Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.
Apple's iOS 7.0.6 had captured more than 13 percent of all North American iOS traffic on the Chitika ad network just two days after its debut.
Releasing its findings on Wednesday, Chitika noted that the latest version of iOS accounted for 14.5 percent of ad impressions on the iPhone and 12.3 percent on the iPad, resulting in an average of around 13.3 percent.
Though the initial two-day adoption rate of iOS 7.0.6 failed to match the results for iOS 7, Chitika believes the majority of iOS users could be running the latest … Read more
The cyber black market is busting at the seams with stolen credentials, according to a new report.
Speaking to Reuters in an interview on Wednesday, Alex Holden, chief information security officer at Hold Security, said that over a period of just three weeks his company was able to identify 360 million different account credentials that were available for sale on Web-based black market services. The credentials include user names -- which are often e-mail addresses -- and passwords that in "most cases" are in unencrypted text, according to the report.
Holden told Reuters that his company is working … Read more
If it wasn't for the news reports of Apple's "goto fail" fix released on Tuesday, you might not have known that there had been a security problem with your Macs.
More than a decade ago, Microsoft was notorious for ignoring security problems. Years of complaints from independent security researchers and industry professionals resulted in big changes in how the company handles security problems.
After Windows security measures repeatedly fell to malicious hackers, and the company was in danger of becoming the laughingstock of the security community, Chairman Bill Gates wrote a now-famous 2002 letter saying security … Read more
With hacks, stolen credit card data, and identify fraud constantly on the rise, some credit card companies are looking into how to better beef up security.
MasterCard announced Tuesday that it has partnered with mobile technology company Syniverse to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to buy goods with nabbed credit cards. While working to heighten credit card security is nothing new, MasterCard's most recent plan is a bit different because it involves users' smartphone geolocation while they're traveling abroad.
The idea is that a users' credit card cannot be used unless it is within close range … Read more
Apple has finally fixed a serious OS X security vulnerability that had left millions of users exposed to potential eavesdropping or account hijacking.
In a terse note this morning accompanying a system software update, the company acknowledged that "an attacker" could "capture or modify data" transferred with Safari, Mail, iCloud and other Apple-created applications even though the communication streams were supposed to be securely encrypted.
The security vulnerability quickly became known as the "gotofail" bug after a review of Apple's publicly posted code showed an errant duplicate statement created the glitch. Apple previously … Read more
Every tap, touch, and press you make on your iPhone and iPad could be monitored and captured remotely due to an iOS security flaw. At least, that's the claim from security firm FireEye.
In a blog posted Monday, FireEye researchers said they conducted a test on non-jailbroken iOS 7.0.x devices in which they installed a "monitoring" app. This app was able to record all touch and press events in the background, including screen touches, home button presses, volume button presses, and TouchID presses. Based on its findings, the team concluded that an attacker could use … Read more
Promising to make advanced home security easier and more accessible, Swann Security is introducing SwannSecure, a new wireless IP camera kit due in retail outlets this April.
Based in Australia, Swann has been manufacturing cameras and security devices for over 25 years. It was just last year, though, that they launched SwannLink, a peer-to-peer network designed to help consumers connect their security systems with devices like phones and tablets via the internet. The SwannSecure kit is the latest offering to fall in line with that initiative, consisting of an indoor/outdoor, Wi-Fi ready camera that you'll be able to … Read more