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Don’t let social media undermine the promise of graduation

Graduation is a great time to review your social media profile. Don’t let a wild and crazy social network presence undermine the promise of graduation, your chances for a scholarship, job, internship or other career choices.

Facial recognition camera used to convict robber for first time

In a world-first case, biometric facial recognition software has been used to convict an armed robber, with a Chicago robber “matched” from CCTV footage to a mug shot, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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…

Rubber “anti-ID” mask foils spy-cams by turning us all into clones

A Chicago artist has created a cheap, effective way for the public to fight back against the growing profusion of security cameras – rubber masks which make the devices unable to identify people by making everyone look the same.

Interview: Phil Zimmermann – why Fortune 100 companies are buying Blackphone

Phil Zimmermann invented the most widely used system of email encryption in the world – and says that Fortune 100 companies are queuing up for his encrypted Blackphone, which allows “whispered” conversations, anywhere.

Snapchat “lied to users” about privacy of vanishing photos

The photo-sharing app Snapchat, popular with youngsters for its photos which would exist briefly then “disappear forever” has admitted that the photos did not, in fact, disappear, in a settlement with the U.S. government’s FTC.

Bitly hackers stole user credentials from offsite database backup

If only two factor authentication had been used, maybe the database would never have been accessed by online criminals.

Mystery surrounds Bitly’s urgent security warning following security breach

If you have an account on link-shortening service Bitly, you should take steps now to protect your account.

Young people fear internet of things will give away their secrets

Young people are seriously worrried about connected gadgets when it comes to privacy – worrying that ‘connected’ gadgets such as Smart TVs could give away more data than they are comfortable with, according to a new survey.

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.

“I am responsible”: Heartbleed developer breaks silence

The source of the bug, which has affected at least 500,000 sites and millions of users, was a small programming error made by a PhD student, who has spoken of his regret at the incident.

Samsung smartphones are security favourite – for adulterers

Samsung is the most popular brand of smartphone among a large portion of the adult population – adulterers, with the Korean handsets chosen by more than half of those conducting secret affairs.

Two-thirds of parents spy “regularly” on children’s social media accounts

Two-thirds of the respondents to the survey admitted to using various methods to check on children “without their knowledge” – and one-fifth had found “incriminating” posts which they confronted children about.

New Harris poll shows NSA revelations impact online shopping, banking, and more

A new Harris poll shows that revelations about the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance activities are changing online behavior for many Americans and some say they are doing less online banking and less online shopping because of what they have learned about the NSA.

Channel Cybercrime: Bug allows hackers to hijack screen of Philips TVs

Hackers could take control of Philips ‘smart TVs’ and broadcast their own ‘shows’ to watching famlies, thanks to a ‘fixed’ password which allows nearby attackers easy access to the set’s Wi-Fi adapter.

PRISM-proof system could turn servers into spook-proof fortresses

A young MIT student has invented a new system for storing data which could offer protection against unscrupulous colleagues – and even against the hi-tech tentacles of government organizations with “back doors” into corporate servers.

Google encrypts ALL Gmail to keep snoopers out

Starting today, Gmail will use an encrypted HTTPS connection to check or send email, regardless of what platform users employ to access the service – and will use security measures when moving mails internally, citing fears over government snooping.

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching is nearly as good as human brains

Facebook’s ‘Deepface’ photo-matching software can now ‘recognize’ human faces with an accuracy just a fraction of a percentage point behind human beings – a huge leap forward in the technology, with some potentially alarming implications for privacy.

Brainwave privacy standard “is needed” to prevent spying on EEG scan data, researchers warn

Smartphone apps and home equipment for scanning brainwaves could lead to a future in which governments or companies misuse such data as a way of decoding people’s personality traits, researchers from MIT and the Technical University of Denmark have warned.

Twitter kills off ‘stalker’ bug that let users spy on protected Tweets

Twitter has removed a bug that allowed site users to spy on protected accounts, reading supposedly protected Tweets via SMS or push notifications, regardless of whether users had approved them as followers.

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