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Police Can Raid iPhone of all its data in 15 Minutes

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A cell phone is a highly personal product. It also contains a treasure trove of personal information that could be used against you in a court of law. The scary thing is that the police can strip your iPhone of everything it knows in 15 seconds flat using just one click of a mouse button.

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Apple Responds to Location Tracking Accusations with “Fix”

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It's not often we see a response from Apple on controversial topics like privacy, but their latest Q&A press release is a bit like a slap in the face to anyone with an IQ above 50 and contradicts the very essence of a secure operating system environment.

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Nintendo 3DS Tackles Piracy with Remote Kill Switch?

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This is starting to sound more and more like the popular thing to do to combat piracy, so I guess it should come as little surprise that Nintendo is starting to take on a similar tactic for its Nintendo 3DS.

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Echoworx Cross-Platform Mobile Encryption Keeps Data Secure

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One of the reasons why people choose a BlackBerry device over other smartphones is that the BlackBerry service is supposed to be safer with all its advanced data encryption. Not to take anything away from Research in Motion, but Echoworx is taking this one step further by offering a cross-platform mobile encryption solution.

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Google Accounts Get Security Upgrade

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Google will be adding an extra layer of security -- Google Authenticator -- to their accounts in order to combat the growing threat of hackers and raise confidence in services such as Docs and Gmail.

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb is safer with data encryption

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Apparently, Android 3.0 will bring the ability to encrypt all the data on the tablet, protecting it with a secure password. This will certainly help get Android tablets in the hands of enterprise users, who may have otherwise been waiting around for the PlayBook later this year.

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Patched Froyo security flaw resurfaces in Gingerbread

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The notorious security flaw in Android 2.2's stock Internet browser, which allows remote access of files on your SD card to rogue websites, hackers and attackers who know the file path, has been patched on Android's new Gingerbread version of the OS.

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Homeland Security says you can shoot the White House with impunity

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An official document from the Department of Homeland Security has explicitly stated that just about anyone is allowed to take as many photos as they'd like of government buildings. From your iPhone to your Digital Rebel, your shots are fair game.

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Obama wants internet IDs for all Americans

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President Obama is giving the U.S. Commerce Department the responsibility of heading an internet ID program for Americans. The U.S. government wants the public to be able to have a single digital identity that can be used for multiple websites. According to the U.S. government, it will eliminate the need for multiple different passwords. 
The Obama administration is drafting a program called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace that includes details on the internet ID, which should be released by Obama in the next few months.

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Lookout: Android Trojan with botnet capabilities

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To the dismay of Android users, it appears that the Google operating system has fallen victim to an external threat. Recently it has been discovered by sercurity-app maker Lookout, that an Android-specific Trojan is lurking around waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting downloaders. It’s called Geinimi and this Trojan was developed just for Android devices to compromise your personal phone ...

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Passwords stored in plain text on rooted Android smartphones

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With great power comes great responsibility. Maybe you should have been listening to Uncle Ben all along, because it seems that with great freedom comes great security risks too. That's because rooting your Android smartphone could reveal your "secure" passwords to just about anyone.

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Passwords can be forensically lifted off touchscreen phones

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Password protecting your mobile phone is quite a common act, you have private data, so you want to protect it. Unfortunately, it seems that the touchscreens on phones could effectively present a security risk.

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Toshiba Self-Encrypting hard drives “invalidate data” with automatic Wipe technology

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Securing data is important, particularly in a corporate environment where business communications can be critically confidential. Combustion is never an environmentally sound solution for handling confidential materials. Making this a bit more green, and simpler, is the new Wipe technology announced by Toshiba today. It works in tandem with the company's Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) models.

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RIM will not succomb to third party monitoring: BlackBerry ban possible in 5 countries

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Despite just announcing a new phone, it seems that Research in Motion is going into a world of hurt. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have already said that the BlackBerry service represents a security risk, and now Lebanon, India and Indonesia are joining in on the anti-Berry party.

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Google’s Small Problem

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A new privacy issue has stemmed from a recent incident involving internet search giant Google. The investigation spearheaded by authorities from around the globe included New Zealand alongside the Australian Police. The issue came under fire when German regulators were made aware of a breach of privacy regarding Google Street View's unencrypted Wi-Fi network being left accessible while Google Street View, a division of Google Maps, was in operation.

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