How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?
Chet and Duck get stuck in...
Google is now using an always-on HTTPS connection and encrypting all Gmail messages moving internally on its servers.
The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.
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.
Which webmail service has the smartest users? And are they getting smarter over time?
Paul Ducklin tries to use the password data from the Forbes hack to find the answers...
Several US judicial system websites were offline for a spell on Friday, prompting immediate worries of some kind of organised cyber assault aimed at bringing the nation's legal system to its knees.
Chet and Duck help you to learn from recent security news, both good and bad.
In this episode: the massive Target breach; Microsoft's and Apple's attitude to updates; and how to respond to Google's recent changes to image rendering for Gmail users.
Gmail's new default is to automatically display all those HTML glamour shots that marketers desperately hope we'll click on. Does this really help our privacy and security, and how can you turn it off again?
Microsoft follows in Yahoo's footsteps by recycling your email address if you don't sign in to your mail account every 270 days.
Last week a furore erupted over a statement Google made about privacy - it was widely interpreted as having said that Gmail users could have no legitimate expectation of privacy. Then Google was widely re-interpreted as not having said that. So what happened, what did it say, and now that the mistake has been corrected is everything rosy in the garden?
In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over its data-mining of email, Google says people shouldn't expect privacy when they send messages to a Gmail account, any more than people would were they to send a business letter that could be opened by an assistant.
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Here's the latest Naked Security podcast, Sophos Security Chet Chat 103, discussing a range of recent and newsworthy topics from the world of computer security.
Account takeovers are down a mammoth 99.7% compared with what they were at the height of the spear-phishing plague of 2011, the company (rightfully) brags.
Do not relax: such success doesn't let us users off the hook when it comes to account security beef-up.
Last year we wrote about a bomb-hoax crime, and a criminal, that perplexed Sydneysiders, and attracted world coverage.
The suspect is off to prison for at least 10 years, thanks to the cyberinvestigative willingness of the NSW Police.
The US's top spy guy, who resigned abruptly on Friday, conducted a romantic affair behind the thin sheet of a pseudonymous email account. It's a good reminder to us all that email headers often spill the beans, revealing IP addresses that lead to our webmail hosts and geolocation. It's a short hop from there to our identities.
Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).
The case involves a woman's hacking into her former boss's Yahoo account to uncover evidence of his extramarital affair. Judges decreed that email stored in the cloud, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, doesn't meet the definition of "electronic storage" as written in the Stored Communications Act.
Beware any emails which claim to come from firstname.lastname@example.org - it could be that you're being targeted in an attack designed to steal your AOL, Gmail, Yahoo or Windows Live password.