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Visa asks to track your smartphone to help sniff out credit card fraud

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Visa will begin asking card holders to opt in to a new service in April 2015 that could help reduce credit card fraud - if consumers allow their smartphones to be tracked whenever they make a purchase.

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! - a search engine bringing the Dark Web into the light

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Last week, user Virgil Griffith went onto the Tor-talk mailing list and announced Onion City, a Dark Web search engine that allows regular web users to delve into the Dark Web.

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsApp spy tool lets anyone track when you're online

WhatsSpy Public illustrates that fiddling with your privacy settings doesn't stop people from tracking your status and any changes you've made to profile photos, status messages and settings.

New rules on drones and aerial surveillance issued by FAA, White House

FAA, White House issue rules on drones and aerial surveillance

Proposed FAA rules would prohibit flying drones out of eyesight, at night, or over people, while the president has ordered federal agencies to be transparent about data collection and to respect privacy.

Firefox to get a "walled garden" for browser extensions, Mozilla to be sole arbiter

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is heading towards signed browser extensions only.

Even if you publish your extensions "off market," you'll have to get Mozilla to sign them first.

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.

SSCC 185 - "I have a number for you: Eighty Million" [PODCAST]


Our weekly "Chet Chat" podcast is carefully prepared to fit into a quarter-hour, so it is clear and concise as well as being witty and amusing.


'Revenge porn' to be made illegal in England and Wales

'Revenge porn' is now illegal in England and Wales

England and Wales today amended the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to make revenge porn an offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

The Big Data picture - just how anonymous are "anonymous" records?


You know those "anonymous surveys" you may have filled in?

They don't tell anyone it was you.

Or do they?

Uber customer data exposed through online lost and found database

Uber logo

App-based taxi company Uber revealed customer names and phone numbers through its online lost and found database.

Why Jeb Bush's 250,000 email giveaway is a bigger gamble for us than him

On the face of it Jeb Bush's decision to make 250,000 emails from his time as Governor public is a great step forward in transparency. But what about those people who sent the emails?

3 questions you should be asking on Safer Internet Day


Keeping safe online is a journey, not a destination.

So, instead of telling you what to do on Safer Internet Day, we're going to arm you with 3 simple questions you can ask yourself whenever you want to try something new...

"Facebook porn Trojan" - here's how NOT to get caught


You receive a Facebook posting that offers you something saucy, you click through to the website...

...and guess what happens next?

Facebook's DeepFace facial recognition technology has human-like accuracy

Facebook's DeepFace facial recognition technology has human-like accuracy

Facebook is going to allow you to blur your face in photos... once it's identified you.

Want to be a safer surfer? Join our Twitter Chat on Safer Internet Day!

Join us for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 3pm EST.

There's no sign-up process, and you don't even have to have a Twitter account.

All you need is a web browser...

Canary Watch site will keep an eye out for vanishing warrant canaries

Canary Watch

Canary Watch will track changes to these transparency report statements that would indicate providers had received subpoenas with gag orders.

Internet Explorer has a Cross Site Scripting zero-day bug


Another day, another zero-day.

This time, it's Internet Explorer that is attracting the sort of publicity a browser doesn't want, with the public disclosure of an XSS bug.

Google extends its all-seeing eye, invites third party apps to Google Now

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Google's opened up its Google Now digital assistant to 40 third party apps, including Pandora, Lyft, TripAdvisor, eBay and RunKeeper.

Facebook's got a new privacy policy, and it plans to share your data with partners

Facebook's got a new privacy policy, and it plans to share your data with other sites

As Facebook's new privacy policy comes into force users can expect more sharing of their data and 'enhanced' targeting of adverts across partnered websites.