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FedEx left customer passport scans on unsecured server

FedEx has admitted it left sensitive customer data on an unsecured server. Files including passport copies and driving licenses were available for public download for months. FedEx claimed there's no indication the files have been accessed maliciously.

Facebook's Onavo VPN service branded 'spyware' for tracking users

Facebook has updated its iOS app to include links to Onavo, a VPN service the company bought in 2013. The VPN has been branded "spyware" because it sends usage information back to Facebook. The company claims it offers "protection" while browsing online.

Microsoft to boost enterprise security of aging Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft is bringing one of Windows 10's headline enterprise features to Windows 7 and 8.1. Despite maintaining that businesses should upgrade to Windows 10 for maximum protection, Microsoft said it wants to help all customers improve security.

Amazon patches Key flaw that it dismissed as not 'real-life'

Amazon has rolled out an update for a security flaw in its Key smart lock which the company had claimed wasn't an issue. Amazon Key is a system which lets delivery drivers place parcels inside your home. The attack could let anyone through the door.

Consumer Reports discovers smart TVs vulnerable to trivial hacks

Popular smart TVs are vulnerable to simple hacks that can be used to obtain personal information or remotely control the device. The warning comes from Consumer Reports which found "unsophisticated" techniques can be used to extract "very detailed" data.

How companies boost internal digital security

The need for user accounts, passwords and answers to security questions is at an all-time high in companies given the multiple forms of digital access and information. A new report sets out ways for improved protection.

Interview: Secure shopping online made easy Special

Token is a mobile app that enables you to shop securely by disguising your payment details. To understand how this works, and the advantages for businesses and consumers, Digital Journal spoke with Zohar Steinberg.

Strava's fitness heatmap exposes global military bases

The Strava fitness tracking app has found itself embroiled in a military secrets controversy after updating its global heatmap of aggregate user data. The map shows the outlines of numerous military bases, which glow with the movements of people within.

European business needs to get smart about data protection

Businesses operating within the European Union need to make a number of changes in order to meet a new data protection regulation coming into effect on May 25, 2018.

Microsoft to let Windows 10 users view their telemetry data

Microsoft's announced the next version of Windows 10 will include an app that lets you view the diagnostic data collected from your device. After facing criticism of its telemetry for years, Microsoft said it now wants to "increase trust" in its products.

Older banking users turn away from fintech due to lack of trust

The growing numbers of fintech services offering mobile and cloud-based payments are failing to convert older users. One study from Canada found Generation X-ers are over twice as likely to try a digital payments solution as baby boomers.

Windows 10 facial recognition tricked by printed photo

Microsoft silently released an update for Windows 10 to patch an embarrassing flaw in its Windows Hello biometric authentication system. Researchers discovered Windows Hello's facial recognition could be reliably bypassed using a specially printed photo.

WordPress plugin used by 300,000 websites hides a secret backdoor

A popular website plugin used by over 300,000 publishers contains a backdoor that could be used to compromise sites. The plugin recently changed hands, allowing the attackers to purchase a widely-used plugin that could be silently updated to spy on users.

HP admits to installing keylogger on hundreds of laptops

HP has admitted to installing a keylogger on hundreds of its laptops. Some of the company's most popular models are among those affected. The code was discovered inside HP's keyboard driver software by a security researcher investigating laptop keyboards.

Report: Consumers sceptical of AI, fearful of privacy risks

Corporate investments in AI aren't helping to shift public opinion on the technology. According to a new study published this week, 71 percent of consumers would reject AI-based apps if they don't do enough to preserve privacy and avoid bias.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Facebook launches new messaging app for kids

Facebook's announced a new version of Messenger aimed specifically at kids. The app comes with a selection of features available in the main Messenger download and gives parents the ability to take control. Contacts can be approved before they're added.

HP insists it didn't install spyware on personal PCs

HP has responded to allegations it has silently installed spyware on its consumer PCs. The company is accused of sneaking a telemetry client onto computers in a software update. It's said to make the system sluggish by continually occupying the processor.

Apple confirms 'really bad' bug that lets anyone access your Mac

Apple's confirmed that it's rushing to prepare a fix for a critical issue found in its latest macOS High Sierra update. A bug in the operating system's authentication code allows anyone to log in as an administrator by typing a blank password.

Imgur announces historical data breach impacting 1.7m users

Image sharing service Imgur has confirmed a security incident in 2014 exposed the details of 1.7m users. Email addresses and passwords were amongst the data taken. The incident has only just been discovered and Imgur has been commended for its response.

Firefox to issue warnings when a website has been hacked

Mozilla is developing a new Firefox feature that will show you an alert when a website has been hacked. The browser will tap into a database of historical data breaches to provide warnings about sites that have previously suffered a security compromise.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

'Invasive' Amazon Key rejected by 60 percent of Prime members

Amazon launched its new in-home delivery service Key today. The smart lock system lets drivers place items inside your house, potentially compromising privacy. It's exclusive to Prime members but a survey has found 60 percent of people are not interested.

Tim Cook attacks social media for helping to 'divide people'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared his opinions on the problems of fake news, government-sponsored ads and manipulation on social media. He said he's critical of how platforms are used to divide and influence people because of the lack of controls provided.

Apple locked in differential privacy debate

A new data collection technique being used by firms including Apple could let companies collect app use information while protecting your identity. Differential privacy adds "noise" to data harvested from your device, preventing it from being traced back.

Apple's appeal 'eclipsed' by companies building for the future

According to a recent survey, Amazon is now the most trusted tech company, beating rivals Apple, Google and Facebook to win over customers. Facebook and Twitter rank particularly poorly with web users saying they wouldn't mind if social media disappeared.

Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

The Pirate Bay hijacks visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency

Torrenting site The Pirate Bay has been caught hosting a cryptocurrency mining script that hijacked visitors' CPUs to generate coins. The site's operators said it's an attempt to move away from displaying ads. The experimental script has proved divisive.

U.S. Senate has 'important questions' about Apple Face ID privacy

The U.S. Senate has sent Apple a list of questions about privacy concerns with Face ID on the iPhone X. Face ID unlocks the device using facial recognition but people are concerned about the privacy impact. One Senator said there are "important" issues.
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