security

Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

When the Activation Lock security feature was first introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7, it was praised as a strong way to dissuade would-be smartphone thieves. A stolen iPhone could be reset, but trying to reactivate it would require the owner's Apple ID and password to be entered. Unfortunately for owners of the new Apple Watch, the wearable has a similar security feature, but it can easily be bypassed, meaning a stolen Watch can be paired with a different iPhone.

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New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

Biometrics have changed the way we use smartphones, but they haven't really revolutionized it, yet. Being able to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint is convenient, but it has become so commonplace that the feature doesn't stand out anymore. One of the latest smartphones due to hit Japan this summer sets itself apart from the crowd by allowing users to unlock, sign in to apps, and go shopping using only their eyes. That's right, the iris-scanning technology that was once relegated to sci-fi movies and the higher echelons of government security can now be held in the palm of your hands.

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Ilumi Smart LED Bulbs review; Bluetooth brains

Ilumi Smart LED Bulbs review; Bluetooth brains

In the connected home space, lighting has become rather dull. Several lightbulbs change color, and can react to an app; it’s all fairly mundane at this point. Philips Hue is widely pointed to as the first domino in the rally, but it has limitations, like the need for a WiFi hub. Ilumi thinks it can change our minds about lighting, with their connected bulbs that also change colors and react to an app. In the face of big-name players, Ilumi may have got lighting right.

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Chase Bank now issuing microchip debit cards

Chase Bank now issuing microchip debit cards

Chase Bank is about to replace your debit card with something from the near future. Starting today, Chase customers can opt for a debit card with microchips, a technology domestic banks have been slow to adopt. Those card-enabled chips are expected to one day replace plastic with magnetic stripes, which are often the target of hackers who want your info. Cards with magnetic stripes are also easily copied. If you’re wondering how you’ll end up paying for things, it won’t change much just yet.

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Ring Doorbell hits retail, gains ‘Chime’ accessory

Ring Doorbell hits retail, gains ‘Chime’ accessory

Ring, your connected doorbell and two-way intercom, is going off the grid. You can still use all the features you know Ring offers, like smartphone notifications when someone wants to come inside and the two-way voice chat (and one-way video feature), but a new accompaniment lets you tune your smartphone out. No, not an Apple Watch app — an actual doorbell chime. Ring now has a connected doorbell chime, and you can hook up as many of them around your home as you like.

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Lenovo chided again for vulnerable System Update service

Lenovo chided again for vulnerable System Update service

It has barely been three months since Lenovo was embroiled in controversy over its "Superfish" adware installations yet it seems the world's largest PC maker has taken another PR hit. This time however, it isn't about Lenovo installing malware on its products but about not being a good guardian of its critical software. A couple of vulnerabilities found in Lenovo's System Update service practically leaves any Lenovo PC user open to hackers and infection, using nothing more complicated than a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, one of the most basic weapons criminals have in their arsenal.

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Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Earlier this week, Google released a Chrome extension designed to protect against phishing attacks, particularly the kind that directs users to a page designed to look like one of Google's own login pages. When on one of these fake Google logins, the Password Alert extension was designed to identify that it was a phishing attempt and alert the user that they were about to enter their credentials on a Web page that isn't part of Google. The problem is that the extension itself was vulnerable, and remains that way despite a patch.

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Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Google’s Password Alert Chrome extension foils phishing attempts

Phishing schemes are one of the more popular ways hackers and other nefarious sorts gain access to accounts that are not their own, and despite attempts to educate users on what to look for, these kind of attacks are still largely successful. Google, however, is working to further quash them with the introduction of a new Chrome extension called Password Alert, which points out to users when they attempt to log into their Google account on a website that is not Google’s own.

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