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The most common passwords of 2016

Keeper found about 1.7 million accounts were protected by the password '123456'. Is yours?

We've all heard the warnings about passwords — use a variety of character types, make it random, use a password manager — but many of us, it seems, still aren't listening.

Ransomware for hire

Ransomware: a growing service industry.

Ransomware is a growing problem. It's estimated to have affected tens of thousands of Americans in 2016, and according to the FBI, is on track to make nearly $US1 billion a year for the criminals behind it.

A doorbell that talks to your phone

A doorbell that talks to your phone. Of course.

Do you want to see live-stream footage of everyone who comes to your door? If so, then it may be worth spending $299 on a video doorbell, made by US company Ring, which has a camera with night vision and two-way audio.

Assange says US benefited from Clinton email leaks

Views on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have shifted.

'The real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work,' Assange wrote. 'It would be unconscionable for WikiLeaks to withhold such an archive from the public during an election.'

Smart devices, dumb security

Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai has admitted its cameras and other devices are vulnerable to being taken over by hackers, ...

Security experts speaking at Australia's Ruxcon 2016 event explain why the weekend's internet problems are likely just the beginning.