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Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Chrome to begin flagging all websites not using HTTPS

Google aims to step up its campaign against an unencrypted internet by alerting users to any websites that still aren't using HTTPS connections. The search giant has said that when the next version of Chrome launches, it will begin displaying a new warning on any login pages that aren't encrypted, or in other words using HTTP. This is scheduled to start in January 2017 with the rollout of Chrome 56.

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Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest is rolling out a new, smarter app for its security cameras, adding free historical images for all users, as well as putting a release date on the new Nest Cam Outdoor. The weatherproof camera, announced back in July, is actually already shipping to preorder customers, and should start arriving on doorsteps today, Nest says.

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Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks might sport fingerprint scanners soon

Chromebooks
are experiencing a revival in market interest, in no small part thanks to Google’s promise to bring Android apps to the platform. Given that renewed uptake, it is probably high time that Chromebook makers update their wares to modern standards. Acer’s new Chromebook R 13, for example, is trying to take on the tablet and convertible laptop market. Based on some commits to Chromium, on which Chrome and Chrome OS are built upon, upcoming Chromebooks could also start supporting stronger security measures, including support for fingerprint scanners.

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Dropbox urges users to change old passwords, no hack happened

Dropbox urges users to change old passwords, no hack happened

There has been troubling rise of hacking incidents in the past two years or so, so when Dropbox, perhaps the most used cloud storage service in the world, starts sending prompts for users to change their passwords, there is naturally no small amount of worry spreading around. Dropbox does reassure its users that there has been no known intrusion or compromise. They’re just taking a precautionary measure considering how old most of the passwords were. And it might be a good idea to change yours today, too.

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iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

“Apple Picking”, referring to the spate of iPhone thefts a few years back, might no longer be as common, but unauthorized physical access to smartphones and mobile devices is still pretty much a thing. Apple, how has been very aggressive with anti-theft measures, has apparently filed a patent that takes things a step further. Based on the patent, an iPhone, under a set of circumstances, could collect biometric information as well as photos of an alleged thief. Or basically anyone trying and failing to unlock the smartphone.

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iOS 9.3.5 quickly released to block Pegasus spyware

iOS 9.3.5 quickly released to block Pegasus spyware

Apple has set itself up as one of the biggest advocates of privacy and security against government-sanctioned espionage, which is probably why it immediately jumped into action to plug up a serious security hole merely 10 days after it was reported. Just weeks after it rolled out iOS 9.3.4, Apple has issued a critical iOS 9.3.5 update in an attempt to block a malware nicknamed “Pegasus” which, in just one tap, could gain access to the iPhones and data of “high-value targets”, which is usually another term for political targets like dissidents and activists.

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PlayStation Network accounts gain 2-step verification

PlayStation Network accounts gain 2-step verification

Sony has launched a new security feature designed to make it easier for you to keep your PlayStation account secure and under your control. The new feature is 2-step verification and launched last night to bring more security to fans of the PSN. If you don’t want to use 2-step verification, you don’t have to activate the new feature.

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Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

It's 2016 and people have stored more information, a lot of the private, on a public, intangible system more than any other time in the history of mankind. And yet, these very same people protect those pieces of themselves with passwords like "1234" or "password". The increasing rate of hacks don't seem to be enough to shock people into adopting better habits when it comes to their digital lives. Because, let's face it, trying to come up with more than a dozen strong passwords is a tough job, much less remembering all of them. That is why there are such things as Password Managers to do the heavy lifting for us, and still they aren't utilized enough. In the interest of spreading the word, here are our top five picks for Password Managers for this year.

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Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

More often than not, malware attacks start with conning unsuspecting users into visiting seemingly innocent, even helpful, websites or downloading software. Far more frightening, however, is malware that escapes early detection because it piggybacks on legitimate channels or apps. Such is the case with an Android Trojan reported by security company Kaspersky Lab Solutions called "Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q", or Svpeng, for short. This particular malware, which attempts to intercept and steal banking information, is spreading on perfectly legit websites through Google's own AdSense advertising network.

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Westin, Marriott, and Hyatt hotels hit with payment malware

Westin, Marriott, and Hyatt hotels hit with payment malware

HEI Hotels has issued a notice alerting its customers about a credit card breach. The company first became aware of the issue when its bank card processor told it there was a possible security issue at play. HEI Hotels initiated what it says was an “extensive forensic investigation,” which turned up malware installed on payment processing systems at certain hotels. The current list of affected locations includes hotels under the Marriott, Hyatt, and Westin chains, among others.

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Hackers can steal data via the sounds of a hard drive

Hackers can steal data via the sounds of a hard drive

Just about anytime you think you and your computer are safe from hackers and security weaknesses, some bizarre, unexpected method or flaw gets discovered. Case in point: security researchers have come up with a way to steal data from a computer's hard drive just by listening to the sounds it makes. Not only can information be transmitted without a users' knowledge, but their computer doesn't even need to be connected to the internet.

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Gmail’s new security warnings make your email safer

Gmail’s new security warnings make your email safer

Google has made its email service a bit safer thanks to the inclusion of a pair of new security warnings. Gmail users will see these security warnings both on the Web and in Gmail for Android, with one warning showing up as a question mark and the other being a big, bold red “Warning” notice. The security warnings are being rolled out as part of a rapid release, which is scheduled to happen in two weeks; the actual rollout will only take a couple days, though, so you should see both arrive in your inbox fairly soon.

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