Don't-Miss Security Stories

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Bitdefender's BOX hardware protects your entire home network, not just your PC

Bitdefender BOX can replace or run alongside a home router to scan all network traffic for security threats

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Private I: It's time to encrypt everything

Tools have never been more powerful, and we've never had as many options from which to choose. It's about to get even better.

AT&T kills the 'permacookie,' stops tracking customers' Internet usage (for now)

The mobile carrier says it was testing the tracking technology, but it didn't rule out reintroducing permacookies in the future.

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Let the right one in: Apple uses two doors to manage malware

WireLurker and Masque Attack show the different paths Apple has taken for app security, and how Apple could loosen the reins of iOS without putting most users at additional risk.

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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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iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven't saved yet

It's a feature, not a bug, but Glenn Fleishman thinks Apple should at least give users a choice.

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Top messaging apps flat-out flunk EFF's security review

The organization ranked 39 digital communication tools based on security features and best practices

on pcworld.com

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Swedish hacker finds 'serious' vulnerability in OS X Yosemite

A full disclosure is likely to be published in January.

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Court rules cops can demand fingerprints, not passcodes, to unlock smartphones

A Virginia judge says forcing people to incriminate themselves violates the 5th Amendment.

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Two coasts, 10 days: Macworld’s thorough field test of Apple Pay

No gimmicks, just life: We put Apple Pay through its paces to figure out if the future of mobile payments is here.

Take the pain out of two-factor authentication with an app

Authenitication apps streamline the process of getting that all-important second login code.

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CurrentC won’t let email hack delay launch as it explores NFC

The merchant group behind the upcoming Apple Pay rival spills more details about fines, credit cards, and future features.