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How one man bought for just $12

Google. Image courtesy of antb/Shutterstock.

Ownership of the alphabet-loving company's premier domain name lasted just one minute for ex-Googler Sanmay Ved.

Google to give marketers the ability to target us via email address


Customer Match will enable advertisers to get to us via our email addresses, which can be matched to signed-in users of its search engine, Gmail or YouTube.

Which web browser do you trust? [Poll]


We no longer choose our web browsers based on bells and whistles. These days its all about privacy and security and we'd like to know which browser (and which vendor) you trust to be your companion on the web.

Malware in the App Store? You CANNOT be SERIOUS! [Chet Chat Podcast 215]

Take a listen to the latest Chet Chat podcast, our fun-but-informative weekly commentary on the latest computer security issues.

Smartphone passcodes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, says US court

Passcode. Image courtesy of ymgerman / Shutterstock.

Cops can still force suspects to unlock phones with a fingerprint but passcodes are off the agenda... for now.

Change this setting to stop Siri spilling your selfies!


A Siri-ous bug affecting iOS 9 could let a crook skip your passcode, and get at your photos...

...and access your contacts, and send bogus messages in your name.

Here's how to fix it.

Google's charging for YouTube ads it knows are from bots, researchers say


Google charges advertisers for YouTube ad views in spite of correctly spotting them as being fake views generated by bots - no human eyeballs involved - a group of European researchers have claimed.

US senator blocks proposed surveillance law opposed by Facebook and Google


Lobbying pressure from internet companies and civil liberties groups - and the resistance of one US senator - forced the Senate Intelligence Committee to withdraw legislation requiring social media companies to report "terrorist activity" to the government.

"Stagefright - are we in the clear now?" [Chet Chat Podcast 214]

Listen to Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin in the latest episode of our weekly security podcast...

Google fixes an Android Lollipop lockscreen bypass bug - how bad was it?


The exploit worked by entering an extremely long string of characters into the password field while the camera is open, causing the device to crash and return to the homescreen.

Jeb Bush says people need to stop "demonizing" the NSA


In a blog post this week laying out his cybersecurity policy proposals, US presidential candidate Jeb Bush said it's time to stop "demonizing" intelligence officials at the NSA.

Google found guilty of violating antitrust laws


Yandex - the "Google of Russia" - has prevailed in getting the country's antimonopoly watchdog agency to rule that Google has abused its dominant position in the market with Android.

We hashed them once, we hashed them twice! 60 Second Security

Out weekly wrap-up video.

Watch (and smile!) in just 1 minute...

Android's Stagefright is back! Here’s what you need to know

Exploit code for the Stagefright vulnerability is now public.

But it's not all bad news: we explain the risk and how to avoid it...

Apple iMessage's end-to-end encryption stymies US data request


Apple recently told a US court that it couldn't turn over to law enforcement messages that were sent between iPhones via Apple's iMessage system, which uses end-to-end encryption. And the crypto-wars rage on.

Apple iOS 9 Safari opens the flood gates to ad-blocking

safari mobile

Meanwhile, Chrome users got a scare when Google (inadvertently: WHEW!) disabled AdBlock in YouTube. Cue painfully long video ads.

That's "Dead PIGEON", not "Dead PARROT"! 60 Second Security

Our weekly 1-minute security video.

Forget dead's the Dead Pigeon sketch.

Look! A Fraud Fighting Ferret! [Chet Chat Podcast 212]

Chester Wisniewski is back from Down Under to resume our podcast series.

From fraud-fighting ferrets to a convicted "Spam King" - enjoy!

Google accused of rigging search results by India's competition cops


"Yep, Google's a search bully," agree Facebook, Nokia's maps division,, Flipkart and several other companies.

Google Chrome will block Flash from tomorrow...well, sort of

Adobe's Flash will face a double setback on 1 September 2015, when both Amazon and Google shift into "HTML5 is way better for ads" mode.