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Building the best security camera

We took bits and pieces from various security cameras to "build" our ideal model.<p>We've reviewed quite a few stand-alone security cameras as well as security systems with camera accessories. Although some have impressed us favorably with their image quality and range of features, none of them has …

Google exposes 'Poodle' flaw in Web encryption standard

Three Google security engineers uncover a major vulnerability in the older -- but still supported -- Web encryption standard SSL 3.0. Experts say fixing it is impossible and upgrading will be difficult.<p>Older Web technology continues to be dogged by revelations that show how insecure it is. A trio …

Drupal finds SQL vulnerability in its latest version, issues update

Open source content management system (CMS) Drupal says its version 7 has a SQL injection vulnerability. The security team is issuing a security release upgrade, as well as a patch to fix the problem, it said in a blog post.<p>A SQL injection would allow an anonymous visitor to access protected …

eBay is still feeling the effects of a damaging cyber-attack

<b>The numbers:</b> eBay posted earnings of $673 million (or $0.54 per share) on revenue of $4.4 billion, which was up 12% from a year ago. But for the second straight quarter, the online auction site was forced to cut its revenue forecast. It continues to feel the effects of a huge security breach it …

Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lou Shipley</i> <i>is a lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and president and CEO of Black Duck Software, an open source solutions company.</i><p>The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other …

Facebook’s Safety Check feature lets friends know you’re okay during a natural disaster

Designed to help friends and family check on their nearest and dearest during natural disasters, Facebook is introducing a new Safety Check feature for its mobile app.<p>The tool works by sending a push notification to devices that are near to an affected area. Locations are determined by looking at …

‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online

In the wake of widespread celebrity hacking, a third-party Snapchat client dubbed SnapSaved was reportedly breached, leading to the biggest leak of …

Will thumbprint technology mean the death of the PIN?

Credit and debit cards with built-in thumbprint sensors could one day do away with the need to use codes, PINs and passwords.<p>That is the hope of Mastercard, which is backing a technology developed by a Norwegian company called Zwipe.<p>The BBC's personal finance correspondent, Simon Gompertz, got his …

Apple’s biggest security threat is you

Hackers: they're 'superheroes' that 'change the world'

Hackers, CyFI tells the audience at WIRED Next Generation, are good people. "They're the superheroes that help fix flaws in the internet so that it's …

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …

New White House efforts help secure your payments

American banks and stores may already be planning to tighten your payment security, but the White House wants to give those efforts a boost. President Obama has signed an Executive Order that will require the federal government to both issue more secure chip-and-PIN (aka EMV) payment cards and …

You can no longer add more RAM to the Mac mini

Thinking of buying Apple’s new Mac mini? Make sure you get plenty of RAM when you place your order. Unlike its predecessors, the new machine’s RAM is soldered to the logic board, so you’re unable to add your own later on.<p>Macs have never been the most flexible machines when it comes to replacing and …

Apple's new Mac Mini is way harder to fix or upgrade, teardown reveals

On the outside, Apple’s new Mac Mini doesn’t look that different. It’s the same silvery, understated box that Apple has been selling for years.<p>But inside, the company has done much more than upgrade the processor and drop the price by $100: It has made the tiny desktop computer a whole lot harder …

Apple really doesn't want you to upgrade the Mac Mini

After the new-but-not-very-fresh iPad mini 3, the most disappointing part of Apple's recent show-and-tell was the $499 Mac mini -- the RAM is now soldered in, making it impossible to upgrade. <i>iFixit</i> has just revealed that the model has other user-unfriendly features as well. While access to the RAM …

Apple iCloud 'hacked' in China

Internet censorship lobby group blames Chinese authorities, but other experts are unable to say who is to blame<p>Apple’s iCloud service in mainland China has been hacked, according to reports.<p>The perpetrators of the cyber- attack are allegedly able to access customers’ usernames, passwords and other …

Cybersecurity

On The Heels Of Apple Pay, Jumio Launches A Card-Scanning Mobile Checkout Product For Retailers’ iOS And Android Apps

Computer vision startup Jumio, best known for its payment card and ID-scanning technologies which allow end users to hold up their cards to a mobile device’s camera to simplify the process of entering in that data on small screens, is rolling out a new product today designed to improve the mobile …

Security upgrade! Google will now let you log in with a special USB key

With countless security breaches taking place where data such as usernames and passwords falls into the hands of cybercriminals, Internet users are …

Information Systems

Google endorses a simpler way to secure your data

Even the strongest passwords can be hacked, which is why Google urges users to adopt two-step authentication. A new USB drive makes it easier for users to safeguard their data.<p>Google just made safe computing a little easier.<p>The company said on Tuesday that it supports USB drives built on an …

How Facebook Finds Out If Your Passwords Were Stolen

Some of the largest companies around the world have been dealing with security breaches over the last couple of years. Making matters worse, people often use the same e-mail address and password combinations on multiple websites. Consequently, attackers have been able to successfully use some of …