security

Apple Won't Turn Over Your IPhone's Data To Police If You're Using IOS 8

Here’s a new feature of iOS 8 that we weren’t expecting: Apple announced tonight that the new software makes it impossible for Apple to turn over the data on an iOS 8-equipped iPhone or iPad to U.S. law enforcement, even in the presence of a search warrant. Chalk one up for privacy.


iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back And Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing — and a highly publicised, unfortunately timed security breach — iCloud’s two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica.


How To Get Next-Level Cryptography With A Crappy Old Nokia Phone

Remember the Nokia N9? Probably not — but geek points if you do — because it was a smartphone that was DOA and used by pretty much no one. But even a three-year-old smartphone is pretty sophisticated piece of machinery. Using just an N9 and light, physicists have found a way to generate the random numbers algorithms used to encrypt data.


How To Make Sure No One's Secretly Stealing Your Home Wi-Fi

Wireless Network Watcher is a free, simple program for Windows XP and above that can take a quick look at the computers and devices connected to your home network. Fire it up and make sure there’s no one on your Wi-Fi network who shouldn’t be there. If you do find a squatter, a password change on your router should be enough to thwart them.


Apple Watch Will Lock Up Your Payment Info When You Take It Off

One of the Apple Watch’s nifty features will be its Apple Pay integration, letting you tap-to-pay right from your wrist. Yes, that means the sensor-laden smartwatch will be connected to your credit card — but there’s a nifty trick to prevent would-be thieves from stealing your credit card if they nick your watch.


Facebook's Messenger App Logs Way More Data Than You Realise

Ever since Facebook first started pushing users over to its standalone messaging app (whether they liked it or not), there have been cries of outrage over what’s seemed like an inordinately large amount of required permissions. And while there’s still no indication that Facebook has any sort of bad intent, the company is collecting a startling cache of data, according to security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.


11 Wildly Creepy Things People Have Done To Snoop On Smartphones

We’ve all felt the urge to snoop through our loved ones’ phones before — and sometimes that itch is just too strong to resist. For some people, though, that gentle itch is more like a knife wound. And the lengths they will go to for a peek are astounding in the creepiest possible ways.


How Safe Can Apple Pay Really Be?

Apple just promised to revolutionise how we spend money. More specifically, the company announced Apple Pay, a new mobile payments platform that lets you buy things with your iPhone (or smartwatch). Sounds cool! But given recent high-profile security lapses, it’s fair to wonder: Is it safe?


How To Keep Your Phone From Sending Your Photos To The Cloud

Automatic photo upload apps have freed us from a cumbersome world of USB cables and memory cards, and generally speaking it’s great to have your pictures sent to the Web automatically. Sometimes, however, it’s not so great.


Apple Needs A Bug Bounty Program

Twitter just launched a bug bounty program. That’s a smart move, and it’s a move Apple should watch. Any big tech company that offers software should also offer a bug bounty program to protect it. Now is the perfect time to understand the value of giving hackers a reason to help.


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