Two States Could Ban Unbreakable Smartphone Encryption

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Proposed laws in California and New York would ban phones with unbreakable encryption. California state representative Jim Cooper says the move is needed to prevent human trafficking. The California bill was introduced this week and its introduction explains that it “would require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold […]

Worst Passwords List Is Same Old $h1T

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The annual list of the “worst passwords” has again failed to tell us anything useful about security, thought perhaps provided a little (predictable) detail about popular culture. As always happens this time of year, a publicity-seeking company behind a password manager application has put together a list of the 25 worst passwords by simply counting […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Huge Sale on IT Books (Certifications, Programming, Windows, Etc.)

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon offers some amazing deals on various IT books. Whether you’re looking to get a certification (CISSP, MCSA, CompTIA, CCNA, + MORE!) or simply want to learn more about programming and/or operating systems, there’s going to be something interesting for you in there! –Wiley Certification Books Sale […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From January-February 2015)

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It’s time once again to take a look back at some of the news stories we’ve covered here at GaS in 2015 as well as following up on later developments. In January the Mars rover Opportunity began suffering problems with the flash memory which it used to store data before sending it back to Earth whenever […]

Google Designs Bloodsucking Smartwatch

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Google has applied for a patent on a way to draw blood without using a needle. It could be used in a smartwatch to make life easier for people with diabetes. The idea seems to be based around situations where only a small drop of blood needs to be extracted, meaning the traditional syringe needle […]

New Gadget Promises Rock-Solid Security

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A company believes a glowing pebble could be the easiest way to secure internet-connected devices across a home. Dojo uses a traffic light system to keep users up to date on threats to their smart devices. The logic behind the product is that as the “Internet of Things” brings ever-more home devices such as thermostats […]

FREE eBook: Introduction to Windows 10 Security (a $24.95 value)

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Today, we have a new free ebook for you guys! For a limited time, get “Introduction to Windows 10 Security,” which is usually priced at $24.95, for FREE! This book covers: -The current security landscape: Microsoft has taken a comprehensive top down approach to securing Windows 10 — you’ll learn why this is happening. -Securing […]

Siri/Google Now Headphone Hack No Biggie

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If you’ve heard that French researchers have successfully hacked Siri and Google now, don’t worry too much. “Success” is most certainly a relative term. While the researchers at government IT security agency ANSSI have demonstrated their ‘hack’ it’s barely more than a proof of concept. In this case the concept is that electromagnetic waves and […]

Free eBook: Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents, Second Edition (A $14.99 Value)

For today’s free ebook, get Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents (Second Edition), a value of $14.99, for FREE! Turn your Raspberry Pi into your very own secret agent toolbox with this set of exciting projects. This book is for all the mischievous Raspberry Pi owners who would like to see their computer transformed into a […]

Apple Fixes iOS 9 Lock Screen Security Bug

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Apple has released an update to iOS 9 that’s a must install. It fixes a security problem that would let a thief access some iPhone contents without knowing the PIN code. The update is to iOS 9.0.2 and fixes the problem introduced in last week’s 9.0.1 update. While it didn’t mention the fix in the […]

Accused Can Keep Passcodes Secret… Sometimes

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A federal court has ruled that the fifth amendment can cover the passcode on an employee’s phone even if it was given to them by their employer. The case involves two data analysts for Capital One who were accused of insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Commission believed it had the legal right to see […]

US Issues First Bitcoin License

New York has become the first US state to issue a bitcoin license. Circle Internet Financial will now have to follow some of the same consumer protection regulations that affect traditional banks. The state came up with the idea of a specific BitLicense back in January 2014 but had yet to issue one. In June […]