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Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

Regardless of the fact that some data leaks weren't the result of direct server hacks, Internet service companies need to do a better job of educating their users and offering stronger security measures.

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Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7M accounts

Hackers claim to have stolen a database of almost 7 million Dropbox log-in credentials, but the company says its service was not hacked.

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The only guide to Snapchat hack you ever need to read

The Snappening: gigabytes of naked selfies. Sky falling: Film at 11. The cloud service denies it's to blame, fingering an unauthorized 3rd-party service. However, Snapchat doesn't get off scot-free: Some say its security is as weak as...

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Fallout from the JPMorgan Chase breach

What's the fallout from the Chase bank breach? Phishing of course, but phone calls and snail mail can also be abused. I was targeted by a snail mail billing scam. Most website rating systems fail to warn about the site involved in the...

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How (and why) to use app-specific passwords with iCloud

Apple's security systems steal another advantage against rivals today as the company finally enables app-specific passwords to help improve the level of protection its customers enjoy.

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Microsoft researchers create a secure haven in the cloud

Microsoft researchers have figured out how to keep data and applications secure in the cloud -- by cordoning them off in memory from the underlying infrastructure.

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Cloud price cuts are nice but enterprises still want more

Google dropped its cloud computing prices and other vendors are expected to follow suit, but the lower pricing may not be the key lure for attracting enterprises to the cloud.

Shellshock flaw poses risks to payments industry

The Shellshock flaw could pose a risk to the payments industry, but doesn't appear to have caused any problems yet, an official with a consortium run by major credit card companies warned Tuesday.

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IT skills that are in demand, and those that will be

IT professionals seeking certifications in the coming months may get their best return with cloud and security-related certifications. Agile-related training won’t hurt, either.

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Amazon AWS EC2: Always on (uhh... except when it's not)

Jeff Bezos looks astonished: Many Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Instances will reboot themselves over the next few days. Looks like there's a nasty Xen bug that's responsible, but Amazon is being cagey about...

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Virtualization, Cloud Complicate Insider Threats for Federal CIOs

The expansion and blurring of the traditional government network environment require federal IT officials to rethink contracting processes and embrace real-time security monitoring.

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Amazon readies major cloud server reboot

Amazon Web Services will be updating a substantial number of its cloud servers, and customers are recommended to re-launch their instances in the coming days, according to AWS consultants; Xen hypervisor security bug could be to blame....

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The limits of Apple's iOS 8 privacy features

The privacy improvements in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system provide necessary, but limited, protection to customers, experts say.

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Once your car's connected to the Internet, who guards your privacy?

As more mobile devices connect to in-car infotainment and diagnostic systems -- and cars wirelessly connect to other vehicles, automated homes and roadways -- where you are and what you’re doing in your car could suddenly become very...

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Apple turns on iCloud two-step verification after nude selfie scandal

Apple on Tuesday began offering an additional security protection for iCloud users, a move the company made following the theft of nude photos from several celebrities' accounts last month.

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No, Gmail was not cracked! Don't believe bogus blogs

Do you trust every word you read on the Web? Worrying reports out of Russia apparently claim that Gmail was hacked and your login details were stolen. Or, at least, that's the breathless interpretation of countless bloggers and...

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Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign amid iCloud security fears

The hackers behind the Kelihos botnet are trying to capitalize on users' increased awareness about the security of Apple online accounts through a new phishing campaign.

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The Fappening: iCloud users, beware!

The event dubbed by the internet as “the Fappening” is the largest celebrity nude photo leak in history. But don't blame Apple for the breach.

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