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End of Privacy Is Here

Privacy is for paedos. Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. The CIA knows how to use your TV/Smartphone to spy on you. Your communications are being monitored 24X7. Still think you have privacy? If you still think you have privacy, 21-year-old Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov will convince you to think […]






The benefits of shadow IT

Shadow IT is the use by employees of unauthorised cloud applications and services, such as Dropbox, Google Docs and OneDrive. This definition does not imply these apps and services are inherently dangerous or insecure, simply that they have not been authorised for use by the IT department and so are often invisible to security controls. This […]






The CIA didn’t break Signal

There’s been one particularly misleading claim today: That the CIA’s in-house hackers “bypassed” the encryption used by popular secure-chat software Signal [and WhatsApp, but who uses that?] By specifically mentioning these apps, news outlets implied that the agency has a means of getting through the protections built into the chat systems. It doesn’t. Instead, it […]






Android security: an analysis

Android devices dominate the market, making them a target for crime. But just how secure are Android smartphones in 2017? Generally speaking, when it comes to being as secure as possible (and, just as importantly, staying as secure as possible) newer is better. This is certainly the case if we are talking mobile operating systems […]






Bringing U2F to the Masses

Major tech companies like Google Dropbox and, more recently, Facebook have begun allowing users to log in with security keys. These security keys implement an open standard called Universal 2nd Factor, or U2F. So What is U2F? U2F Explained U2F is a new standard for universal two-factor authentication tokens. These tokens can use USB, NFC, […]






6 Apps To Secure Your Smartphone

For many of us, our smartphones carry our whole world — contacts, messages, payment information, eclectic music collection — so it’s hard to understate the importance of keeping everything safe and secure. Certain apps can make a big difference — protecting your data and securing your communications. Here are five well worth installing.  






Security slip-ups in password managers

A group of security researchers called TeamSIK from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Darmstadt, Germany, on Tuesday published its security assessment of nine popular password management applications on Android devices and found them all wanting. TeamSIK looked at My Passwords, Informaticore Password Manager, LastPass, Keeper, F-Secure KEY, Dashlane, Hide Pictures Keep […]






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