Barbara LaBissoniere

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Photos could replace passwords

An Australian teen thinks he's got a solution to the world's password problems: Use pictures instead.<p>Currently, most people make easy-to-guess passwords -- and they use the same one across several services. It's stupidly irresponsible, but the only alternative is remembering dozens of complex …

Your personal information just isn't safe

Companies can't keep your data safe. It's that simple.<p>When Target lost data on some 110 million customers, it recommended them to credit bureau Experian for "identity theft protection," offering to cover the cost for a year.<p>Think you're in better hands? Think again.<p>Sometime before the Target (TGT) …

Wi-Fi flaw gives up your password

Some popular home Wi-Fi routers use dumb computer chips that let hackers steal your password with a single try.<p>Swiss security researcher Dominique Bongard said many popular routers' computer chips use a "random number generator" intended to safeguard your password -- but it turns out those "random" …

You've been hacked! Here's what to do

Russian criminals have stolen more than 1.2 billion Internet usernames and passwords, and the odds are decent that some of yours might be among them.<p>There's no need to panic at this point -- Hold Security, the firm that discovered the theft, says the gang isn't in the business of stealing your bank …

Data breach at UPS Stores in 24 states

United Parcel Service has discovered a computer breach at 51 stores, making Big Brown the latest retailer to lose customer data.<p>UPS (UPS) said that the hacking had escaped detection at stores in 24 states, or around 1% of its locations. At most stores, the malware attack occurred after March 26, …

90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data

No industry has been hit harder by hacking and data breaches than health care.<p>Recent numbers show 90% of health care organizations have exposed their patients' data -- or had it stolen -- in 2012 and 2013, according to privacy researchers at the Ponemon Institute.<p>The medical industry faces more …

What hackers know about you

Every month, there’s another major data breach. Criminal hackers steal all sorts of information about you. Here’s what they have.<p>Have you shopped here? Or have accounts on these sites? Select squares<p>Submit<p>Hackers probably have your<p>Name<p>Physical address<p>Phone number<p>Birthday<p>Social security …

Security

Apple to beef up security measures after nude photo leak

Apple plans to roll out new security features in the coming weeks that are designed to counter the methods used in a mass theft of nude celebrity photos.<p>The company will use email and push notifications to alert users when someone tries to change an account password, restore cloud data on a new …

Home Depot: 56 million cards exposed in breach

Home Depot confirmed Thursday that hackers exposed 56 million credit and debit cards during its months-long security breach.<p>The company also said it had eliminated the malware behind the attack from its payment systems.<p>Card readers that encountered the malware, which Home Depot said was a custom …

Tim Cook didn't address Apple's real privacy problem

Tim Cook is deflecting the conversation with his new statement about privacy.<p>Apple (AAPL) was all over the news earlier this month following the theft of celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts. Though iCloud itself wasn't hacked, Apple's two-factor authentication -- a second, temporary …

7 safety tips from hackers

It's easy to get hacked. And yes, it can happen to you.<p>Follow this advice from actual hackers, and you'll be a lot safer online.<p><b>1. Turn off your phone's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.</b> Hackers are religious about this. Keeping these features "on" all the time makes it easy for strangers to slip into your …

Poodles are attacking the Internet

There's yet another Internet bug that threatens to make your private conversations public. The new enemy: "Poodle" attacks.<p>Google (GOOG) security researchers have discovered a weakness in a method for securing Internet communication. As it turns out, our Web browsers are susceptible to a …

Online ads are attacking you

An especially sneaky type of hack is on the rise. Hackers can infect your computer by piggybacking on Web ads -- even on trusted websites.<p>Hackers are slipping malware into legitimate-looking online advertisements. When you visit sites that serve those ads, you're automatically and unknowingly …

It looks like Russia and smells like Russia ... but is it Russia?

It's easy to say Russians are hacking the White House and major U.S. companies. It's harder to prove it.<p>When cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials attribute attacks to the Russian government -- or independent hackers operating with Kremlin approval -- the typical evidence they use is …

Home Depot hackers stole 53 million emails, too

There are more details out about Home Depot's recent security breach, which was worse than first thought.<p>An investigation found that 53 million customer email addresses were taken during the breach, in addition to the compromise of 56 million credit and debit cards the company had previously …

This is how your Gmail account got hacked

If your Gmail account got hacked, blame your friends.<p>You are 36 times more likely to get scammed if your contacts' accounts have been hacked, according to a study released this week by Google (GOOG).<p>It's rare. On an average day, only nine in 1 million accounts gets stolen. But when it happens, the …

What Was Said at the Uber Dinner

I had the pleasure of sitting one seat over from Emil Michael at the now-infamous Uber dinner in New York last week. Emil was originally seated next to me and moved over to greet Ben Smith as a guest.<p>During dinner, the CEO of Uber gave a short talk and invited questions. The conversation ranged …

Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes

Earlier this month, Google Maps for Android received the requisite Material Design update and tacked on in-app restaurant reservations for good measure (in the US). A new version is rolling out, and with it comes some handy features to lend a hand with those navigation needs. The app will display …

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age<p>This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of …