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If the "Deep Web" becomes searchable, is it still deep? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Watch the latest episode of our only-takes-a-minute security roundup video!

This week: From old crypto bugs to the latest Windows security holes...

SSCC 194 - Patch early? Patch often? This time, "Patch NOW!" [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

From the very latest Update Tuesday to how we get rid of 10-year-old security holes, here's the security news you can use.

Lost your Android? Now you can Google it!

Now you can Google your lost (Android) phone

Just do a Google search on "Find My Phone," and presto! It will show up on a Google map. Then, you can get it to ring its head off.

EU accuses Google of abusing search dominance, opens Android investigation

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The European Commission has accused Google of abusing its status as the 800-lb. search gorilla and has launched a separate investigation into its Android mobile operating system.

Buh-bye Beebone! Law enforcement kills polymorphic virus-spreading botnet

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International law enforcement activity has taken out the botnet used by the Beebone worm - polymorphic malware that threatened thousands of computers worldwide.

Botnet? Polymorphic? Downloader? We explain ...

What a lot of patches! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The mobile "security gap" - Pinterest and Yammer the latest gappy apps

Pinterest and Yammer are the latest official mobile apps that didn't do HTTPS correctly, leaving users at risk of imposters and phishing.

Linux Australia gets pwned, rooted, RATted and botted

Linux Australia had a bit of a nightmare Easter Weekend.

While the rest of us were loafing at the beach, the Penguinistas from Down Under were owning up to a pretty extensive cyberintrusion.

Apple fixes loads of security holes in OS X, iOS, Apple TV, Safari

OS X gets a brand new photo application called, er, Photos, but the security fixes are the real reason you want these updates.

SSCC 193 - Pick a YouTube security token, any token! [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin as they dissect the latest computer security stories in their inimitable style.

Turn news into advice with the Sophos Security Chet Chat!

Court might force US to reveal details of secret wireless kill switch

Court might force US to reveal details of secret WiFi kill switch

The Feds have been arguing for years that disclosing the protocol, SOP 303, would endanger people.

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

Snapchat issues first transparency report on law enforcement data requests

It's a big step forward in transparency for Snapchat, which formerly described its service in a way that might lead users to think turning over their content to law enforcement would be impossible.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here are last week's stories in one convenient place so you can catch up on what you missed!

Uber gets its first chief security officer - Facebook's Joe Sullivan

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Uber just poached Facebook's Joe Sullivan to act as the ride-hailing app company's first chief security officer.

It might make you wonder - why didn't Uber have a CSO before now?

"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?

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

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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.

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.