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Google goes beyond two-step verification with new USB Security Key

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Google's adding support for a physical USB second factor that will first verify the login site as being a true Google website, not a fake site pretending to be Google, before it hands over a cryptographic signature.

1 "terrific employee" + 1 thumb drive + 6,000 lost medical records = fired!

1 "terrific employee" + 1 thumb drive + 6,000 lost medical records = fired!

A woman called a "terrific employee" by her boss was fired after downloading 6,000 medical records onto a USB drive that she then lost. Whose fault is it, really? Perhaps if the company had technology in place to prevent the transmission of unencrypted records onto a USB device, the lamentable event wouldn't have happened in the first place.

Child abuse photo collector forgets to encrypt his USB stick - Bad security is a good thing

Child abuse photo collector forgets to encrypt his USB stick - Bad security is a good thing

Sometimes some good can come from poor computer security.

Encrypted? Check. Strong passphrase? Check. Mailing them together? Oops.

Jailed terrorist gets 4 more months for refusing to hand over USB stick password

Encryption only helps secure your data when the keys are a secret, a lesson learned the hard way by Ernst and Young and Regions Financial.

The Conficker worm, three years and counting

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This week marks the third anniversary of Conficker's assault on our PCs. Where do we stand after doing 36 months of battle with this worm?

Flash drive manufacturers warn: Hackers can decrypt 'secure' USB sticks

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Here's some news that might cause concern for some users of hardware-encrypted USB memory sticks. Many companies and individuals use thumb drives equipped with hardware-based encryption to secure their sensitive data. This is sensible as there have been far too Read more…