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Accounting for over one billion smartphone sales last year, Android is by far the most common operating system. It’s no surprise then that the OS is a prime target for malware and compromised security. While Google is very active in making Android safer, there are also a range of third party apps available. Read on to find out how to improve your security.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Macro viruses -- utilising Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to execute code inside Office apps like Word and Excel -- were the most visible form of malware at one point, but improved security in Office meant their prevalence has dropped dramatically in recent years. Now, however, it seems they're on the prowl again.

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Ransomware -- software which hijacks your computer and demands financial payment to return access to your data -- is an increasingly lucrative criminal activity. A new white paper from Sophos highlights how ransomware operates, and offers some clues on how to stop it.

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Business security software developer Sophos is signing up testers for its new Cloud Platform security suite, which shifts Sophos' existing security software systems into a cloud environment, letting you deploy, manage and report via an online interface. The software beta hasn't rolled out yet, but is due for release in "early 2013".

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You've probably been caught out by typosquatting before: you type an address into your browser, get a letter wrong, and end up on a site that's filled with ads, weird downloads or other unexpected content. But just how common is the practice of registering slightly incorrect domain names in the hope they'll attract traffic? An analysis by web security software firm Sophos suggests that when it comes to popular web services, nearly every possible option has been grabbed.