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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!

Children's apps and websites raise privacy concerns

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Members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network say many kids' websites and apps collect and share too much personal information.

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.

Autoplaying video of journalists' murders gives Facebook, Twitter users pause

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Social media users unwillingly witnessed video of the murders of two television journalists yesterday, due to a default feature on Facebook and Twitter that plays videos automatically. Here's how to turn "autoplay" off.

Pirate sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries

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Paranoia has spiked over the notion that Microsoft plans to keep people from running software they never bought.

Surprise! People choose predictable Android lockscreen patterns

Surprise! People choose predictable Android lockscreen patterns

New research studying how people create lockscreen patterns suggests that they aren't a secure alternative to passcodes at all.

Amazon bans Flash ads - but not for the reason you may have hoped!

Amazon has said "No" to Flash - but the aim is to improve your experience, not your security.

Nevertheless, it's a ban on Flash.

FCC fines company $750,000 for disabling conference hotspots

Smart City was blocking convention visitors and exhibitors from using their own hotspots to avoid paying hefty fees for the telecom's Wi-Fi.

Mozilla wants you to beta test this Firefox privacy enhancement

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Mozilla announced on Friday that it's released new privacy enhancements in its popular Firefox browser for pre-beta testing.

Google's Android "Admin" security hole - time to patch!

"Google Admin" is an Android security app for Super Adminstrators of the Google for Work tools.

But it had a security hole...

Avoid that cyberflash - 60 Second Security

Here's our weekly 1-minute video: Android, Adobe and Apple's AirDrop all get a look in this time.

How not to be "cyberflashed" on your iPhone

After writing about "cyberflashing," we were asked to put our advice on how to avoid it in one place.

Here it is.

Apple issues updates for lots of critical holes - patch now!

Whether you believe in Mac malware or not, you still need the latest Apple patches to close off numerous critical holes.

Cyberflasher Airdrops rude images to victim’s iPhone

Apple's AirDrop sends you an image so you can decide whether you want the sender to send it to you.

What could possibly go wrong?

A virus on a *Mac*? Is NOTHING sacred? [Chet Chat Podcast 211]

The latest episode of our weekly security podcast - a quarter-hour of news with attitude! Enjoy.

Update Tuesday, Firefox's zero-day, more Android bugginess, a firmware virus for your Mac ...and a tax fraudster busted.

Adobe and PageFair claim ad blockers will cost business $22 billion in 2015

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The rapid growth of people using ad blockers is costly to publishers and advertisers - and the trend looks to only grow worse for website owners as ad blocking comes to mobile devices.

Another Android hole: "OCtoRuTA" - One (Java) Class to Rule Them All

Yet another large-scale vulnerability has been revealed in Android.

This one lets an otherwise innocent-looking app go rogue, and enjoy privileges normally limited to the trusted parts of Android.

Stingray-like phone spying machine used to blackmail and rig state tenders

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A South African official is suspected of forging a document to allow a businessman to illegally/allegedly buy the pricey device.

Is Stagefright over yet? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly 1-minute security video - enjoy.