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Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Another one of the final nails has been hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash. The latest version of Apple's Safari browser that will be included in the release of macOS Sierra has been revealed to block plugins like Flash and Java while users navigate the internet. As the newest version of Apple's desktop OS, mac OS Sierra — revealed at WWDC this week — and Safari 10 will instead default to HTML5 whenever it's available.

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DNC’s research on Trump stolen by Russian hackers

DNC’s research on Trump stolen by Russian hackers

The Democratic National Committee’s data on Donald Trump was stolen by Russian hackers, according committee officials. The hackers were reportedly part of or working for the Russian government, and they managed to make off with a full database of opposition research. A big "cleanup campaign" led to the hackers being booted from the computer network, but some of them are said to have had access for about a year before that. This isn’t the first time Russian hackers have been accused of stealing data on U.S. political figures.

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What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?

What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?

The unexpected star of iOS 10 may well end up being a barely-known cryptography system to balance privacy and personalization, as Apple further positions itself as the bastion of user data protection. Differential privacy may not be as slick as Siri's increased skill set, or as timely in a cultural sense as new emojis and stickers, but it's arguably far more important than either.

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Nest rumored to be working on security camera for outdoors

Nest rumored to be working on security camera for outdoors

Nest has been dealing with a serious shakeup over the last week, with the Alphabet-owned company trading Tony Fadell for Marwan Fawaz as its CEO. This news prompted fears that the smart home device-maker might be up for sale, but Fawaz quickly affirmed that was not the case, and the company would stick to its "great roadmap" of upcoming products. One of these gadgets nearing release is said to be an outdoor version of the Next Cam, according to Tech Insider.

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US developing real-time camera-based behavior monitoring system

US developing real-time camera-based behavior monitoring system

In the not-so-distant-future, your every public action may be monitored by cameras that deliver video feeds to behavior tracking systems capable of analyzing your actions for suspicious elements in real-time. The system is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics, DIVA for short, and it is currently a research project with the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. As you may have guessed, it is being developed under the banner of fighting terrorism.

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32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

LeakedSource has published a searchable database that has the credentials of millions of user accounts from different social networks on the web. The latest addition to the leaked database of user credentials is claimed to be a massive leak of Twitter user data.

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University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

The University of Calgary was recently infected by ransomware that has affected the institution’s systems for the past ten days. As with other ransomware attacks, the university found some of its computers encrypted with demands for payment in order to decrypt the data. Though the university has been working on the matter for several days, it has ultimately had to pay approximately $20,000 CDN to get the decryption keys.

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What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

You probably do all sorts of sensitive things on your phone or tablet: logging into your bank account, having private conversations with friends, taking pictures, maybe accessing work email or accounts. You, like any reasonable person, want to make sure your Android phone and/or tablet is reasonably secure, but researching how to do so leads to a sprawling mess of affiliate links, sketchy security products, and questionable advice. Fortunately, you can ignore all that: here's what Google says about keeping your Android device secure.

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Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Late last month there was a major leak at LinkedIn that saw the passwords of 6.5 million users leaked online. It later became clear that the massive leak meant that 60% of the passwords used on the LinkedIn social network had been cracked. Among the users caught in that LinkedIn leak was none other than Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg wasn’t the most secure user on the networks using the same password for LinkedIn as he did for Twitter and Pinterest apparently.

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Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics is a name known to many in the industry as a company specializing in interface controllers, like laptop touchpads and mobile touchscreens. Lately, it has also been raising its profile in the biometrics markets, making such technology more accessible to device manufacturers and, therefore, users. Last February it announced a fingerprint sensor small enough to fit under a smartphone volume button. At Computex last week, it unveiled a fingerprint USB module that can give any desktop or laptop better security features.

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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google landed the My Account hub a year ago with the goal of giving users access to controls for protecting their personal information and data in one place on Google. My Account put lots of privacy and security controls in one location including controls for privacy and security checkups. Google says that in the year since it launched, over a billion people globally have used My Account.

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