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How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 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...

Apple iCloud - 3 tips for keeping your photos and other data safe

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Apple confirmed it found no evidence of a security breach, but that some individual celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised. With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help protect you when using iCloud:

Is it thumbs up to Barclays bank's finger-vein-reading authentication?

Is it thumbs up to Barclays' finger-vein-reading authentication?

Barclays Bank has announced plans to introduce biometric authentication based on vein patterns in fingers for its UK business customers, which could signal a major shift in how we access online banking systems.

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Google's search page has seemingly gone back in time - but only for users stuck in the last decade. If you're using an internet antique, take Google's hint and upgrade now.

Google to pay $19,000,000 compensation for taking candy from kids

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Google will stump up $19,000,000 in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission.

The money will be used to refund Android users whose children, says the FTC, were able rack up in-app purchases too easily.

Apple, please provide better protection for iCloud - Secure our Selfies!

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In the wake of exposed candid celebrity photos Apple recommends using two-step verification. Would this have made a difference? Should Apple strengthen its authentication options?

Apple developer guidelines lead to rogue phone call risks in iOS

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It turns out to be surprisingly easy to trick unsuspecting users into making unwanted phone calls from iOS.

That could cost you premium-rate money, or give away your number to a scammer...

Firefox 32.0 fixes holes, shakes out some old SSL certs, introduces certificate pinning

Yesterday was Firefox's Fortytwosday (updates come out every 42 days, on Tuesdays, in a nod to Douglas Adams), bringing us to Firefox 32.0.

There are also two Extended Support Releases for the more conservative amongst us...

Microsoft vows to clean away misleading apps from its Windows Store

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Microsoft is vowing to clean up Windows Store after a recent survey of the app store found many scam apps that were deceptively labeled with logos and names of legitimate apps.

This has been an ongoing problem. Will Microsoft finally rid its store of "crap apps"?

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Firefox OS app permissions will give users more privacy than Android

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Mozilla's mobile platform, Firefox OS, is behind Google's Android in just about every way.

But in one important respect, privacy, Firefox OS is trying to move ahead by giving users more control over what data apps can gather from their devices...

Linux hits 23 - the Time Machine that changed the world!

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Linux reached the entirely respectable age of 23 this week, more or less.

Paul Ducklin looks at what might have been...

Watch out for fake versions of Flappy Bird sequel Swing Copters in Google Play Store!

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Remember Flappy Bird, and the imposter apps that swarmed around at his death?

The imposters were back in force at the birth of Flappy's follow-on game, Swing Copters...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

"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!

Apple iOS malware gets onto 75,000 iPhones, steals ad clicks

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Apple keeps iOS locked down, so malware on iPhones and iPads is very rare.

But iOS malware does happen, and this one is called "AdThief" because that's exactly what it does - steals ad click revenue...

We need to talk about email

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Today the people of the world will exchange about 250 *billion* messages using a system that has been shockingly insecure for decades: email.

That's why we need to talk about email...

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.

Microsoft pulls Patch Tuesday kernel update - MS14-045 can cause Blue Screen of Death

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MS14-045, which fixes various security holes in the Windows kernel, can cause a BSoD and leave you stuck in a reboot loop.

Here's how to escape...