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We need to talk about email

Email

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...

Google adds deceptive software warnings to Safe Browsing service

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The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end following an announcement from Google yesterday. From next week, Chrome will display a message whenever a piece of software attempts to do anything sneaky or unexpected with your browser or computer.

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Microsoft brings Internet Explorer's security into the 21st century

Internet Explorer (IE) will finally catch up with rival browsers next week when it begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls.

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

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

Firefox slams Chrome again in our trustworthy browser poll

Our poll says Firefox is the most trusted browser, but there's a lot of distrust too

Firefox once again outpaced Chrome, IE, Safari and Opera as the most trusted web browser. But many are not happy with their browser choices when it comes to privacy.

Read on for some of the interesting comments our readers submitted ...

SSCC 157 - Routers, Browsers, Zombies and Sysadmins [PODCAST]

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Here it is...this week's Chet Chat security podcast.

In this episode: fixing routers, trusting browsers, killing zombies and showing TLC to sysadmins.

It's all about trust! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Watch 60 Second Security for 19 July 2014 - it's all about trust!

Which web browser do you trust the most? [POLL]

Browser Trust Poll

The web browser could be considered the most important piece of software we use on a daily basis, which is why a relationship of trust comes into play - we rely on our browser to secure our communications, data and privacy.

So, take our poll, and tell us which browser you trust the most ...

SSCC 154: Fraud, viruses, patches and encryption (in that order!) [PODCAST]

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Where does your country sit on the fraud list? Just how much can you trust SMSes on Android? Is Apple serious enough about iOS security? And will Google's End-To-End email encryption plugin save the world?

Find out with Chet and Duck in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Google looks to make OpenPGP easier for Gmail users

Google switches Gmail to HTTPS only

In early June Google announced a new project designed to create a Chrome plugin to allow end-to-end encryption of web-based emails using OpenPGP. We take a look at its current state and explain how it works.

BoringSSL wants to kill the excitement that led to Heartbleed

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Some things just aren't meant to be exciting. In fact some things are supposed to be so far from novelty, surprise and frivolity that any whiff of excitement at all is a bad sign indeed. Introducing Boring SSL...

SellHack browser plugin ceases squeezing LinkedIn for hidden email addresses

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The free extension promised to "hack" LinkedIn profiles to get at what should be users' tucked-away, private email addresses. Much to LinkedIn's chagrin, it was doing just that (albeit spottily) until it got LinkedIn's cease and desist order, took the plugin offline and pledged to shape it into something that passes terms of service muster.

Browsers pwned, Korean megabreach, hackers phoiled, and Chet Chat turns 4! [VIDEO]

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Which browser plugin withstood PWN2OWN? How big was the latest South Korean megabreach? What happens when hackers attack phishers?

Find out in 60 Second Security...

How emails can be used to track your location and how to stop it

Chrome extension 'Streak' betrays what time you open mail and your location

A new Google Chrome browser extension lets email senders using Google accounts see when recipients open email, who exactly opened the email, and where the recipient is located. And sorry, but no, recipients don't have a say in the matter whatsoever, since we don't have to sign up for the extension to have it blab about us.

Google Chrome will warn you when it's been hijacked

Google Chrome will warn you when it's been hijacked

The warning flare comes as a window for Windows users that features a "reset" button to get the browser back to factory-fresh settings.

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...

PWN2OWN 2014 - Find the "exploit unicorn" and win $150,000

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It's called PWN2OWN because if you successfully pwn, or hack into, the competition laptop, you own it *literally* - you get to take it home with you.

But there's also $645,000 in cash up for grabs, including a Grand Prize for finding, wait for it, an "exploit unicorn"...

Microsoft leads the way, setting new cryptographic defaults

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Microsoft is upping its game with regards to cryptographic standards. By discontinuing support for the older, weak RC4 cipher and putting Certificate Authorities on note to migrate to SHA-2, it seems to be leading the way to be ready for the future, rather than reacting.

Patch Tuesday November 2013 - Microsoft, Adobe and Google

Patch Tuesday

November's Patch Tuesday includes updates not just from Microsoft, but Adobe and Google as well. Critical patches for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Adobe Flash Player lead the way this month.