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Phone biometric security need to be controlled, says ex-GCHQ chief

The former head of the UK’s government’s communications agency GCHQ has issued warnings over the privacy of the biometric security increasingly favored in top-end mobile phones and other devices, Computing reports.

Facebook to strengthen its privacy policy

Facebook has announced a set of new privacy focused terms of service, which aims to let users of the social network ‘control their information’, according to The Independent. The changes, which will be live as of 1 January 2015, introduce ‘Privacy Basics’, a tool that shows users who can see any information they share on

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.

Bitcoin hack can reveal IP addresses of anonymous transactions

The infamous anonymity of Bitcoin as a currency has a weakness built into it, according to a paper published by the University of Luxembourg.

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.

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.

WhatsApp gets tough on security

But only on Android for now. The popular messaging service has announced a default encryption protocol that surely makes WhatsApp THE most secure consumer messaging system in the world right now.

Privacy and security post-Snowden: Pew Research parallels ESET findings

Privacy and security online are hot button topics in America today, as a new survey by the Pew Research Center confirms, mirroring similar results from two different privacy and security surveys conducted by ESET.

IT Pros also guilty of risqué selfies on mobiles

ESET study reveals many IT professionals are guilty of storing indecent material on their mobile phones, which would leave them embarrassed if lost.

Website reveals 73,000 unprotected security cameras with default passwords

As we’ve reported before, users and businesses leaving their router username and passwords as the manufacturer’s default are potentially leaving themselves open to an easy hack, but a new website has sprung up illustrating the point in alarming detail.

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.

Government requests for private Facebook data up 24%

Government requests for private Facebook data have increased by nearly 25% since the second half of 2013, the social networking giant has reported.

British intelligence service echoes FBI’s call for mobile backdoors

Echoing sentiments from across the Atlantic earlier in the year, the head of British spy agency GCHQ as made calls for crypto backdoors into phones to tackle crime, stating, “privacy has never been an absolute right.”

Facebook welcomes private browsers with dedicated Tor link

Facebook has opened its doors to privacy concerned users, but opening up a dedicated Tor link, guaranteeing that people who visit the social networking site through anonymous browsers aren’t mistaken for botnets, Gizmodo reports.

Police can make you unlock your phone with a fingerprint – judge

A judge in Virginia has ruled that the police can require you to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint, but not with a passcode, Mashable reports.

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?

British job centers to introduce biometric recognition

Job centers across the United Kingdom are due to get a technological makeover, courtesy of biometric and signature recognition pads, reports IT Pro Portal.

Internet trolls – how to deal with online abuse

Most internet users have faced some kind of problems with internet trolls – and a new study has thrown light on who they are. We discuss how best to deal with the online pests.

New Tor routers seeking crowdfunding by Kickstarter

A selection of rival privacy conscious Tor routers have appeared on crowdfunding sites after the Anonabox was surprisingly pulled just days after smashing its modest funding targets.

Counter surveillance tech – can gadgets spy-proof your life?

Over the past few years, counter surveillance gadgets which might have been the preserve of secretive government departments a decade ago have suddenly hit mainstream shops – from Mission Impossible-stlye self-destructing drives to some rather eerie counter-surveillance masks.

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