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How to tell if your phone or tablet has a virus

Written on April 8, 2017

Long before ransomware and large-scale hacks became everyday problems, viruses were crawling into our desktops and infecting our screens. These days, smartphones and tablets are just as vulnerable as regular computers; malware is often used to subvert your private accounts; and somewhere in the world there’s a cynical coder with an ax to grind or Read more »

Crossing the border? Here’s how to safeguard your data from searches

Written on March 23, 2017

Travelers, beware: When you take your gadgets abroad, maintaining the security of the data on your devices is just as important as protecting yourself from muggers. For whatever reason, foreign and domestic governments may have an interest in your personal data, including your social media accounts. This is not just theoretical. Several travelers, including American Read more »

How hackers can break into your accounts without your password

Written on March 23, 2017

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, a host of prominent Twitter accounts were compromised and, as a result, began spouting swastika-laden propaganda in support of Turkey’s president Recep Erdoğan ahead of a referendum next month which could consolidate his power. So yeah: Now’s a good time to check your own accounts and make sure Read more »

Hacker briefly hijacks insecure printers

Written on March 22, 2017

A hacker has briefly hijacked more than 150,000 printers accidentally left accessible via the web. The attacker made the devices print a warning urging their owners to cut off remote access. Large printers in offices, domestic devices and tiny receipt printers in restaurants were all caught up in the hack. The attack came soon after Read more »

YouTube users be aware: your viewing habits can be tracked

Written on March 16, 2017

Despite YouTube’s attempts to safeguard user anonymity, intelligence agencies, hackers and online advertising companies can still determine which videos a user is watching, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) research. Ran Dubin, a doctoral student in the BGU Department of Communication Systems Engineering who is an expert in cyber security, presented this research Read more »

Adobe Acrobat, Edge, Safari, and Ubuntu fall during first day of hacking contest

Written on March 16, 2017

Bug hunters have gathered again to test their skills against some of the most popular and mature software programs during the Pwn2Own hacking contest. During the first day, they successfully demonstrated exploits against Microsoft Edge, Apple’s Safari, Adobe Reader, and Ubuntu Desktop. The Pwn2Own contest runs every year during the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Read more »

What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

Written on March 15, 2017

Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world’s most popular anti-virus products. The hackers are quoted taking potshots at anti-virus firms, suggesting the American intelligence agencies are keenly aware of flaws in the products meant to be keeping us all safe Read more »

Scientists create ‘lip password’ that IDs users by their lips’ movements

Written on March 15, 2017

A team of scientists have developed a new biometric authentication method that identifies someone through the motions of their lips. The “lip motion password,” or lip password, has been designed by Professor Cheung Yiu-ming and researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University. The method involves matching the lip motion associated with saying your password to the Read more »