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Old-time phishing scams are working just fine, Google finds

Old-time phishing scams are working just fine, Google finds

A new Google study has found that the true masterpieces of phishing are successful 45% of the time. It's just another example of how phishers may be old dogs, but they can sure learn new tricks.

Government demands for Facebook user data soar by 24%

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Government requests for Facebook's user data rose by almost a quarter in the first half of 2014 compared with the second half of the previous year, according to the social network.

Don't wear your Google Glass or other wearables when watching a movie

Google Glass banned in US movie theaters

Two trade groups have officially adopted a zero-tolerance policy against all wearable recording devices being on during showtime.

POODLE attack takes bytes out of your encrypted data - here's what to do

Heartbleed, Shellshock, Sandworm...and now POODLE.

It's a security hole that could let crooks read your encrypted web traffic.

Paul Ducklin takes you through how it works, and what you can do to avoid it, in plain (well, plain-ish) English...

SSCC 165 - "U2 or not U2," that is the question [PODCAST]

It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

New Google transparency report details hike in government user data requests

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Governments around the world are demanding increasingly larger amounts of user data from search giant Google, according to the company’s latest Transparency Report.

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...

SSCC 164 - Spend Bitcoins using Apple Pay? *NOW* you've got me interested! [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat for your listening pleasure.

Our weekly computer security podcast with the News You Can Use...

Google grapples anew with EC in the search/advertising antitrust swamp

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The EC's poked the sleeping dragon, yet again reopening a four-year antitrust investigation that puts Google in the hot seat. The surprise move comes after rivals fumed loud and hard about getting unfairly shut out in the most recent settlement. This time, Android may be up for investigation, too.

How far would your sysadmins go to fix a problem? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here it is - this week's 60 Second Security video.

News that will amuse, and it only takes a minute...

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Why is Google sending insecure browsers back in time?

Google's search page has seemingly gone back in time - but only for users stuck in the last decade. If you're using an internet antique, take Google's hint and upgrade now.

Google to pay $19,000,000 compensation for taking candy from kids

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Google will stump up $19,000,000 in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission.

The money will be used to refund Android users whose children, says the FTC, were able rack up in-app purchases too easily.

SSCC 163 - So THAT'S why you can't erase Flash RAM properly [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat.

Our regular security podcast that turns news into useful advice...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

Google et al slammed by justice chief over 'right to be forgotten'

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Europe’s Commissioner for Justice, Martine Reicherts, has slammed Google and other opponents of the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, claiming that they are attempting to undermine the reform.

Google adds deceptive software warnings to Safe Browsing service

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The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end following an announcement from Google yesterday. From next week, Chrome will display a message whenever a piece of software attempts to do anything sneaky or unexpected with your browser or computer.

How Google plans to encrypt the web

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This could be an inflection point for web security. By making HTTPS something that impacts search results Google are applying the stick to an enormous security push that's been all carrots up to now.

Google given 18 months to change its handling of user data

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The Italian Data Protection Commissioner has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data.