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The LastPass 'hack' is a warning on password weakness


Two days ago, the hugely popular LastPass online password management system went ‘a bit Sony’ on it users, reporting a possible hack, asking that many users reset master passwords.The hack was minor, probably affected a tiny number of its users,...


Tags: password security, security

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Microsoft's Streetside spells trouble for Apple not Google


The fascinating re-fashioning of Microsoft from a software company into an information leviathan is gathering pace with news that Redmond plans to send a fleet of camera cars down European streets to create a rival to Google’s Street View.Called Streetside...


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Google is right to go slow on Android 3.0


It’s hands off Google’s Android 3.0 ('Honeycomb') for tablets, at least for the time being, and developers - some developers at least - are spooked.Some see Google’s decision to delay the source code release for the tablet-oriented OS for months...


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Search engines still blind to ESTA visa scams


Scandalously, the big search engines are still accepting sponsored ads from scammers trying to dupe travellers to the US into paying vastly more for their US ESTA visa checks than they need to.The ESTA visa now costs $14 per person...


Tags: security

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When a security company dies


Israeli security company Yoggie Security Systems expired quietly three months ago, but its products live on as lonely orphans in the inventories of a dozen websites that have yet to hear of its mortality.That means, presumably, that people are still...


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Is the iPad 2 great or are its rivals just lousy?


Nine months after launching iPad 1 to muted acclaim, a pale Steve Jobs has materialised on stage once again to beat the credibility out of his rivals with a successor, the iPad 2.Since the original iPad, Apple’s rivals have busied...


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Rogue Android apps are suddenly among us


After a long phoney war when a lot was said but nothing much actually happened, Android is finally facing the predicted surge in app criminality that its open software model invites.The first Android malware landmark came as recently as August...


Tags: android, antivirus, security

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Apple's subscription levy spells trouble for consumers


Imagine a world where every newspaper and magazine sold hands money not just to the creator of that content but to the company that built the platform on which it is being delivered. As boring as it sounds, this is...


Tags: amazon kindle, android, iphone

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Is 'Safer Internet Day' missing the point?


I call it the ‘Internet certainty principle’, the belief that the Internet is perfectly safe until you actually observe it, whereupon its notional security collapses into paranoid doubt.It’s as if Schrodinger opened his famous box containing a cat that was...


Tags: internet, social media

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Egypt's mysterious return to the Internet


The old media look to a square in Cairo when they want to understand the political turmoil in Egypt, but perhaps it is now the Internet, or the lack of it, that offers a more complex picture of the power...


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