security

Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

In April of this year a security hole called Heartbleed was revealed as one of the largest of its kind in history. The vast majority of websites on the internet were left open to this bug, only being patched after many, many years of being left open for any hacker to take advantage of. Now - even two months after its discovery, well over 300,000 web servers are still unpatched.

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Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Cloud storage services like Dropbox have made it simple to store and share files with family, friends, and coworkers. Unsurprisingly, unscrupulous individuals have also managed to pervert those features to spread malware, in particular, the kind that holds your files hostage until you pay a sweet fee, as narrated by anti-phishing company PhishMe.

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Yo hack spills users’ phone numbers

Yo hack spills users’ phone numbers

Single-function messaging app Yo may have seemed like a gimmick - albeit one raising $1m in funding - but it's also got an unpleasant security sting in its tail, with hackers claiming to be able to extract phone numbers of users. Yo arrived to mixed confusion and enthusiasm earlier this week, intended to do one thing in sending a "Yo" message to a contact.

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iPhone kill-switch gets theft kudos: Android and WinPho to follow

iPhone kill-switch gets theft kudos: Android and WinPho to follow

Android and Windows Phone will follow iOS' lead in adding a remote kill-switch to help make stolen phones less valuable to thieves, after technology included in Apple's iPhone was credited with "stunning effectiveness". Cases of stolen Apple products in New York fell 19-percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative pushing for the kill-switch tech, with even greater improvements in San Francisco and London.

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Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.

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Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

You pull out your Android smartphone to check on something, and again the first thing you notice is how slow it is running. You've meant to check out why it might be running at a sluggish pace and how to fix the problem, but by the time you have a chance you've again forgotten. We're here to help with that. If you've got a slow Android handset, fish it out of your pocket and do these three simple things right now to make it run faster.

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