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AVG's 2014 lineup of antivirus and security includes new Web privacy protections

New features include File Shredder to make deleted files unrecoverable, and Data Safe to create a virtual encrypted drive. AVG also released its PrivacyFix app for iOS and Android, to assess privacy settings on the fly.

Borked Google Authenticator update wipes iOS user data

The two-factor authentication offered by Google Authenticator works great, except for when it doesn't.

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Wall Street

NYSE builds business around resilient infrastructure services

After the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) learned some valuable lessons in keeping a time-sensitive financial trading network alive during a time of crisis.

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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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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.

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Microsoft to pull apps with critical vulnerabilities

To ensure that developers publish secure software, Microsoft says that it will pull apps that have critical vulnerabilities.

Google's future Office killer now available in Chrome OS dev channel

Google paves the way for QuickOffice by including Office document-editing capabilities into its developer channel for Chrome and Chrome OS. It's not earthshattering, but better things could be in store.

Lookout calls out shady Android ad networks

If you own an Android phone, there's a small chance that you've downloaded an app with some questionable advertising tactics. Now, mobile security firm Lookout is naming and shaming the ad networks involved.

New Norton Mobile Security includes database of 4 million scanned Android apps

The Norton Mobile Insight database scans 10,000 new Android apps daily for security and privacy risks so users can make informed decisions about downloads.

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McAfee sees surge in spam, Koobface samples, MBR attacks

The first three months of 2013 have seen a surge in spam volume, as well as large numbers of samples of the Koobface social networking worm and master boot record (MBR) infecting malware, according to antivirus vendor McAfee.

Cybercriminals go back to the USSR

The top-level domain name for the former Soviet Union becomes a magnet for denizens of online underworld.

Gartner security survey: McAfee up, Trend Micro down

A Gartner report about the security software market out today shows that No. 2 ranked McAfee enjoyed the most overall growth last year, Trend Micro slipped but stayed No. 3, and Symantec held onto its top spot in the $19.1 billion market.

Motorola shows off electronic tattoo and authentication pill at D11

Motorola debuted some experimental security technology that would allow users to access their devices via an electronic tattoo or by consuming a "vitamin authentication" pill every day.

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