Self-Destructing SSDs Will Nuke Themselves If You Text Them a Code Word

Losing a laptop full of personal files like family photos is upsetting, but losing a laptop full of private corporate info and trade secrets is instead downright terrifying. So when you absolutely can't risk misplaced data falling into the wrong hands, a GSM-equipped SSD drive that can remotely physically… » 9/30/14 12:15pm Today 12:15pm

Dreaming of a Tor Button for Firefox

It's no secret that everybody's thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummeled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the… » 9/29/14 5:11pm Yesterday 5:11pm

How to Find Long-Lost Passwords Hiding In Your Browser

Wait just a second before clicking that 'Forgot password?' link—chances are that your browser has your password stored somewhere in the depths of its memory. Head to your browser's cache of login details if you can't recall your credentials, or you're signing in on a new device altogether. » 9/26/14 1:59pm Friday 1:59pm

Report: iPhone Anti-Tracking Feature Only Works With Cell Data Off…

Back at WWDC in June, Apple told the world that a new iOS 8 feature would stop marketers from spying on users through Wi-Fi. The feature is available now—but it turns out, it only works if you turn off your GPS and disable your cellular connection. Which isn't quite as comprehensive as we may have thought. » 9/26/14 11:37am Friday 11:37am

FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs the Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey who is "very concerned" about the matter. He's so concerned that the FBI's had conversations with Apple and Google about how they're marketing the devices. And Comey wants America to know that he's upset. » 9/25/14 6:30pm Thursday 6:30pm

Why the Bash Shellshock Bug Could Be Even Worse Than Heartbleed

Shellshock is newly discovered vulnerability in software that's in computer systems we use everyday. It's kind of like Heartbleed, the Open/SSL bug that scared everyone senseless a few months ago and remains unpatched on thousands of systems. According to some experts, however, Shellshock could be way worse, and it's… » 9/25/14 11:07am Thursday 11:07am

Study Shows Most Serious Cyberattacks Are Coming From Inside the US

When we think about where hackers come from, China is probably the first country that comes to mind—for good reason, too. Russia's maybe next in line. But a controlled experiment by cyber security researchers shows that the vast majority of attacks actually come from a very familiar place: the United States. » 9/24/14 11:00am 9/24/14 11:00am

The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple's new encryption techniques would've lead to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction. » 9/23/14 8:40pm 9/23/14 8:40pm

Judge: Yes, You Can Serve Legal Papers Over Facebook

It used to be that, when you wanted to slap someone with a lawsuit, you'd have to hunt them down the old-fashioned way—on foot, just like mom used to do. But now, a Family Court official has ruled for the very first time in the United States (it's already common practice in Europe) that yes, you can indeed serve legal… » 9/19/14 6:09pm 9/19/14 6:09pm

Apple Won't Turn Over Your iPhone's Data to Police If You're Using iOS 8

Here's a new feature of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting: Apple announced tonight that the new software makes it impossible for Apple to turn over the data on an iOS 8-equipped iPhone or iPad to U.S. law enforcement, even in the presence of a search warrant. Chalk one up for privacy. » 9/17/14 11:57pm 9/17/14 11:57pm

iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach—iCloud's two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. » 9/16/14 6:40pm 9/16/14 6:40pm