Data Security

Google Titan security key goes up for purchase in US

Google Titan security key goes up for purchase in US

Late last month, Google revealed its new Titan security key. Like other security keys, the Titan enables hardware-based two-factor authentication, which in turn offers better security than using a password alone. At the time, Titan was only made available to Google Cloud customers, with Google saying it would go up for purchase at a later date.

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Reddit hackers: What you need to know

Reddit hackers: What you need to know

Today Reddit announced a security incident that occurred in the middle of June. The incident was discovered on June 19th, 2018, and the full extent of the data shared and/or compromised was revealed this afternoon. The incident is particularly important right this minute because of the rise of understanding in the weaknesses in sms-verified authentication.

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SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

The revelation of Google’s Titan security key has put the spotlight on a long-existing but not widely adopted technology: physical keys that open the doors to your digital life. FIDO-compatible security keys, strange as they may seem, is just the latest attempt to solve one of the biggest threats to digital security: passwords. But while two-factor authentication is finally gaining a bit of traction, thanks to services enforcing it, they are unfortunately using the least secure medium of all: text messages.

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Google’s Titan security key tackles hardware-based authentication

Google’s Titan security key tackles hardware-based authentication

Yesterday, Google shared a rather surprisingly statistic when it claimed that none of its 85,000 employees have had their work accounts compromised since early 2017. Those are some secure accounts, especially when you consider that they're associated with one of the largest companies in the world and are therefore prime targets for phishing attacks. What was the secret? Google began requiring its employees to use hardware security keys for two-factor authentication.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Moving your data between internet services is something that isn't always easy or fast. This is especially true when you're doing something like moving photos between social networks or music libraries and playlists between music streaming services. Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they're going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project.

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Google Home and Chromecast GPS location leak [Fix Incoming]

Google Home and Chromecast GPS location leak [Fix Incoming]

A security breach was discovered this month by a researcher with an eye on Google Home and GPS location reporting. In his proof of concept, a URL is opened on a computer connected to a Wi-Fi network that's also connected to a Google Home or Chromecast device. If the URL is clicked and the webpage is kept open for around a minute, the user's home GPS location is found - and subsequently exploited.

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Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation called the Secure Data Act aims to prevent government access to encrypted data via backdoors. The proposal follows multiple government attempts to get access to encrypted devices, as well as increasing concerns that courts or government agencies could force a company to introduce backdoors into its products.

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Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Facebook as really stirred the hornet's nest when it comes to privacy matters. Now everyone is scrutinizing privacy policies and putting companies under a microscope. You might not immediately think of Oculus as one such company, but now that it is owned by Facebook, it naturally has come under the spotlight as well. It has just announced some changes to its Privacy Policies in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in Europe. Its FAQ, however, makes it too obvious what really caused the change.

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Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal seems unending, but this week, users are finally getting some answers about whether or not their data was shared. Yesterday, Facebook began surfacing links at the top of News Feeds to help users understand what kind of data they're sharing with third-party apps. Today, the company took things one step further and launched a new tool that allows users to see if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Almost all of the major annual tech shows, like CES, MWC, and IFA, happen in the West, though, of course, their audience and exhibitors come from all over the world. There are, however, other equally big IT gatherings on the other side of the globe that also give important insight on the trends and developments in those regions. In two months’ time, Japan will be holding the country’s and one of the region’s largest trade show, Japan IT Week Spring, and its lineup shows just how much AI and IoT have spread throughout the world.

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Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

The United States Department of Justice indicted 5 individuals for their work with Phantom Secure, a company that made "black" phones for users of all sorts. It's not the making of no-tracking smartphones that got the folks with Phantom Secure in trouble. It was the providing of these phones to international drug dealers that did them in.

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AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD processors were the subject of a report on security vulnerabilities by CTSlabs this week. In the report, CTSlabs reported that some of the most secure portions of several different sorts of AMD processors were at risk of exploit by malicious parties. Those malicious parties would need to have access to the computer with the AMD processor, but once they've got that, they'd potentially be free to do one whole heck of a lot of damage.

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