Smashing Security podcast #140: Love, PINs, and 8chan

Is the PIN you use for your bank card secure? How did one woman get duped into giving a romance scammer $200,000? And Cloudflare and other online services take aim at a vile corner of the internet…

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.

500,000 Monzo banking customers told to change their PINs

Mobile-only bank Monzo has apologised for a gaffe which left the PINs of a subset of its customers exposed to its internal engineers.

Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

What’s safer? Using a numeric PIN code to unlock your Android smartphone or relying on a finger squiggle? The answer might surprise you.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

How your smartwatch or fitness tracker could reveal your ATM PIN

Hackers could record minute fine-grained movements from the sensors embedded in wearable fitness tracking devices and then determine your PIN code or password, researchers discover.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Chip and pin has arrived in the USA, or has it?

By Thursday October 1st, all merchants in the United States are supposed to be equipped with new credit card machines that accept Chip and PIN technology.

But it hasn’t happened, as Bob Covello reports.

Could emoji passcodes be safer for online bank users?

Don’t be surprised if some banking apps start to ask you for your emoji passcode sooner rather than later.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

UK Police push for all smartphones to be password-protected

Do you use a password to protect your phone?

The London Metropolitan Police thinks it’s time to retire the entire question – by forcing the issue.

Learn more in this article on the Foursys blog.

Google Voice is improving its voicemail security

In an attempt to make it harder for people to hack into your voicemail, Google is introducing a couple of new security features to its online telephone service – Google Voice.

Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer is a twerp when it comes to smartphone security

“I don’t have a passcode on my phone”, says woman heading up company responsible for protecting privacy of hundreds of millions of internet users.

Toilet hackers could snoop on your poop, steal data of a “personal nature” [VIDEO]

Security vulnerability found in luxury lavatory. Bog-standard loos declared safe to sit on.

How to set a stronger passcode for your iPhone – and still remember it! [VIDEO]

Password wizard Per Thorsheim has made a great video that explains in very simple terms how to create a strong harder-to-crack passcode for your iPhone which is *still* easy to remember.

The top 10 passcodes you should never use on your iPhone

Are you one of the many people who is using a dangerously easy-to-guess passcode on your iPhone?

Maybe you should do something about it – sooner rather than later.

More details on the Diebold ATM Trojan horse case

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Is there malware lurking in your ATM?

Read more in my article at Naked Security.