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Unfixable Flaw In Intel Chipsets Opens Encrypted Data To Hackers

If your computer uses an Intel chipset made in the last five years, it could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers thanks to a critical flaw in its read-only memory (ROM). The fix? There isn’t one, really. Not unless you’re willing to shell out for an entirely brand new computer.

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Peter Dutton pushes for overseas police to tap Australians’ phones

Peter Dutton has released a bill to increase cooperation between Australian law enforcement agencies and international partners by creating a system to authorise interception of phone calls or access of electronic communications.

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Apple Can Feel Its Reputation For Bulletproof Security Slipping Through Its Fingers

With its flagship iPhone event just a few days away, it appears that Apple is getting a little nervous about recent reports regarding the state of its lauded security features. On Friday, it took the unusual step of publishing a blog post to refute some recent claims about its operating system made by Google researchers and to clarify the impact its failures have had on users around the globe.

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Securely Transfer Files For Free With Black Hole’s Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer servicespreviously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)

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How We Back Up Our Data To The Cloud

The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in that his solution for backing up his laptop was easy: He never keeps any important files on it. Everything — and he means everything — lives in the cloud.

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Apple Criticizes Proposed Anti-Encryption Legislation in Australia

The Australian government is considering a bill that would require tech companies like Apple to provide “critical assistance” to government agencies who are investigating crimes.

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How To Use Signal Without Revealing Your Private Phone Number

Signal has made encryption available to the masses, but the secure messaging service also leaves one bit of personal information exposed: Your private phone number.

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Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable To Attack By Simply Answering A Video Call

On Tuesday, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team published a report revealing how WhatsApp users could lose control of their account just by answering a video call from a bad actor.

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Use Your Password Manager For Security Answers, Too

It’s been a while since I’ve had to type in some stupid answer to a made-up question when creating an account on a new service. You know what I’m talking about: Forget your password, and you can regain access to your account by typing in the name of your first pet (Mr Mrglglrm), your favourite sports team (Saskatoon Sirens), or the street you grew up on (Third Street).

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You Have No Excuses For Crappy Passwords Anymore

The password itself is crappy. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist.

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