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How Do Missile Defense Systems Work?

You’re probably aware the U.S. has a missile defense system, and the thought alone makes you feel (relatively) safe and cozy here in the states. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they can be? They’re not the impenetrable shield you think they are.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Flask Will Get Through Security, but We Didn’t Tell You That

Drink responsibly, and also discreetly. Rabbit’s great-looking, $10, no metal flask is dishwasher safe and holds 7.25 ounces. The quality is really surprising relative to the price- perfect for those music festivals you kids are all going to these days.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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F1 Wants To Improve Its Security Procedures After Multiple Armed Robbery Attempts In Brazil

Staff from the Mercedes and Sauber Formula One teams, the FIA and Pirelli were all on the wrong end of “threatening situation[s]” during the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, causing a tire test in Brazil to get canceled and the FIA to call for an evaluation of F1’s security procedures at race tracks.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Ride-Hailing Service Prominent at SXSW Briefly Exposed Data on as Many as 1 Million Customers

Ride-hailing apps like Uber, Lyft, and countless smaller startups are afforded access to information you might prefer other people didn’t know. In most cases, you’re providing explicit details concerning your whereabouts, as well as your destination. As long as that data stays private, it’s all gravy: You safely get…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Why You Shouldn’t Let People Search for You by Phone Number on Facebook

Getting an apartment in San Francisco is a competitive nightmare, which is why I was excited to find that the landlord I had been texting with to set up an apartment viewing just happened to be friends with another good friend of mine. She didn’t tell me, and we aren’t Facebook friends: I found out […]

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Facebook Isn’t Recording Your Conversations, But It May as Well Be

Last week, the podcast Reply All investigated the persistent rumor that Facebook records users’ conversations and uses them to target ads. Facebook denied it, and co-host Alex Goldman was convinced. But for the second half of the episode, Goldman talked to people who have talked about a product, then seen it pop up in…Read more… […]

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If Your Vibrator Is Hacked, Is It a Sex Crime?

On a recent trip to Berlin, Alex Lomas’ acquaintance posed him a challenge: Can you find a Bluetooth-enabled butt plug in the wild, and can you turn it on without its owner’s help? Lomas, a penetration tester with the British cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners, pulled out his phone, consulted the detection app…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Stop iOS Apps From Stealing Your Apple ID Password

iOS: Security researcher Felix Krause is killing it this month, if “it” means iPhone users’ sense of security. We recently covered two of his security warnings: If you give an app permission to use your camera, it can also track your location and even secretly take photos and videos. Now he points out that if […]

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Manufacturers Are Struggling to Make Apple’s Face Id Camera, Meaning Fewer Iphone Xs Will Be Available

The iPhone X is almost here, but a new report claims Apple is struggling to make enough copies. According to Bloomberg, the company may have even lowered the accuracy requirements for its new facial recognition Face ID camera to help its suppliers meet demands on time.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your Location 

If you’re worried about apps tracking your location, it’s not enough to limit your location sharing. You need to limit camera-roll sharing too. If you’ve ever given an app access to your camera roll—to take photos, or store screenshots, or any given reason—you’ve also let it see where all those photos were taken.…Read more… Continue […]

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15 Million Hacked Kickstarter and Bitly Passwords Are Now Publicly Available

This morning I got two friendly alerts from HaveIBeenPwned, a free service that tracks website hacks and tells you if your info was exposed. It told me that my old passwords for Kickstarter and Bitly, hacked in 2014, were now publicly available online.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Protect Yourself From Hackers, With Hector Monsegur 

The Equifax hack has made one thing clear: all of us are vulnerable to these kinds of attacks. But how can you keep your information (and money) safe? What steps should you take to protect yourself? To find out, we brought in Hector Monsegur, former black-hat hacker, now Director of Assessment Services at Rhino Labs…Read […]

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Equifax Will Offer Free Lifetime Credit Locks in January

Weeks after their massive data hack, Equifax has issued a formal apology with a peace offering to boot: by January 31, they’ll offer a new service that will let you easily lock and unlock access to your Equifax file. What does that mean, though?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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