Data Security

1Password warns you off reusing leaked passwords

1Password warns you off reusing leaked passwords

Making sure that we secure our various online identities with unique passwords can be a tough thing to do, but thankfully, we have password managers to help us out with that. These password managers have varying features but at the end of the day should all do the same thing: allow you to organize and store your passwords securely. 1Password is a service that's frequently brought up in discussions about password managers, and today it's adding a neat new feature that should help you make even better password decisions.

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Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two smartphone startups went under this week with public notifications released almost simultaneously. One is Turing Robotics, a company that would have made a smartphone that offered on-unit encryption in order to make security as its number one priority. The other company that's gone under is Wileyfox, a company with a slightly more complicated - and interesting - bit of history. UPDATE: Turing Robotics hasn't gone under completely - see our update below!

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This Android app shared thousands of private photos and docs

This Android app shared thousands of private photos and docs

This morning one intrepid Android user discovered a bit of a security hole in an app called XGimp. This app had good intentions, to be sure - but there's was a bit of a mistake in its basic structure. The app allowed the user to edit a photo with a simple image editor locally, or, if they wanted, the app allowed an upload to a server with a Gimp image editor. Therein lies the rub.

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OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we're getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren't looking good for OnePlus or its users.

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OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

There's potentially bad news cropping up for OnePlus this morning, as some users are reporting that their credit cards have been compromised after making a purchase on the OnePlus website. Over the weekend, a thread on the OnePlus support forum has been filling up with claims of compromised credit cards, with a fair few customers saying they fell victim to fraud after making a purchasing their phones. Though OnePlus has made a statement about these claims, that statement doesn't really say much about the accuracy of them.

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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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Ancestry.com leaked data on 300,000 users

Ancestry.com leaked data on 300,000 users

The ancestry and family tree website Ancestry.com revealed last week that data on 300,000 users, including email addresses, usernames, and passwords, was publicly exposed on one of its servers. Tony Blackham, the company's Chief Information Security Officer, issued a statement shortly before the Christmas holiday noting that the user data was in a file publicly exposed on a server for RootsWeb, Ancestry.com's community-driven genealogy site.

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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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2017’s worst passwords will leave you horrified

2017’s worst passwords will leave you horrified

We're less than two weeks out from the start of 2018, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to look back at some of the worst passwords of the year. This year was particularly bad for online security, with many companies reporting breaches that left customer data exposed. Of course, we also have the Yahoo breaches that were revealed late last year, leaving hundreds of millions of accounts at risk.

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Your HP notebook may have been hiding a keylogger

Your HP notebook may have been hiding a keylogger

Today we're hearing out a rather worrying vulnerability in a large range of HP notebooks. Apparently, these notebooks came with a deactivated keylogger installed, which is enough to give pretty much anyone pause. The good news, however, is that HP has worked quickly in solving the issue, and beyond that, there's little chance of anyone actually being affected by this vulnerability.

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Google’s next Android security lockdown

Google’s next Android security lockdown

Android had its Unwanted Software Policy updated this week by Google in an effort to stamp out new tricks of the trade. Google Safe Browsing will be the face of this effort, blasting warnings both on websites and in apps for malicious apps attempting to collect user's personal data without their opt-in consent.

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MacOS flaw fix update out now

MacOS flaw fix update out now

This morning Apple released a fix for the flaw discovered yesterday in their macOS High Sierra system. Anyone using High Sierra would potentially be at risk of data theft via unauthorized login without this software update today. The security flaw allowed any user to log in to an Apple computer by logging in with the self-created user ROOT.

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