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Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot: 56 million cards compromised

Home Depot’s data breach has many consumers worried. If you’ve used a credit card at Home Depot since April of this year, there is a chance you have been compromised. According to Home Depot, 56 million cards were affected, which is the largest breach of 2014.

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1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

Agile Bits is bumping 1Password on iOS to the big version 5 and this update is more than just a simple improvement over the current release. First, it has now gained support for using your fingerprint to get access to your password vault. And second, it marks the transition of 1Password into a freemium service, at least for iOS users.

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Apple adds app-specific passwords for iCloud

Apple adds app-specific passwords for iCloud

In their ongoing effort to better secure iCloud, Apple is taking additional steps to let us safeguard our stuff. In addition to two-factor authentication, which came back to iCloud not long ago, Apple is also letting us create app-specific passwords for various third-party apps that access iCloud. The feature will also become standard very soon.

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Qualcomm SafeSwitch offers a hardware-based kill switch

Qualcomm SafeSwitch offers a hardware-based kill switch

Depending on your market outlook, Qualcomm could be seen as the top chip mobile chip maker, at least when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Soon, however, it's lead on its competitors might widen even further if it manages to convince device manufacturers and carriers to utilize its own "kill switch" implementation, which, unsurprisingly, revolves around its processor.

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WikiLeaks reveals malware targeting journalists, activists

WikiLeaks reveals malware targeting journalists, activists

WikiLeaks has dropped another bombshell, this time in the form of software, for those already weary of governments all over the world spying on people, whether they be their citizens for not. It is giving out malware developed by German company FinFisher in the hopes that countermeasures can be developed to give its intended targets, journalists, activists, and political dissidents, a fighting chance.

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iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

iSmartAlarm’s improved iCamera has USB storage

For the DIY home security fan, few things stand up to iSmartAlarm. The sensors, which set up effortlessly and ping your phone when something amiss happens, have long been the darling of the home security world. One mis-hit was their camera, which was buggy and bulky. At CEDIA this week, they’ve introduced a new camera, which brings a lot more to the table than their previous iteration.

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