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Google has reportedly fixed user's Nest Hub that was seeing a stranger's camera, but we still have questions

The tale of the Google Nest Hub that apparently fired up a random stranger's doorbell alert is creeping its way to a close. Following the disturbing not-so-smart-home event last week, Google has informed the affected customer that it pushed out an update to prevent this issue from reoccurring, and the Home Hub that picked up the random stranger's doorbell feed has been shipped to Google engineers for inspection.

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August's compact new Wi-Fi smart door lock is now on sale for $250

Smart locks add a level of convenience, as they let you leave your keys behind and grant access to guests remotely. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky, and often use a Bluetooth connection, which could require a separate hub. With the announcement of the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, August wants to address these issues, with a more compact device that connects directly to the Internet.

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LineageOS suffers server attack, builds and source code unaffected

LineageOS, the popular and nearly ubiquitous Android ROM, has suffered a security breach, with hackers gaining access to some of the project's infrastructure over the weekend on May 2nd. However, the ultimate impact on users will be low, as signing keys, builds, and source code were unaffected. In other words, the ROM already on your phone should be safe, as should the next update you download. Builds are suspended due to a pre-existing issue, according to the project's status dashboard, and individual services are coming back up one at a time.

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Today only: Keep an eye on your front door with the Arlo Video Doorbell for $110 ($40 off)

Now that most of the world is on lockdown, a lot of people are ordering online, and what's more convenient than seeing who's at your door than checking it from the comfort of your couch? Arlo's Video Doorbell is a great option to consider, especially now that it's down to just $110 on Woot.

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Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

Earlier this year, a story made the rounds about a new kind of malware afflicting Android handsets. But it was this malware's pernicious nature that really made headlines, as it could even survive complete factory resets on afflicted phones. This insidious malware was named xHelper. At the time, we didn't know how it managed this impressive (but scary) achievement, but security researchers at Kaspersky have since dug into its inner workings, revealing an incredibly sophisticated system that installs itself to an Android phone's system partition, and even changes how the system works to prevent it from being "easily" removed.

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Wyze Lock review: Affordable, robust smart upgrade for your existing locks

Installing a houseful of smart home upgrades gets expensive fast, which is why we're always excited when budget-conscious Wyze releases a new device. From internet-connected cameras, to security sensors, to smart outlets and even lightbulbs, Wyze has managed to prove itself in new product categories time and time again (well, with the occasional hiccup along the way). Now it's tackling the smart lock market, with the release of the aptly named Wyze Lock. How will it compare to more expensive solutions? Let's take a look.

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Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every breach, hack, and vulnerability, we discover how frail this digital footprint we've created is. To protect ourselves, we make sure our devices are always updated with the latest security patches, we try to avoid suspicious sites and apps, we keep our eyes open for phishing attempts in our inbox, but that still isn't enough. If you have smart home gadgets or if you don't control every device in your household, you need network-level protection. Some Wi-Fi routers offer this, but the feature is usually tied in a monthly subscription.

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Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare is mostly known as a B2B company working on speeding up and protecting websites (including our own), but in recent years, the web-infrastructure business has pivoted to consumers. It offers a VPN app on Android and lets anyone use its DNS lookup service 1.1.1.1 that's supposedly faster than any other. To make browsing the web even safer via its resolver, the company has introduced a new service that blocks malware and adult content, dubbed "1.1.1.1 for families."

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Today only: Keep an eye on your home with the eufyCam E wireless security camera for just $100 ($150 off)

If you're looking for an affordable security camera that's packed with features, the EufyCam E is the one for you. It's got everything you need, and you can get it for just $110 today, thanks to the coupon code below.

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Google's Advanced Protection limits sideloading of non-Play Store apps and turns on Play Protect automatically

For those most at risk who feel they need the strongest security possible, Google's Advanced Protection program offers the most up-to-date safeguards possible on any Android device. Today, a couple of new features are being announced to further protect users from malware attacks and keep personal information secure.

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