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Identity theft – six tips to help keep yours safe

Private data such as addresses and social security numbers can be just as valuable to cybercriminals as valid credit card details can be to thieves – if not more so. Lock yours down with our tips.

Gamer PCs – how to keep yours clean and mean

Gamers have become major targets for hackers – from large-scale attacks against gaming companies, to small-scale scams carried out via game chat channels. But a few easy security steps should help keep your precious rig at full speed – and safe.

Cyber Monday – 12 tips to help you shop safely online

Technology might evolve, but cyber gangs rely on tried-and-tested tactics. With a bit of care and attention, it’s easy to sort the genuine bargains from the too-good-to-be-true fakes.

Google now lets you disconnect devices that looks ‘suspicious’

Google has launched a couple of new security feature for user of its apps. Most strikingly, the Devices and Activity dashboard allows users to see all devices that have logged in to the user’s Google account, and from where, in the last 28 days, Mashable reports.

‘Citadel’ trojan attacking password managers

Using password managers is often recommended as good practice in order to prevent overusing the same logins, but a new malware has been uncovered that specifically targets the password managers that hold all the variants.

Smart home security – how not to be dumb with your devices

It’s easy to imagine that ALL connected devices – from fridges to CCTV cameras – are a security nightmare, but there are simple, sensible steps you can take to lock these risks down.

Is it really the end for password authentication?

Passwords as a method of authentication may be seeing their end of days. But what’s a realistic alternative to our old, alphanumeric security standby? Biometrics? Or perhaps two-factor authentication can play a role?

Week in Security: Grief for gamers, Unicorn spotted – and America wakes up

Cybercriminals once again had gamers in their sights this week, with leaks of multiple account details and a new Steam scam – but there was good news in the form of upgraded security on Whatsapp, and dawning awareness on privacy.

DerpTrolling leaks 5,604 logins for PSN, 2K and Windows Live

Hacking group DerpTrolling has leaked 5,604 logins for three gaming networks to Pastebin, and claims that this is a “very small portion” of the credentials they have stolen, LifeHacker reports.

Footage from thousands of home webcams found streaming on Russian site

A Russian website is showing off hundreds of feeds of live webcam footage from inside homes and businesses, which have been accessed by hacking into people’s webcams, CCTV systems and monitors.

Kickstarter campaigns wants your password on your wrist

A new wristband that aims to replace the password has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. At the time of writing, Everykey has passed the halfway mark on its $100,000 funding target with $56,586 pledged with 19 days to reach $100,000. Using Bluetooth, the Everykey promises “immediate access to a user’s password-protected electronics such as

Google security – how to lock down your Google account

If you use Gmail as your ‘main’ email account – or rely on Google services such as Drive for work – it’s well worth revisiting Google’s Settings menus to give your Google security a boost.

Wearable tech and security – can watches help?

So far, wearable tech has been of interest mainly to fitness fiends – but a new generation of hi-tech wearables comes armed with built-in scanners, biometrics and even ‘three-factor security’. Can a watch really keep secrets?

Twitter: “We’re finally getting rid of the password”

Popular microblogging platform Twitter is taking bold steps to try and put an end to the password as we know it, according to Sky News.

Windows 10 to tighten security with prominent 2FA

Microsoft is taking aim at traditional single password systems with the upcoming version of Windows, by including build in two-factor authentication according to ZDNet, which describes the move as “audacious plans to tighten security”.

Google now offers USB key authentication

Google has added an extra layer of security to its browser, by introducing USB authentication to Chrome, the company has announced in an official blog post.

Facebook scans ‘paste sites’ for leaked usernames and passwords

Facebook has a system in place to scan public ‘paste’ sites for email address and password combinations to stay one step ahead of possible leaks, according to The Register.

Snapchat privacy – spam deluge may make users feel fat

Concerns over Snapchat privacy rocketed this week after users were bombarded with spam messages written in a style which suggests that a user’s own friends think they are overweight.

eBay scam: site ‘slow to react’ after iPhone phishing attack

The dangers of clicking on links in eBay scam postings were highlighted after a fake posting advertising iPhones linked to a phishing site designed to steal usernames and passwords for the site.

Printer security: Canon offers ‘fix’ after researcher plays Doom

Printer giant Canon is to provide a security fix “as quickly as is feasible” after a researcher exploited vulnerabilities in one of its wireless PIXMA products to run the classic shoot ‘em up game Doom on its colour display.

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