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Monday review - the hot 23 stories of the week

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Here they are: the hot computer security stories of the past week, neatly laid out for you to review.

4 things to consider when allowing Macs into your business

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Macs are starting to make serious headway into corporate networks but they're bringing new challenges with them. We look at 4 things you'll need to deal with if you're considering allowing Macs in your business.

Apple fixes FREAK in iOS, OS X and Apple TV - and numerous other holes besides

Apple's latest security fixes are out.

The FREAK bug is now fixed, but so are numerous other holes worth patching in their own right.

Apple Watch wobbles? Advanced health tracking features dropped for launch

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The rumor mill is shifting into high gear ahead of the expected April 2015 launch of the Apple Watch, and leaked details imply some setbacks - according to recent reports, Apple has dropped groundbreaking health-tracking features.

RBS and NatWest banks to use Apple's Touch ID fingerprint system for mobile login

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The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have launched a new mobile banking service that allows Apple customers to authenticate via Apple's Touch ID.

SSCC 186 - Just how firm is your firmware? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast - from firmware and Firefox to Project Zero and Lightning conductors.

Chet and Duck are in fine fettle as usual...enjoy!

News flash: hacker turns Apple's Lightning connector into a jailbreak conductor

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A French hacker says he'll soon be making modified Lightning connector cables that will give Apple iOS jailbreakers a better view inside their iDevices.

What do you mean, "Facebook is now text only"? - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly one-minute security video.

Fun, fast...and educational.

Apple's "two-step" security now protects iMessage and FaceTime, too

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Apple has quietly extended its two-step verification feature to more of its ecosystem.

If you have the "Apple two-step" turned on, then the iMessage and FaceTime services are now protected by it.

More iCloud phishing: don't get sucked in

It's easy to justify checking out spams and scams, on the "better safe than sorry" principle.

Don't do it!

You just end up one click closer to catastrophe.

SSCC 183 - It's Data Privacy Day! Do something! [PODCAST]

From Apple's latest OS X and iOS updates to Data Privacy Day - listen, learn and enjoy!

Apple fixes Thunderstrike and 3 Project Zero bugs in OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite

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The latest OS X beta, version 10.10.2, is in the hands of developers and hints that users will soon be getting fixes for the devilish Thunderstrike vulnerability and 3 Project Zero bugs.

Pirate Wi-fi is IN DA HOUSE - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "60 Second Security" video.

The latest news, presented in a way that will make you smile...and it only takes a minute.

SSCC 181 - The Security Duel: "Bug reports at 15 paces" [PODCAST]

Microsoft vs. Google - Google vs. Users - Hackers vs. US Army - the fight is on in the latest episode of our weekly security podcast!

Enjoy...

Anatomy of a privacy leak - Apple OS X search engine in the Spotlight

You'd expect Apple's OS X search engine, Spotlight, to end up with a lot of information in its indexes.

But you wouldn't expect it to help spammers and scammers keep track of you...

Thunderstrike - new Mac "ueberrootkit" could own your Apple forever‏

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Security researcher Trammell Hudson wondered how deeply you could embed a rootkit into a Mac.

Forget hacking the kernel, or even the boot sector...what about targeting the Boot ROM chip itself?

From Facebook, through iPhones and Androids, to Macs - make the safest start to 2015!

Are you looking to turn over a new security leaf yourself in 2015, or trying to convince your friends and family to do so?

Here are some great places to start...

Microsoft deluged with support in its email privacy battle against US government

Microsoft deluged with support in its email privacy battle against DOJ

75 amicus briefs show the industry's fierce belief that the US is overreaching in its demands to get email off an Irish server.

How have attitudes to privacy changed post-Snowden?

Survey: post-Snowden, 39% take steps to protect privacy

A recent survey reports 43% of users avoid certain websites and applications and 39% change their passwords regularly since the Snowden revelations. Is that number low, or is it an encouraging sign of growing sensitivity to privacy issues?

12 Days competition: Day 9 - This musical gift gave you too much

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Can you work out the answer to our question in Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas competition?