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Smashing Security #129: Too Long; Didn’t Listen

Don’t hire a hacker, they might scam you! What works and what doesn’t when it comes to protecting your email account? And China’s controversial social credit system comes under the microscope.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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bitdefender.com

Don’t have your account hijacked. Secure your online accounts with more than a password, says Google

Research published at the end of last week argues that the typical user can significantly harden the security of their online accounts by linking a recovery phone number that can send an alert if there is suspicious activity on the account.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Facebook sponsored posts selling access to hacked PayPal accounts

Have you ever been curious just how much vetting Facebook does before it accepts cash for an ad or a sponsored post?

Judging by what’s popping up in some users’ newsfeeds, the answer is not that much.


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Michael Bublé’s Instagram suffers cock-up

Someone has posted some rather bizarre things on singer Michael Bublé’s Instagram account.


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Facebook isn’t letting you opt-out of having people search for you by your phone number

If you really must use Facebook, don’t give it your phone number – not even for 2FA.


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Smashing Security #117: SWATs on a plane

Why is Tampa’s mayor tweeting about blowing up the airport? Are hackers trying to connect with you via LinkedIn? And has Maria succeeded in her attempt to survive February without Facebook?

All this and much much more in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Plus, after last week’s discussion about the legal battle between Mondelez and Zurich Insurance, we have a chat with security veteran Martin Overton to take a deeper look into cyberinsurance.


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The man suing Apple over two-factor authentication has ‘previous’

Many have been baffled by Jay Brodsky’s legal action against Apple, including his claim that it takes between two and five minutes for him to pass the 2FA security check.

But things began to fall a little more into place when you discover it’s not the first time he has sued Apple.


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Apple sued because two-factor authentication… oh, I give up

An American man is bringing a class action against Apple, complaining that two-factor authentication (2FA) on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time.


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Smashing Security #115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it’s costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don’t get caught by a catfisher this Valentine’s Day.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by B J Mendelson.


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Some OkCupid users have their accounts compromised. Why don’t more dating apps use 2FA?

It’s easy to imagine the harm that could result from a hacker reading users’ private communications on a dating app. So it’s a disgrace that more don’t offer a higher level of security to help prevent accounts from being hijacked.


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Automated phishing attack tool bypasses 2FA protection

Modlishka may help raise awareness of the danger of reverse proxy phishing attacks, but it’s easy to imagine that many criminals will be tempted to put it to malicious use.


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Multi-factor failure locks out Microsoft Office 365 and Azure users

Users of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are struggling to access their accounts today, due to a multi-factor authentication malfunction.


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Smashing Security #103: An Instagram nightmare, crazy iPhone deaths, and election hack claims

One travel blogger finds you don’t have to be Kylie Jenner to be targeted by an Instagram hacker. When 40 iPhones at a hospital mysteriously die, what could be the explanation? And, surprise surprise, political parties in the USA are throwing around hacking accusations.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Naked Security’s Mark Stockley.


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Smashing Security #099: Passwords – A Smashing Security splinter (replay)

Passwords – everything you need to know about how to make them safer, and better secure your online accounts. In this replay of our podcast from February 2017, Graham Cluley, Carole Theriault and Vanja Švajcer discuss the perennial problem of passwords and offer some advice and tips for computer users.


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bitdefender.com

Your business should be more afraid of phishing than malware

If you were to make a list of the most common causes of security breaches, it is phishing attacks that would surely dominate.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Instagram finally supports third-party authentication apps for greater account security

Instagram has entered the 21st century, and finally added support for third-party 2FA apps like Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, and Authy.

Please turn it on.


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