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SSCC 180 - Surely zero-days come from cybercrooks, not from Silicon Valley? [PODCAST]

Enjoy the first 2015 episode of our popular weekly security podcast.

In this episode: zero-day politics, leaky security features, Bitcoin news, and a shout out to our New Year #sophospuzzle winners!

Facebook privacy policy change hoax: DON’T SPREAD THE FEAR!

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Another year, the same old "Facebook privacy policy" hoax.

DON'T DO IT, FOLKS!

US Congress OKs 'unprecedented' codification of warrantless surveillance

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The US Congress has quietly passed a bill that includes warrantless forfeiture of private communications to local law enforcement and allows for indefinite retention of any encrypted content.

If the government confiscates your spyware, where does it end up? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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

An entertaining way to turn news into knowledge...and it only takes a minute!

Firefox turns 10 - celebrates by helping you to forget

The Firefox browser just turned 10.

Paul Ducklin takes a trip down memory lane...

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.

SSCC 170 - Is the best time to shop at a store right after it has a breach? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski, John Shier and Paul Ducklin as they turn news into advice...

10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Apple’s Tim Cook talks privacy: 'We're not like all the others'

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Apple has launched a new privacy website to explain what it does and doesn't do with user data. On the front page, a letter from CEO Tim Cook explains that Apple views privacy differently to other internet services who, he says, view users as products and not customers.

"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...

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

Tim Cook says Apple *does* care about iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]

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Tim Cook told the WSJ that, yes Apple *does* care about iCloud security, and will take steps to make it more secure.

Really?

Social media users don't like discussing Snowden and surveillance online

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Just 42% of those surveyed said they were willing to air their views or enter a discussion on Facebook or Twitter but 86% said they would be happy to discuss the NSA surveillance program in a face-to-face setting.

Do Not Track - the privacy standard that's melting away

The melting privacy glacier

Do Not Track hasn't been in the news lately but that's only because it's failing too slowly for the naked eye to see. It's melting away like a giant glacier and its meltwater is slowly washing away any hope for an industry standard that puts consumers in control of who can track them.

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

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.

Security must come first! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

News you can learn from, in just one minute...

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

Panopticlick reveals the cookie you can't delete

Panopticlick reveals the cookie you can't delete

You know about cookies, and how to delete them, but what if there was a cookie you couldn't delete, and what if the steps you took to guard your privacy made you easier to track? The EFF's Panopticlick tool determines how easy you are to identify based on your web browser's 'fingerprint'.