Data Security

Norton Core router releases to secure your home IoT network

Norton Core router releases to secure your home IoT network

Back at CES in January, Norton unveiled an interesting new router called the Core. What makes this router interesting is not only its unique design, but also its stated focus: keeping your network of IoT devices safe. Seven months later, the Norton Core is now shipping out to US customers.

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Password Security: Out with the old rules, in with the new

Password Security: Out with the old rules, in with the new

As most of us (hopefully) already know, the internet can be a dangerous place when you don't practice proper password safety procedures. Just what do you need to do to keep your passwords secure, though? As it turns out, one of the writers of a document that has been used to create password policy for years says the suggestions he laid down are no longer valid.

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WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

Earlier this year, the WannaCry virus infected computer systems around the world. Most notably, the ransomware was responsible for crippling hospital systems in the UK, but it also spread to countries like Russia, German, Turkey, and Spain before it was brought down. This week, one of the researchers responsible for stopping WannaCry was arrested in Nevada.

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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

Wells Fargo leaks 50,000 client documents in mailing error

These days, we've almost gotten used to large corporations losing sensitive data as a result of poor security measures and hackers, but in the latest incident, Wells Fargo has just made a big mistake. The bank accidentally sent 1.4GB of data containing information on 50,000 of their wealthiest clients to a former financial adviser. While this person had subpoenaed Wells Fargo as part of a lawsuit, these were the not the type of records that had been requested.

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Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Internet-connected gadgets can be great, but they're not without their risks. We've seen warnings over poor IoT security from watchdogs and the government alike, and we've seen multiple instances where poor security has resulted in various data breaches. The latest example of this risk comes from a North American casino which was left exposed to hackers due to a smart fish tank. This fish tank, which was connected to the casino's network, served as an access point for hackers who then used it to find other network vulnerabilities.

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FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

With security breaches seemingly popping up in the news every other week, by now most of us should (hopefully) know the basics of keeping our data safe online. Today, however, the FBI is trying to draw attention to a potential security risk that is often overlooked: internet connected toys. To hear the FBI lay out its case, it sounds like the organization has a lot of concerns about the data these internet connected toys can collect.

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MySpace security hijack: How your old account can haunt you

MySpace security hijack: How your old account can haunt you

MySpace accounts can be hijacked with only three pieces of easy-to-attain information. Once the attacker has the URL for the account they want to break into, they need only head to the Account Recovery page. While this would normally be a place where some sort of human user would verify information - or at least an email would be necessary - this situation requires nothing of the sort. It's incredibly easy to break into any MySpace account right this minute.

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Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Here we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you mad

Another day, another security breach: researchers at UpGuard have revealed that Verizon suffered a fairly massive data leak, exposing personal information on millions of customers. In this case, it wasn't Verizon itself that is responsible for the leak, but rather a third-party company partnered with Verizon. This breach also has a few things in common with the RNC leak that we learned about late last month.

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5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

Today we're going to run down several ways in which the everyday average iPhone or Android smartphone user can avoid a virus. The rules are very simple, and they begin with the golden rule in software: "avoid that which is unfamiliar." Users that are inexperienced in software code or identifying reliable sources for legitimate apps should exercise a base level of caution at all times. It's not a matter of always being ON ALERT - but of being conscious of what one is doing with every tap.

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Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

If you've got a Facebook profile, you may have come across a new, scary-sounding warning being shared by some of your friends. Like so many of the viral posts that came before it, this one warns you against adding a certain Facebook user - this time named Jayden K. Smith - for fear of having your profile hacked. The question is if this viral warning is legitimate or if it's all just a ruse to get gullible Facebook users to share the post in question.

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There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

As if last month's major malware attack wasn't enough, today we're hearing about large-scale ransomware attack that that is crippling IT systems around the world. While some of the details are a little unclear at this early stage, it's obvious that this is a massive attack. It may even take advantage of the same weaknesses that allowed Wannacry to spread so quickly last month.

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