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Sentri All-In-One Home Monitor Review

Sentri All-In-One Home Monitor Review

Smart home security is a growing business, and some of the most interesting ideas are coming from start-ups. Sentri is one such example, raising almost $400k after wooing crowdfunding fans with its vision of a touchscreen-based streaming video and home monitoring system. The $299 result aims to be a hub in your home, not just a silent eye on the front door.

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Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patents fingerprint uploads and cloud storage

Apple patent shows methods for iPhone to save fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and download on another iPhone. Filed in August of 2015, this patent appears to have been a "continuation in part" of a patent application from July of 2013, a patent which has now been "abandoned" in favor of this new listing. This new patent application suggests that Apple devices with fingerprint sensors would first collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but that they would also be capable of uploading that information to the cloud for storage.

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U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

A leaky database has been discovered that contains information on more than 191 million U.S. voters. The discovery was made by researcher Chris Vickery, who found his own personal information among millions of others’ in the misconfigured database. Despite efforts, the source of the database hasn’t yet been discovered and law enforcement, at least at this time, doesn’t appear too interested in taking down the list.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord has announced that Yahoo will now inform its’ users when they’re the subject of a state-sponsored attack. The notifications will be provided if the company “strongly suspect[s]” an account has been targeted by a state-sponsored actor of some sort, giving the user a chance to protect his or her account.

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Livestream reports possible hack: users told to reset passwords

Livestream reports possible hack: users told to reset passwords

Livestream is notifying its users about a possible breach of its customer accounts database and is advising they reset their passwords for security’s sake. Users are receiving messages through the email addresses they registered with, but even users who haven’t been notified should change their password. The possible breach is still being investigated, the company said.

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In response to Superfish, Microsoft will block adware at OS level

In response to Superfish, Microsoft will block adware at OS level

Early this year, Lenovo was placed on the hot seat after word of the Superfish adware pre-installed on many of its devices became public. Since then, there has been an increased scrutiny of similar traps that lurk within OEM computers, especially those baked inside the OS or even the firmware. In response to these kind of attacks, Microsoft announced that it will enforce a new security model starting next year that will disallow that kind of software on Windows and instead force advertisers to abide by browser features and rules.

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Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Your next flight might include a mandatory trip through the body scanner, with the US government quietly changing the opt-out rules for searches. In a document published earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security outlined an update to the Advanced Imagery Technology protocols used by the TSA at US airports, adding a clause which allows officers to insist travelers go through the controversial machines.

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Apple speaks out against UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple speaks out against UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple, and many privacy advocates, might be facing a losing battle against governments pushing for a backdoor to encrypted devices and Internet services. The UK might be on the verge of passing a proposed Investigatory Powers Bill into law, which would require even non-UK companies like Apple to hand over keys to its otherwise well-protected products, even if such keys do not technically exist. If matters do take that turn, Apple will be forced to completely disable encryption on iPhones and iPads, iMessage, and FaceTime, which could have severe and adverse implications in more ways than one.

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