Millions of Android Phones Fail to Purge Data

You have an old Android device and want to sell it? You might want to hold off a bit: Cambridge University researchers found out that an estimated 500 million Android phones are not properly wiped when you use the built in reset option.

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That basically means that your login data, mails, contacts, SMS, images, and videos can be retrieved at least partially. Not…
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Google Study: How Secure are Secret Questions?

I’m sure you’ve encountered them more often than you can count, questions like “What’s your favorite food?”, “What’s your Father’s middle name?”, and “What’s your City of Birth?”.

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Right, I’m talking about the 'secret questions' that have long been used as a backup mechanism to reclaim accounts (for…
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#SECURITHON: Avira’s first hackathon

Register now for Securithon, a programming marathon organized by Avira for developers who want to join the battle against Potentially Unwanted Applications.

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At Avira, we believe there is at least one thing multiplying faster than digital threats and that is…good ideas. Considering every…
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ErsatzPassword Gives Fake Passwords to Hackers

A team of researchers has developed a system which presents a “simple, yet effective and practical, scheme to improve the security of stored passwords”.

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The system, called ErsatzPasswords (German for: Replacement Password ), should make it much harder for hackers to crack passwords. That…
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Hacker Hacked Into the Airplane Engine Controls 20 Times

Everyone wants flight security taken seriously – so what do we make of a cybersecurity guy who actually hacks into a flight system and successfully causes the airplane engines to climb? All in the name of security of course!

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Remember Chris Roberts? He was the hacker who wasn’t allowed to board his plane last month, when he talked on…
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