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Retina scanner for Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

A Tweet from an official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 account has dropped a very unsubtle hint that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 handheld may feature a retina scanner – offering a significantly higher level of password security.

Fidelys smartwatch: Could iris scans replace passwords?

A new smartwatch, Fidelys, aims to bring a new level of biometric security to our lives with an ultra-secure infrared iris-scanning camera – putting the fingerprint swipe pads of phones such as iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the shade.

A clever fix for Android L passwords issue

Handing out Wi-Fi passwords to Android L users just got easier, thanks to a secure NFC method of password sharing, meaning the user never physically sees the Wi-Fi password – it’s decrypted by their device.

PayPal 2FA bug: what you need to know

A flaw in PayPal’s two-factor authentication could allow attackers to gain access to up to 143 million PayPal accounts. The vulnerability affected users logging into PayPal via an app on their Android or iOS device, according to the Financial Times’ report.

Android L: your next password?

Google’s upcoming Android L update will do away with passwords – at least for dedicated Google fans, with Google devices such as Android Wear watches used to authenticate users instead of PIN codes or passwords.

World Cup security center Wi-Fi password leaked by newspaper

The Wi-Fi network name and password for the security center at the World Cup were accidentally leaked online by a newspaper, and rapidly spread on social media, being retweeted more than 2,000 times.

Domino’s Pizza refuses to pay ransom after customer database hacked

A group of hackers claim to have stolen the personal details of some 650,000 pizza lovers, and have threatened to release them to the world if Domino’s Pizza doesn’t cough up a hefty ransom.

Drawing “signature” on screen could replace passwords, study finds

Even smartphone and tablet users who choose a four-digit PIN to protect their device are vulnerable to “shoulder surfers” glimpsing the code and using it later – but an older form of password could come to the rescue…

Thousands of ex-workers in IT “still have password” for old jobs

Ex-employees often still have full access to the network of their previous employer, leaving the company open to “revenge attacks” – or just practical jokes.

Password inventor says his creation is now “a nightmare”

Fernando Corbato, the MIT computer scientist widely credited with inventing the computer password, says that he and his colleagues could not foresee the World Wide Web from the early Sixties – and passwords have now become “kind of a nightmare.”

Samsung and Apple “to face off” with fingerprint-scanning tablets

Shopping via mobile devices is about to receive a dual boost this fall, if the latest rumors are correct – with Samsung about to join Apple with a high-end tablet built with fingerprint security built in.

No credit card required – Swedish shops let you pay in blood

At 15 payment machines dotted around the Swedish city of Lund, people can buy items without needing a card – or a phone equipped with a “Near Field” chip. All that’s required are the correct veins.

Killer app? Lastpass on Samsung Galaxy S5 unlocks EVERYTHING with a fingertip

Samsung has upstaged rival Apple with a fingerprint-locked version of the password-vault app LastPass for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S5, available free on Google Play from today. One swipe unlocks ANY app or site on the phone.

New iPad could be latest to add fingerprint security

New evidence has emerged that the new iPad will have fingerprint security built in, as found on the Apple iPhone 5S.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to crude “fake fingerprint” hack

A crude fake fingerprint molded using wood glue, and based on a photo taken by a smartphone was enough to fool the much-hyped fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s new flagship S5. Worryingly, the sensor can be used to authenticate financial transactions.

All eyes on Heartbleed bug: worse than feared and could affect “billions”

The full scope of the Heartbleed bug came to light in a series of reports by researchers and white-hat hackers, with some claiming a billion smartphones may be at risk, as well as a statement allegedly from the US government over its use of the bug.

German security agency warns botnet ‘army’ has harvested 18 million emails and passwords

Scans of a huge botnet have revealed that it has harvested at least 16 million usernames and passwords for email sites and other online services, according to a report released by German security agency, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

Mark Zuckerberg invests in CAPTCHA-crushing AI which “thinks like a human”

Mark Zuckerberg, Paypal founder Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher have invested $40 million in an artificial-intelligence start-up, Vicarious, which can already ‘read’ CAPTCHA codes – and aims to mimic functions of the human brain.

Top e-commerce sites still fail to warn users who choose “password”

Two-thirds of top e-commerce sites still accept the weakest passwords, such as “123456” and “password” without warning users that these are the very first passwords hackers will use in attempts to breach their accounts, according to a new survey.

Don’t panic! Twitter mass password reset was ‘mistake’ company admits

An emailed warning and enforced password reset sent out to Twitter users on Monday due to a supposed compromise of their accounts provoked much discussion among site users – before the company admitted the reset had been initiated by mistake.

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