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How to Take Your Timeline Back from All of Twitter’s Weird Changes, Ads, and Promoted Tweets

Twitter has been on a tear making tons of changes that its users never asked for. From today’s new “best of” module , to promoted tweets, and “while you were away,” it’s all cruft to someone who just wants a clean stream to read. Here’s how to take your timeline back.

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February 10th

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IoT Could Be Used To Spy, Admits James Clapper

Nest The latest high profile individual to debunk the notion that surveillance is at risk of ‘going dark’ in an age of increasingly robust encryption is none other than James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence himself. Read More
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Natasha Lomas

February 10th

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France Demands Facebook Stop Tracking Non-Users and Sending Data to US 

French authorities are not impressed with Facebook: The nation’s data protection authority has told the social network that it has just three months to stop tracking the browsing of non-users.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 9th

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New Hacker-Proof RFID Chips Make Great Gifts for Paranoid Friends

Credit cards and passports are filled with microchips brimming with your personal information—and give off radio waves to any nearby sleazebag that wants to steal your identity. A new generation of those chips stands to stop hackers in their tracks.

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Bryan Lufkin

February 3rd

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Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

Nest Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of end-to-end encryption by technology companies. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

February 1st

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Microsoft Edge’s Private Mode May Actually Record Your Browsing

If you’ve been using Microsoft Edge and hoping that all your private browsing was actually, you know, private, then think again. Turns out that it may be possible to reconstruct the site history of the browser, whatever mode it’s in.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 1st

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IoT Security Turned Into An ‘I Spy’ Educational Book For Kids

New I Spy book warns of the dangers of wifi-enabled gadgets at h Security can be a very dry and impenetrable topic. But if the steady creep of connected devices into people’s homes and day-to-day routines continues there’s arguably going to need to be a very broad effort to widen awareness of potential privacy risks. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

January 27th

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Why the feature-light iOS 9.2.1 security update matters

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Three days ago Apple released an iOS 9.2.1 update with seemingly arbitrary ‘security updates and bug fixes’ listed in the release notes. As we’ve seen time and time again with these type of software updates, most often these small updates seem to go ignored by the general public. We stress how important it is to keep your device up to date, even with small security updates like this.

As is customary after Apple releases a security update version of iOS, the firms and people that discovered the vulnerabilities are coming out explaining how and why these security updates matter. Apple has already included a breakdown of what security issues were resolved in iOS 9.2.1, but it’s still nice to get a further detailed look into what made the vulnerabilities possible in the first place.

SkyCure, a company helping in threat defense in EMM and MDM solutions, released a blog post this week detailing their discovery while noting that Apple had finally resolved it.

The security issue (CVE-2016-1730) was reported back in June of 2013, but SkyCure notes that it was a more complicated issue to fix than one would imagine. SkyCure’s discovery relates to the way iOS handles cookies when connecting to a malicious captive-enabled Wi-Fi network. You may have seen these types of networks if you’ve ever connected to a hotel, airport or Starbucks network.

On Thursday, security researchers at Zimperium zLabs had also released a report analyzing how their vulnerability (CVE-2016-1722) was discovered. This vulnerability appears to have taken less than two months to resolve. Zimperium’s discovery revolved around a heap buffer overflow in syslogd that would allow an attacker to have elevated privileges or even perform remote code execution (although this would require the device to be on an already trusted Wi-Fi network).

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As the desire for better security, privacy, and encryption increases, I welcome the security researchers’ work and Apple’s “minor” update. Even if they don’t include any exciting new features, like new emoji.


Filed under: Developers, iOS Tagged: EMM, iOS, iOS 9.2.1, MDM, privacy, Security, SkyCure, Updates, Zimperium

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Greg Barbosa

January 22nd

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Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

Way back in 2012, it came to light that a flaw in Skype made it easy for hackers to acquire your IP address . Now, finally, Microsoft has updated the software so those details are hidden by default.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 22nd

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Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

Way back in 2012, it came to light that a flaw in Skype made it easy for hackers to acquire your IP address . Now, finally, Microsoft has updated the software so those details are hidden by default.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 22nd

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