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Your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds, says US judge

US judge: your Gmail account is fair game for cops or feds

A New York court on Thursday opened up our entire Gmail accounts to feds or cops with warrants, in spite of two recent decisions that went against similar requests.

SSCC 154: Fraud, viruses, patches and encryption (in that order!) [PODCAST]

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Where does your country sit on the fraud list? Just how much can you trust SMSes on Android? Is Apple serious enough about iOS security? And will Google's End-To-End email encryption plugin save the world?

Find out with Chet and Duck in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Google looks to make OpenPGP easier for Gmail users

Google switches Gmail to HTTPS only

In early June Google announced a new project designed to create a Chrome plugin to allow end-to-end encryption of web-based emails using OpenPGP. We take a look at its current state and explain how it works.

Google stops data-mining students' email

Google stops data-mining students' email

The same goes for all Google Apps customers. The rest of us Gmail users are still going to be data-mined up the wazoo, of course.

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]

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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 switches Gmail to HTTPS only

Google switches Gmail to HTTPS only

Google is now using an always-on HTTPS connection and encrypting all Gmail messages moving internally on its servers.

Google sued for data-mining students' email

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The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.

How emails can be used to track your location and how to stop it

Chrome extension 'Streak' betrays what time you open mail and your location

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.

Forbes Hack password shootout: Gmail vs Yahoo vs Hotmail vs AOL - whose users are the smartest?

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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...

Bug, not DDoS, took down US court systems - just like Gmail

Bug. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

SSCC 127 - Target, Microsoft, Apple, Gmail...and some amazing acoustics [PODCAST]

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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 takes image loading out of users' hands - here's how to take it back

Gmail's automatic image viewing, and how to turn it off

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?

Is Microsoft recycling old Outlook.com and Windows Live email accounts?

Microsoft may recycle old Outlook.com and Windows Live accounts

Microsoft follows in Yahoo's footsteps by recycling your email address if you don't sign in to your mail account every 270 days.

Why we should still be worried about what Google said regarding Gmail privacy

Google says Gmail users can't expect privacy

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?

Google says people can't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

Google says Gmail users can't expect privacy

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.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Catch up with anything you might have missed last week – it’s weekly roundup time.

SSCC 103 - Mandiant report, iOS coders owned, Twitter accounts hacked, and more...

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Have your joined thousands of others, and become a loyal listener to the "Chet Chat" yet?

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.

Google says it is winning the war against Gmail account hijackers

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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.

New South Wales Police wrap up bomb-hoax case with "cyberinvestigative willingness"

New South Wales Police wrap up bomb-hoax case with "cyberinvestigative willingness"

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.

Petraeus tripped up by trust in supposedly anonymous email account

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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.