security

SimpliSafe Smart Lock is a super-skinny $99 door upgrade

SimpliSafe Smart Lock is a super-skinny $99 door upgrade

Your options for a sleek connected lock are about to get more interesting, with SimpliSafe revealing its new Smart Lock for a low-profile fit on the front door. The lock is just 0.9-inches thick, SimpliSafe says, making it the thinnest on the market. However the company also promises it will be smarter than other connected locks.

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MoviePass security issue exposed thousands of customer credit cards

MoviePass security issue exposed thousands of customer credit cards

An exposed database revealed the credit card numbers belonging to thousands of MoviePass customers, according to a new report. The leak is said to have involved more than 58,000 cards, including both the customer cards issued for MoviePass and customers' personal credit cards. Other exposed data included names, expiration dates, and mailing addresses.

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YubiKey 5Ci is the first security key with Lightning and USB-C

YubiKey 5Ci is the first security key with Lightning and USB-C

Yubico has unveiled its new YubiKey 5Ci, a product it claims is the first-ever security key to feature both Lightning and USB-C connectors. The device is aimed at simplifying the use of security keys by enabling consumers to carry around a single dongle that supports all of their devices -- in this case, an iPhone, for example, alongside a tablet or laptop that features USB-C.

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iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

iOS 12.4 ironically opened the doors to jailbreaking

Jailbreaking iPhones have become less trendy in recent years, partly because Apple has provided many of the functionality and security that users have been asking for. The other reason is that each iOS release has made it more difficult to find exploits that would give hackers entry to jailbreak those mobile devices. It is then quite ironic that the latest update, in fact, does the exact opposite, allowing them to create the first public jailbreak release in quite a long time.

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Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

AI-powered smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri are plenty convenient, especially when automating tasks with a single command. With their integration into phones, it's almost too easy to simply tell them to ring up not just family and friends but also businesses. Unfortunately, smart as they are, they can't always verify that the number they're calling is legit and this has lead to what may be the next wave of scamming and phishing strategies that is starting to become more popular.

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Bluetooth security flaw has a silly name but serious consequences

Bluetooth security flaw has a silly name but serious consequences

A critical Bluetooth security flaw has left millions of devices potentially at risk of data eavesdropping, forcing companies like Apple and Microsoft to patch their products in order to protect users. The Key Negotiation of Bluetooth Attack, or KNOB Attack, relies on poorly designed or implemented wireless security during the Bluetooth communications process, which a hacker could exploit if presented with the right conditions.

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It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

It’s been a really bad week for Windows updates

This week's been a bad one for Windows updates. A couple of relatively important Windows updates were released, then found to have unexpected effects on some of the computers on which they were loaded. It's extremely unfortunate when this sort of thing happens because it deters users from downloading patches of all sorts - not least of all security patches and Windows Updates from Microsoft. The good news is that negative results seem to have been reported only by a relatively small subset of Windows users.

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Windows 10 update sandbags your PC for worms

Windows 10 update sandbags your PC for worms

There's a security patch for Windows 10 out right this minute that you're going to want to take the time to download. This piece of software aims to stop some new wormable* RDP vulnerabilities. It's bad news and you should patch the flaw with the relatively simple process provided by Microsoft for updating Windows 10 of several sorts.

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Card skimmer app spots hacked gas pumps – but there’s a catch

Card skimmer app spots hacked gas pumps – but there’s a catch

An app which can spot credit card skimmers secretly installed on gas pumps has been developed, but don't go looking in the App Store to try to download it. Bluetana tackles the growing issue of credit and debit card theft, where tiny scanners are installed on the card reader and used to surreptitiously clone its details when customers go to pay for their gas.

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AT&T and T-Mobile just switched on cross-network robocall verification

AT&T and T-Mobile just switched on cross-network robocall verification

Regardless of your cell network of choice, spam calls are a universal nuisance, and now AT&T and T-Mobile are working together on anti-robocall tech that brings subscribers another step closer to full call verification. The implementation of SHAKEN/STIR caller authentication is only the first time that the technology has been extended across US cellphone networks.

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Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Suprema Biostar 2 exposed millions of fingerprints, faces, and passwords

Biometrics, usually fingerprints or faces, are often touted as more secure forms of authentication or at least second-factor authentication. But what if those very same pieces of data have been compromised? And what if it happened through sheer negligence of the security company whose business is to help secure people around the world? That is the nightmarish reality of what befell customers of Suprema's web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock platform and, by extension more than 1 million people across the globe.

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Google accounts now accept fingerprint authentication on Android

Google accounts now accept fingerprint authentication on Android

Google is on a quest to kill the password and it's really no surprise. Given how many things are connected to Google accounts and services, it is in its best interest to make sure those accounts are always kept safe. Passwords have long been considered no longer sufficient for security and the tech industry has been heading towards biometrics. Towards that end, Google is now allowing Android devices to use fingerprints to sign into their Google accounts.

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