security

If your password is on this list, you’re asking to be hacked

You'd think, with the number of times cloud services are hacked and online retailers' data stolen, that we'd be more proactive with passwords. You'd be wrong. Once again, the research suggests that when it comes to being safe online, the credentials we pick are more about pop-culture and convenience than keeping other people out of our accounts.

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Hyatt names dates and locations of credit card breach

Last month we brought you the news that Hyatt had discovered malware in its credit card processing systems. Obviously, that's the last place you'd want to find malware in a hotel chain. While the company said that it was investigating the issues, we didn't get much information pertaining to how long the malware was on the system, and how many locations were affected. Hyatt has come forward today to answer those questions.

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Compromised smartwatches can glean your PIN code

Some institutions, like schools, have banned the use of smartwatches because of their ability to spy and cheat but there might be a worse scenario that involves these wearable devices (unless you're like Hermione who thinks expulsion is a fate worse than death). According to researcher Tony Beltramelli, a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used together with a Deep Learning program in order to interpret the wearer's hand movements when entering a PIN on a 12-digit keypad, whether it be a physical one like an ATM or a virtual one on a phone or tablet.

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Samsung KNOX gets fit for government use in China, France

Along with the enterprise, mobile device and platform makers have always set their eyes on government certification and accreditation. For one, the public sector usually purchases devices in bulk or at least in groups, making them somewhat a lucrative customer. For another, an official thumbs up from governments boosts confidence in the brand. Samsung KNOX, the Korean OEM's official mobile security platform, received just that not from one but two countries, in France and China. Naturally, Samsung is only too happy to boast about how secure KNOX and, by extension, its devices really are.

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Apple might lose its encryption battle in New York

While Apple is still fighting any nationwide attempt to have backdoors installed in otherwise secure devices and Internet services, it might already be losing ground just in New York state alone. The state assembly has proposed a bill that, if approved and enacted, would force smartphone manufacturers and operating system provider, like Apple in both cases, to unlock and decrypted devices or risk being fined a hefty $2,500 per related device. This would, in turn, force Apple to weaken its encryption system and maybe even turn it off all together.

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Trend Micro’s Password Manager exposes your passwords to hackers

Last month we brought you the news that a bug in the popular AVG antivirus ended up exposing the private data of 9 million users. While we see this sort of thing all too regularly from companies, it's especially upsetting when it comes from a program that's specifically designed to keep your data safe. Unfortunately, only a couple of weeks later, we've got word that another popular antivirus suite left peoples' information wide open.

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Vivint Ping camera has one-touch button for needy kids

When is a security camera not a security camera? When it's a way for demanding kids to get in touch because they can't find the cheese-strings. Vivint's latest addition to its connected home security platform is, ostensibly, a streaming video camera like many we've seen before from Nest, Piper, and others, but it differentiates itself by virtue of a big button on the top.

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Netatmo Welcome getting ear for alarms plus FTP backup

Netatmo is giving its Welcome face-recognizing camera a fresh batch of smarts, allowing it to keep an ear out for danger among other things. Launched in 2015, the distinctively-styled Welcome not only reacts to movement in its field of view, beaming back HD video to its owners' smartphone app, but can identify faces in the frame and, over time, recognize who they are.

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Ring Stick Up Cam takes on Nest Cam wire-free

Connected doorbell maker Ring is wading into the security camera space, with Ring Stick Up Cam promising the easiest installation on the block. The new camera, announced at CES 2016 today, is wire-free, courtesy of WiFi for streaming video through your router to your smartphone or tablet, and an internal rechargeable battery for power.

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LastPass 4.0 promises an easier interface, better sharing

Given today's rampant hacking into online accounts, you'd think people would now be more careful and wiser with their passwords. Sadly, that stil isn't the case. Fortunately, a market for password generators and managers does exist to help protect your online persona. That is, if you take the time to actually use them. With its latest 4.0 version, LastPass is enticing users by demonstrating how its revamped user interface and experience is now easier and prettier. And the service now also features some safeguards when sharing your well-protected passwords.

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Netatmo Presence upgrades security light with IoT

Home security cameras are mainstays of the IoT, but Netatmo wants to take things one step further with Presence, its smarter camera. Weatherproof, ruggedized, and intended to replace an external security floodlight - a neat way to get around the hassle of installing new cabling - the Presence features not only a 1080p camera but the promise to classify what it sees before it warns you.

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