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Privacy scare leads Wyze to unpair all devices from Google Assistant and Alexa, you'll need to add them back (Update: Further responses)

Smart home appliance maker Wyze has responded to what it calls an "alleged" data breach against its production databases by logging all users out of their accounts and has strengthened security for its servers. Customers endured a lengthy reauthentication process as the company responded to a series of reports claiming that the company stored sensitive information about people's security cameras, local networks, and email addresses in exposed databases.

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Anker's EufyCam 2 indoor and outdoor two-camera bundle is down to $300 ($50 off)

Wireless security camera systems offering HD video often tend to be pricey, but they don't necessarily have to be. Thanks to this deal, you'll be able to secure your household without breaking the bank. Anker's eufyCam 2 two-camera bundle, which works both indoors and outdoors, is currently selling for $300, which is $50 less than usual.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday. The abrupt decision came after American officials declared the service was actually spyware backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

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OnePlus will start paying up to $7,000 in bug bounties as part of new OneSRC program

For all the incredible things technology has enabled us to do — especially over the last decade — the code that powers it isn't perfect. Features break, hackers exploit vulnerabilities, and scammers manipulate users for access to personal data. To help combat the digital threats that could impede its devices, OnePlus is launching its own two-stage bug bounty program.

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Some Avast extensions dropped from Chrome Web Store after data collection abuses

Back in October, Wladimir Palant, developer of the popular AdBlock Plus browser extension, published a blog post outlining how extensions from security company Avast/AVG were collecting massive amounts of data from users. In a somewhat-belated response, Google has now removed some of Avast's extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

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Two-factor authentication should be mandatory for all of your accounts, and it's time for companies to step up

Today, Vice published a story detailing the abysmal security practices of Amazon's Ring brand of smart home security and surveillance products after a spate of compromised passwords (which have been inaccurately described as "hacked," even by The New York Times, who should know much better) led to terrifying privacy breaches for consumers across the US.

Compromised passwords are an extremely common source of account breaches, whether as part of account dumps on the dark web or through simple social engineering. Passwords are, for all of their virtues, very bad as security measures. In a world full of bad actors looking to compromise your personal privacy for the sake of spying on you or taking advantage of you financially, your password should be one of several lines of defense protecting you.

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Ring's 14-piece smart security system is down to just $230 and comes with a free Echo Dot ($100 off)

Ring's home security system is one of the most popular on the market, thanks to its features and the expansion possibilities it offers. With this deal, you can get a 14-piece kit and a free Echo Dot for just $230, which is $100 less than the usual price.

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Grab a pair of Arlo Pro 2 cameras for $230, the lowest price they've ever been

If you're looking to keep an eye on your home while you're away, you might want to consider buying a security camera. Arlo's products are known for their reliability, but they're also relatively pricey. Thankfully, you can snatch a bundle with two cameras for just $230, which is the lowest price the kit has ever been.

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Keep an eye on your little ones with the Arlo Baby Monitor for just $95, the lowest it's ever been

Having a baby can be stressful, and even though old-fashioned baby monitors let you hear your little one, they're not as reassuring as more modern solutions. Arlo's Baby Monitor, which allows you to see and talk to your baby in real-time, is down to $95, the lowest price it's ever been.

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Pixel lockscreen PIN bug is making phones unusable (Update: OnePlus, Sony devices affected)

Dozens of Pixel owners are reporting that they can't authenticate into their devices because every time they put their PIN in, the phone loops them back to the lock screen. The issue, which was first reported on the Pixel Phone Help forum nearly a month ago, seems to be affecting Pixel XLs the most, though there have been mentions of other Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series devices. So far, product experts have been encouraging affected users to escalate the issue with Google directly or reset their device from recovery.

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