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Study finds women are more privacy savvy than men

A new online privacy study from internet security firm ESET has revealed that UK social media users are finally starting to recognise the importance of their online security, with two-thirds of Brits taking important steps to protect their privacy online. The study, which was carried out in October 2016 and looked at the attitudes of 1000 social media users in ... Read More »

Apple could benefit from Windows 10 privacy nightmare

Remember a couple of weeks back when Windows 10 was blasted for collecting “excessive data” by French regulatory body the CNIL? Well apparently this is making more people mull over switching away from Windows to OS X (or macOS as it will soon be). At least, according to a recent UK survey commissioned by Comparitech.com (and carried out by OnePoll), ... Read More »

Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

Google saw a record number of data requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide during the second half of 2015 as the request total passed the 40,000 mark for the first time. That’s up from 35,365 in the first half of the year and 30,140 one year previous,according to the tech giant’s latest transparency report. Google’s transparency report is an important resource since it provides a ... Read More »

Facebook to kill native chat, bring opt-in crypto to Messenger

Facebook will shutter its native message facility, forcing users to install the Messenger client which will sport opt-in end-to-end encryption. The change brings the ad-slinger inline with Google’s Allo chat service, which will activate its privacy conscious mode only if users flick a switch. That decision won brought derision from privacy pundits who argue end-to-end encryption should be the default ... Read More »

Has there been an increase in traffic this year?

The IT Security Guru has been lucky enough to be able to share a series of videos from the security specialists at AppRiver, award winning e-mail and web security solutions providers. The videos will break down the findings from AppRiver’s Global Security Report, a quarterly study published by the company that explains the latest trends and threat actors they’ve seen ... Read More »

Samsung Smart Home flaws let hackers make keys to front door

Computer scientists have discovered vulnerabilities in the Samsung Smart Home automation system that allowed them to carry out a host of remote attacks, including digitally picking connected door locks from anywhere in the world. The attack, one of several proof-of-concept exploits devised by researchers from the University of Michigan, worked against Samsung’s SmartThings, one of the leading Internet of Things ... Read More »

Apple holds steadfast, refuses to help feds access seized iPhone in NY drug case

On Friday, Apple formally responded to the government’s demand that the company help unlock a seized iPhone in New York, which pre-dates the debacle that played out earlier this year in San Bernardino. As Ars reported last month, federal prosecutors have asked a more senior judge, known as a district judge, to countermand a magistrate judge who earlier ruled in ... Read More »

People still sharing data willy-nilly, Kaspersky finds

According to a study by Kaspersky Lab, people are still carelessly sharing private information over the Internet despite the consequences. 28 per cent of people share confidential data by accident, while 16 per cent willingly disclose secrets about themselves – despite the fact that information shared online can cost them a relationship or a job. The survey, which was conducted ... Read More »

National Security or Collective Privacy. FBI or Apple. Where Do You Stand?

Brian Spector,
MIRACL

Despite the lengthy legal arguments, we now know that the FBI were able to hack into the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help. But that’s not to say the public debates were a waste of time – it was an opportunity for everyone to think clearly about where they stand on matters of privacy and national security. These issues ... Read More »

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption for over a billion users

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has added end-to-end ecryption in its latest update to the app. This means that governments, hackers, even WhatsApp (and Facebook who owns it) can’t peek at your messages. Following the huge row between the FBI and Apple over encrption, this could be seen as the tech industry biting back. Fred Touchette, Manager of Security Research at ... Read More »