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Will smartphones kill passwords on all platforms?

The development of reliable biometric technology, particularly useful on mobile devices, could replace passwords on other platforms as well.

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Adware runs rampant in Google Play, researchers say

One or more antivirus vendors flagged 22 percent of 8000 popular apps as having issues

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Petition Against Passwords pushes next-gen security

Critics are urging the end of passwords, but skeptics say the alternatives not yet ready for prime time.

Don't be fooled by study's dramatically lower cyberthreat estimate, experts say

One analyst compared security spending to preparing for a natural disaster -- wait until it happens and it's 'too late'

Foreign VPNs offer protection against US government spying

Subscribing to a virtual private network managed by a company in another country can make it more difficult for the NSA and other U.S. agencies to snoop on U.S. citizens.

Hackers use Dropbox, WordPress to spread malware

The attackers did not exploit any vulnerabilities, but they opened up accounts and used the services as their infrastructure

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Skype flaw allows Android lock screen to be cracked

Recurring lock-screen problem demonstrates the need for additional layers of security on mobile devices, says analyst

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Malware-like program lets your Android phone spy on you

Researchers at Security Labs of Kindsight have developed a proof-of-concept program that can launch a spy program inside any Android app and monitor the user's actions through the phone.

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Facebook's recent leak offers a lesson for users who share

Since it's clear that security breaches happen even when sites are careful, users might be wise to guard their data themselves.

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Cookie Clearinghouse pushes 'Do Not Track' another step

Stanford University has launched an online privacy initiative meant to complement Do Not Track, an effort aimed at preventing sites from recording people's Web browsing without permission.

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Email snooping corralled in Texas; other states may follow

Lobbyists for more consumer protection against electronic surveillance hope the state's approach will be echoed by Congress.

Microsoft's anti-botnet tactics draw fire from security crews

Some security criticize the tactic of modifying a person's computer without permission, even if the intention is good.

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Businesses that accept Bitcoin may risk privacy problems

Bitcoin sales all recorded to a public ledger, which means that Bitcoin payments made to a company could permit tracking of later payments made to that address.

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Bitcoin eyed as feds crack down on online money laundering

Already, an illegal drug site accepts Bitcoins, but experts say it is unlikely to fill the void for cyberiminals left by Liberty Reserve

Java security improvements not a panacea for Oracle

Oracle, which acquired Java with the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010, has been criticized for moving too slowly to stop Java exploits.