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Google unveils Password Alert Chrome extension, an early warning system against phishing attacks

Google developers have created Password Alert, an open-source Chrome extension that aims to protect users from phishing attacks.

Tesla and Elon Musk Twitter accounts and website hijacked, free Teslas offered

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The website and Twitter account for sleek electric automaker Tesla Motors was taken over and defaced on Saturday, as was Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s personal Twitter account.

Costa Coffee Club warns of possible database intrusion

Coffee chain Costa's just sent out a warning about a possible data breach.

Only 1 in 5000 accounts were affected, but the Coffee Club is offline for now. A bulk password reset will follow...

Chipotle apologises for offensive tweets, says account was hacked

Chipotle apologises for offensive tweets, says account was hacked

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle was forced to apologise after its hacked Twitter account spewed out a string of unpalatable tweets.

People happily give away their (bad) passwords to TV reporter

Facepalm. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Say hello to the people in the street who show us how social engineering works. Hint: say you're from Jimmy Kimmel, sound interested, and ask about their pet!

12 Days competition: Day 12 - A tale of two passwords

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It's Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas competition.

Can you work out the answer to our final question?

THIS FOR THE LAST 5 T-SHIRTS!

WordPress issues critical security fixes, closing remote anonymous compromise bug and more

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WordPress has just published a critical security release.

If you're still on WordPress 3, this is about as critical as it gets, because one of the fixes closes a "remote anonymous compromise" bug.

SSCC 174 - Who says law enforcement isn't tackling cybercrime? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest epsiode of our weekly Chet Chat podcast, for your listening pleasure.

From a carder ring that got busted to a spamming system that ran amuck, let yourself be amused and educated at the same time...

The worst password in the penitentiary - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video.

The latest news made educational and amusing...and it only takes a minute.

My password is...no, sorry, it's completely slipped my mind - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "60 Second Security" video.

It'll only take a minute...

Twitter invites us to say goodbye to passwords, use Digits instead

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Twitter's new credentials handling scheme is called Digits, and it's hoping that mobile app developers use it to enable their users to sign in with their phone numbers as identifiers, along with one-time passwords SMSed to the phones.

Do we really need strong passwords?

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The idea that computer users should use long, complex passwords is one of computer security's sacred cows.

But is is really necessary?

Mark Stockley investigates...

Dropbox passwords leaked, third-party services blamed

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Hundreds of Dropbox logins were posted on Pastebin and Reddit, but it turns out they were stolen from a third-party service months ago, Dropbox says. So why did some of those passwords work, as Reddit users claimed? Think password reuse.

It's only logical - the BIGGER the bank, the BIGGER the breach! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest 60 Second Security for your viewing pleasure.

News, advice, opinion and research - and it only takes a minute...

SSCC 167 - Avoiding the shock of Shellshock (and more!) [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly Chet Chat podcast!

Shellshock leads the list, of course, but Snapchat, cybersecurity awareness and the iPhone 6 all get a look in too...

How to pick a proper password [VIDEO]

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Here's a short and straight-talking video that not only shows you how to pick a proper password, but also explains why you should bother...

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

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We regularly warn you against using the same password for multiple accounts.

But if you memorise one really long and complex password, isn't that enough?

No! Here's why...

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, et al. targeted in latest naked celebrity photo leak

Celebgate redux: Alleged nudies of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens et al. doxed

Early on Saturday morning, Celebgate flooded the same sites as it did three weeks ago - 4Chan and Reddit, among others - as cyber crooks again posted nude celebrity photos, despite the scuffle of threatened lawsuits and attention from the FBI.

Using WPS on your Wi-Fi router may be even more dangerous than you think

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In 2011, a researcher found that WPS was 10,000 times easier to crack than it was supposed to be.

Now, another researcher has found that cracking it may be 10,000 times easier again...