Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

mp2xy337QU Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More

Take Google’s Security Checkup, Get 2GB Of Free Google Drive Space

SecurityCheckup_Blog_1200x646_2x It’s Safer Internet Day today and while you are probably not celebrating the occasion with an overpriced prix fixe dinner and roses, it’s not a bad time to remember that hacks don’t only happen to big media organizations. To give you a bit of extra motivation to check on your security settings in Google, the company is giving away 2GB of permanent Drive space to anybody who… Read More

Social media isn’t evil, but faulty security is bad for business

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One of the discussions I’ve been having ever since CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by ISIS supporters is whether or not agencies like U.S. Central Command should even be on social media

The short answer is, obviously, yes. At least it’s obvious to me.

Like any innovation, social media is not without risks. Depending on what you use, it’s a public or semi-public platform. Whatever you post will be seen by more people than you intended — this is a given. So you always post as if the world is your audience.

These are easy and evident truths.

What isn’t so obvious is if being on social media offers real benefit to organizations and companies. Recently, I went on CNBC to talk about this subject and the host asked me what were the actual benefits of social media. I was so surprised by the question that, initially, I asked him if he wanted to know about the risks or benefits. For the sake of argument, let’s start with the former. Read more...

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Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

gmail A popular service like Gmail inevitably becomes a target for hackers. Over the years, Google has made quite a few security improvements, such as requiring HTTPS connections to prevent others from getting access to your email. Today the company announced that it has implemented support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and malevolent browser plug-ins… Read More

Facebook finally puts its privacy policy in plain English

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Facebook updated its privacy policies on Thursday, but the real change came in the form of the site using basic language so people can better understand how everything works

The company introduced a page called Privacy Basics, which tells users how to manage settings — including photo tags and what others can see about you — that's not just for friends, but also advertisers.

The page is colorful and uses easy-to-decipher verbiage ("How can I stop someone who's bothering me?"), instead of forcing users to weed through buried tools to find what they're really looking for. It is available in 36 languages Read more...

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Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

lollipop-security1 Android’s newest update is coming soon, with devices running 5.0 Lollipop beginning to ship November 3. While the visual update might be the one that most users pay the most attention to, Android 5.0 also has a number of under-the-hood changes, including some major updates to the overall security of the platform. Google has put a lot of effort into addressing the biggest threats to… Read More

Facebook Cuts iOS Crash Rate by 50% After Nabbing Mobile Bug

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With half of its overall traffic now on mobile, Facebook is putting more time and resources into to making sure its main app isn't as buggy for users as it was in the past

According to the company, its New York-based team of mobile engineers have been able to cut the crash rate on iOS by 50% over the past several weeks after catching a long-term bug that was messing with the app.

The announcement comes as the company is forcing users to download a standalone Facebook Messenger app, removing the ability to send messages to friends and family within its existing app. (This has been a sore subject for many.) Read more...

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Facebook ‘Color Change’ Malware Resurfaces, Infects 10,000 Users

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One of the oldest Facebook scams is back — again.

The color change scam tricks users into downloading malware via a site that claims to let users change the colors of their Facebook profile.

The latest iteration of the scam has already affected more than 10,000 people around the world, according to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese Internet company that highlighted the most recent appearance of the scam in its blog.

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The malware begins by advertising an app that tells Facebook users they can change the color theme of their profile. Download the app and you're directed to a malicious phishing site, according to Cheetah Mobile's security researchers. Read more...

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Google Launches Project Zero To Find Security Bugs In Third-Party Software

bug Google today announced that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug put the whole software industry on heightened alert, and Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many others already formed a… Read More

NSA-Mocking Easter Egg Found In Google’s New Email Encryption Plug-In

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 5.07.47 PM Google recently made waves by introducing the framework for a tool that will bolster email encryption through a coming plug-in for its Chrome browser. TechCrunch noted the complexity of the problem that Google is taking on, and that it seemed like a worthy task. Read More
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