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5 steps to lock down your webmail account

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

For most people Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo! Mail is their main personal account. Here are some of the most important steps to keep unwanted people out of your web-based email account.

Facebook warns against buying fake likes, but the fans-for-sale industry is booming

Facebook warns against buying fake Likes

Facebook is taking another swipe at fraudulent likes that artificially inflate a Facebook Page's number of fans.

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Have your Snapchat friends taken to calling you fat recently? If so, don't get mad at them - their suggestion that you pop a weight loss pill is probably the result of having their account hacked.

5 things you should know about email unsubscribe links before you click

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We all get emails we don’t want and cleaning them up can be as easy as clicking 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of the email. However, some of those handy little links can cause more trouble than they solve.

OMG, you would not BELIEVE what Facebook thinks about click-baiting

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Facebook is cracking down on those click-baiting headlines - you know, the ones that say “YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS GIRL DID NEXT”, or “Watch what happens when this guy puts a BATTERY in a MICROWAVE”.

Good bot, bad bot? 23 million Twitter accounts are automated

Good bot, bad bot? 23 million Twitter accounts may be automated

Its latest SEC filing says that 8.5% of active monthly users are automatons, which could mean there are a boatload of bots on the service. Some are spam, some are useful, some are just publications' own, automated Twitter feeds.

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Using non-Latin characters that look very similar to their ASCII counterparts helps scammers, spammers and phishing crooks send emails from legitimate-looking addresses. Now Google's putting a stop to that with a set of new spam filters.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

The data breach apocalypse that wasn't - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Malware, spam and hacking - and not all bad news, either!

Watch 60 Second Security for Aug 9, 2014...

Sophos Techknow - Firewalls Demystified [PODCAST]

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The word firewall has a lot more shades of meaning in 2014 than it did in 1994.

So...who better to help us to demystify the modern firewall than Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski?

How to send 5 million spam emails without even noticing

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Before you read the article, see if you can guess, to the nearest million, how many spams a 10,000-strong botnet might realistically send each week.

Commit yourself first, and then read the story of the SophosLabs "honeybot"!

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

500,000-per-day SMS spammer gets just £4,000 fine

500,000-per-day SMS spammer gets just £4,000 fine

An Indian call-centre operator has been fined by a London court for breaching Data Protection laws, but despite his operation bombarding UK cell phones with spams, his punishment amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist.

Dirty Dozen Spampionship – which country is spewing the most spam?

The World Cup may be done and dusted, but the Spampionship continues!

Where did you come in our spam-sending league tables?

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Canadian spam, New York taxis and Brazilian passwords - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Canada goes "opt in", NYC makes a hash, and Brazil forgets its punctuation.

It's 60 Second Security for 28 June 2014!

SSCC 153: TrueCrypt, Towelroot, Cryptowall, and spam in Canada [PODCAST]

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Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin present this week's edition of the regular Sophos security podcast, the "Chet Chat."

In this episode: the TrueCrypt saga continues; the Towelroot software for unlocking Androids; ransomware after CryptoLocker; and Canada's long, long, long-awaited anti-spam law.

37% of Canadian Justice Department fail phishing awareness test

37% of Canadian Justice Department fail phishing awareness test

An in-house awareness test run late last year at Department of Justice Canada has revealed that a good percentage of its employees are for the most part fairly easy to trick with phishing scams.

Spam in Canada goes "strictly opt-in" in one week - with a grace period of only THREE YEARS

It's been a long, long, long time coming, but spam in Canada really does go "strictly opt-in" on this year's Canada Day, 01 July 2014.

After that, you will have a meagre THREE YEARS to adapt your business practices and acquire express consent from your mailees...

AOL Mail accounts breached, users advised to change passwords

AOL Mail accounts breached, users advised to change passwords

AOL users, change your passwords. AOL said it is investigating a large-scale breach of AOL Mail accounts in which user passwords, security questions, mail addresses, and contact lists were compromised.