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5 tips to improve your Linux desktop security

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Linux-based operating systems aren't invulnerable.

Here are five easy steps you can take to enhance your Linux security...

1 in 5 experts believe artificial intelligence will pose an 'existential threat'

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A significant minority of experts working in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), about 18%, believe that AI will one day pose an 'existential threat' to humanity.

Parliamentary insiders clean up MPs' Wikipedia pages

Parliament sockpuppets sanitise MPs' Wikipedia pages

Gone are the sex scandals, excessive use of chauffeur driven cars, and lavish expenses used to spiff up MPs' homes.

Hackers compromise 100,000 IRS tax accounts with pre-stolen data

100,000 US taxpayers compromised via IRS tax record system

The Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that attackers accessed 100,000 taxpayers' accounts using personal data stolen elsewhere.

Get into Infosec Europe 2015 for free, hear great talks!

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Get a free pass to Infosec Europe (2/3/4 June 2015) and stop by at our stand to say hello.

Attend our free talks...no paid actors, no sales pitches and no canned product demos: we're giving educational presentations that we hope will both entertain and educate.

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked on the metro

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked underground

No GPS or cell tower triangulation necessary. All it takes is learning the world's unique metro routes, then listening as phones jiggle along.

Yup, we really are terrible at those password recovery questions

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When we forget our passwords we’re often faced with recovery questions like "What's your favourite food?” They’re a backdoor into our accounts so they’re supposed to be both secure and memorable. They’re not.

You STILL support encryption designed to be crackable in 1995? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Watch this week's "60 Second Security" - the one-minute news roundup video with attitude!

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

High schooler allegedly hired third party to DDoS his school district

He might face state and federal charges. The attack crippled more than 50 schools, forcing some students to retake tests multiple times, among other miseries.

Adult FriendFinder hacked, users' intimate details exposed on Dark Web

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Adult FriendFinder, a website billed as a way for people to "find friends, sex, flings and hookups," has had a serious data breach. Now millions of people who thought they were using a discrete service to find casual sex have had their private information exposed online.

IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

Scotland Yard was worried The X-Files and Star Trek could inspire anarchy in the UK

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Special agents working at Scotland Yard were worried in the late '90s that cult religious groups inspired by TV series like Star Trek and The X-Files might commit widespread acts of violence ahead of the new millennium.

Anatomy of a LOGJAM - another TLS vulnerability, and what to do about it

We've had BEAST, Lucky Thirteen, BREACH, BEAST, POODLE, Heartbleed and FREAK...now, it's LOGJAM.

Paul Ducklin explains, and tells you what you can do about it.

Practical IT: What is encryption and how can I use it to protect my corporate data?

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Businesses often don't realise why encryption is important, and how they can use it to protect their data. The latest in our Practical IT series tells you what encryption is and how you can use it in your business.

How your next password could be your brain

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Researchers found that brains react to acronyms in a way that's unique to each individual.

Ready to slap some electrodes on your head?

Apple Watch lets nimble-fingered crooks use your Apple Pay

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Nimble-fingered crooks can exploit the one-second lag before Watch senses it's off a wrist and asks for a passcode.

SSCC 199 - Don't panic, it's not really as VENOMous as you thought [PODCAST]

Our latest weekly security podcast - the VENOM bug, iris recognition, a spyware company breach, and ID trouble at the Passport Agency.

Happy listening!

Apple, Google and others urge Obama to say no to backdoors

Tech firms and cryptographers lobby the Obama administration, urging resistance to the implementation of backdoors in popular software.

"Los Pollos Hermanos" ransomware - what will they think of next?

The latest visual meme in ransomware comes from a cult TV show...about ficticious crooks.

Paul Ducklin walks you through "PolloCrypt," more correctly known as Troj/LPoLock-A...

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

Parents can't opt out, regardless of any privacy concerns. Let's hope they don't get hit by an mSpy-esque data breach.