Hackers want your photos for your fingerprints, not just your smile

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Security and privacy have always been hot topics on social media, with much discussion taking place over issues such as image ownership, privacy settings, and how to not invite 1.2 million partygoers to your 15-year-old daughter’s birthday party. As a result of this ongoing discussion in the news, most of us know better than to …

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How secure are public wifi networks really?

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It is midday on a Tuesday and I am sat sipping a latte in my work clothes, with my MacBook on the table in front of me. I’m working from a coffee shop located in the centre of Leeds, which is surrounded by busy offices filled with solicitors, bankers, ecommerce companies and public sector organisations. …

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What happens to your organic search performance when you get hacked

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On October 21st (2016) we witnessed one of the largest online DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks ever. Hackers targeted Dyn, a US-based company that hosts domain name systems. This in turn affected a large number of popular websites and services, including Spotify, Twitter, Survey Monkey, Netflix, and Eve Online. It’s thought that hackers were …

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How your body can transmit your passwords

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A collective of engineers at the University of Washington’s Networks and Mobile Systems Lab have discovered a way to pass a four-digit code through human skin using everyday technology, lending itself to exciting concepts such as unlocking a door or a safe just by touching it. Sure, this could be achieved with a fingerprint sensor …

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Spotify serves music with a side order of malware

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Spotify has become the latest tech giant to succumb to security issues as it was discovered that the free version of its service had been directing PC and Mac users towards websites filled with malware. Although Spotify has since fixed the problem, a number of users from its community forum were reporting that virus-infected pop-up websites …

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Chrome begins to warn users if sites are insecure. So, now what?

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Your connection to this site is not secure, is perhaps one of the scariest messages a normal internet user can see right before they close their tab and move on. What does this mean to an online business? Lost client, customer or user. For years sites have been serving their non-sensitive content over open protocols but in the recent years this has …

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Facebook: Please fix this security loophole before it’s too late

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A few months ago, I discovered a security loophole in Facebook that allows hackers to decrypt and sniff out Facebook user IDs using one of Facebook’s APIs in bulk – therefore allowing them to gather millions of users’ personal data (name, telephone number, location, images, and more). This post is an attempt to catch Facebook’s attention to get this issue …

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