security

  • Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite promise. “The goal of this project is to learn and layout a simple process for anyone in… Read More

  • Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

    Google Details Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Major Security Improvements

    Android’s newest update is coming soon, with devices running 5.0 Lollipop beginning to ship November 3. While the visual update might be the one that most users pay the most attention to, Android 5.0 also has a number of under-the-hood changes, including some major updates to the overall security of the platform. Google has put a lot of effort into addressing the biggest threats to… Read More

  • Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Secure Messaging App Wickr Adds 22 Languages To Give More People A Private Voice

    Wickr, one of the wave of secure messaging apps that have risen to prominence in the last year as people question how private their data and communications really are these days (even among “private” apps), is expanding its sights globally. From today, the app — which has had “well over 3 million downloads” says CEO and co-founder Nico Sell — is… Read More

  • Passage at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images

    Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen — maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver’s license. The team, which built this service over the course of the last 24 hours during our Disrupt London hackathon… Read More

  • Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    Sysdig Now Detects Shellshock Intrusions For Fun And Profit

    The folks at Sysdig have your back, sysadmins. The founder, Loris Degioanni, has posted an update to his open source system monitor that can look for Shellshock attacks in real time. Because the HTTP requests used by Shellshock exploits are quite unique, the monitor can watch for attacks on the bash shell automatically and let you know when hackers are trying to get in. From… Read More

  • Let’s Fix The Internet

    Let’s Fix The Internet

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it. The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

  • CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other party know they can accept or send funds. As you can imagine, they don’t ever want… Read More

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk. There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents. Cook’s words: We believe in telling you up… Read More

  • 1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password’s iOS 8 Update Goes Freemium, Brings Touch ID To Some Apps

    1Password, the app that keeps your accounts secure by generating long, complex passwords and letting you access them by a single password of your choice, arrives on iOS 8 today and brings with it extensions in certain apps (including Safari) and a new, low starting price: free. Read More

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