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Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Researchers detailed a security vulnerability affecting navigation app Waze this week, and it ignited concerns about potential privacy violations and mass surveillance. Waze has been quick to respond, saying in a lengthy statement today that it has tighten up the vulnerability, but also that concerns were overblown and you shouldn’t waste your time worrying. Among other things, the vulnerability wouldn’t have allowed anyone to find you specifically.

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Waze vulnerability lets hackers monitor your travels

Waze vulnerability lets hackers monitor your travels

A security vulnerability with Waze allows anyone to monitor a user’s travels, according to newly revealed research by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers. Using this vulnerability, researchers were able to create so-called “ghost drivers” and monitor real drivers using them — a big invasion of privacy, and one that could potentially be used by law enforcement, hackers, and anyone else snooping where they’re not welcome.

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Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Fingerprint scanners are becoming the norm for unlocking our mobile devices these days, while iris and facial recognition are also being explored, but the next big solution in biometric authentication might be something that can only come from inside your head. Literally. A group of university researchers in Germany have come up with a system that uses a unique sound that comes from within a user's skull.

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Bank forgoes a firewall, has $80 million stolen by hackers

Bank forgoes a firewall, has $80 million stolen by hackers

We've heard plenty about banks and other institutions losing money to ransomware, which essentially holds a company's data hostage, in exchange for money. These kinds of attacks can be hard to combat and protect against, given the number of people using computers inside of a company. But one bank has learned the hard way that you need to at least take the most basic precautions.

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PlayStation Network will soon offer two-factor authentication

PlayStation Network will soon offer two-factor authentication

Sony will be increasing security for PlayStation owners, confirming that two-factor authentication is being added to the PlayStation Network. The move has long been anticipated, and helps keep gamers’ personal data safe by requiring them to authenticate any log-in attempts. When the new security feature will go live isn’t clear, though a spokesperson has said that Sony will be providing more details in the future.

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The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

Software being abandoned by its developers isn't new, but there are solid reasons why Quicktime for Windows shouldn't just languish in a folder on your PC. That's because it's for more reasons than just good housekeeping that Windows users should uninstall Apple's Quicktime today, given exactly the potential security risks that have been identified by researchers.

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GozNym malware has stolen $4 million from users’ bank accounts

GozNym malware has stolen $4 million from users’ bank accounts

When the average person finds their computer is infected with malware, it can range from a minor annoyance, to something they need a little extra help to fix. However, sometimes an infection can cost millions of dollars. A new piece of malware has been discovered, and it has managed to steal roughly $4 million from users over a short period of time.

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URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners have been around for a while, and can be rather useful. This is especially true when using services like Twitter, which limit the number of characters you can use. But there are hidden dangers to using a shortener that you might not even be aware of.

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PC users should uninstall QuickTime for Windows ASAP

PC users should uninstall QuickTime for Windows ASAP

Most Windows users probably gave up on QuickTime as their media player of choice some time ago, but if for some reason you, or, shall we say, those who are less tech-savvy, still have it installed, you need to get rid of it right away. Two critical security flaws have been found in the aging Apple software that put PC users at great risk, so much so that even the Department of Homeland Security is advising people to uninstall the Windows version.

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Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Apple's tussle with the government over encrypted iPhones isn't completely over yet but things have mellowed down somewhat. All the hoopla, mudslinging, and accusations, not to mention money, might have been for naught, however. According to an insider source on the side of law enforcement, the now hacked iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has so far not produced any of the juicy information that the FBI alleges the smartphone holds, the very reason it took Apple to court in the first place.

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WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

Back in February, it was discovered that you could brick your iPhone just by changing the date. Of course, you'd have to go very far out of your way to do this, as you needed to send it back in time to the very beginning of 1970 to do the trick. Well, it turns out that this strange event could lead to someone using a malicious WiFi network to brick your phone.

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Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Ransomware is nothing new; it has been around for a while now. Ransomware is software that is installed on your computer via various means that will encrypt files and offer to decrypt them only if you pay a ransom to the people who have encrypted the content. One of the newest ransomware to hit the web is called the Jigsaw Ransomware and a way to decrypt your files without paying the ransom has been discovered.

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