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Apple quietly stops meaningful auto-updates in iOS

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, acknowledged Apple has dramatically slowed down auto updates — by as much as a month.

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Android 12 Upgrade Report Card: What a weird year

When it comes to Android upgrades, all device-makers are definitely not equal. Time to hold the platform's most powerful players accountable.

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The Russian cyberattack threat might force a new IT stance

With the threat of Russian cyberattacks still with us, companies need to be on a war footing when it comes to security.

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When should the data breach clock start?

Time is of the essence when a data breach occurs. The tricky part is figuring out exactly when a company first knows about a breach, and how long it has before making it public.

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How to stop worrying and love zero trust

If you want to work remotely from home — or stay on the move as a digital nomad — you can thank zero trust for making that possible.

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On browsers and bugs

While most computer users focus on desktop and mobile device patches, it’s important to make sure browsers are kept up to date as well.

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US, EU reach preliminary data privacy agreement

US President Biden and EU President von der Leyen say deal underscores shared values over data privacy and security surrounding transatlantic information sharing.

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10 easy steps to make Chrome faster and more secure

Looking to speed up Chrome? Give us 10 minutes, and we'll give you a noticeably better browsing experience.

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iCloud goes down: Live by the service, die by the service

Every enterprise (or consumer) should invest in multiple layers of backup to maintain data integrity, and should try to ensure key services still function in some way, even when servers fail.

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You can't keep quiet when you're hacked anymore

If you try to hide that your business has been hacked or you've paid ransomware, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency would like a word with you.

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Do svidaniya, Kaspersky — goodbye

Can you trust a Russian company with your technology? Your security? No — not with Vladimir Putin calling the shots when push comes to shove.

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What are the best VPN services for conflict zones?

Internet users are taking renewed interest in use of VPN services as they attempt to access information in an increasingly repressive environment.

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Do you know where your software comes from?

As the world watches what's happening in Ukraine, computer users are thinking more about the software and hardware they use — and where it comes from.

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Microsoft delivers a solid, low-impact Patch Tuesday

This month's Patch Tuesday brought a solid set of updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Chromium-based Edge (Chromium). But there weren't any critical issues requiring companies to patch right away.

How to boost cybersecurity defenses using your router

If you work from home, the best cybersecurity protections may be inside a device you never think about: your home router.

Phishing e-mails are more prevalent (and dangerous) than ever

Phishing, those malicious e-mails that pretend to be legitimate messages, has been a problem since Canter and Siegel launched the first spam campaign in 1994. (Mea culpa — it seems they learned about this thing called the Internet...

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it's time to hunker down

Chances are you don't live in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, so you don't need to worry about a missile landing on your office. But even if you're 6,000 miles away, you could still get smacked by Russia’s or its Anonymous enemies'...

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Google buys cybersecurity company Mandiant for $5.4B

The two companies are set to deliver an end-to-end security operations suite and advisory services for customers.

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Change my password? AGAIN?

It’s not unusual for companies to require password changes routinely. But that doesn’t do as much for security as most people think; multi-factor authentication is a better option.

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Employee monitoring risks ‘spiraling out of control,’ union group warns

The Trades Union Congress, which represents most UK unions, argues that the ride of worker surveillance during the global COVID-19 pandemic requires new regulations.

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