Security

Google's Safe Browsing now protects against deceptive software downloads

Google bolsters utility further by warning users of embedded content like ads that pretend to be from a legitimate company to get users to download dodgy unwanted software.

Why we shame the trolls who send us inappropriate messages

Laura Lux and Emily Sears are among the countless women who have to deal with online harassment.

Emily Sears, Laura Lux   An Australian model, who is being applauded for responding to men who send her unsolicited images on social media by telling their girlfriends, shares why she does it.

Scams

Not all scammers claim to be Nigerian princes

Many email scammers make threats, but can't follow through.

Adam Turner   Fresh tips to recognise today's crop of online scammers.

Security

Using an iPhone or a Mac? Watch out for this site

Apple remained the most valuable brand in Brand Finance's ranking at $US146 billion, thanks to the success of the iPhone 6.

Andrea Peterson   ​Beware of pranksters on Twitter today if you're an Apple user.

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Telstra privacy breach leaves customer's voicemail exposed

Chief executive Andrew Penn will tell shareholders at Telstra's annual general meeting on Tuesday the company is ...

Hannah Francis   Richard Thornton did a factory reset on his second-hand iPhone 5, but the buyer kept receiving his voicemail.

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The most popular passwords of 2015 are the worst, again

"123456" and "password" topped the list of most popular passwords.

Andrea Peterson   Our passwords are bad, and we should feel bad about it.

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Hyatt credit card breach affected 250 hotels worldwide

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne was one of 250 hotels worldwide affected by the breach

Brian Krebs   If you stayed, ate or played at a Hyatt hotel between August 13 and December 8, 2015, there's a good chance your credit or debit card data was stolen and sent to US-based cyber thieves.

Encryption

Australians join international protest against government 'backdoors'

Privacy advocates say building in access to our devices for the "good guys" would only give the bad guys a new target.

Andrea Peterson   'The internet belongs to the world's people, not its governments', protest group says.

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Small businesses shouldn't be excused on data breach reporting: experts

Even small companies now collect masses of personal information.

Tim Biggs   New laws proposed by the Turnbull government would force some companies to notify Australians if their personal data is breached as the result of a hack or cyber attack, but some experts say the rules don't go far enough.

Security

Apple's iPhone, Mac systems top list of software with most vulnerabilities

Apple's two operating systems topped the list for most vulnerabilities, but Microsoft systems had more total if you add ...

Spandas Lui   You'd think a Microsoft operating system or the notorious Adobe Flash would top a list of software with the most vulnerabilities last year, but you'd be wrong.

Online account security: lazy authentication is still the norm

PayPal has become a member of eftpos and plans to connect to its real-time payments infrastructure next year.

Brian Krebs   Even in the high-tech world of 2016, crims will be able to side-step your account security by making a phone call and saying they're you.

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Google wants to get rid of passwords

We're all guilty of simplifying some of our passwords for the sake of convenience.

Jack Paynter   Tech giant is trialling password-less account login with select users.

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Apple hits out at plans to extend online surveillance

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Company says plan to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the security of personal data for millions of people and paralyse the tech sector.

Security

Don't let parcel scammers ruin your Christmas

Australia Post wants to raise prices from January to help offset the huge losses in its mail business.

Hannah Francis   Type of scam that has already seen $80,000 stolen in 2015 ramps up significantly ahead of Christmas.

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Privacy

British police arrest man over VTech toymaker hack

Profiles of 6.4 million children are believed to have been compromised in the hack.

Andrea Peterson   Police in Britain arrested a 21-year-old man Tuesday as part of an investigation into the massive hack against company.

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The Guardian hit by malware hidden in article about cybersecurity

Ransomware encrypts files on a user's computer and then demands money to unlock them again.

Hannah Francis   The Independent and Daily Mail UK hit by similar problems.

Hackers make merry with web-connected Christmas toys

Cyber experts have uncovered major security flaws in the systems behind Hello Barbie.

Peter Munro   The growing wave of high-tech internet-connected toys has sparked privacy fears among cyber security experts.

Drone use sparks fears of stalking, harassment and spying

Drones that carry video cameras are becoming increasingly popular.

Kieran Gair   The increasing popularity of drones has sparked fears Australia's newest tech gadget could be used to facilitate stalking, harassment and unlawful surveillance. 

Good grief! Don't get slack with data security

Hacks happen often, but that's no reason to ignore them.

Peter Wells   There's one hacked every minute. Breaches of high-profile websites happen so often that it's easy to dismiss them as inevitable – but that doesn't mean it won't happen to you.

Delayed Australian data breach notification bill lands

Companies at present aren't legally required to disclose breaches, but they can do so voluntarily.

Ben Grubb   Australians will be informed of certain breaches of their personal information under new laws being proposed by the Turnbull government, but only if the company or organisation breached turns over $3 million in revenue a year.

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