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  • Google Bans 600 Android Apps That Bombarded Users with Ads
    Google has just announced that it removed a total of 600 apps from the Google Play Store and then banned from the using the Google AdMob and Google Ad Manager ad monetization platforms after discovering they used a prohibited behavior to bombard users with...
  • Firefox VPN for Android Now Available for Download
    The official Firefox VPN app for Android is now available for download, even if the VPN service itself continues to be offered as part of a closed program. Firefox VPN is a service which Mozilla is betting big on for increased revenues, as it’ll be offered...
  • Former Amazon Exec Says He Shuts Down Alexa for “Private Moments”
    Former Amazon executive Robert Frederick revealed in a recent interview that despite using Alexa speakers at home, he typically shuts them down whenever he wants to have “a private moment.” “I don't want certain conversations to be heard by humans. Conversations...
  • FBI on Passwords: Don’t Use Hints, Go for Passphrases
    Despite the entire industry calling for everyone to use stronger passwords, choices like “passwords123” and “1234” continue to be the most used, even for protecting sensitive information like email and banking accounts. More often than not, people...
  • Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Choose Passwords You Don’t Want to Be Synced
    Google Chrome already allows users to sync their passwords when logged in with a Google account, but in a future update, the browser will provide additional controls to let them choose more specifically what passwords they want to be stored in the Google Account. In...
  • IRS Says Everyone Should Enable Two-Factor Authentication Right Here, Right Now
    The IRS has issued a public advisory to recommend tax professionals and taxpayers to enable multi-factor authentication on tax preparation software applications to prevent data thefts. The organization says it has already become aware of nearly two dozen data...
  • Government Falls for Phishing Scam, Transfers $2.6 Million to Fake Account
    Phishing scams are nothing new, so you’d normally expect fewer people to fall for these, especially if they work for a government organization. And yet, somehow the Puerto Rico government ended up transferring no less than $2.6 million to a fake account...
  • Clever Android Virus Keeps Coming Back Even After a Full Reset
    xHelper is an Android malware infection that has been around for a while, with security vendor Malwarebytes first detecting it in May 2019. Since then, the majority of Android security apps added xHelper detection, which means that most devices should already...
  • What Are Firefox Containers and Why Every Browser Needs Them
    Browser makers are working hard to build new privacy features that would protect users when surfing the web, and up to this point, Mozilla seems to be one of the innovators when it comes to such capabilities bundled with browsers. Mozilla has launched a so-called...
  • Antivirus Maker Avast Under Investigation for Selling User Data to Tech Giants
    The data protection watchdog in the Czech Republic has started an investigation of antivirus company Avast after an in-depth analysis of its data collection practices revealed that the vendor was selling browsing history info of over 100 million users to tech...
  • How to Block Heavy Ads Eating Up System Resources in Google Chrome 80
    Google Chrome 80 is now available for download on all supported platforms, and in addition to the improvements that Google itself mentioned in the release notes, there’s something just as important that’s currently offered as an experimental flag. It’s...
  • Mac, Not Windows, Is Now Hackers’ Favorite Target
    Security company Malwarebytes reveals in its latest report that the number of threats aimed at Macs is growing faster than their Windows siblings, as it detected twice as many malicious attempts targeting Apple users as Windows attacks. In other words, Macs...
  • The Coronavirus Effect: Facial Recognition Useless Due to Face Masks
    The face masks used by a growing number of the Chinese are rendering facial recognition systems across the country useless, according to a report. Facial recognition is employed by various services in the country, including not only for mobile phones, but...
  • Hackers Use Vulnerable Windows Driver to Turn Off the Antivirus
    Security company Sophos warns of a new ransomware attack that uses a vulnerable Gigabyte driver in an attempt to break into a Windows system and then disable the running security software. The attack is based on a security flaw found in 2018 in a Gigabyte...
  • Google Chrome to Get New Feature Blocking Insecure Downloads
    Google has recently announced a new security feature for Chrome browser that would essentially block insecure downloads by default. Technically, Google considers insecure downloads files that are offered for download from HTTP pages after previously using...