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(Update: Now $303 and $419) Arlo Pro 2 bundles with two and three cameras are down to $316 and $440, respectively (35% off)

Arlo wireless cameras are known for their reliability, but their relatively high cost can be a roadblock. Thankfully, both two and three-camera bundles are marked down to $316 and $440, respectively, which is about 35% off their MSRP.

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Today only: Get a 7-piece home security system from SimpliSafe for $150 ($120 off)

If you're looking into equipping your house with smart home security hardware but you shied away from the costs so far, this deal could be for you. Woot offers the current-gen 7-piece security system from SimpliSafe for only $150 today, which is almost half as much as the usual asking price. It consists of a base station, a keypad, three entry sensors, two motion sensors, two window stickers, and a yard sign with a stake.

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[Update: Fix out] Samsung will begin patching fingerprint scanner security flaw within 24 hours

Samsung really talked up the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 when it launched. It was supposed to be faster and more secure than other methods. We knew the first part wasn't true soon after launch, but we only found out how easy it was to fool the sensor a few days ago. Cheap screen protectors could allow any fingerprint to unlock the S10 and Note 10 phones, but Samsung promised a quick update. Samsung has now pushed notifications to phones promising the OTA will start in about 24 hours.

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Ring's new Plug-in, Battery, and Solar Stick Up Cams are available for purchase on Amazon

When launching "all-new" devices, most companies usually introduce additional features compared to the previous version. However, when Ring unveiled the "all-new" Stick Up cams, the most significant innovation that came with them was their price drop, as the new models are 30% cheaper while offering virtually the same features. If you're interested in getting one, the plug-in, battery, and solar-powered cameras are now selling on Amazon.

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[Update: Rogue third-party SDK removed] Snaptube caught with ad click fraud scheme and unwanted subscription signups

There are a plethora of Android apps that allow you to download videos and music files from popular websites such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more. Since doing that isn't exactly legal or sanctioned by Google, these applications live completely outside the Play Store, which means they lack any substantial malware protection. Some apps take advantage of this, and popular third-party downloader Snaptube turns out to be one of those. Security platform Secure-D has found evidence of fraudulent advertisement clicks in the background and unwanted, automatically created subscriptions which the owner of the phone has to pay for.

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[Update: Resolution] Play Store bans app that manages stored APKs, developer appeals

The developer of a fairly popular file managing app that scours out latent APKs on a device is appealing the Play Store's decision to delist his app. Why did Google take action? From his inference of a rejection email, it was because the app allowed users to install APKs.

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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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