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How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

How to Sign Up for Two-Step Verification on 11 Major Sites

The “Heartbleed” bug, an encryption flaw that could expose usernames and passwords stored on about two-thirds of Internet servers, has given the Web-surfing world cause for concern and plenty of password changes. But there’s another step you should always take where possible to keep yourself safe online: two-step ...

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

Apple Patents Geture-Based Screen Unlocking Tech, Similar to Android

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday published two Apple patent applications (1, 2), both titled "Gesture entry techniques," that together form the basis of a device unlocking feature in which a user draws a pattern on screen with the help of illuminated discs. One patent filing deals with the system as a ...

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

A 19-Year-Old Hacker Was Arrested for Heartbleed Breach at Canadian Revenue Agency

Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes was arrested at his residence Tuesday and is charged with unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data, the RCMP said Wednesday. A ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung to Include Smartphone Anti-Theft Measures

With several states and municipalities considering various mandatory “kill-switch” laws for mobile devices, the wireless industry announced a voluntary commitment to include new anti-theft technology on phones starting next year. The commitment, announced Tuesday, has the backing of the five largest U.S. cellular ...

LaCie Details Year-Long Security Breach, Highlights Dates in Question

LaCie Details Year-Long Security Breach, Highlights Dates in Question

Computer hardware company LaCie is warning customers who have made transactions between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014 that their personal data may have been compromised. According to a statement released by the company, customer names, addresses, email addresses, payment card numbers, card expiration numbers and ...

Google’s Terms of Service Now Says Your Emails are Scanned for Ads

Google’s Terms of Service Now Says Your Emails are Scanned for Ads

Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when ...

How to Check if Heartbleed Affected Your Android Phone

How to Check if Heartbleed Affected Your Android Phone

The catastrophic Heartbleed security bug that has already bitten Yahoo Mail, the Canada Revenue Agency, and other public websites also poses a formidable threat to end-user applications and devices, including millions of Android handsets, security researchers warned. Handsets running version 4.1.1 of Google's mobile ...

Heartbleed Fixes May Cause Major Internet Disruption

Heartbleed Fixes May Cause Major Internet Disruption

Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of Web sites at the same time, security experts say. Estimates of the severity of the bug’s damage have mounted almost ...

BlackBerry is Releasing Heartbleed Security Updates

BlackBerry is Releasing Heartbleed Security Updates

BlackBerry said on Sunday it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday, to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat. Researchers last week warned that they had uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly ...

Heartbleed’s ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ is Possible

Heartbleed’s ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ is Possible

What seemed like good news has quickly turned bad, if not downright terrifying. Saturday's disclosure by Web security firm CloudFlare that at least one worst-case scenario related to the Heartbleed vulnerability might be impossible has been proven wrong by independent researchers in less than a day. Two independent tests ...