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Securing Android devices isn’t quite as fiddly as trying to manage iOS, but still lacks options compared to the well-established principles for desktop PCs and laptops. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Intel outlined plans to make Android devices more manageable, but just how soon will we see those plans in action?
Earlier this week, web developer Tal Ater warned of a Chrome exploit that could allow an unscrupulous website to listen in to your computer’s microphone while you speak. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself.
This was inevitable: the subhuman phone scammers who pretend to be calling from Microsoft (or Telstra or whoever) and falsely claim they have detected a problem on your computer as a pretext for installing malware while charging you for it have now started targeting owners of smartphones and tablets. I guess the scam industry has to reflect sales trends.
Windows: Whether you’re troubleshooting poor performance on your own wireless network or trying to figure out how overloaded the hotel Wi-Fi is where you’re staying, Who Is On My Wi-Fi is a free Windows utility that can show you who else is using that precious bandwidth.
After spending most of 2013 reminding everyone that extended support for Windows XP would end on 8 April 2014, Microsoft has now said it will continue to deliver Windows XP signatures for its security products until July 2015. Even though signature updates only represent a tiny element of what operating system support requires, this is a bad idea.
The internet-enabled fridge is a concept we’ve been mocking for decades, but modern homes are filled with appliances and gadgets that are net-connected, from TVs to routers. And just like computers, those device can be hacked and exploited to create spam-sending botnets and launch denial-of-service attacks.
When it comes to password security, longer is typically better and multi-word pass phrases are even better than that. But if you find yourself with an annoying, fixed-length password, try mixing up the characters in it.