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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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Monday deals: Half off Echo Dot, cheap USB-C cables, and more

Fall is in full swing and there's a chill in the air (well, where I am, anyway). Warm your bones with some fine deals: today, you can get an Echo Dot for half off and two USB-C cables for just five bucks, plus savings on a cool Bluetooth speaker and some smart security gear.

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Chrome to block unsecure content from loading on HTTPS pages

HTTPS has largely replaced its less secure predecessor HTTP as the default choice for sending resources over the internet. The key difference between the two is that HTTPS transmits data using an encrypted connection, while data loaded over HTTP is not. Google began marking all sites still utilizing HTTP connections as 'Not Secure' with the release of Chrome 68 last year, and today, Google announced additional plans to inform users when sites utilize an insecure connection. With these latest changes, the Chrome team hopes to address the problem of mixed content.

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Ring's security system is down to $150 for Prime members ($50 off) and comes with a free Echo Dot

At $200, Ring's home security system is one of the most popular on the market, thanks to its features but also its relatively appealing price. However, you can get it for just $150 today if you're a Prime member and receive a free Echo Dot speaker with your purchase.

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Keep an eye on your whole home with an Arlo Ultra 4K 3-camera system for $708 ($91 off)

Arlo's security cameras are some of the best around, but they're also some of the most expensive: a three-pack of Arlo Ultra 4K cameras along with the required base station normally costs an eye-watering $800. You can save almost a hundred bucks on the kit today on Amazon, though.

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