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TP-Link HomeCare adds extra security, parental controls to some routers

TP-Link HomeCare adds extra security, parental controls to some routers

TP-Link has made a couple of big announcements, the first being new smart home integrations with IFTTT and Alexa. Joining those smart home integrations is TP-Link HomeCare, a product being delivered to some routers via a firmware update. With HomeCare, these select router owners get access to parental controls, as well as security via integrated malware protection and anti-virus control.

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Android 7.1 hides an anti-malware “panic detection” safeguard

Android 7.1 hides an anti-malware “panic detection” safeguard

Alongside fragmentation, security is one of the most criticized flaws of the Android platform. Although it takes the matter seriously, Google remains firm on not exercising an iron fist and instead implements “smart” systems to automate the checking of apps. Some malware, however, do slip through the cracks and others can be obtained from unofficial sources. In such cases, Android still tries to be smart without being heavy-handed in dealing with already installed and running malware. Like this hidden “panic detection” feature that presumes you’re phone is infected when you repeatedly press the back button too many times.

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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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CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

Over the past couple of years, the Android-based malware known as CopyCat infected 14-million devices. This monster of a smartphone infection is based in rooting the smartphone, thereby giving it access to the entirety of the device's innards. There's only one known way for CopyCat to make its way into an Android device - installation through a non-Google Play app market.

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US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

The US government has lifted in-flight laptop bans for flights originating from Istanbul and Dubai, a follow-up to the recent ban removal for flights from Abu Dhabi. The ban removal follows recently announced enhanced security measures that, if enacted by airports, may result in their in-flight gadget bans being removed. All of this, of course, follows the US ban on certain large in-flight electronics that may be modified so that the batteries function as bombs. The UK implemented a very similar ban immediately following the US's ban.

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Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is pretty darn keen for you to be on the latest version of Windows, to the point that it now plans to pester users to install Windows 10 Creators Update. The strong-arm tactics will kick off this week, with Microsoft pinging PC owners who are yet to upgrade to the most recent version with a privacy settings review. For a while you'll be able to avoid it, Microsoft says, but not forever.

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This bill proposal seeks to send doxxers and swatters to prison

This bill proposal seeks to send doxxers and swatters to prison

A new bill proposal seeks to make the act of doxxing someone -- that is, finding and then publishing their personal information on the Internet -- a federal offense. Called the Online Safety Modernization Act, the bipartisan proposal seeks to stop individuals from using the Internet as a personal weapon, whether that involves releasing their enemy's address to online mobs, 'swatting' by calling it fake threats to law enforcement, or something else.

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2017 Petya malware actually irreversibly wipes data

2017 Petya malware actually irreversibly wipes data

It smelled like a ransomware and talked like a ransomware but, in fact, it was worse than a ransomware. Although it has been labeled as a strain of a 2016 ransomware, this year's "Petya" malware has been mislabeled. According to cybersecurity outfit Comae Technologies, the so-called Petya.2017 is actually a wiper masquerading as a ransomware, doing irrecoverable damage to data on drives. To add insult to injury, this wiper was specifically designed to look like the first Petya in order to fool media into thinking that it is.

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US may drop in-flight laptop ban in favor of ‘enhanced’ security

US may drop in-flight laptop ban in favor of ‘enhanced’ security

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to announce new 'enhanced' security measures that will lift in-cabin laptop bans currently in place against passengers in flights originating from certain cities. According to sources, the laptop ban will be dropped for airlines that adopt and follow the new security measures, though airlines that reject them may still be subject to the in-cabin ban. The ban itself is said to be the result of new intel indicating terrorists may try to weaponize large batteries found in laptops and tablets.

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Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

In an increasingly competitive world of connected security cameras, Nest has turned to Alphabet-sibling Google and its facial recognition tech to make the Nest Cam IQ stand out. Not just the latest in the company's sophisticated home security camera line-up, the Nest Cam IQ represents a complete platform upgrade, with an all-new sensor, lossless zooming support, and the ability to recognize and track faces. On the downside, it also commands the highest price of a Nest camera so far, so does it deliver for $299?

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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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Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

It appears Samsung is gearing up to launch a new consumer-tier security camera, one designed for use in and around one's home. The camera has appeared on Best Buy's website with the name 'SmartCam,' though the Korean company hasn't officially announced the product at this time. The listing shows the camera as featuring a 1080p resolution with WiFi support. The launch date isn't known, though.

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