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Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. He is a prolific writer on a range of technology topics, has authored a number of books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

The Regin malware threat: Real protections against a mysterious danger

Regin's a puzzle, with a long career that apparently has yet to affect the U.S. If that should happen, however, the classic protective measures will be your best defense.

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Report: IT pros are overly confident that they know how to prevent data breaches

The data breaches of 2014 have put all IT professionals on alert, but it's hard to tell whether they're as prepared as they think they are. Putting your own defenses in place is your best insurance.

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DarkHotel malware attacks target poorly secured networks, especially in hotels

DarkHotel's strategy is primitive but powerful, seeking out highly placed corporate users via vulnerable public networks. But there is a way to stay safe.

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Internet of Things security will be imperative as wearables, automobiles and more sign on

A survey by Intel Security shows great expectations for future IoT devices, but the things we’ll need to protect will become increasingly personal.

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CurrentC is DOA before it’s even launched

CurrentC wants to go head-to-head with Apple to become the mobile payment system of choice, but it's suffered a data breach of customer data before it’s even launched.

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Report: Many Windows automatic updates are thwarted by user inaction

Windows automatic updates don’t work if you never restart the PC, and yet that seems to be the bottleneck for many, according to a survey of 4,500 Windows users

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What you need to know about new zero day that hits most supported Windows versions

Microsoft issued a security advisory for the vulnerability, which resembles a flaw exploited in the Sandworm cyber espionage attacks.

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How a USB key drive could remove the hassles from two-factor authentication

Thanks to the FIDO Alliance's U2F open standard, a key drive or other small device could become a convenient, yet safe, authentication tool. The standard is backed by Google, Microsoft, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal and others,

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POODLE’s bark is bigger than its bite

A flaw in the SSL encryption protocol leaves vulnerable systems open to attack, but it’s an old, outdated protocol that most systems no longer use.

3 simple ways two-factor authentication can protect you when no one else will

Two-factor authentication helps you protect your online identity even when the companies you do business with are breached or leak your data.

Spot phishing scams and don’t take the bait

Phishing scams profit from your false sense of security. Protect yourself by learning how to look askance at any odd-seeming email.

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Report: Huge spike in mobile malware targets Android, especially mobile payments

The huge Android market is the focus of a joint report from Kaspersky Lab and INTERPOL. Among the many dangers, there are a few hopeful signs.

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Survey: BYOD security remains spotty, with users unaware or unmotivated about risks

A new survey from BitDefender shows that more and more people use their own mobile devices for work, but the security measures to protect work-related data lag far behind the BYOD trend.

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Survey finds generation gaps in adoption of new tech

A new survey highlights how IoT and wearable technology adoption vary by age.

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Prevent identity theft with this interactive site

A UK financial institution has put together an interactive guide to online fraud and identity theft, along with links to tips and guidance to avoid being a victim.