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Beware Coronavirus-Themed Malware Disguised as Excel Spreadsheets

While many parts of America are preparing to slowly reopen after months of lockdown, coronavirus-related scams and malware campaigns show no signs of abating. The Microsoft Security Intelligence Team recently disclosed details on two massive coronavirus phishing campaigns duping users into downloading and opening…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Change Your Wishbone App Password Now

If you’ve ever used the social voting app Wishbone, you need to change your account’s password immediately. Hackers broke into the mobile app earlier this year and stole its entire database of user information, which contained over 40 million usernames, emails, physical addresses, phone numbers and passwords. A…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Protect Your Personal Data From the Google Firebase Leak

It appears that nearly 24,000 apps on the Google Play store may have sprung data leaks. Unlike the Play Store malware and scams we often cover that actively steal or distribute user information, these apps are leaking data by accident due to a poorly configured Google Firebase, one of the most widely used Android app…Read […]

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How to Make Your Video Chats More Secure

The world now runs on video chat and telecommuting apps, but as we’ve come to discover over the last few weeks, they can be a security risk. Recent reports of “Zoombombing” and account stuffing have raised concerns over several difference video chat apps, but it’s not just hackers and trolls you have to worry about: […]

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Block JavaScript in Your Browser to Prevent Annoying Email Tracking

JavaScript is one of the key elements most websites and web apps run on, but it’s also one of the most easily exploited. Not only is it used in analytic tools, ads, and browsing trackers, hackers often use JavaScript to deploy malware, it makes you easily trackable in some circumstances, and it can even accidentally…Read […]

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Use Permissions to Keep Scammy Apps Off Your Android

Google has removed yet another batch of awful Android apps from the Google Play Store for breaking the company’s terms of service. The roundup includes 101 apps belonging to a single group known as the 2NAD network, which used 27 fake developer names as a front to distribute its many questionable apps.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Install The Latest Windows 10 Patch to Block Two Serious Vulnerabilities

Downloading a Windows update can be a gamble these days, but this week’s Windows 10 “Update Tuesday” patch feels more important than most. The update includes plenty of important security fixes, including patches for two actively exploited vulnerabilities in the Windows Adobe Type Manager that affect all Windows 10…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Stop Twitter From Sharing Your Data with Advertisers

Know before you tweet: Twitter now sells more information about your activity on its platform to third-party advertisers regardless of which privacy options you turn on or off. Users signing onto the service were recently greeted with a push notification informing them that the company changed its privacy policy and…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Don’t Click on Links in Public Zoom Chats Right Now

There happens to be a vulnerability in the way Zoom converts URLs into hyperlinks that hackers can use to collect your Windows login credentials and potentially access your desktop remotely. Until Zoom fixes this, resist the urge to click URLs from people you don’t trust—namely all those public Zoom meetings you’ve…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Protect Your Data in the NordVPN, TorGuard and VikingVPN Breaches

Hackers have busted into servers of at least three popular VPN services—NordVPN, VikingVPN, and TorGuard—over the past couple of years, pilfering cryptographic keys that may have been used to intercept and decrypt highly sensitive user data or bypass browser security features to deploy web-based attacks. In other…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Edit Your YouTube Viewing History

We’ve all probably clicked on a video out of morbid curiosity—maybe to “hate-watch” a particular music video or catch a cringe-worthy moment from a public figure you particularly dislike. Watch enough of those, and suddenly YouTube is autoplaying and recommending videos you don’t like, potentially even replacing the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Edit Your YouTube Viewing History

We’ve all probably clicked on a video out of morbid curiosity—maybe to “hate-watch” a particular music video or catch a cringe-worthy moment from a public figure you particularly dislike. Watch enough of those, and suddenly YouTube is autoplaying and recommending videos you don’t like, potentially even replacing the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Edit Your YouTube Viewing History

We’ve all probably clicked on a video out of morbid curiosity—maybe to “hate-watch” a particular music video or catch a cringe-worthy moment from a public figure you particularly dislike. Watch enough of those, and suddenly YouTube is autoplaying and recommending videos you don’t like, potentially even replacing the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Fix iOS 13’s Location Privacy Bug

Welp, there seems to be another reason to hold off on updating to iOS 13: Users have discovered that the “Location” privacy setting—which requests access to your device’s geographical location data—is being automatically reset from “Never” to “Ask Next Time” in certain apps.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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When a Company Asks You to Reset Your Password, Should You Be Worried?

We try our best to keep Lifehacker readers aware of recent data breaches and security vulnerabilities that might have compromised their data. Any good website or service should tell you what’s up, too. Sometimes, though, you get an email out of the blue that your account credentials have been compromised—even though…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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