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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...

Google Calls for Laws to Allow Europeans to Challenge Data Abuse by US Government

Google is calling for legal changes that would allow European Union citizens to go to US courts to challenge misuse of their personal data by the US government, according to a Google blog post. The company’s support for the extension of the US Privacy Act in Europe joyed by US citizens – who can go to European courts to challenge misuse of their data by European governments. The move follows Edward’s Snowde...

Snapchat Warns Users of Malicious Third-Party Apps

Snapchat will ask customers to stop using unauthorized third-party apps built on Snapchat services as they may compromise their accounts, the company announced in a blog post. “Starting today, we will notify Snapchatters when we have detected that they may be using third-party apps and we’ll ask those Snapchatters to change their password and stop using unauthorized apps,” the post reads. The decision comes...

Two-Factor Authentication: How to set it up

In a world of online connectivity, smarter hacking techniques and obvious privacy concerns, passwords are no longer considered the strongest link in account security. Understating customers’ need for extra protection, Google, Twitter, Facebook and other popular services added a new layer of security to their accounts by implementing two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security feature...

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