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"Your location has been shared 5398 times" - Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

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A new study found that users change their privacy settings when they receive messages telling them how much of their data is being accessed by mobile apps. Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

Safari users win right to sue Google over secret cookies

UK Safari users win right to sue Google over secretly leaving cookies

The landmark case could determine if Google can be held accountable in the UK. Safari users have formed a group to seek damages.

"Probably tired and shagged out after a long squawk" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Our weekly witty-but-serious video - news you can use, and it only takes a minute.

Enjoy...

SSCC 191 - Live in Ljubljana [PODCAST]

Chester is on the road again, this time to present at a conference in Slovenia.

So this episode of the Chet Chat comes to you from an al fresco café in downtown Ljubljana...

Google Glass isn't dead. It's being fine-tuned for the masses

Google Glass isn't dead. It's being fine-tuned for the masses

Privacy concerns made it smell like yesterday's fish, but apparently that's just the aroma of fine-tuning as the beloved/reviled face-huggers get made ready for the masses.

New Android 'on-body detection' leaves your phone unlocked as long as you keep moving

New Android lock feature freezes up your data when your phone stops moving

Keep it jiggling, whether in hand, pocket or purse, and the accelerometer will keep your Android phone unlocked and ready to go. Handy for pickpockets!

Are smartphones bad for our kids?

Therapist says mobile phones add to skyrocketing rate of child suicide

The rate of suicide and self-harm among children is exploding, and one therapist is pointing a finger at constant internet access.

"Pwn2Own" competition pops Flash, Reader and four browsers, pays out over $550K [POLL]

Pwn2Own has become something of an institution on the North American computer security conference circuit.

Come and vote in our poll to tell us what you think of security contests like this...

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser will replace Internet Explorer - but slowly

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Yes, Internet Explorer is going away, eventually. But Microsoft's admission that an unnamed browser - codenamed Project Spartan - will take over as the default browser in Windows 10 led to some premature celebrations.

What's that screenshot doing on Facebook? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Facebook, ransomware and updates to updates - all in 60 seconds!

Our weekly video for 21 March 2015...

Thought your private phone photos weren’t on Facebook? Think again…

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Facebook just fixed a privacy bug in a feature of its mobile app called "Photo Sync."

That's good news...but did you even notice that Photo Sync was on in the first place?

Apple issues update to recent OS X update

Looks like Apple's OS X security update from early March 2015 is in need of an update.

Security Update 2015-002 has now been augmented by re-issued bug fixes in 2015-003.

Google announces "two improvements" to Google Play app approval process

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Google recently added actual humans to the Android app approval system...

...now there's age rating and better feedback for rejected apps as well.

Facebook Messenger to let you send money to friends

Facebook Messenger to let you send money to friends

Starting in the US, users of Messenger will soon be able to link their debit cards to the service and use it to instantly message money to friends, as easily as sending over a selfie.

SSCC 190 - The CeBIT 2015 edition [PODCAST]

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Recorded right on the Sophos booth at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany.

Here's the Fifth Anniversary edition of our weekly podcast...enjoy!

Forget tap-and-pay, just snap-and-pay with your selfies!

Selfie. Image courtesy of 360b/Shutterstock.

Chinese e-commerce megabrand Alibaba wants to use selfies for payment processing.

"Black Box" brouhaha breaks out over brute forcing of iPhone PIN lock

A brouhaha has broken out about a "Black Box" that can brute force your iPhone PIN by trying every possible combination, from 00..00 to 99..99.

Apparently, it can even circumvent the "10 mistakes and you're finished" test. Sort of...

SSCC 189 - Hey, is that your CPU on fire? [PODCAST]

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Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for our weekly security podcast.

Sharp, witty and educational, as usual (if we do say so ourselves)...enjoy!

Android Lollipop 5.1 brings promised anti-theft "kill switch"

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Android Lollipop 5.1 is out for some Nexus phones, and it comes with an anti-theft kill switch. Now you can use Android Device Protection to freeze your phone if it’s lost or stolen.

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.