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Patch Tuesday for April 2014 - it's Goodbye, Farewell and Amen for Windows XP

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The date's been in our diaries since 2007.

But even with seven years to prepare for it, you'll be forgiven for approaching the April 2014 Patch Tuesday with a bit of a lump in your throat.

Adieu, XP.

Apple patch out, Fake support bust, Liquor store leak - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long did Apple leave holes in Safari? What punishment can a convicted support call scammer expect? And what happens when a liquor store springs a leak?

Find out in 60 Second Security. the security news video that only takes a minute...

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.

Facebook bug bounty program paid out $1.5m in 2013

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According to newly published figures, Facebook paid out around $1.5m (about £900,000) in 2013 through its vulnerability research program, spread between 330 researchers.

Apple updates OS X Safari - patches a year's worth of holes, but not on Snow Leopard

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In all the excitement over the End of Windows XP and next Tuesday's Ultimate Update...

...we sort of forgot to write about Apple.

Here's the scoop on the lates OS X Safari browser update, patching 27 vulnerabilities.

Her website was hacked away; here's how she got it back

Her website was hacked away; here's how she got it back

"Pfft! What's all the fuss about site hijacking? Just send a few emails and get it fixed!" Well, that's what Jordan Reid thought before her domain got held for ransom. She's since changed her tune, after her own site got whisked away and put on the auction block. Here's how she got it back.

Revealed - the most eclectic spam in the world!

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When we write about spams and spammers, it's usually as part of a security warning.

But from time to time, we write about them simply because they've made us laugh.

This is one of those times...

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...

Google drives the Street View snooping scandal up to the Supreme Court

Google drives the StreetView snooping scandal up to the Supreme Court

Google's asking the high court to rule on the legality of its past snorting of unencrypted WiFi traffic in neighborhoods around the US.

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.

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

In a letter to Congress released on Tuesday, the US government confirmed what we all knew (or at least suspected) – the National Security Agency has conducted warrantless searches on Americans' private telephone and email conversations.

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.

SSCC 141 - Adobe revisited, MS-DOS, Word, XP, Snapchat and backup [PODCAST]

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Chet and Duck get together once again to look at the week's news with their usual blend of humor, insight and informed intensity....

Take a listen to the latest episode of our weekly quarter-hour podcast!

Texan liquor chain Spec's leaks 550k card details in 17 month breach

Texan retail chain Spec's leaks 550k card details in 17 month breach

Spec's, the fifth largest wine retailer in the US, has leaked 550,000 customers' card details, after some of its systems were compromised for close to 17 months.

42 days to go for XP - 8 tips if you aren't going to make it

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A. 42.

Q. How many days left in Windows XP?

Phony tech support scammer escapes with a slap on the wrist

Phony tech support scammer escapes with a slap on the wrist

In another case of a tech support cold calling scam, it seems Microsoft's free basic anti-malware was being installed for a fee ranging from £35 to £150. The owner of the support company insisted that his Indian call centre staff had carried out the scams against his wishes.

Dropbox says it isn't poking around in our stuff

Dropbox says it isn't poking around in our stuff

"We don’t look at the files in your private folders and are committed to keeping your stuff safe", the company said in the wake of an internet freakout sparked by a user finding himself unable to share copyrighted content. Time to relax, or time to consider encrypting your files before they get to Dropbox (or any other cloud storage)?

Bitcoin, Snapchat and XP as you've never heard them before - special coverage for April the First!

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Instead of doing an April Fool, we've gone for some April Fun.

We took three recent computer security stories, and turned them into poems!

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

A video-on-demand watchdog in the UK - whose government seems to have its knickers in a permanent twist over children potentially accessing internet porn - is demanding an age-check law for porn sites.