AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows on the heel of last year's highly-ranked security suite by not merely incorporating some minor but key tweaks to both its front-end and back-end, but a stronger push toward personal data management and privacy utilities that help prevent uninvited access to your files. Though many threats still exist, security programs as they stand now start to encompass areas of privacy utilities. Whereas the majority of threats were once external viruses trying to force their way into your machines, nowadays malware focus more on tricking users to inadvertently open doors for hijacking.… Read more
AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows up last year's highly ranked security suite with a stronger emphasis on personal data management and privacy utilities to prevent unwanted privacy breaches. Version 2014 not only maintains a consistently level rate of protection, but also includes a few new extra tools like File Shredder and Data Safe for a more permanent and secure solution to deleting files, as well as creating a safe box for files on your local machine.
A security advisory published by Australian researchers claims that Snapchat names, aliases, and phone numbers can be discovered and harvested via the Snapchat Android and iOS API -- even if the user's account is private.
Gibson Security said it discovered a range of security holes when it reverse-engineered the popular photo- and video-sharing app, including what it believes to be unsecure encryption practices (two encryption keys across all users) and code for in-app ads.
Twitter assured users that a reported hack Tuesday did not breach user data.
After the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group boasted that it took control of Twitter's domain, Twitter noted in a status update that the only thing affected during the incident was users' ability to view images:
At 20:49 UTC, our DNS provider experienced an issue in which it appears DNS records for various organizations were modified, including one of Twitter's domains used for image serving, twimg.com. Viewing of images and photos was sporadically impacted. By 22:29 UTC, the original domain record for twimg.… Read more
The New York Times Web site went down Tuesday afternoon, after what the paper's spokeswoman called a "malicious external attack."
Readers who tried to access the site started seeing error messages as earlier as 12 p.m. PT, according to Bloomberg. This is the second time this month the site has had an outage. About two weeks ago, the site experienced the same problem, but the Times said then that it was an internal issue despite reports of a cyberattack.
Safety has rather become the mantra of authorities over the last few years.
Government exists, so we're told, to keep the people safe. As opposed to, say, happy, employed, strong, proud or free.
A school district in Southern California is also committed to the safety of its kids. And, given that social media sites are where kids are at these days, it's decided to keep tabs on every single public post its kids are making.
Naturally, the Glendale Unified School District doesn't have the time to do this itself. So it's hired an outside company to do its tab-keeping for it.
If I were holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, I would be creating naked, wall-crawling videos, learning to grill marinated mongoose, and constructing a temple to the Bay City Rollers.
Julian Assange seems to be heading that way.
Please let me tell you slowly how he appears in this video that is occasionally peppered with naughty words.
Well, the WikiLeaks founder dons a mullet wig. He also wears a … Read more
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are increasingly aware of the threats that law enforcement officers and officials face at a federal, state, and local level by using older versions of the Android mobile operating system, according to a document obtained by Public Intelligence, a group focused on releasing government information to the masses.
According to the document (PDF) -- marked as unclassified but "for official use only," and designed for police, fire, emergency medical services, and security personnel -- upwards of 44 percent of Android users worldwide are still using Android versions 2.3.3 … Read more
China's Internet was taken down in an attack on Sunday that could have been perpetrated by sophisticated hackers or an individual, security experts say.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which earlier reported on the outage, China on Sunday was hit with what the government has called the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to rock its ".cn" sites. The attack, which lasted up to four hours, according to security company CloudFlare, left many sites with the .cn extension down. According to the Journal, parts of the affected sites were still accessible during the outage, due mainly to … Read more
I have just received the video equivalent of a plain brown envelope slipped beneath my door.
It was a link to a YouTube video that hardly anyone appears to have seen.
On screen is Matt Damon, who appears to be talking to a journalist of foreign provenance.
He is being asked what he thinks of Edward Snowden. Astonishingly for someone who has been Jason Bourne and knows the danger of such things, he is answering the question.
"I haven't read everything that he's leaked," he admits. Who has? Even the government doesn't know what Snowden … Read more