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Twitter adds USB security key as a login verification method

Twitter adds USB security key as a login verification method

If you're worried that existing Twitter security measures aren't adequate enough, good news: the company has added support for security keys. The new option is available as of today, enabling security key owners to setup their account so that they can only log in if they have the right USB key. This method joins third-party app verifications.

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Wi-Fi WPA3 security is here, along with Easy Connect for IoT

Wi-Fi WPA3 security is here, along with Easy Connect for IoT

Wi-Fi is pretty much the wireless technology that binds us all to the Internet. Given the prevalence of laptops and mobile devices and the costs of cellular data like LTE, Wi-Fi is still the preferred way to connect to the Internet both at home and outside. So much so that when the KRACK vulnerability was discovered, there was an even bigger panic than with Meltdown and Spectre. While those holes have mostly been patched up, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the caretakers of the technology, quickly moved to finalize WPA3, the first Wi-Fi security update since 2003.

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iOS jailbreaking is nearly dead and Apple wants it to stay that way

iOS jailbreaking is nearly dead and Apple wants it to stay that way

iOS, particularly on iPhones, may be one of if not the most popular mobile OS in the market, but that doesn’t mean all of its fans are completely satisfied with how things are. Some advanced users still feel stifled by Apple’s control but not enough to switch sides. For them, jailbreaking their iPhone is the only option but that has become even more difficult year after year. Now Apple is formally letting its opinion on the matter known and is giving jailbreakers less and less room to breathe.

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iPhone brute force passcode hack discovered, Apple says “nope”

iPhone brute force passcode hack discovered, Apple says “nope”

Apple’s hard stance on protecting its customers’ privacy through security and encryption is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it paints a reassuring picture for users. But on the other hand, it practically challenges hackers, state-sponsored or otherwise, to break through. As such, Apple’s device, particularly iPhones, have become a prime target of hacking attempts. One security researcher initially claimed he found a way to brute force passcode guessing despite iOS’ hard limits. It turns out, however, that it might not be the case after all.

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Google Play Store adds ‘security metadata’ DRM to all Android apps

Google Play Store adds ‘security metadata’ DRM to all Android apps

A small but significant change was made to the Play Store this week, and it affects all Android apps. Google is now adding a "small" string of security metadata to all Android APKs, which is designed to ensure the apps are authentic and have come from the Play Store or other approved source. In other words, it's DRM (digital rights management), but Google's intent is to improve the security of the Android platform by making it harder for fraudulent apps or those with malicious code to be installed.

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Facebook admits it leaked developer reports to app testers

Facebook admits it leaked developer reports to app testers

As Facebook tries to recover its damaged reputation following controversies over how it handles users' personal data, it seems the social media giant still has a few other privacy issues to work on. It was discovered this week that the company had accidentally emailed analytic reports intended for developers to outside testers.

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This new Google Account page is a big deal

This new Google Account page is a big deal

With Google working its way into many different facets of every day life, it can be pretty difficult to keep tabs on all of the data it has on you. Perhaps brought on by controversy that has hit Google's competitors in recent months, such as Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, or the EU's new laws on data privacy and protection, the company is looking to make it easier to access the wealth of information in your Google Account. Among other things, this means a redesigned Account page aimed at ease of navigation.

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CCC Digital Key spec turns smartphones into car keys

CCC Digital Key spec turns smartphones into car keys

We put almost everything inside our phones, from our personal data to our money. So why not our car keys as well? After all, smart homes can already be locked or unlocked using our mobile devices anyway. That’s the future, frightening or otherwise, that car manufacturers are already building. Now the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is working together to create an open standard around that, called the Digital Key specification, which is now marking its 1.0 release on the road towards seamless mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity.

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Tapplock Smart Lock isn’t so smart about security

Tapplock Smart Lock isn’t so smart about security

Home security is getting smarter, or at least that’s what the fast growing smart home market is trying to say. Pundits, however, warn of how the IoT rush could cause lapses in security, which has been proven time and again. Nowhere is that more troubling than when smart locks themselves are involved. One newcomer to that market is Tapplock, and its fingerprint-secured smart lock may not be so secure after all.

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Google Play security will extend to apps shared offline

Google Play security will extend to apps shared offline

Issues of control aside, there are technical and practical benefits to getting your Android apps from Google Play Store instead of third-party repositories or, worse, free-floating APKs. The biggest problem with that, however, is that installing apps, or even just browsing, requires an Internet connection, which might not be available at all times in all markets. Realizing that their ideal scenario doesn’t exactly reflect reality, Google is now taking steps to make sure that apps downloaded from Google Play Store and shared offline can be verified as safe and treated like any normal Google Play Store app.

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New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning over a new type of malware out of North Korea. The DHS worked with the FBI to unearth and reveal the existence of a malware variant it says is known as "TYPEFRAME." Analysts with the two government agencies analyzed a total of 11 samples of the trojan, including infected Windows files.

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Cops, hackers claim to have defeated iOS 12 USB Restricted Mode

Cops, hackers claim to have defeated iOS 12 USB Restricted Mode

Apple and authorities play a non-ending game of cat and mouse (we leave you to decide which is which) when it comes to iPhones. Apple closes security holes and makes it harder for anyone to compromise an iPhone or an iPad. Law enforcement, on the other hand, are constantly looking for ways to break into encrypted devices in the name of justice. The latter group now has a helping hand in the form of forensic hackers like Grayshift who say that they have already found a way around Apple’s upcoming security feature.

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