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Warrantless laptop seizure at US borders shouldn't be rubber-stamped, rules judge

Image of airport bags courtesy of Shutterstock

In a rare blow to the border exception rule, the judge disagreed that laptops and phones are just "containers" that can be searched like luggage.

The NSA wants a multi-part encryption key for 'front door' access to your data

The NSA wants a multi-part encryption key for 'front door' access to your data

As tech firms, privacy groups and citizens continue to balk at government surveillance, the NSA has come up with an interesting proposal for a multi-part encryption key.

Tracking report was wrong, says Facebook ...but there is a bug that needs fixing

Belgian tracking report was wrong, says Facebook

Facebook has responded to privacy claims made by Belgian researchers but admitted that a "bug" may have caused inadvertent tracking of some users.

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!

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.

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!

Google clamps down on ad injectors after 100,000 Chrome users complained

Google clamps down on ad injectors after 100,000 Chrome users complained

Google has taken a heavy hand to ad injectors after a study revealed 34% of surveyed ads were peddling malware and 192 "deceptive Chrome extensions" were discovered.

Facebook hits back at report claiming it tracks pretty much everyone

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A new report claims Facebook is tracking logged out users, non-account holders and EU users who have explicitly opted out of being tracked.

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

Twitter’s new Periscope app takes a user privacy hit

If a user forgets to turn off the Twitter button before broadcasting a private video stream, the title gets shared with all the user's followers.

Stolen Uber login credentials for sale on the dark web

Uber. Image courtesy of MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN/Shutterstock.

At least two sellers on the dark net appear to be selling Uber customer logins for as little as $1, with one offering a discount for bulk purchases.

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

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?

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!

Google forgets one little "Yes/No" setting, leaks private WHOIS data

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Even Google can make data leakage mistakes, as network security expert group Talos recently noticed.

Just one tiny little Yes/No setting that went wrong...

Monday review - the hot 23 stories of the week

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Here they are: the hot computer security stories of the past week, neatly laid out for you to review.

SSCC 187 - The cryptography edition [PODCAST]

Sophos expert John Shier sits in for regular presenter Chester Wisniewski in this episode.

John and Paul Ducklin dissect the latest security issues, which were dominated this week by some thorny matters of cryptography.

"PowerSpy" - can crooks really track you by the power your phone is using?

Can power usage alone, as your phone moves around in the mobile network, give away your location?

Sort of, say Stanford computer scientists...

What's SUPER and helps you to PHISH, sorry, FISH? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our weekly news roundup - from Superfish to Super Spectacles.

It's amusing, informative, and only takes a minute - enjoy!

Forget Google Glass, here's Sony's (not quite as catchy)‏ SmartEyeglass

Those aren't augmented reality spectacles.

THESE are augmented reality spectacles!

But what about the privacy and security side?

'Revenge porn' to be made illegal in England and Wales

'Revenge porn' is now illegal in England and Wales

England and Wales today amended the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to make revenge porn an offence punishable by up to two years in prison.