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Bluetooth bug lets attackers see what you type on keyboards

Bluetooth bug lets attackers see what you type on keyboards

We’ve been using communication technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SMS, and MMS for so long that we almost take their security for granted. But recent new use cases, like IoT devices, two-factor authentication, and wearables that are exposing weaknesses of these technologies that are apparently years old. One such discovery involves hijacking the Bluetooth pairing process in order to eavesdrop on the communication between two devices. And as it turns out, this vulnerability has been in the Bluetooth standard for almost a decade.

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Google’s Titan security key tackles hardware-based authentication

Google’s Titan security key tackles hardware-based authentication

Yesterday, Google shared a rather surprisingly statistic when it claimed that none of its 85,000 employees have had their work accounts compromised since early 2017. Those are some secure accounts, especially when you consider that they're associated with one of the largest companies in the world and are therefore prime targets for phishing attacks. What was the secret? Google began requiring its employees to use hardware security keys for two-factor authentication.

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Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft started in earnest to carve out its own app store platform back in Windows 8 and it was a disaster. Barely anyone paid attention to it, which also left its Windows RT variant devoid of actually useful apps. It tried again with Windows 10 and its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and had more success. But now it might have a new problem it needs to deal with and fast. With the influx of new apps on its Microsoft Store, the company now has to face the reality that there are some who are ready to game the system to trick users, even to the point of getting them to pay for something.

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Meet the $20 gizmo protecting 85,000 Google employees from phishing

Meet the $20 gizmo protecting 85,000 Google employees from phishing

Google hasn't experienced any successful phishing attacks since early last year, the company has revealed, thanks to the company-wide use of physical security keys. These small USB devices, which resemble a thumb drive with a button on top, are a more secure alternative to two-factor authentication, which requires the user to authenticate a login attempt using a one-time code in addition to the account password.

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Chrome just dropped a bomb on unencrypted websites

Chrome just dropped a bomb on unencrypted websites

Google's Chrome browser has flipped its security strategy today, no longer rewarding encrypted sites with a "Secure" label but instead flagging unencrypted ones to warn users. For the past two years, Chrome has highlighted which sites use encryption for personal data with a legend in the address bar.

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JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

TSA at JFK airport is adding multiple Analogic 3D CT scanners to its repertoire, machines it says are better capable of detecting certain types of explosives. The scanners will be used to screen travelers' bags, addressing concerns surrounding the scanning abilities of older x-ray machines. This could have a major impact on queues, as TSA suggests passengers may not have to remove large electronic items thanks to the 3D scanners.

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Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime offer flexible twist in smart security

Netgear has added a smart doorbell and chime to its Arlo range of wireless security cameras, though it's missing a feature we've grown used to from rivals. The Arlo Doorbell and Arlo Chime, like Nest Hello and the Ring Doorbell, support two-way audio so that you can speak to whoever is at your door, even if you're not home.

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team to take the headache out of data transfers

Moving your data between internet services is something that isn't always easy or fast. This is especially true when you're doing something like moving photos between social networks or music libraries and playlists between music streaming services. Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they're going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project.

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Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram is working on a new two-step verification option that will help protect users from SIM hackers, according to a new report. The platform's existing verification system works by sending a code to the user's phone via an SMS, but the upcoming system will rely on an authentication app like Google Authenticator. Confirmation of the new option follows a report earlier today highlighting SIM hijacking.

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Chrome is about to start eating more RAM, and we have Spectre to thank

Chrome is about to start eating more RAM, and we have Spectre to thank

While Chrome is a pretty solid browser, it's known for its tendency to be a bit of a resource hog. Its well-known appetite for all the RAM you've got is about to get worse, and we've all got Spectre to thank for it. The good news, however, is that this increase in RAM usage comes along with a new feature that should help keep Chrome users safe from Spectre's rather scary threats while browsing the web.

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HTC Exodus Blockchain phone launching with CryptoKitties this year

HTC Exodus Blockchain phone launching with CryptoKitties this year

HTC is pressing on with its blockchain-based phone, codenamed Exodus. First revealed earlier in 2018, we now know that the phone will be launching in "early access" later this year. That, unfortunately, is about the only new thing we're learning today, so a lot of important details about the phone are still a mystery.

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iOS 11.4.1 brings USB Restricted Mode but it has a bug

iOS 11.4.1 brings USB Restricted Mode but it has a bug

Some features just can’t seem to wait for a grand release. That seems to be the case for Apple’s latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months. It seems, however, that pressing matters may have forced Apple to almost silently roll out its USB Restricted Mode feature in the new iOS 11.4.1 update. But while it’s designed to keep out hackers, it currently has a bug that would render that feature almost moot.

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