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BitTorrent Bleep -- crypto messaging disgruntles data snoops

BitTorrent just released its anonymous messaging app: Bleep, designed to keep messages and voice data private from unknown third parties. Although we could share more...

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Software detects fake mobile, Wi-Fi networks

An Israeli company has developed a product it says can detect if a mobile device connects to a fake cellular base station or Wi-Fi access point, potentially protecting critical data from falling into the hands of hackers.

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Security extortion? When legit disclosure morphs into a shakedown

The essence of security is not trusting that people will do the right thing. Firewalls, deadbolts and armed guards exist to slow down or stop bad guys, not to encourage good acts from good guys. With that in mind, let's look at how...

iOS wireless security hack causes endless reboots.

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Much like penicillin, vulcanized rubber, and the corn flake, a new iOS 8 security flaw has been discovered almost entirely by accident...

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Mobile insecurity at work? Blame highly paid dudes

The biggest smartphone security threats at work come from male workers under age 35 who earn more than $60,000 a year.

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Pot luck: Facial recognition gets boost from marijuana kiosks

The potential of facial-recognition biometrics is huge and new marijuana-dispensing kiosks could push it into the mainstream. But a look at the iPhone's biometric efforts could signal the path forward — and some side roads to avoid.

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AT&T call centers sold mobile customer information to criminals

Employees at three overseas call centers sold hundreds of thousands of AT&T customer records, including names and Social Security numbers, to criminals who attempted to use the customer information to unlock stolen mobile phones,...

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Fewer than 1% of Android devices affected by potentially harmful apps

Based on data collected by Google, less than 1% of Android devices had a potentially harmful application installed last year.

Salesforce buys mobile authentication firm Toopher

Salesforce.com has acquired Toopher, the developer of a mobile two-factor authentication app that uses location-awareness.

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9 security gadgets for mobile devices

If you use your smartphone or tablet for work, you need to keep your data secure when you're on the go. We look at nine gadgets that try to keep your important data out of the hands of others.

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Android flaw puts personal data at risk for millions

Nearly half of Android devices are vulnerable to an attack that could replace a legitimate app with malicious software that can collect sensitive data from a phone.

Android's smart lock detects when you carry your phone

Google is adding a feature to Android's smart lock that could significantly cut down on the number of times users need to enter a passcode to unlock their phones while they are out and about.

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Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to FREAK

Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to a dangerous attack revealed two weeks ago that can compromise encrypted data.

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Yahoo's new on-demand password system is no replacement for two-factor authentication

In an effort to simplify authentication for its services, Yahoo has introduced a new mechanism that allows users to log in with temporary passwords that are sent to their mobile phones.

Alibaba uses facial recognition tech for online payments

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group and affiliated online payment service Alipay are aiming to use facial recognition technology to take the place of passwords.

Snowden docs show CIA tried to defeat Apple device security

Researchers sponsored by the U.S. government have reportedly tried to defeat the encryption and security of Apple devices for years.

Four incredible smartphone camera technologies

Mobile World Congress this week ushered in a range of trends, but one underappreciated development is the use of smartphone camera technology to do more than take selfies and cat photos.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge feature plums for workers and IT shops

With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung is making a concerted effort to attract workers as potential buyers and to win the hearts of IT managers who have to wrangle with enterprise smartphone security and management.

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