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The past year has been pretty rough for security -- with Heartbleed, Superfish, remotely hacked cars and all sorts of personal information getting into the wrong hands. Encryption and security are quickly becoming mainstream topics, as it's harder and harder to keep your head in the sand about technology risks. However, perfect security doesn't really exist, but I'm sure we'll have some folks demanding it soon. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: cybersecurity, hacks, heartbleed, malware, security, stagefright, superfish, thunderstrike 2, worm, zero day
Companies: apple, google, lenovo, morphisec


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    Jake, 11 Aug 2015 @ 7:07pm

    I'd make a smug comment about how us Linux users never have this problem, but we're actually in danger of getting popular enough to be worth targeting now. How long do you think it'll be before we hear about SteamOS malware?

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 11 Aug 2015 @ 7:13pm

    According to Google

    If you set your MMS handler so that it doesn't automatically download pictures (and then only download pictures from trusted senders) that should keep you relatively safe from Stagefright.

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    Lee (profile), 11 Aug 2015 @ 7:39pm

    Re: SteamOS malware

    SteamOS only installs applications from the Steam store. The browser is Webkit based IIRC (same as Chrome) so I doubt that will have many security holes. If any come out, they will quickly be patched. Hopefully this means us Linux users won't get any more malware because of SteamOS :D.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Aug 2015 @ 11:35pm

    Re: According to Google

    AT&T just pushed the OTA update to my phone yesterday.

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    MrTroy (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 12:13am

    Re:

    http://swiftonsecurity.tumblr.com/post/98675308034/a-story-about-jessica

    Save your smug comments, because they don't help Jessica at all. If all of the Jessicas in the world were on some variety of Linux, all of the same problems would still exist.

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    Richard (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 2:24am

    Apple isn't special when it comes to security.

    Apple is special but only insofar as it has lower market penetration (in the pc space) and hence presents a less appealing target to malware writers.

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    Sheogorath (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:33am

    If you set your MMS handler so that it doesn't automatically download pictures (and then only download pictures from trusted senders) that should keep you relatively safe from Stagefright.
    First thing I do with every new device I buy along with disabling the bloatware I don't use. I figure my phone and tablet are safe from being targeted through Google Hangouts.

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    teknosapien (profile), 12 Aug 2015 @ 9:58am

    I can see it now

    NSA wins its battle against encryption and the fall out is that a terrorist organization hacks all reachable cars that can be exploited on the same day. Causing a worse attack than 911

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