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Yet another security camera nightmare allowed users to see cameras that weren't theirs

Yet another security camera nightmare allowed users to see cameras that weren't theirs

Earlier today, some owners of Eufy security cameras were able to access both live camera feeds and recordings for other Eufy customers — the nightmare scenario for many smart security camera owners. The Anker-owned company blames the security failure on a "software bug" that happened during a server upgrade. In a follow-up email, Eufy tells us only 0.001% of customers were affected. The company claims the issue was fixed by 6:30 AM EST, and customers should reboot their hardware and log out and back in on Eufy apps.

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Your phone (and everything else) might be vulnerable to 'frag' attacks over WiFi

Your phone (and everything else) might be vulnerable to 'frag' attacks over WiFi

Just days after we heard about the Qualcomm vulnerability that could let hackers listen to your calls, a security researcher has brought to light several Wi-Fi vulnerabilities, some of which even relate to the Wi-Fi standard itself. The new findings affect not just your phones, tablets, and laptops but just about any device that uses the technology that wirelessly connects to the internet.

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Your Google account is going to take two steps to sign in whether you want it or not

Your Google account is going to take two steps to sign in whether you want it or not

Google wants all of its users to add a second step to authenticate their logins and it's ready to impose this security hurdle on as many people as possible at once. The company has announced that it'll do just that sometime soon.

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Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Last year, Apple rolled out a new set of what it called Privacy Labels for the App Store. These disclaimers were sort of like privacy-oriented nutrition information attached to each app listing, with developers supplying the details regarding exactly what data their apps collect and precisely how it's used — assuming you trust them to be honest. The moment that news landed last year, expectations swung our collective attention at Google: When would Android and the Play Store get something similar?

The answer is "next year," assuming the tentative schedule Google for the new "safety section" announced today holds up. And based on the details provided, it might beat Apple when it comes to caring about your security instead of just your privacy.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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New TeamViewer setting makes those help sessions with your family more secure

New TeamViewer setting makes those help sessions with your family more secure

TeamViewer is among the most established remote support services that may have been a boon to your family during the pandemic — it helps remote into their computers to fix all of their tech problems. But remote computer or phone takeovers always come with inherent risks when bad actors are involved. To further secure the process, TeamViewer has introduced a 2-factor authentication option to allow or deny connections.

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WhatsApp's latest security headache is a gift to cyberstalkers

WhatsApp's latest security headache is a gift to cyberstalkers

Like it or not, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications out there, and billions around the world use it. Unfortunately, for a tool that's integral to communication for such a large audience, security is far from airtight. It was recently discovered that anyone could suspend someone's WhatsApp account by just knowing their number. Now, another research report sheds light on a staple feature that's being exploited by several apps and services to reveal the targeted user's app behavior.

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Google One is among the world's first ioXt-certified apps

Google One is among the world's first ioXt-certified apps

Smart home gear is becoming more commonplace these days, helping to automate your daily routine in small ways. The Internet of Secure Things Alliance (or ioXt) is essential in keeping these gadgets safe, but it's just as important to ensure any backend software is also protected. Today, ioXt is expanding its certification program to include mobile apps like VPNs, with Google One among the first selected to participate.

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The Play Store's great scoped storage purge inches closer, putting file managers at risk

The Play Store's great scoped storage purge inches closer, putting file managers at risk

Google drastically reduced which directories apps can access on your phone on Android 11 as part of its new Scoped Storage, which is a change for the better regarding privacy. However, the new system is problematic for some advanced applications like file managers. When they target the latest version of Android, they can't access all of your phone's internal storage, making them useless for the purpose they were built for. To prevent tons of broken apps, Google has begun emailing developers with apps that require access to device storage, telling them that they'll soon be able to request access to all files via a new permission.

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Wyze launches $60/year home monitoring service with proactive 911 dispatch

Wyze launches $60/year home monitoring service with proactive 911 dispatch

If there's a speedrun record for releasing tech products, Wyze might be on track to break it. In November alone, the company announced new sprinklers, vacuums, thermostats, third-gen Wyze Cams, and smartwatches. Wyze isn't stopping there, as it has come through on the launch of its home monitoring service.

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