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Malware in the App Store? You CANNOT be SERIOUS! [Chet Chat Podcast 215]

Take a listen to the latest Chet Chat podcast, our fun-but-informative weekly commentary on the latest computer security issues.

Microsoft downloads Windows 10 to your computer even if you don't want it yet


Microsoft really wants people to upgrade to Windows 10. So it's downloaded the new operating system - secretly? - on Windows 7 and 8 PCs that have automatic updates turned on.

Privacy groups walk out of US talks on facial recognition guidelines


Not a single industry representative would agree on the most basic premise: that targets of facial recognition should opt in before companies identify them.

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

A new lawsuit alleges Facebook violated users' privacy rights to build world's largest privately held database of facial recognition data.

U2's Bono says sorry for foisting album on everybody's iTunes


In a Facebook interview, a U2 fan - or, well, maybe just somebody who took advantage of the chance to tell off the band - asked the band to please never release an automatically downloaded album again, given that "It's really rude."

Apple's free gift: Did U get the album 2?


Apple's gift of a free U2 album for iTunes users?

Turns out it's "free" as in "compulsory"...

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

Foursquare app tracks your location by default whenever your phone is on


Foursquare, makers of the popular app that lets you "check in" wherever you go, unveiled a new version this week that tracks your location even when the app is closed, with opt-in as the default.

We show you how to opt out if you don't want ad men and Foursquare to constantly know your whereabouts.

Canadian spam, New York taxis and Brazilian passwords - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Canada goes "opt in", NYC makes a hash, and Brazil forgets its punctuation.

It's 60 Second Security for 28 June 2014!

Spam in Canada goes "strictly opt-in" in one week - with a grace period of only THREE YEARS

It's been a long, long, long time coming, but spam in Canada really does go "strictly opt-in" on this year's Canada Day, 01 July 2014.

After that, you will have a meagre THREE YEARS to adapt your business practices and acquire express consent from your mailees...

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

It's been 10 years since Facebook gave the world a reason to share everything with everyone - but the social media giant is finally acknowledging its privacy pitfalls.

Safer Internet Day: don't be an online sheep - our Top 10 Tips help you think before you act


Today is Safer Internet Day, aimed at helping youngsters to enjoy the internet without putting themselves at risk.

So here are our Top 10 Tips. Don't be a sheep and just follow the defaults - it's OK to be different, and to think for yourself before you make choices online!

UK to trial national emergency alerts via mobile phones - what are the risks?


The UK is to trial a national emergency alerting system based on text messaging to your mobile phone.

Other countries have already done this, so it sounds uncontroversial - but can it be made to work safely and securely?

Facebook is turning facial recognition back on - so here's how to check your "photo tagging" settings

Facebook is turning its controversial facial recognition feature back on so that your "friends" can tag you more easily in photographs.

Now would be a good time to revisit your photo tagging security settings - here's how.

CAN-SPAM spammers with a sense of humor

Spam cloud

SophosLabs researcher Richard Wang ran into a unusual opt-out disclaimer earlier today in an email message. It would appear that this spammer has a sense of humor and is polite to boot!

Telephonic irony - "Hello, this is the Do Not Call Register calling"

It was a breach of the law serious enough to attract a $110,000 fine, but you still have to laugh.

The company that operates Australia's Do Not Call Register has been found guilty of making unlawful calls to subscribers on the Do Not Call Register.

Facial recognition comes to Google+, but unlike Facebook it's opt-in


Google is rolling out a new feature for Google Plus users that uses facial recognition to help tag photos. Will Google's opt-in policy ease privacy concerns?

LinkedIn responds quickly to complaints about 'social ads'


Yesterday, we invited our readers to complain to LinkedIn about its new opt-out 'social ads' feature.

LinkedIn has already responded publicly, which is a great result - for you and for LinkedIn.

LinkedIn 'does a Facebook' - your name and photo used in ads by default

LinkedIn 'does a Facebook' - your name and photo used in ads by default

As a non-user of LinkedIn, I haven't been tracking changes to the default privacy settings of the service, or the implications of those changes.

Neither, it seems, has most of the rest of the world. Perhaps we should have been.

Apple, RSA, Facebook, spyware, scareware, DDoS - 90 Sec News - June 2011


Don't just read the latest computer security news - watch it in 90 seconds!

Looking back over last month: Apple does anti-virus, RSA replaces tokens, Facebook stays opt-out, Macbook Peeping Tom caught, Scareware gang busted, DDoSer sentenced.