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Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

Obama signs divisive cyberthreat bill amid privacy fears

President Obama publicly signed the executive order driving through new cyber security legislation today, using an appearance at Stanford to discuss the controversial balance of privacy and protection. The bill - already a topic of fierce debate in Congress, which had continually refused to pass it - demands greater information sharing between government and private industry, "sharing appropriate information" as relevant to ensure vital infrastructure isn't compromised by hackers or malicious governments. However, exactly what counts as "appropriate", and what impact that has on individual privacy, remains to be seen.

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Apple adds two-step verification to iMessage, FaceTime

Apple adds two-step verification to iMessage, FaceTime

After a widely reported hack, Apple stepped up security measures for iCloud, with a more widespread iCloud integration. In addition to iCloud, Apple is also rolling out their two-step verification feature for iMessage and FaceTime today, which is available to anyone who has the feature active on their Apple ID. Now when you configure a new device to use FaceTime and/or iMessage, you’ll have to enter a verification code in iCloud so Apple knows you’re who you say you are.

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iPhone Kill Switch praised as phone thefts tumble

iPhone Kill Switch praised as phone thefts tumble

New smartphones aren't only coveted by regular users but by thieves, too, though the iPhone's "kill switch" Activation Lock is being credited with cutting thefts significantly across three major cities. The feature, added in iOS 7 back in 2013, remotely locks down a lost or stolen iPhone so that it cannot be activated in future without the original credentials, something intended to make such thefts less appealing to those committing street crime. That's paying off in three cities - New York, San Francisco, and London - where having a phone snatched has traditionally been a significant peril, new research from each confirms.

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Google trades Drive GBs for Privacy Checks

Google trades Drive GBs for Privacy Checks

Safer Internet Day is today - did you know? Google wants you to know. They want so badly for you to know that they're giving you a permanent 2GB bump in your Google Drive storage plan just so long as you go through a Security Checkup by the 17th of February. That's 2GB of additional space for your Google Drive account for free, forever, just so long as you go in and do the check. Provided you've ever done this before, doing it now should be super easy.

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DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

DARPA: Nothing on the Internet is secure, including cars

We are probably mostly aware of how the Internet has certain holes when it comes to security and privacy. But when the man in charge of hardening the US Department of Defense's computer networks and the Internet in general says that there is no real security on the Internet, people better take heed. Everything that we connect to the world-wide network can be open to attack, and these days, that almost literally means everything, from smartphones, to thermostats, to doorbells, and yes, even cars.

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Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Cars are getting more and more sophisticated, incorporating features or integrating with our smartphones. They might also be receiving some of weaknesses of mobile devices, with more frightening consequences. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts thinks that increasingly sophisticated high-tech cars are also getting more vulnerable to hacking, with all their wireless connectivity and access to personal information. And the even more worrying part is that, in the rush to put these technologies inside vehicles, car makers might not be aware of the dangers and might be foregoing stricter security measures.

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3 Apps for Hiding Photos and More on Android

3 Apps for Hiding Photos and More on Android

Smartphones are usually personal devices (and tablets more or less are, too), but not always, and even if they are that won’t necessarily keep people from snooping around. Sometimes you need to hide files you don’t want others to see, and though we won’t presume why that’s the case, we will show you how to do it. We're concentrating on Android smartphone and tablet users in particular with this article, but iOS, Windows Phone users and others can follow along.

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Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

A locked device is a worthless device to many opportunistic thieves looking to pawn a gadget for a quick buck. For this reason, and due to the increasing number of gadget thefts, many states and advocates have pushed for better control over lost and stolen smartphones. Manufacturers have followed in line with this and added the ability to remotely lock or otherwise disable handsets, and with a new update, Google has given Chromebook users the same kind of security feature on their notebooks.

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Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

For all the amazing things the internet has to offer, there is one pervasive and extremely pesky problem that millions of internet users have to deal with on a daily basis, namely Trolls! Often taking the liberty of free speech to the extreme, these individuals are a continual hassle all over the internet - especially on social media sites like Twitter. There have been numerous reports of harassment and abuse on Twitter over the years, but now their CEO has admitted that these Trolls are driving away users, and that Twitter sucks at dealing with such abuse. He has now sworn to take more drastic actions to make the Twitter experience more enjoyable in the future.

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