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Alexa Skills and Google Assistant Actions can eavesdrop on users by abusing silence

When it comes to privacy, smart speakers tread on a fine line between serving commands or playing content and listening in on everything you're doing. However, engineers at Security Research Labs have been able to cross that line using a series of building blocks that comprise Amazon Alexa's Skills as well as Google Assistant's Actions, making us aware of the ways some malevolent developers can capture our data.

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Bank apps start blacklisting Galaxy S10 phones after discovery of fingerprint vulnerability

Just a few days ago, reports began circulating about how easily the security of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series could be bypassed to unlock the device.  Samsung has promised to address the issue in an upcoming software update, but in the meantime, some banks have taken matters into their own hands by either preventing Galaxy S10 owners from downloading and using their apps from the Play Store or disabling the fingerprint log-in option.

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Facebook still struggling with account lock-out attacks, fixes reinstatement glitch

Some Facebook and Instagram users are being locked out of their accounts for reporting impostors posing as relatives (in some cases, dead relatives). The social media platforms have been requiring locked-out users to submit a picture of photo identification through an API, but many have said the API is not functioning. A source at Facebook has told Android Police the company is investigating how the code got published. The company has also pulled the API.

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Grab the eufyCam E wireless security camera for $160, its lowest price yet

When it comes to security cameras, there are a large number of options you can pick from. However, there aren't that many wireless cameras that offer an impressive set of features for an affordable price. Thankfully, the EufyCam E is amongst the latter, and it just hit its lowest price ever, down to $160.

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Pixel 4's face unlock is secure, fast, and works from any orientation

Using your face to unlock your smartphone has been around a long time on Android, and it's used by many for its convenience over typing in a PIN or a password. With the right amount of lighting, it can even be almost as fast as fingerprint unlocking. Android's face unlock has suffered from some embarrassing mishaps, though, such as being fooled by a fake head or even just a regular 2D photo of your face. With the Pixel 4, Google is upping its game when it comes to face unlock security and speed. In addition to being secure enough now to process payments and log into apps, the Pixel 4 can recognize your face from any orientation, even upside down, and it does so very quickly.

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[Update: Now available] Google Titan security key updated with USB-C

Security breaches and phishing attacks are still distressingly common these days, so many of us secure accounts through two-factor authentication (2FA) systems based on SMS or Google Prompt. That's better than nothing, but 2FA codes might not be enough for high-risk individuals. Physical 2FA devices add another layer of security, and Google made available to the general public last year its Titan Security Key Bundle. Initially released with USB-A, NFC, and Bluetooth support, the 2019 edition of Titan has now been updated to support USB-C natively.

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Chinese propaganda app unsurprisingly might be spying on its users through purported root backdoor

The Chinese Communist Party published an app called 'Study the Great Nation' earlier this year which it heavily advertises and even mandates many citizens to use. While it looks like a mere propaganda tool at first glance and seems to function as a news and factoid resource on Chinese President Xi Jinping and his party, it appears to be engineered to monitor its users and even sports a superuser backdoor which it could use to gather more data.

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Get an Arlo Pro 2 two-camera kit with audio doorbell for $300 ($150 off), today only

Arlo is one of the more popular brands of Wi-Fi-connected security cameras, and for good reason. They're great. They're also wildly expensive, though, with kits going for hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Today, you can get everything you need for a multi-camera Pro 2 setup for fewer hundreds: a two-camera starter kit (with a bonus doorbell) is currently $300 at Best Buy, $150 less than usual.

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[Update: Patched] Pixel, Samsung, and Xiaomi phones among those susceptible to resurfaced zero-day vulnerability

Android security has come a long way in recent years. The promotion of monthly patches has kept many rising threats at bay while Google Play Protect largely bars malware from the Play Store. Despite these achievements, there are still instances where bad actors can exploit Android's code for nefarious purposes. Google's Project Zero team recently reported such an incident, and you may be at risk if you own one of the affected phones.

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Samsung drops security updates for three devices, demotes others to quarterly updates

The Android security update situation is confusing and messy despite Google's best efforts, such as mandating companies to provide at least two years of security fixes. Samsung, the largest Android device maker in the world, has just modified the list of devices it supports with security updates, and there's been some shuffling around with a few phones getting kicked off.

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