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Within a few hours of publishing a story yesterday, whatever faith I had in the federal opposition was dashed. After saying the government's encryption legislation was on shaky ground, the soft underbelly of the opposition was exposed. With the government playing their "soft on terrorism" cards the opposition rolled over and said they would support the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 with a few modifications.

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The last place you'd expect to find malware — other than inside the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way — is the official Windows binaries for VLC, the free, ubiquitous media player. Yet, if you typed the name into Microsoft's Bing search engine a few days ago, you'd have been presented with a suspicious site warning. So, what went wrong?

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that they will be pushing forward with its vision for a password-less future. Anyone following the company's moves, and indeed those of a number of other companies, can see that the use of a username/password combination to prove identity has been on shaky ground for some time. The theft of large numbers of user credentials through a number of major breaches over the last five years has almost completely undermined the use of these credentials. But what's next?

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The next time you're forced to make a password — especially if a site requires you to use a crazy combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, or a number, or a symbol — don't assume that these attempts at obfuscation automatically mean that your password is incredible and secure.

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This time of year is extremely busy and stressful for many of us. As well as the filling of calendars with social events and once-a-year catchups with people we've neglected all year, there are lots of sales that compete for our attention as we look for bargains to fill Christmas stockings and the space under the tree. But that stress can lead us to make some poor decisions when it comes to online safety.

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While Facebook has faced massive scrutiny over the last year when it comes to privacy and security, their other major social network, Instagram, has managed to stay clear of the spotlight. Until now. Over the weekend, it was revealed that a new security flaw could have inadvertently exposed Instagram passwords to public view.

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It's been over 15 months since the Spectre and Meltdown processor vulnerabilities were revealed to software and hardware makers and close to a year since they were made known to the wider public. The weaknesses, which allow malware to potentially access data from within a wide variety of CPUs, might not have caused computing armageddon but researchers are finding new flaws in processors affected by these issues.

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Unless new legislation is passed today, Australians will no longer be able to opt out of the government's My Health Record from tomorrow. Planned as an "online summary of your health information" that "can be accessed at any time by you and your healthcare providers", there are no guarantees about how your data will be used by said providers. Here's what you need to know about MHR and how to opt-out if privacy is your main concern.

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Cloudflare has launched mobile apps for its 1.1.1.1 privacy-first DNS resolver service. You can grab the new apps from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The service is a basic DNS server, that Cloudflare says will protect user privacy without sacrificing performance.

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Automated backups are nice, but even better is the ability to initiate one yourself. Until recently, that wasn't possible on Android, however, it appears Google is now supporting the option, though it's unclear which devices or versions will ultimately get the feature.

Shared from Gizmodo

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Even in a world of face unlocking and fingerprint scanning, we still haven't escaped the password just yet. They're still a necessity and they're still annoying to remember. There are now numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles designed to help keep your login credentials safe and secure. Here's how to make sure you're doing passwords right in 2018.

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Google definitely got the message that users weren't happy about the auto-sign in/out link implemented in the previous version of Chrome. The company has launched an updated version of the browser (version 70) that makes it a lot easier to disable this annoying feature — among other changes.

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We often forget that routers are very complex machines that run software designed to manage a massive array of functions - software that can carry vulnerabilities. Throw in the fact many people don't know how to secure their network or router and you have a ticking time-bomb that bad guys are waiting to detonate. What can you do defuse this potentially explosive situation?