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Target confirms customer PINs were taken in breach, but says data is safe

But the PINs were encrypted and therefore should be inaccessible to hackers, according to the retailer

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Eye for an eye: Researchers foil camera indicator light on some MacBooks

Just when you thought that computers couldn't possibly get any creepier, two American researchers have figured out a way to record video from a Mac's camera without causing the indicator light to come on.

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New York attorney general demands answers on smartphone security decision

In a letter to carriers asking why they oppose installation of a "kill switch" on handsets, Eric Schneiderman alluded to possible collusion.

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How secure is iCloud?

Concerned about storing passwords and other personal information in iCloud? Chris Breen suggests that the things we do with our information for the sake of convenience are far riskier.

Keep snooping relatives out of your stuff

The holidays are a time for warm family gatherings. To help prevent them from becoming too heated, take steps to keep your dearest and nearest from rummaging through your Mac's most intimate files.

iPads in schools: The right way to do it

The Los Angeles public school district's troubled iPad rollout has been billed as a security fail, but experienced educators say that locking down iPads isn't the answer.

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Google to pay $17 million to states in Apple cookies case

The states accused Google of placing tracking on computers of Safari users when they visited sites in Google’s DoubleClick ad network in 2011 and 2012.

How to use iCloud Keychain

Tired of reentering passwords and usernames on multiple devices? Mavericks' new password utility can help you keep all this information synchronized across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

New Snowden revelation: NSA collects millions of email and chat address books

What happens in email, doesn't stay there. But you knew that already.

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