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HP finds that "Internet of Things" gadgets are sitting ducks

70% of internet gadgets are sitting ducks for attackers

TVs, webcams, thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers: they're all flunking Security 101, with issues as bad as "Sure, go ahead, we consider '1234' to be a perfectly acceptable password."

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

How to break into people's homes with your mobile phone

Having a tough time breaking into your neighbor's house? Not terribly conversant with key gauges or making clay molds? Don't worry, there's an app for that!

SSCC 155 - cybercrime bust, cloud laws, phishing and malware back from extinction [PODCAST]

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In this episode, Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin tackle the week's interesting security stories.

John and Duck get stuck into: a high-profile cybercrime arrest; how mainstream brands help phishers; and why macro malware is making a comeback.

Google Drive security hole leaks users' files

Google Drive security hole leaks users' files

The flaw, which Google recently patched, was giving out original documents to unauthorized users via embedded links. It's yet another example of how storing documents "in the cloud" means "heaven knows with whom".

Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, repeats last month's security updates

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Apple just issued a Security Advisory for OS X Mavericks 10.9.3. Don't get too excited - from a security point of view, it seems to be nothing more than last month's fixes all over again.

So, at betwen 0.5GB and 1GB to download, do you need it?

Google pays $3.2 billion for Nest, a smart-home gadget maker

Google pays $3.2 billion for Nest, a smart-home gadget maker

The money gets Google the keys to our smart homes. Nest is, after all, plugged into the internet of all things with its smart thermostats and smoke alarms. The question now is, Say WHAT? Does that mean Google's going to know even more about us than it already does?!

NSA, Apple, Facebook and Adobe - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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A touch of fun but with a serious side - and only a minute to watch it.

Give our weekly "60 Second Security" video a whirl today...

Apple introduces "cloudless dictation", no longer demands your contact list to understand you

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Not everyone was happy about Apple's terms and conditions when it introduced dictation to OS X: speech-to-text was done in the cloud, so Apple got to listen to what you were saying.

OS X Mavericks changes that - though apparently more for performance than privacy...

Apple's iCloud iConundrum - does convenience mean insecurity?

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Researcher Vladimir Katalov explained how documents and backups stored in Apple's iCloud can be accessed bypassing Apple's two-factor authentication, even when enabled, last week at the Hack in the Box conference in Malaysia.

Google coding glitch locks Apple iOS users out of on-line accounts

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Google has once again found itself all over the IT news for a spot of bother with its security software.

A recent Google Authenticator update accidentally removed all your accounts...

Would you tell Google your Wi-Fi password? You probably already did...

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Are you prepared to accept a digital equivalent of locking your keys in the car forever?

Or would you prefer to have what amounts to a backdoor to your own, or worse still, to other people's, personal information?

SSCC 111 - PRISM and data leakage, encryption, Google contracts and Flash on phones [PODCAST]

Episode #111 of the Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast is here.

Chet and Duck are back, wrangling the latest security stories into an entertaining and informative quarter-hour of useful news.

PRISM, UK Surveillance, Sweden vs. Google, Blackberry Z10 - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Do you really need to worry about things like privacy and security?

Here's the latest in our 60 Second Security video series, bringing you fast, incisive and entertaining evidence that says, "Yes, you do!"

"Nej till Google!" - Sweden tells a local council that Google's cloud is a no-go area

Swedish bureaucrats have instructed a town in the Scandinavian country to say "No" to Google.

They object to the leeway over customer data that Google grants itself in its cloud contracts...

Android malware, Liberty Reserve, CSAW, Legal ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Watch our 60 Second Security videos and arm yourself with anecdotes you can use when your friends or colleagues ask you, "Do I really need to worry about things like privacy and security?"

Australian government announces its National Cloud Computing Strategy

The Australian government has officially published its National Cloud Computing Strategy.

Sophos was involved in the committee that created this document...so we'd like to know what *you* think of it now it's out!

IBM takes a big new step in cryptography: practical homomorphic encryption

IBM just released an open source software package called HELib.

HE stands for *homomorphic encryption*, and HELib is an important cryptographic milestone.

Paul Ducklin explains why...

Many Amazon S3 cloud storage users are exposing sensitive company secrets, claims report

Amazon S3 buckets full of holes

A security researcher tested a slew of (probably inappropriately misconfigured) storage buckets and found about one in six were open to the public, exposing content we think companies would probably have preferred remain private.

Lisa Vaas explores what has happened.

Whitepaper: Security questions for your web hosting provider

Whitepaper: Security questions for your web hosting provider

Here are 10 questions you should be asking your hosting provider about features and services that will help to keep your site secure, covering general security practices, application security and operation of the site itself.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 26 stories of last week

In case you missed any of these stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.