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Google says phishing attacks are the biggest risk to web users

A Google study has found phishing attacks crafted by scammers are a far bigger threat than keyloggers and reusing passwords. Thieves obtain over 250,000 valid sets of credentials for Gmail accounts each week, illustrating the scale of the problem.

Gmail to rollout physical security option for executive users

Google will soon launch upgraded security options for better protection, according to a recent report. The company is boosting the email protections used to keep sensitive data safe. The changes target executives and politicians and include physical keys.

Apple could abandon Touch ID altogether on the iPhone 8

One of the most well-respected Apple analysts has claimed the iPhone 8 will not come with the embedded fingerprint sensor that has been a recurring feature of rumours and leaked reports. Apple was expected to place the Touch ID sensor under the glass.

Instagram finally turns on two-factor authentication

Instagram has announced a series of changes to its app designed to improve security, privacy and safeguarding on its platform. It now blurs sensitive images by default and offers advice on staying safe. Among the new features is two-factor authentication.

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.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 adds an iris scanner and improved S Pen

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 7, an "intelligent smartphone that thinks big." The Note 7 is a flagship phone for power users, featuring high-end performance, waterproofing and a revised version of Samsung's unique S Pen stylus.

Two-factor authentication gets quicker with Google's new app

Google has launched a new way to approve sign-in requests using two-factor authentication that makes the process easier to use. You'll be able to tap a push notification to approve yourself, potentially making the feature more attractive to new users.

Mark Zuckerberg used 'dadada' as a password, gets accounts hacked

A number of online accounts owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have been compromised by hackers. The attackers are believed to have gained access by finding Zuckerberg's password in a data breach, unbelievably "dadada," a very weak phrase.

LG unveils a fingerprint sensor that hides beneath a glass screen

LG subsidiary LG Innotek has developed a new fingerprint sensor that doesn’t need its own button to be operated. The sensor can be placed directly under a sheet of glass, opening the door to smartphones that unlock when you touch the display.

USB-C getting new safety mechanism to stop cables frying phones

USB-IF, the group responsible for managing the standards surrounding USB ports, cables and connectors, has announced it is developing new cryptographic authentication features to put an end to the recent rise in dangerous non-compliant USB-C cables.

Twitter bug may have shown email addresses of thousands of users

Twitter has patched a "password recovery bug" on its main website that may have revealed the account details of almost 10,000 users. The security issue let outsiders see email addresses and phone numbers associated with the affected accounts.

Instagram helps users stay secure with two-factor authentication

An update to Instagram, the popular photo sharing app and social network, has added support for two-factor authentication. It keeps users more secure by requiring them to enter a code sent to their smartphone each time they login from somewhere new.

Team creates 'unhackable' brain scanner to replace passwords

Future security is topical at the moment as groups across the world are building different systems to prepare us for a passwordless future. One such team has come up with a very different solution that scans the brain to create an 'unhackable' ID.

New password system replaces words with pictures and icons

A group of security researchers have created a potential password replacement system that uses memorable patterns, pictures and codes instead of the traditional phrase or string of characters. The system is supposed to be easier to use than passwords.

Pressing backspace 28 times will unlock most Linux PCs

A strange bug has been discovered in the Linux operating system that gives hackers an easy way into computers if they have physical access. Pressing the backspace key 28 times while on the login screen will override the need for a password.

Passwords aren't going anywhere yet, should last until 2025

Despite moves towards two-factor and biometric authentication methods, the humble password remains the most common form of protection used online. The often-loathed strings of characters won't be phased out for another 10 years, according to a study.

Amazon adds two-factor authentication for stronger security

With Black Friday nearly upon us, shoppers on Amazon will be able to enjoy some extra security protection this holiday season as the company has finally introduced two-factor authentication support to its website.

Microsoft pays security researcher $24k reward for Hotmail hack

A security researcher who successfully managed to hack Microsoft's Hotmail email service has received $24,000 in reward money after disclosing the details, adding to the increasing numbers of people making thousands in bug bounties.

Huawei refuses to patch serious flaws in routers used worldwide

Wi-Fi router manufacturer Huawei has said it will not release fixes for a series of critical flaws in its products. The routers, all built in the last five years, could make it easy for hackers to attack devices on a user's network.

MasterCard 'Selfie Pay' will let you blink to make purchases

Credit card provider MasterCard has announced it has begun rolling out a new biometric authentication technology previously known as Selfie Pay. It will allow card holders to complete transactions by scanning their face or providing a fingerprint.

Report: Websites can identify you just by analysing how you type

A recent report has found that websites can track their users by doing nothing more than analysing keystrokes made during typing. It follows previous similar discoveries such as tracking using no other factor than the remaining battery on a device.

MasterCard wants to replace passwords with selfies and speech

Card provider MasterCard has begun a trial of a new technology that could see its customers verifying purchases with a quick selfie as opposed to a password. The aim is to make something "cool" that is quicker and easier than a password.

Samsung Galaxy phone vulnerability affects 600 million devices

A serious vulnerability in some of smartphone giant Samsung's premium handsets means that hackers could gain remote access to the camera, microphone and email inbox of over 600 million phones because of a flaw in the default keyboard.

LastPass password management service hacked, users warned

Password management service LastPass has advised its users to change the master password for their accounts after noting some suspicious activity on its servers recently. Although it does not believe any data was taken, the firm is taking precautions.

Emojis could be the future of security and PIN codes

A software company has claimed that emoji could soon replace PIN codes as the primary security form for bank accounts. The smiling faces are viable because they are easier to remember than PIN codes and there are many more combinations available.

Microsoft says the Ask toolbar is a 'high risk threat to your PC'

Microsoft is now flagging the Ask search toolbar as malware in its Malware Protection Centre. Older versions of the once popular toolbar can prevent users from changing their default search provider and many people now view it only as an annoyance.

Smartwatches expose contacts, email and health data to hackers

Researchers have found that it is "not very difficult" to access personal data including contacts, emails and sensitive health information from smartwatches made by LG and Samsung because neither brand encrypts the user's data.

70% of people 'have no confidence in passwords'

A study has found that over 70 percent of ordinary Internet users believe that passwords are an inadequate and ineffective method of protecting personal details online. It also found that many are suffering from a chronic case of "password fatigue."

Fake security question answers are weakening online security

Security researchers from Google have found that people frequently lie to personal security questions on new accounts online in the misguided belief that a fake answer will add increased security. The researchers found that the contrary is actually true.

What you need to know about 'Venom', billed Heartbleed 2 by some

An "extremely critical" bug has been found in virtualisation software relied on by web hosts across the Internet. Named "Venom", some have been calling it "Heartbleed 2.0" as it could allow an attacker to gain access to the entire contents of a server.
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