SSHowDowN Flaw Found In Internet of Things Devices

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Content delivery network Akamai found a security flaw, SSHowDowN, affecting over two million devices. The company says multiple clients have become targets. Further Reading New Router Hack Discovered That Targets Port 7547 Don’t Look, But Your Wi-Fi Router Is Spying On You SSHowDowN Flaw Akamai found a way [PDF] in which hackers can exploit a particular weakness in OpenSSH (CVE-2004-1653). Millions of internet-connected devices use crypto. An attacker can use these flaws to take over these devices. Then combine their power into a single attack, like a botnet. This particular hack has a …

All I Wanted For Christmas Is Camera Encryption

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The Freedom of Press Foundation, along with 150 documentary filmmakers, ask manufacturers to add camera encryption to their models. Further Reading Judge Wants ISPs To Block Torrenting Websites Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption Background Wired provides some background to this story. In 2013, as filmmaker Laura Poitras worked with Edward Snowden for her movie, she made sure to secure everything. Every so often, she transferred footage to encrypted hard drives, and even destroyed the SD cards after using them. But she realized that at any moment, security agents could …

The NSA’s Guide To Securing Your Mac

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The National Security Agency employs some of the best hackers in the United States. Surely they are experts at securing devices? Here’s how to lock down your Mac like an NSA pro. Further Reading NSA Contractor Faces Espionage Charges For Data Theft 5 Best Security Tools to Secure Your Data Mac Lockdown In 2010, the NSA published a guide for hardening a Mac running Snow Leopard. However, the agency hasn’t updated its guide for current versions of MacOS. Macworld posted an excellent guide that should cover modern versions of Apple’s OS. …

New Android Malware Called Dirty Cow Can Root Phones

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Security researchers found a new Linux escalation bug in Linux and Android. This bug, called Dirty Cow can root your Android phone without you being aware of it. Further Reading The Queen Wants 9 to 12 Year Olds to Quit Watching Porn How To Boost Your Privacy On Android Rooting Rooting is a process where a person attains a state of special control or root access to their Android phone. It gives you administrative-like control and lets you do things on your phone that you otherwise couldn’t do. You can …

How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks

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Earlier this week we told you about a public Wi-Fi threat called Evil Twin Hotspots. Even if you do not encounter these, using insecure public Wi-Fi is risky. Here’s how to stay safe. Further Reading Use A VPN To Defeat Evil Twin Hotspots Public Wi-Fi Hotspots More of a Threat Than You Think Insecurity You might be surprised at all of the wicked things that hackers can do to someone connected on an insecure Wi-Fi connection. There are three general ways in which an attacker can exploit public Wi-Fi: Man-in-the-middle …

Phishing: What It Is And How To Avoid It

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Phishing is a common technique that hackers use to steal your personal information. But how can you defend against it? Further Reading Use A VPN To Defeat Evil Twin Hotspots Are You Infected with Malware? Here’s How To Find Out What Is Phishing? Essentially, phishing is when a hacker tries to steal your personal information, like passwords, credit card numbers, etc., by pretending to be someone else. They can pretend to be a friend or family member, or even a website. The most common way for a hacker to do …

9 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

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Speed is the game these days. As apps and features like artificial intelligence become increasingly powerful, it’s important to have a strong Wi-Fi signal. Further Reading Don’t Look, But Your Wi-Fi Router Is Spying On You How To Fix Windows 10 Privacy Issues 1. Update Your Router’s Firmware The first step to boosting your Wi-Fi signal is to upgrade the router’s firmware. Firmware is a little different than regular software. As defined by Wikipedia, firmware “is a type of software that provides control, monitoring and data manipulation of engineered products …

Are You Infected with Malware? Here’s How To Find Out

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Is your computer acting strangely? Are you seeing popup ads, even when you’re not in a browser? You just might have malware. Here’s how to find out and remove it. Further Reading How to Spot Hidden Malware and Download Safely How To Fix Windows 10 Privacy Issues Warning Signs Whether you clicked on a link in a spam email, visited a suspicious website, or even used a random USB drive you found on the ground, there are many ways to get a virus. A computer virus is just one type …

How To Fix Windows 10 Privacy Issues

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Whether you installed Windows 10 when it first came out, or you just bought a Windows 10 computer, you should take steps to secure the operating system better. Further Reading Italy Is About To Pass a Dangerous Censorship Bill Your iMessages May Not Be Safe Anymore Privacy Nightmare In short, Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Not only did Microsoft use draconian methods to coerce users into installing it, but the system itself is toxic. By default, Windows 10 gives itself the right to upload your data to Microsoft’s cloud, …

Your iMessages May Not Be Safe Anymore

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In the latest news, we found out that Apple iMessages might not be as safe as we thought. As it turns out, Apple retains certain metadata. Further Reading Signal: The Right Way To Encrypt Our Communications PornHub Blocked In Russia Here’s How To Watch It iMessages A report by The Intercept gives information about iMessage conversations. Although Apple secures messages with end-to-end encryption, your contacts may not be as safe. The company automatically logs which phone numbers you contact. Apple can then share this information with law enforcement if ordered …