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Google adds real-time location sharing to Maps app

A Google Maps update has added support for real-time location sharing, a controversial feature that lets friends see your map position for a limited time period. Google said it'll help people meet at social events and indicate when you're running late.

'Critical' flaw in 300 Cisco switches lets the CIA take control

Networking equipment vendor Cisco has announced a "critical" vulnerability in over 300 of its most popular products. The vulnerability was found in documents stolen from the CIA and published by WikiLeaks two weeks ago. It allows remote code execution.

Smartphone owners neglect basic security, study finds

A study into the security considerations made by typical smartphone owners has concluded that most people ignore basic best practices when on mobile devices. Over a quarter of survey respondents said they don't even use a lock screen.

Google's 'Sideways Dictionary' teaches tech terms through analogy

Google and The Washington Post have announced a new tool designed to help the masses understand the often confusing terms used when discussing cybersecurity. The browser extension provides definitions for words in online articles.

Malware found preinstalled on almost 40 Android phones

Security researchers have discovered an alarming number of Android phones come with serious malware preinstalled. Devices seemingly fresh from the factory had malicious apps integrated with their storage and equipped with system privileges.

CAPTCHAs to disappear as Google unveils 'invisible' version

Google has developed a new version of its reCAPTCHA "I'm not a robot" box that lets you verify your identity to websites without clicking a button. The system checks you're a real person and not a robot behind the scenes, cutting out the waiting time.

Critical web server bug puts thousands of sites at immediate risk

Administrators in charge of web servers used by major apps, governments and banks are scrambling to install patches for a potentially catastrophic vulnerability found in a popular web development framework. The flaw is being actively exploited.

Security firm finds hidden backdoor in Chinese 'smart' products

Chinese smart products connected to the Internet of Things contain a hidden backdoor that sends data back to the manufacturer, according to a security research firm. The company behind the devices is ignoring the reports and hasn't fixed the hole.

New software continuously scrambles code to foil cyber attacks

A new approach to foiling cyber attacks and hackers has been proposed. This takes the form of software that is continuously scrambling its core code. The program is called Shuffler and it seeks to close every window that a cyber attack could get through.

Google discloses third 'high severity' Windows bug

Google has publicly detailed another "high severity" vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows, escalating a divide between its research and Microsoft's responses. Google has recently disclosed several major flaws, only for Microsoft to seemingly ignore them.

Phone surveillance in 2017: Are you being watched?

Phone tracking is now easier than ever using off-the-shelf software that anyone can buy. As Congress introduces a bill to require a warrant for the mobile tracking of Americans, over 80 percent of the population say they are concerned about being watched.

Chrome hackers use 'missing fonts' to get you to install malware

A new scam and malware campaign targeting Google Chrome users is claiming to help fix "missing fonts." The popup window claims a new font must be installed for websites to load correctly. Clicking OK downloads money-making malware.

Samsung phones will soon unlock your Windows PC for you

Samsung is preparing an update to its Samsung Flow app that will let you unlock your Windows computer using the fingerprint scanner on your phone. The long-awaited functionality considerably expands the app's usefulness, opening it to millions of people.

Microsoft postpones release of critical Windows bug fix to March

Microsoft has announced it's delaying its regular Patch Tuesday Windows security updates by an entire month. The unprecedented decision will leave customers at risk of attack for longer. The update includes a fix for a critical zero-day file sharing flaw.

Serious processor flaw makes hacking devices much easier

A significant flaw in a key security feature of computer processors could allow attackers to gain control of devices far more easily than was previously possible. There's currently no cure because the problem lies in the chip's firmware.

Signal gets encrypted video calls in new beta update

Signal, the Edward Snowden-approved messaging app famed for its security, has added beta support for video calls to its apps. The calls are fully encrypted to keep communication private. There is a potentially weakness which could leak some data though.

Apple secretly stores your deleted browsing history online

Apple stores browser history data in its iCloud online storage for months after you delete it, according to a report from a security research company. The issue affects the Safari browser across devices and is a significant privacy concern.

Hacking 'feeding frenzy' defaces 1.5 million webpages

Over 1.5 million webpages from 39,000 different websites have been defaced by hackers in the past two days. The group is exploiting a vulnerability in popular content management system WordPress, allowing pages to be modified by unauthorised users.

One of the oldest kinds of Windows malware is now targeting Macs

There's a longstanding myth that Mac computers don't get viruses — or, at the very least, malware makers don't target Macs as much as they do Windows.

Invisible 'fileless' malware taking control of banking networks

A dangerous strain of malware is going mainstream and targeting banks around the world, security researchers have warned today. Attackers have created malware that doesn't store any files, making it virtually undetectable.

TV brand Vizio pays $2.2m after being caught tracking users

Vizio has been ordered to pay $2.2 million after being found guilty of unlawfully monitoring customers' browsing habits. The smart TV manufacturer secretly tracked what users watched, storing up to 100 billion data points every day.

Hacker forces 150,000 printers to spew out robot pictures

A hacker has hijacked over 150,000 Internet-connected printers that have been left unsecured. Over the weekend, the devices were forced to print out a warning message, advising owners to disable remote access to prevent the printers being used in botnets.

Ex-Mozilla employee: 'Don't buy antivirus software'

A former Mozilla employee has spoken out about the dangers of using third-party antivirus software on Windows computers. He claims the programs do not necessarily protect your PC and can house serious vulnerabilities themselves.

Apple axes service that lets you check if an iPhone was stolen

Apple has mysteriously removed an important online tool that let you check if an iPhone or iPad bought online had been stolen. Activation Lock's webpages now display "not found" errors and references to it have been deleted from support documents.

Facebook bug let anyone delete any video

A recently disclosed bug in Facebook allowed anyone to delete any video published to the platform. A researcher realised it's possible to bypass the usual protections, letting him delete other users' public videos from his account.

Google takes aim at bad ads that deceive you and hide malware

Google has revealed it banned nearly two billion bad ads during 2016. The company has published a set of statistics that highlight how prevalent malicious advertising has become. It is developing new technologies to remove offending ads.

World's most used email server has 'near-impenetrable' security

An open-source email server that powers communications services by providers across the world has been described as "near-impenetrable" by an independent security review. Just three minor issues were found in the server's highly complex code.

Microsoft unveils new Windows Security Center to protect your PC

Microsoft has announced a new Windows utility that gives you an at-a-glance overview of your computer's health and security. The Windows Defender Security Center can manage third-party antivirus software as well as Windows' built-in protection.

Microsoft's 'early goodbye' to Windows 7 irks security experts

This week, Microsoft publicly claimed its own Windows 7 operating system is "long-outdated" and based on insecure security models. The statement has been criticised by security experts as the OS is still three years away from the end of support.

The iPhone 8 could scan your face with a laser sensor

Apple is planning to add facial recognition powered by a laser sensor to the upcoming iPhone 8, according to a report today. It will be the first time the company has used technology of its kind on an iPhone. It isn't clear what it will be used for.
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