Google says 64% of Chrome traffic on Android now protected with HTTPS, 75% on Mac, 66% on Windows

 Google’s push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up 42 percent from a year ago. In addition, over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on ChromeOS a year ago. Read More

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Data is the name of the game, as Intel Capital puts $60M in 15 startups, $566M in 2017 overall

 Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (with a full rundown below). The investments come on the back of a big year for the group: In 2017 so far, Intel says that it’s invested $566… Read More

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EU uses Privacy Shield review to press for reform of U.S. foreign surveillance law

 A one-year-old data transfer mechanism that’s used by thousands of companies to authorize transfers of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. for processing has been given the thumbs up after its first annual review. Read More

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The next revolution will be reclaiming your digital identity

Fingerprint An identity is a difficult thing to lose. I found this out the hard way when my passport was stolen while backpacking through Asia and Africa earlier this year. The bureaucratic process to get a new passport gave me a glimpse at how broken our system of identity management is today. Fortunately, technology is on the cusp of a major paradigm shift in the field of identity. Read More

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Microsoft already published a KRACK fix, Apple and Google are working on it

 Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol yesterday that affects all devices that use WiFi. While we’ve listed many ways to protect yourself against KRACK, the best way to completely eradicate it from your network is to update all your WiFi devices. And some companies have been faster than others. First, you should… Read More

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Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

 Apple has now responded to a letter from Senator Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into its top-of-the-range iPhone X, due to go on sale early next month.  Read More

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Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

 Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature – a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account’s security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized… Read More

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We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords

 We Heart It, an image-sharing site used by 40 million teens as of a couple of years ago, is informing users their personal data may have been compromised. The company was alerted to a possible security breach last week that involved over 8 million accounts, it said on Friday. The breach took place a few years ago and includes email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords for We Heart… Read More

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WPA2 shown to be vulnerable to key reinstallation attacks

 A key reinstallation attack vulnerability in the WPA2 wi-fi protocol has been made public today. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has identified what he dubs a “serious weakness” in the wireless protocol. Read More

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Benchmark just funded a stealthy AI company founded Qualcomm’s former head of R&D

 Nayeem Islam has spent the last eight years with chipmaker Qualcomm, where he founded its Silicon Valley-based R&D facility, recruited its entire team and oversaw research on all aspects of security, including applying analysis techniques like machine learning on mobile devices and in the network to detect threats early. One of the group’s projects, in fact, was focused… Read More

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Surreptitious cryptocurrency miners hide on Politifact and hundreds of other sites

 Politifact is the latest and perhaps most high-profile website to host code that secretly hijacks visitors’ CPUs to mine cryptocurrency. Driven by a boom in cryptocoin value and a lack of protections against Javascript routines like this one, this surprising form of audience monetization is now found on hundreds of sites. Read More

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