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May 14, 2015

Problem: Apple Watch Has Huge Security Flaw

While the iPhone has been protected by an automatically activated security measure, the Activation Lock, that feature doesn’t seem to exist on the Apple Watch. A post on iDownloadBlog on Wednesday details an easily exploited security hole in the high profile (and expensive) wearable that could allow thieves who steal an Apple Watch to reset it for later use or resale. That’s a big deal.

Activation Lock is an iOS feature that requires a user to enter an Apple ID and Password to turn off Find My iPhone, which essentially makes any [...]

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May 8, 2015

Android M to Give Users More Privacy Controls

That didn’t take long: hot on the heels of Google’s tacit confirmation that Android M would make an appearance at I/O later this month, Bloomberg reported that the new version of the mobile OS would offer greater control over a smartphone’s privacy settings.

According to the report, some Google insiders say that Android M will “give users more detailed choices over what aps can access,” which includes “photos, contacts or location.” That’s significant since so many apps that users download come with a laundry list of user [...]

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May 7, 2015

Judges Call NSA Metadata Collection Illegal

The latest legal pronouncement regarding the government’s collection of our phone metadata is in, as a federal court of appeals in New York has ruled that it is illegal for the NSA to do what it’s been doing with impunity for the last few years.

We’ve been fighting this fight for a while now…

The court’s three judges ruled unanimously, reported the New York Times on Thursday. The ruling explained that Section 215 of the Patriot Act—the section upon which the NSA judged the legality of [...]

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April 5, 2015

Oco Review: A Stylish and Sleek WiFi Camera With Lots of Features

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Florida and like all pet lovers, I wanted to be able to check in on my little fur-babies throughout the day. Prior to this trip the way I did that was by leaving my computer on at home, signing into Skype, and have it set to auto-accept calls. This allowed me to turn on the webcam at home and also say things to my cats through my speakers. While this particular setup worked, it’s clearly not ideal, which is why when I was presented with the opportunity to review the Oco Smart Camera I jumped at it [...]

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March 20, 2015

How To: Protect Your Smartphone from Hackers and other Threats

It’s common knowledge that safeguarding your smartphone against cyber thieves is necessary in today’s highly technical and mobile world. In a matter of seconds, your device can be hacked and all of your personal information stolen including banking and credit card information. Even if you’ve taken some steps to safeguard your phone against potential threats, it’s always good to explore new and improved ways stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Here are a few ways to do this.

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March 18, 2015

Microsoft Announces Windows Hello and Passport

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced its plans to release Windows 10 in 190 countries around the world in 111 languages this summer, though the exact date is still unclear. The company also announced Windows Hello, a new biometric security function that’ll offer users new ways to log into their devices.

According to another of Microsoft’s Blogging Windows post from yesterday, Windows Hello relies on a number of different biometric factors to unlock devices for users. That includes fingerprint scanners, which have been in laptops for [...]

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February 25, 2015

Lawsuit Filed Against Lenovo Over Superfish Fiasco

That didn’t take long: this week, Ars Technica reported that a lawsuit has been filed against Lenovo for its Superfish adware, which compromised users’ security in the name of pumping targeted advertising into their web browsers. The suit was filed in federal court by a San Diego-based blogger named Jessica Bennett, who charges that Lenovo violated state and federal wiretap laws, along with trespassing and unfair competition law violations.

The lawsuit explains that while writing a blog post for a client on her Lenovo Yoga 2 [...]

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February 19, 2015

New Lenovo Computers Had “Superfish” Adware Pre-Installed Since September

If you bought a new Lenovo computer between this past September and January, you might have a problem. Today, news hit that adware called “Superfish” had been installed on Lenovo computers starting late last year, which has been now been revealed to pose a serious security threat to users.

The story first broke on The Next Web last night, which points the way back to posts on Lenovo’s forums that detail how Superfish relies on a “man-in-the-middle certificate” to show advertisements from third parties in users’ web browsers, [...]

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February 10, 2015

Samsung Revises Smart TV Privacy Policy

The other day, news hit that Samsung’s Smart TV line might be listening to your conversations to make its voice command functions work. People started getting upset over the wording of the device line’s privacy policy, which said that some of what you say might get beamed over to “third parties,” which, in reality, were just apps that could beam whatever content you asked for to the screen in front of you. It doesn’t matter that Samsung had no intention on listening in on your conversations via your television – the company has changed [...]

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February 9, 2015

Don’t Freak Out: Samsung SmartTVs Hear You, But They Don’t Care

Samsung has grand plans for its upcoming line of SmartTV sets – specifically, they’ll be equipped to respond to voice commands and provide you with on-demand content. However, as was the case with the Xbox Kinect a few years ago, Samsung’s SmartTV might be a bit too smart for some consumers’ liking – the Internet is currently freaking out over the fact that the televisions can and will monitor what you say and feed that to third parties.

The story got its start a few days ago on the Daily Beast, with the understated headline [...]

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