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Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

Smartphone anti-theft "kill switch" law goes into effect in California

It requires all mobile phones sold in the state to be enabled with the anti-theft technology by default.

SSCC 205 - Update early, update often! [PODCAST]

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Join Sophos experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast, the Chet Chat.

News you can use...enjoy!

Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends

Facebook Messenger now lets US users send money to friends

Facebook has switched on person-to-person (P2P) payments for users in the US to instantly message money to friends.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense feature shares your Wi-Fi network with your friends

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Wi-Fi Sense, which is enabled by default, would like to share your Wi-Fi network with your Outlook.com, Skype and Facebook contacts.

Apple lets rip with update spate: OS X, iOS, Safari, iTunes, QuickTime

Apple just opened the stopcocks and released a Hoover Dam's worth of security-related updates.

Yes, there are numerous new features and products in there too, but it's the security fixes that make a compelling reason to update.

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

PayPal backpedals on awful robocalling policy

"Sorry for the confusion!" it said, promising to erase the no-opt-out, robocalling/autotexting nightmare seemingly poised to grip the US.

Dodgy app company that mined Dogecoins behind your back receives FTC penalty

The app was called "Prized," but it was the app vendor that took the prizes by co-opting your phone into a cryptocurrency mining botnet.

Encrypt like everyone's watching! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

There's a Sophos T-shirt that warns you, "Dance like nobody's watching. Encrypt like everyone is."

We aren't kidding, folks, and this week's 60 Second Security tells you why!

Apple tweaks iOS 9 to stop advertisers getting our app data

iOS 9 tweak to stop advertisers from snooping into app download lists

Developers and advertisers have been eyeballing the apps we download to target-pitch their own wares. Apple are shuttering the peepshow.

SSCC 204 - You want an extension to your extension for Windows XP? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast, the award-winning Chet Chat.

Enjoy!

"Belts and breaches" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's the latest episode of our entertaining news-in-1-minute security roundup.

Enjoy!

SSCC 203 - What's the worst sort of service to have a password breach? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos security experts John Shier and Paul Ducklin as they dig into the latest security news in our regular "Chet Chat" podcast.

This week: LastPass, Facebook, Windows 10 (and not-quite-the-end of XP), Samsung, and the Android ecosystem.

Apple OS X and iOS in the vulnerability spotlight - meet "CORED," also known as "XARA"

The security issue of the week has arrived in iOS and OS X, and it's attracted a funky name already.

The researchers called it XARA, but others had different ideas, and dubbed it "CORED."

As in "Apple CORED."

Google launches Android bug bounty program

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After paying out $1.5 million to security researchers last year, Google now offers cash to Android bug hunters.

Samsung keyboard app could let a crook crack your phone

A presenter at BlackHat London has some bad news for you: the keyboard app built in to your Samsung phone may leave you open to attack.

Paul Ducklin explains and offers some advice...

Swearing on WhatsApp in UAE could result in a fine, jail time or deportation

Man faces $68,000 fine or jail for swearing on WhatsApp under UAE cybercrimes law

Rageaholics, beware: the country's passed laws against swearing, be it online or in person, and that includes F-you emojis.

Facebook introduces "Moments" - supposedly a safer way to share photos

Unlike Facebook's "Photo Sync" feature, Moments is a separate photo app that doesn't upload anything until you tell it to.

Paul Ducklin wonders how much safer you'll be from over-sharing your pics...

Thief who mugged Facebook PlayStation-seller busted thanks to location data

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The victim had been trying to sell an old PlayStation 2 through Facebook, and was contacted by a potential purchaser who turned out to be the mugger.

We offer some advice on making offline transactions with people you meet online.

Authentication is all around us! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our latest "60 Second Security" video - catch the week's security news in just 1 minute.

SSCC 202 - They hacked the US Army? Are you SURE? [PODCAST]

Join Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for this week's security podcast.

Apple, Microsoft, patching, hacking the army (sort of), and 49 arrests in a Europol action against bank fraudsters!