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This List Of 2014’s Worst Passwords, Including ‘123456,’ Is Embarrassing

The year 2014, in many respects, was all about digital security. It wasn’t just tech pundits or early adopters who were victimized – Snapchat, Target, and Sony Entertainment all showed us that no one is immune. And don’t get me started on the NSA. It’s our responsibility as internet explorers to …

Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

AdWeek recently reported that Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 per day to run its new “my story” ads. Some would argue that Snapchat’s unique ad format, engagement tactics, demographics, and immediacy make for an interesting experimental advertising opportunity. Others say that $750,000 is a …

Jimmy Kimmel Exposes Bad Password Security

Here’s the thing about passwords, it doesn’t really matter how secure your password is if you’re susceptible to being socially engineered. The sad truth is that all of us can be manipulated into giving up details of our lives to friends, and sometimes complete strangers.<p>On his late night show Jimmy …

Information Systems

BuzzFeed launches its own 'public chat' channel in messaging app Viber

Online news site’s partnership follows an earlier deal with rival weChat, and follows rumours of a similar alliance with Snapchat<p>Online news site BuzzFeed’s initial growth may have been fuelled by social networks Facebook and Twitter, but its next frontier is likely to be messaging apps like its …

Apps

Hacker Says Attacks On 'Insecure' Progressive Insurance Dongle In 2 Million US Cars Could Spawn Road Carnage

Corey Thuen has been braving the snow and sub-zero temperatures of Idaho nights in recent weeks, though any passerby would have been perplexed by a man, laptop in hand, tinkering with his aptly-named 2013 Toyota Tundra at such an ungodly hour.<p>He hasn’t been doing repairs, however. Quite the …

Information Security

Here’s What Happened On Twitter After The U.K. PM Said He Wants To Ban Encryption

Yesterday U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was dubbing a Fox News commenter who had made ludicrous claims on a topic on which he was entirely mis-informed “clearly an idiot“.<p>Today Cameron has been branded a dunce of similar proportions after making a speech calling for encryption to be banned on …

Texting Is In Decline

WhatsApp revealed last week that it had more than 700 million monthly users, putting the messaging app in first place among its competitors, including Facebook Messenger and WeChat.<p>But there's also proof that WhatsApp is replacing texting. Thirty billion messages are sent over WhatsApp each day — …

Google's 'security princess' helped White House after hack

After hackers breached its internal network in late October, the White House got the help of a Google security engineer, Parisa Tabriz, the company's …

Google Hangouts iOS app updated with intelligent location sharing, status messages and more

Google has updated its text, video and voice messaging app Hangouts, adding all the new features added to the Android version last month – including intelligent, one-tap location sharing.<p>Google promised that it would be building more intelligence into the app, and the new location-sharing feature …

Apps

Hackers steal $5 million from major bitcoin exchange

Hackers have stolen more than $5 million in virtual currency from Bitstamp, a major bitcoin exchange, forcing the company to freeze user accounts, …

What you need to know about Tor and the hackers targeting it

There are a lot of tools online that claim to offer you total privacy. But when dealing with something like Internet anonymity, it's hard to be …

2014 in security: The biggest hacks, leaks, and data breaches | ZDNet

U.S. security contractor vetting firm hit by breaches<p>A contractor for U.S. Homeland Security suffered a data breach, leading to the leak of personal …