Google Study Shows Security Questions Aren’t All That Secure

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Google Finally Goes All In On Cloud Internally

Young woman putting all her chips in at poker table. Google announced this week that it was going all in on the cloud. It doesn’t seem like a bold statement for a company that was one of its earliest proponents, but The Wall Street Journal reports today Google is moving almost all of its internal applications to the Internet. Consider that as recently as 2013, Google resisted using external cloud applications because of security concerns.… Read More

Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks

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Google Launches Password Alert Chrome Extension To Keep You From Reusing Your Passwords

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Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

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U.S. Secretary Of Homeland Security Warns About The Dangers Of Pervasive Encryption

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Uber snatches its first chief security officer away from Facebook

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Uber on Thursday announced that it had hired Joe Sullivan as its first chief security officer.

Sullivan joins Uber from Facebook, where he worked at the social network's Chief Security Officer for more than five years. On a blog post announcing the new hire, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Sullivan will join the transportation startup toward the end of April.

Before Facebook, Sullivan spent almost seven years at PayPal and eBay. He also worked for the Department of Justice for eight years prosecuting cybercrime.

In his own statement, Sullivan wrote that he firmly believes that "building world-class safety and security are critical" to furthering Uber's mission of "revolutionizing transportation." Read more...

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