the pop-up ad and gave rise to an economy of surveillance has apologized, said that the consequences were unforeseen, and invited the world's citizens to re-imagine a different web.

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

Thousands of computers open to eavesdropping and hijacking

Thousands of computers open to eavesdropping and hijacking

Many, many people and businesses are running a remote access tool, Virtual Network Computing, without a password. The tool lets people see everything we do online or reach through and take over our systems. The list of exposed sites is astonishing: everything from power stations to pharmacies to people watching porn.

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

The cyber defense system would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US and could also be used to launch retaliatory strikes. To do so, it would have to control and analyze all traffic entering the US - a chilling prospect that was the last straw, the whistleblower says.

The top 5 privacy failures - what's the most epic fail of all? [POLL]

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The list of culprits in our eroding privacy is long, but some privacy fails stand out above the rest. So we're calling out five privacy killers that deserve an extra level of shaming.

Take our poll, and help us crown the most epic privacy fail of all ...

Facial recognition software leads to arrest after 14-year manhunt

Facial recognition software leads to FBI success in 14-year manhunt

A former US resident from New Mexico was captured in Nepal after 14 years on the run. The fugitive's passport photo matched up with a newly issued wanted poster. Does the capture of a suspected child abuser justify the use of a technology that hasn't yet had privacy implications ironed out?

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.