Jeremy KirkAustralia Correspondent, IDG News Service

Jeremy reports on security and regional news for the IDG News Service.

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MacKeeper refund ads will run on Facebook as part of class-action lawsuit settlement

MacKeeper's original developer is offering $2 million to settle a class-action suit.

Google blocks Chrome extensions not found in the official Web Store

Extensions for Windows and Mac will have to be installed from Google's Web Store, a small handful of restricted business and developer exceptions aside.

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MacKeeper celebrates a difficult birthday under the cloud of a class action lawsuit

Its new owners hope to repair MacKeeper's reputation, while its previous owner is close to a $2 million class-action settlement.

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Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to FREAK attacks

FireEye's findings highlight how even serious software flaws can take a long time to get fixed

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Google error leaks owner personal info for nearly 300,000 websites

The leak of the information could help phishing campaigns.

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FREAK is another serious flaw in the Web's encryption

US export restrictions on encryption technology from the 1990s have come back to haunt the modern Web.

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iPhone theft victims tricked into unlocking devices

Victims are lured through text messages to a fake iCloud login page

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Box fixes security flaw in Mac desktop Sync app

Users are advised to upgrade to version 4.0.6035

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U.S. developers create more sketchy, privacy-shattering apps than anyone else

For non-modified iPhones and Android devices, American companies create the highest number of questionable apps

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The best defenses against Verizon's invasive, already-being-abused web tracking

There are several tools that can block third-party advertising companies from zeroing in on your Web browsing.

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Google search adding 'mobile friendly' label to show when a site plays nice with phones

Whether a site is optimized for mobile could become a search rank signal, Google said

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Apple blocks infected WireLurker apps from running

The company advised that people stick to trusted sources for downloading apps

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Chinese iOS devices fall prey to invasive WireLurker malware

Thousands of users may be infected with malware that collects data from an iOS device, Palo Alto Networks said--though the malware is only found in a third-party app store that offers free versions of premium software.

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Apple ending SSL 3.0 push notifications in wake of severe POODLE vulnerability

Apple is one of many companies moving to shut down SSL 3.0 for good.

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Apple releases patches for OS X's 'Shellshock' Bash shell vulnerability

The vulnerability posed little risk to most users.