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Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

After adding functionality to its search client yesterday, Google is rolling out a new security-oriented feature that lets you see all the devices connected to your account. The Devices and Activities tab, which is accessible via your account's security settings, gives an overview of all the...
Pretty blue key to a pretty sweet account

How to add a U2F Security Key to your Google Account

Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way,...
Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has highlighted some of the new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. New features given the spotlight by Google include Smart Lock, device encryption, and SELinux. Smart Lock is all about making your phone more secure while still making it quick and easy to open. You can tell your...
T-Mobile quietly upgrades 2G network security

T-Mobile quietly upgrades 2G network security

T-Mobile US is quietly upgrading the security of their older 2G network, moving to more advanced encryption that prevents eavedropping. The new, more secure network has already been deployed in at least three locations, New York, Washington, and Boulder, Colorado. The T-Mobile 2G network has...
Dropbox

Hundreds of Dropbox accounts compromised via third party service; change your password now

Earlier today, a thread surfaced on Reddit offering up 400 Dropbox usernames and passwords in plain text, with a note that over seven million accounts have been compromised in total. Dropbox has since announced on its blog that it wasn't hacked, and that the leaked passwords were stolen from a...
Personal information from customers compromised by insider breach breach at AT&T

Customer information compromised in AT&T insider breach

AT&T is offering an apology and a free year's worth of credit monitoring services to customers who may have been affected by a security breach. Unlike recent breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, AT&T's was done by an insider who had illegally accessed personal information...
BitTorrent Bleep

BitTorrent Bleep is a P2P messenger that provides end-to-end encryption

BitTorrent is looking to make communications more secure with the launch of a new P2P service called Bleep. The service launched earlier this year in pre-alpha form for Windows users, and now BitTorrent is expanding the alpha program to Android users. Using Bleep, you can make calls and send...
Google responds to Gmail password leak

Google responds to Gmail password leak

After it was reported that a list containing as many as 5 million usernames and passwords from Google's Gmail users was leaked online, Google is responding by saying that its servers would have blocked suspicious log-in attempts. Noting that only 2 percent of the password and username combos...
Millions of Gmail credentials leaked

Leak of millions of Gmail usernames and passwords underscores the need for better security

A list of nearly five million Gmail usernames and passwords have reportedly been published on a Russian online forum, but many of those accounts on the list have already been suspended or have old passwords. Still, millions of account credentials are out there, potentially posing a significant...
You have lots of ways to secure your phone. Use some of them!

10 best ways to secure your smartphone

Lock your smartphone We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we...
Android password security

Security 101: Passwords

With so much of our lives online, secure p@$$w0rdz are a must Show of virtual hands — how many of us use the same password for everything and everywhere? I hope everyone said no, but I'm sure not everyone did. It's high time we talk about passwords, and why a smart and secure routine is in your...
New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the...
Android security

'Fake ID' and Android security [Updated]

'Fake ID' is an important find, but Google Play and Play Services updates mean many users are already protected Today security research firm BlueBox — the same company that uncovered the so-called Android "Master Key" vulnerability — has announced the discovery of a bug in the way Android...
Google Play purchases

How to keep your kids (or anyone else) from buying on your Google Play account

Passwords, passwords, passwords Have we mentioned lately the importance of using a password? Whether it's on your device itself, or any of your accounts, you've got to keep things behind a password. And that goes for making purchases from Google Play as well. A more recent bone of contention...
How to change your location settings in Android

How to change your location settings in Android

Sometimes it's best to hide your location in Android When you first set up your Android smartphone you'll be asked about location services, and whether you want the phone to use them. Google has its own services, and sometimes your carrier will have its own that you'll need to approve as well....
Managed apps in the launcher

Google gives a few details on the enterprise management tools coming in Android L

One of the less sexy but more important announcements at Google I/O last month was that Google is adopting part of Samsung's enterprise (as in corporate) security system into the L release of Android. The short version is that it'll be easier than ever to have your work data on your phone...
Blackphone

Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'

The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms. The main selling...
Security for Android

Google's Project Zero aims to make the internet a safer place

Google has announced a new security initiative called Project Zero, with the broad mandate of making the internet a more secure space. Full-time researchers will identify threats through the most widely-used applications, submit bug reports directly to the developers, and announce the changes...
London

UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the...
Google Chrome

Investigation underway after Indian agency issues fake certificates to Google domains

The Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (India CCA) has launched an investigation into the issue of unauthorized digital certificates to Google by the National Informatics Center Certifying Authority. Such a certificate could have been used to trick a service into thinking that a fake...

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