security

Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Connected security cameras are a mainstay of the modern smart home, but if you rent and can't get busy with your drill then installing them can be a pain. Logitech is adding a new, easier way to fix up its Circle 2 camera line-up, a Magnetic Mount that promises to cling tenaciously to most metal.

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Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Netgear has launched a new product in its home security Arlo product line, the Arlo Security Light. As the name suggests, this Arlo product is designed to illuminate potential threats outdoors, working wirelessly and with the maker's existing security cameras. This light is part of the Arlo Smart Home Security portfolio; it boasts a completely wire-free design.

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Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation called the Secure Data Act aims to prevent government access to encrypted data via backdoors. The proposal follows multiple government attempts to get access to encrypted devices, as well as increasing concerns that courts or government agencies could force a company to introduce backdoors into its products.

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Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri vulnerable to inaudible commands

Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri vulnerable to inaudible commands

Smart assistants, especially those in smart speakers, have to always be listening. There is no other way to have them ready to answer your questions or obey your commands at a moment's notice, whether or not you have trigger phrase for it. Unfortunately, this also means that they will always be receiving and hearing any and all audio to intercept commands. The problem, according to researchers, is that these smart assistants might follow even those commands that you might not be able to hear.

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Skim Reaper is NYPD’s possible solution to ATM card skimming

Skim Reaper is NYPD’s possible solution to ATM card skimming

The New York Police Department is testing a new tool called the Skim Reaper that may help prevent ATM-based credit card fraud. Card skimmers are a growing problem impacting people around the world; the scam works by placing a physical skimmer on an ATM, then retrieving it later after numerous cards have passed through it. The same devices can be placed on gas pumps and other terminals.

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ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has stopped major business operations, it has revealed, as a consequence on the US ban on selling components to the maker. The company mentioned the change in a document published today, stating that "major operating activities...have ceased" without additional details on what, exactly, that means.

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iOS 11.4 USB Restricted Mode will give police a headache

iOS 11.4 USB Restricted Mode will give police a headache

Apple has already fallen afoul of law enforcement because its hard stance on encryption and protecting users' privacy, no matter who that user may be. The company and authorities are almost playing a game of cat and mouse, with police doing everything to thwart Apple's safeguards, even going as far as using dead people's fingers. Apple might soon be stepping up its game once more with the upcoming iOS 11.4's new USB Restricted Mode feature, which will practically disable USB data connection if an iPhone has not been unlocked for 7 days.

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Ring’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standalone

Ring’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standalone

Ring has launched a new app, Neighbors, opening up its security video sharing in the hope that it becomes Nextdoor but for more than just complaining about security. The app, the first to be released since Ring was acquired by Amazon, pulls out features that previously were only available within its Ring app for camera owners.

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iPhone X replacements given green-light for Face ID fails

iPhone X replacements given green-light for Face ID fails

Apple has given its Genius tech support and third-party repair centers permission to issue complete iPhone X replacement units, after identifying a frustrating issue with its Face ID system. The facial recognition security relies on Apple's TrueDepth camera array, a complex system of illuminators and sensors integrated into the "notch" in the iPhone X.

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Twitter saved your password as plain text: Now it says to change it

Twitter saved your password as plain text: Now it says to change it

Twitter is warning every user on its service to change their password, after discovering that it was inadvertently storing login credentials as plain text. The company announced it had 336m monthly active users only last month, and it turns out it was storing their passwords completely unmasked in an internal log.

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Google’s toughest account security works with iPhone apps now

Google’s toughest account security works with iPhone apps now

Google is expanding its Advanced Protection Program to iOS, bringing its toughest security to the native apps on Apple's iPhone. The program launched back in October 2017, offering users particularly at-risk for hacking attempts and other attacks more protection, albeit at a cost of convenience.

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VW and Audi cars have infotainment systems vulnerable to remote hacking

VW and Audi cars have infotainment systems vulnerable to remote hacking

A cybersecurity firm called Computest has found that the infotainment systems inside some Audi and VW cars is vulnerable to remote hacking. The researchers who discovered the issue are Daan Keuper and Thijs Alkemade. The researchers say that they have confirmed these exploits using a VW Golf GTE and an Audi A3 Sportback e-tron model.

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