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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.

WireLurker: new malware targets Apple users

A new malware has been discovered that targets both Apple Mac computers and iPhones, Neowin reports. It is the first known malware that can infect iPhones that have not been jailbroken.

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.”

Biometric wristband piloted by Canadian bank

A group of Canadian issuing banks have begun a pilot test of an NFC-enabled version of Nymi – a biometric wristband that uses the cardiac rhythm of the wearer to authenticate the user’s identity.

American Express wants to swap card numbers for tokens

American Express has launched a new service, which looks to swap payment card numbers with unique tokens, reports Network World.

Hacking planes – researchers developing system to stop in-flight malware

City University professor Dr David Stupples and a team of researchers are looking into ways of minimizing the risk of hacking planes in the future.

Global cybersecurity skills shortage incoming, committee warns Britain’s House of Lords

A special Parliamentary Select Committee has told peers in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that there will be a global shortage of ” no less than two million cyber security professionals” by the year 2017, IT Pro Portal reports.

Rise of free Wi-Fi hotspots ‘presents serious security risks’

The BBC reports that there is currently one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people in the world, but these unmonitored hotspots can potentially cause problems, experts have warned.

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.

Microsoft issues rapid fix to GroupMe exploit

iOS and Android messaging app GroupMe has had a possible vulnerability fixed quickly by Microsoft, according to The Register. There was no evidence to suggest any cybercriminals had been able to exploit the flaw before it was patched.

Two recently patched Adobe Flash vulnerabilities now used in Exploit Kits

Two Flash vulnerabilities that were fixed by Adobe 2 weeks ago are now being used in exploit kits. This is in addition to a third vulnerability, CVE-2014-0556, that was patched in September and that has also been added to Nuclear EK last week.

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.

How to make sure Adobe Flash is up-to-date and enabling it on-demand

Learn how to update Adobe Flash Player, to help protect against malware attacks.

“More human” carder malware emerges for sale in dark web

A carder like tool for cybercriminals that promises to use stolen credit card details in a more ‘human way’ to bypass fraud detection has been found on sale for as little as $180, according to The Register.

Stealthy malware uses Gmail drafts to steal data

A new strain of malware that uses Gmail drafts in an invisible Internet Explorer window, has been discovered. According to Network World, the malware uses the drafts folder as “the command and control to steal data.”

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?

Top Cyber Security Awareness Month themes, topics, and resources

National Cyber Security Awareness Month happens every October and NCSAM 2014 has seen more events and resources than ever. This recorded webinar discusses the top topics of NCSAM 2014, from the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers to the Internet of Things (IoT).

‘Find My Mobile’ system can be used to attack Samsung handsets

One of the most popular and useful security functions of mobile handsets can be turned against the owner.

White House hit by “sustained” cyber attack, hackers breach unclassified network

IT security staff have spent the last few weeks fighting hackers in the White House, after a computer network was breached. But can we tell who was behind the attack?

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