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Facebook picked a terrible time to try to sell us a smart camera

Facebook picked a terrible time to try to sell us a smart camera

Facebook wants to put an internet-connected smart camera into your home, that knows where you are in the room, and has access to your friends list, and no this isn't a Black Mirror episode. The new Facebook Portal and Portal+ video calling devices picked an awkward time to launch today, given recent disclosures by the social network about lapses in account security. That said, you could well argue that there really isn't a good time for Facebook to try to put cameras in your kitchen or living room.

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Unlock Windows PCs with your Android fingerprint scanner

Unlock Windows PCs with your Android fingerprint scanner

PCs, both laptops and even desktops, are finally getting on the biometrics bandwagon. While most new laptops mostly use Windows 10’s Hello face recognition, there is a growing number that use fingerprint sensors as well. They’re still not as numerous as, say, the fingerprint scanners found on almost every smartphone (except newer iPhones). Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use your phone’s fingerprint sensor to unlock your PC? Well, you actually can, if you’re willing to play with some third-party apps on both Android and Windows PC sides.

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Seattle police launch registry to combat swatting calls

Seattle police launch registry to combat swatting calls

The Seattle Police Department has launched a new registry that will help it deal with potential swatting calls. The tool, which is open to the public, allows anyone in the city to register swatting concerns with the PD, helping shed light on what may be future prank calls directed at them. This will help police make informed decisions when dealing with possible swatting situations.

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Apple and Amazon blast China hack chip report

Apple and Amazon blast China hack chip report

Both Apple and Amazon have denounced a report by Bloomberg claiming Chinese intelligence managed to compromise them via a tiny malicious microchip fixed to server motherboards. The report was published today, citing both "government and corporate sources," followed by statements from both companies. The chips were allegedly implanted on the server hardware at factories in China where the products were manufactured.

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Facebook says third-party apps safe from massive hack

Facebook says third-party apps safe from massive hack

Just as last quarter was ending, Facebook suffered a massive security breach. Considering Facebook's reach, its hold on our lives, and recent scandals rocking the company, 50 million compromised accounts is no small number. But it an almost ironic turn of events, the social networking giant has just revealed that third-party apps, which have been one of Facebook's recent source of headaches, have mostly been safe and that hackers have not accessed at least those apps and sites using Facebook Login.

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Facebook allegedly wins legal battle over Messenger wiretapping

Facebook allegedly wins legal battle over Messenger wiretapping

The US government recently failed to get wiretap access to Facebook Messenger, according to a new report. The legal spat allegedly took place in the US District Court in Fresno, California, and was sealed from the public. Sources claim the case involved suspected gang members and law enforcement's desire to monitor their communications.

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If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

Facebook has logged 50 million users out of their compromised accounts today, along with 40 million more as a precaution, and frankly you might want to just not bother logging back in again. This latest forced detox from the increasingly controversial social network comes as Facebook admits a security glitch in one of its profile privacy features could've allowed hackers to gain access to the accounts of millions.

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Facebook hack put 50m users’ private info at risk

Facebook hack put 50m users’ private info at risk

A Facebook hack affecting almost 50 million accounts has been revealed, with the social network saying attackers compromised its security but admitting they don't yet know what data might have been stolen. The news is the latest in a series of bombshell security confessions from Facebook around digital privacy, which has led regulators and politicians to question whether greater scrutiny is required.

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Delta biometric face scanning terminal will be the first to launch in US

Delta biometric face scanning terminal will be the first to launch in US

Delta has announced plans to launch the first biometric terminal in the United States, an optional experience offered to international travelers at Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal F in Atlanta, Georgia. Customers won't be forced to use this technology if they're uncomfortable with it, but rather will have it as an alternative option to reduce the amount of time spent waiting.

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Facebook uses info you never provided to target you with ads

Facebook uses info you never provided to target you with ads

Facebook today confirmed that it was using private phone numbers to target Facebook users with advertisements. Not just any phone number, but the 2FA (2-factor authorization) phone number you give the company in confidence to further strengthen your Facebook login process. In attempting to keep yourself more securely private, you've just opened yourself up to less privacy.

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Firefox Monitor wants to keep you secure with familiar technology

Firefox Monitor wants to keep you secure with familiar technology

Everyone should be concerned about keeping their various online identities secure, and today, Firefox made that a little bit easier. Working alongside Have I Been Pwned, today Mozilla launched Firefox Monitor. You can use this to see if your email address has been involved in any security breaches, so in that regard, Firefox Monitor mirrors the functionality of Have I Been Pwned pretty closely.

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Yale Assure Lock Connected by August gives your door a smart upgrade

Yale Assure Lock Connected by August gives your door a smart upgrade

August and Yale have released a new range of connected smart locks, delivering both smartphone and auto-unlock control, as well as a keypad for PIN access. The Assure Lock Connected by August line-up combines Yale's Assure Lock range with a new August module, which makes the electronic lock smart.

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