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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.

Security fears around remote working, the cloud and wireless networks cited by SMBs

Security fears around remote working, the cloud and wireless networks cited by SMBs

The days of IT managers simply worrying about the security of the network inside their physical offices are long gone.

Cloud services, mobile devices, wireless networks and a remote workforce are complicating security management for IT departments who wish to protect corporate data.

SSCC 90 - A walk around Interop 2012 with John Shier

SSCC 90 - A walk around Interop 2012 with John Shier

This week's Chet Chat comes to you live from the show floor at Interop 2012. John Shier and Chet Wisniewski have some fun and share highlights from the expo hall.

64% of people think cloud storage is risky, but 45% still go right ahead and use it

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Sophos polled people at their InfoSec Europe booth last week to find out their views on security in the workplace. Here's what they found.

SSCC 86 - online elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook/privacy and PII for just 3c

SSCC 86 - on-line elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook/privacy and PII for just 3c

In this week's episode, Paul Ducklin joins Chet to discuss online elections, "total internet disconnection", Facebook's new take on privacy, and PII at just 3c a hit.

As usual, Chet and Duck express strong opinions, with Duck even calling on those who are concerned about the erosion of online privacy "not to go quietly"...

Corrupt call center workers selling your private information for pennies

Corrupt call center workers selling your private information for pennies

An undercover investigation in India has uncovered that some call center workers have been selling confidential information on nearly 500,000 Britons.