Choice ranks best VPNs in online privacy push

Hannah Francis 3:00 PM   HideMyAss is one of the consumer group's top picks to increase online privacy and access overseas content.

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Privacy Commissioner fears metadata breaches

Position: Timothy Pilgrim says Australians should be warned if their their privacy is breached as a result of leaked metadata.

Ben Grubb   Internet and phone providers should be required to notify customers of metadata breaches if they are forced to store customers' records, Australia's federal Privacy Commissioner says.

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Lack of data laws endangers lives, British minister says

British Home Secretary Theresa May.

Britain's failure to pass a law forcing communications firms to collect and store online data is endangering lives and weakening the country's ability to protect itself, Theresa May, the interior minister, has warned.

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George Brandis still struggling with metadata

Attorney-General George Brandis is still struggling to justify his metadata laws.

Jon Lawrence   Comment: Minister's latest attempt to justify metadata laws is as distasteful as it is misleading.

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Telstra security codes introduced after lax ID checks exposed

Telstra has boosted its security by introducing security codes.

Ben Grubb   After it was revealed how easy it was to hack into any customer's online account, Telstra introduces security codes.

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Australian telcos in race against time to estimate metadata retention costs

Telcos will need to give cost estimates for data retention by mid January.

Ben Grubb   Australian telcos are in a race against the clock to estimate how much it will cost them to implement the federal government's controversial data retention regime.

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Tiny tracking bugs lurk in emails, but there are ways to squash them

Did you know that you can be tracked simply by opening an email?

Kate Murphy   Did you know that you can be tracked simply by opening an email? Here's how to stop it.

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Facebook must face lawsuit over scanning of users' messages: judge

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Nate Raymond   Facebook must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a US judge has ruled.

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Apple forces first ever security update on Mac users

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Jim Finkle   Apple has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.

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Huge flaw that undermines privacy of mobile phone networks revealed by German researchers

Researchers have found a huge security flaw in a system used by the world's mobile networks.

Craig Timberg   German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when mobile networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.

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The machine that can crack almost any phone

The phone cracker.

Ben Grubb   If you thought wiping your mobile phone once to delete its contents, or having a passcode to protect it from prying eyes was enough, think again.

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The lesson of the Sony hack: we should all jump to the erasable internet

A range of start-ups across the world, including Snapchat, are working to create communications systems that are not based on saving as a default.

Farhad Manjoo   This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text, don’t update, don’t send photos.

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Fearing millions of requests, Australian telcos protest citizen metadata access

Watch it: Telcos say that citizens shouldn't have access to their metadata.

Ben Grubb   Australian citizens should not be allowed to gain access to their internet and phone metadata from companies like Telstra and Optus, inquiry told.

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Telcos say two years is too long for metadata storage

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Ben Grubb   Internet and phone companies say about six months would be an appropriate period for them to compulsorily retain clients' metadata.

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$23 million lost to romance fraud scammers

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Julie Power   Think the most likely victim of a romance scam is an older woman?

'Australia Post' delivery scam holds PCs to ransom

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Beau Donelly   Parcel delivery scams that infect computers with viruses and hold victims' data to ransom are on the rise in the lead up to Christmas, the federal consumer watchdog has warned.

Networks go private for security

Adam Turner   As hackers find more insidious ways to sneak past our defences, the extra security of a virtual private network looks more attractive than ever.

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New cybercrime reporting tool launched

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Paul Osborne   Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network offers a simple way to report cybercrime incidents, referring reports to the right law enforcement agency for consideration and possible investigation.

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How to keep the world's eyes out of your webcam

Security breach ... An image taken from a webcam in a Sydney home shows a baby sleeping.

Michael Cowling   There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them – without their owner knowing – thanks to a Russian website providing a convenient list of every camera that can be accessed.

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Uber hires former IBM privacy chief to conduct review amid controversy

Uber is hiring Harriet Pearson and law firm Hogan Lovells in an attempt to stamp out growing controversy around riders' privacy.

Serena Saitto   In a move straight out of the PR crisis management handbook, Uber has hired a heavyweight data privacy expert to conduct a review of its practices amid growing controversy and criticism.