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Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

The computing industry has just gotten its first security scare of the year and boy is it a big one. Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions. Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

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Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel Spectre and Meltdown updates released: How to protect yourself

Intel, to put it mildly, isn't have a good week. Recent security concerns snowballed into a wider warning from Google about vulnerabilities affecting a huge array of processors made over the last couple decades, particularly ones from Intel. Called Meltdown and Spectre, both exploits were recently disclosed by Google Project Zero, which issued its warning earlier than planned following a bunch of reports and bits of information working people up into a frenzy over the past couple days.

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Hive View hands-on: Yves Béhar’s beautiful Nest Cam rival

Hive View hands-on: Yves Béhar’s beautiful Nest Cam rival

The connected security camera market is crowded right now, but Hive believes its Yves Béhar designed Hive View can carve out a space. Latest product from the company trying to make smart home tech not only functional but beautiful too, the Nest Cam rival follows Hive's connected thermostat and other devices that, having launched first in the UK, began arriving on US shores last year.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

This week Intel found themselves on the wrong end of the controversy stick as a bug, flaw, or whatever you'd like to call it, appeared on Intel computers. What they suggest is that they are not the only company whose products are "susceptible to these exploits." Intel made clear several times in a comment to the press that they were not the only hardware manufacturers that are part of this mess.

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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

The smart home, a.k.a. connected home, market is fast-growing one that is luring big companies and ambitious startups with the promise of the next big thing after smartphones. Unfortunately, just like many promises, that doesn't always stand up to reality and some companies crash hard. One such big dreamer is Otto, who unveiled its rather pretty smart lock not too long ago. In August 2017, to be precise. But now the company's doors have practically closed, and CEO and Founder Sam Jadallah offers what he hopes will be a cautionary tale for other Silicon Valley hopefuls.

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VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

Internet-related privacy concerns are growing, but many people still haven't signed up for a VPN service. If you received any unwanted gift cards over the holidays -- perhaps ones for a coffee shop you'll never visit or a store that doesn't exist in your region -- now is the time to subscribe. Several VPN services accept gift cards as a form of payment, and using them has the added benefit of being a little extra anonymous.

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Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

It's well-known that tools like password managers can help users improve their online security — by creating unique passwords for each website. However, researchers have found that advertising trackers are able to exploit data from the simplified password managers built into browsers like Chrome and Firefox (rather than standalone services like 1Password and LastPass) to continue tracking users browsing habits across the internet.

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Mobile games found using mic to track users’ TV habits

Mobile games found using mic to track users’ TV habits

Always-on listening devices, such as smart speakers, may be increasing concerns about these devices recording and tracking users' conversations and other data, but it seems a significant number of mobile apps — including games aimed at children — are already engaged in this shady behavior. An investigation has found over 250 apps on Android's Play Store that use audio recognition software to track users' TV and ad-viewing habits, even if the app is in the background.

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Forever 21 reports credit card breach: encryption issue blamed

Forever 21 reports credit card breach: encryption issue blamed

Clothing franchise Forever 21 disclosed a security breach involving credit cards last month, and now the company is back with an update on its investigation. According to the company, it was alerted to a potential security issue by a third-party back in October of this year. That triggered an investigation by the company, which found that some stores' point-of-sale devices didn't always utilize encryption.

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