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Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Earlier this month a fake Android anti-virus app, named Virus Shield, managed to fool thousands of customers into buying it. Now Google is offering full refunds to anyone who bought Virus Shield long after the usual 15-minute refund window, and is also issuing a $5 Play Store credit.

Monday review - the hot 21 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.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader hacked - it's the iPhone 5s all over again!

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled with wood glue, just like Apple's "Touch ID" sensor in the iPhone 5s.

So why are both Apple and Samsung touting fingerprint scanners as more secure than passwords?

Heartbleed, Google Play and XP - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How hard is Heartbleed recovery? How hard does Google Play try to keep the garbage out? And how hard are you trying to get over XP?

60 Second Security has the answers in a short, fun security video.

Google takes down fake anti-virus app that duped 10,000 users on Play Store

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The Virus Shield app cost $3.99 and claimed to be a scanner that protected Android devices from viruses, while promising to never annoy users with pop-up ads found on many free apps.

Too bad for the 10,000 people who paid for it - Virus Shield was a fake.

Google takes aim at deceptive advertising of Play Store apps

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Google has announced updates to its developer policies for the Play Store app market to ban certain types of misleading and underhanded advertising behavior.

We look at three apps that use now-forbidden promotional tactics, plus we offer security tips to help you avoid unwanted and malicious apps.

Is Amazon hacking our apps? Or doing us all a security favour?

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A war of words that started out as a fairly stinging criticism of Amazon has mellowed out into praise for the cloud services behemoth.

It seems that Amazon is checking mobile apps for security risks, and heaping advice on developers who have wandered off the straight and narrow...

Kill-switch for mobile phones could save US consumers $2.6B per year, says report

Kill-switch for mobile phones could save US consumers $2.6B per year, says report

US consumers are spending CRAZY money to replace stolen phones and to insure the pocket-sized thief magnets, says a new report from Creighton University.

Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

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A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

WhatsApp and privacy - will Facebook make things better, worse, or both?

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WhatsApp, the super-popular SMS replacement acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, continues to wrestle with a thorny problem.

How can it tame the public's attitude to its own attitude to privacy?

Advice on getting the most from Windows XP, courtesy of the Google Play Store

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Google Play just recommended some technical books I might like.

To help me get the most out of Windows XP...

Are you safe against mobile threats? Check out our tips for keeping the crooks away...

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Do you use a mobile device? (Of course you do!)

Read Sophos researcher Vanja Svajcer's paper, "Mobile Security Threat Report," and check out our expert tips for keeping the crooks away...

Patching XP, Flappy Bird malware, Tesco passwords leaked - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Did you really think XP would go patch-free? Is Flappy Bird really dead? Did you really use the same password on more than one site?

60 Sec Security - 15 Feb 2014

Flappy Bird really *is* dead - beware of infected fakes that promise to keep him alive!

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News about celebrities to do with births, deaths and marriages often prove to be handy hooks for cybercrooks.

So when the ultra-popular game Flappy Bird was withdrawn recently, the crooks wasted no time pretending to keep him alive...

SSCC 133 - Prize unicorns, Android malware, 2FA, Attack reports and Vote For Us! [PODCAST]

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Chet and Duck review the week's news in their informed and entertainingly serious style, discussing the prizes on offer at this year's PWN2OWN competition, talking about a new twist in Android malware, and reviewing the latest attack reports from Yahoo and Target...

Another breach, sneaky Android malware, and the Privacy Plan Diet - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Surely not another payment card breach? Android malware that jumps the airgap? And what's this about a Privacy Plan Diet?

60 Sec Security - 01 Feb 2014.

Android banking malware with a twist in the delivery

Here's an intriguing tale of an Android malware curveball spotted recently in SophosLabs.

You're expecting the pitch to come at you in a predictable direction, but a hidden twist in the action brings the onslaught from another angle altogether...

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.

SSCC 128 - Learning from 2013 for a safer, more secure 2014 [PODCAST]

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Our weekly security podcast looks back at the big blunders of 2013 to find out what went wrong.

Let Chet and Duck help you plan for a safer and more secure 2014!

Five minute fix: Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

We've compiled easy-to-follow instructions for setting up the parental control features on Windows 7 and 8, OS X, iOS and Android, so you can increase your kids' chances of staying safe and emotionally secure online.