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Android "police warning" ransomware - how to avoid it, and what to do if you get caught

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With ransomware like "Koler" making its way to Android, locking your device and demanding $300 to keep you out of trouble with the police, it's important to keep informed about Android threats.

John Zorabedian gives you five tips on how to keep your Android safe...

First Aid for Android: How to unlock your ransomed phone

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What do you do when your Android device freezes or locks up so you can't do anything useful...especially if it wants $300 to let you get back to work?

Here's an Android troubleshooting technique for emergencies of this sort...

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Microsoft devours Nokia and charges ahead with Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft's multi-billion-dollar deal to acquire the devices arm of mobile phone maker Nokia is finally done, and smartphones under the name Microsoft Mobile will soon be rolling out of Nokia's former factories. But will Windows Phone 8.1 security features help Microsoft make inroads in the enterprise market?

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?

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...

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?

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...

SSCC 135 - Flappy Bird frenzy, Talking Angela talkfest, NBC hype, Kickstarter and Forbes [PODCAST]

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What happened to Flappy Bird? Why was Talking Angela so talked about? Is internet access at the Winter Olympics in Sochi really a "special danger" situation? What can we learn from the database breaches at Kickstarter and Forbes?

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...

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!

CarderPlanet bust, Target credit card breach, online safety for kids - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What prison sentence for the man who pioneered online carding? How many credit cards did Target lose? Does your encryption software "speak" to passers-by? How to keep your kids safe online over the holidays?

Find out in 60 seconds!

Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Android

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How to set up parental controls on Android devices to help keep your children safer while they use them.

"Smarter, shadier, stealthier" - Security Threat Report 2014 helps you understand the enemy

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Our latest Security Threat Report is out!

It's a free download (no registration required), and we think you're going to love it, because it paints a fascinating picture of the evolving threat from cybercrime...

Smartphone PINs skimmed with microphone and camera

Smartphone PINs cracked with microphone and camera - a game-changer for phone security?

A new program, dubbed PIN Skimmer by its University of Cambridge creators, can correctly guess a high proportion of PINs by utilising the device's camera and microphone.

Adobe, Android and CryptoLocker - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Which pets make the best/worst passwords?

How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?

Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!