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Facebook – now with added PGP encrypted notification emails to boost your security

The number of monthly active Facebook users is now close to 1.5 billion, and by my reckoning at least twelve of them are likely to be using PGP. I'm joking, of course, but it must be a pretty funny Venn diagram seeing how many people are comfortable having an active Facebook account and are also determined to keep their email chats private with PGP. PGP is, of course, the well-known standard for encrypting...

The Truth Behind Alternative Passwords

Weak passwords are known as the soft spot of any online security strategy. Hackers regularly break into website databases, steal passwords and then use them to access user accounts. Even when passwords are encrypted, cyber-criminals often find ways to crack them. So it was only natural for users and security specialists to think of new ways to secure accounts and devices. Here is an overview of the newest a...

Steam users beware! Bad guys hide malware inside fake game demos

Steam users are being warned to be on their guard after cybercriminals were found trying to infect video game fans by disguising their malicious downloads as cool new games. According to media reports, the popular Steam game service fell foul of fraudsters who created fake pages on the site in a bid to trick unsuspecting gamers into installing malware on their computers. The bad guys took a demo of a genuin...

Microsoft Tackles Piracy with Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft announced it will deliver its newest Windows version for free to everyone using pirated copies of the software, according to Reuters. Sometime this summer, Windows users from 190 countries will receive free upgrades to Windows 10, regardless whether their license is original or pirated. The initiative was announced at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China by Terry Myerson, Microsoft...

How billions of Facebook photos could have been deleted in an instant, due to software vulnerability

Hundreds of millions of photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day - can you imagine if many of them were deleted in the blink of an eye? We have security researcher Laxman Muthiyah to thank for not abusing his ability to delete billions of images, when he stumbled across a serious vulnerability in Facebook's Graph API last week. The Graph API is the primary way that Facebook apps access and post inform...

Bitdefender Wins `Product of the Year’ in Independent Testing

Bitdefender, the creator of innovative antivirus software solutions, was awarded Product of the Year by AV-Comparatives for a second time after a year of rigorous independent testing confirmed its world-leading blend of iron-clad protection, ease of use and low system impact. Bitdefender, which also won the award in 2013, beat out 22 other leading security providers for the top prize, including Symantec, Mc...

Huge privacy flaw uncovered in mobile phone networks

In the last year or so there's been a lot of bad news about how intelligence agencies and hackers can exploit weaknesses in internet communications to snoop upon our conversations and private messages. Indeed, such has been the avalanche of revelations that it's not uncommon at all to hear security researchers advise you to turn off your phone's WiFi, and communicate via regular calls vand SMS messages inst...

What Is End-to-End Encryption? Why Should You Care

It seems everyone is into end-to-end encryption these days. WhatsApp, Google or Dropbox. But what exactly is it? More than a cool catch phrase of the post-Snowden era, end-to-end encryption is considered the remedy to most e-privacy issues out there. Let’s take an in-depth look to understand the concept better. First of all, encryption is a way of converting all electronic data (files, passwords, images) in...

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