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You can now migrate your Nest account to Google, but there's no way to go back

Google promised earlier this year it would give Nest users the option to migrate to more secure Google accounts, and the time has come to begin that process. The Nest app and website are both offering to migrate your account, but be warned, you cannot go back if you change your mind.

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Logging into some Google services on Android is now as easy as unlocking your phone

Starting today, you'll be able to log into some Google services from your phone with nothing more than your fingerprint (or another screen unlock method). Although Android got support for FIDO2 earlier this year, Google is now allowing some of its services to take advantage of the protocol's password-less authentication, starting today with Pixel devices, and rolling out over the next few days more widely to other devices running Android 7 Nougat and later.

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Google's Advanced Protection now flags and blocks risky downloads on Chrome

Google's Advanced Protection program puts as many obstacles between the information stored in your Gmail, Drive, and various other Google accounts — namely by requiring authentication through physical Titan Security Keys. Now, if you sync your tabs, passwords, and other credentials while browsing the web with Chrome, Google will hike up protections by alerting Advanced Protection users to risky downloads or even block them from occurring.

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Google and Arm are developing a new technology to mitigate against memory vulnerabilities in Android

According to Google, more than half of the highest priority security vulnerabilities faced by Android 9 Pie have been due to memory safety bugs. New features in Android Q such as IntSan instrumentation are designed to mitigate against such problems, but there's only so much that can be achieved by software alone. Google has therefore teamed up with chip-maker Arm to develop a new hardware feature called the memory tagging extension (MTE).

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Google sets new privacy standards for Chrome extensions, but will they be enforced?

Browser extensions have become a critical attack vector, especially since many of them require access to all sites. Some malicious extensions were able to read passwords as you type them in or mine cryptocurrency in the background before Google removed them. Google has implemented several new changes for extensions over the past few months, and new ones will come into effect this October.

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Google is increasing Chrome security bug bounty rewards

Google has several different vulnerability rewards programs tied to different products, and it pays out huge sums each year to researchers find these security bugs. This, in turn, protects users from data theft and other nefarious activity, so it's good to see that Google is increasing the bounties for its Chrome Vulnerability Rewards Program.

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ADT's LifeShield launches HD Video Doorbell for $200

Established security firm ADT broke away from Samsung SmartThings to launch its own fully-fledged smart home security platform earlier this year, and now its LifeShield subsidiary is releasing a video doorbell to go with its own DIY system.

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7-Eleven Japan shuts down mobile payment app after $500k stolen from customers

While 7-Eleven is a U.S-based company, it operates a massive number of stores and ATMs in the land of the rising sun. 7-Eleven Japan launched a new '7pay' app for making in-store payments on July 1st, and the company has already halted all payments after massive security flaws caused over $500,000 to be charged to unsuspecting customers.

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OneDrive's new Personal Vault puts extra security on your sensitive documents

You can pretty much stick a file manager interface onto any app you want. But when it comes to actual personal storage apps, be it local or in the cloud, developers could always go further by installing an enhanced-security enclave — where particularly sensitive files can be stored and accessed only through further authentication. Microsoft recently decided to give OneDrive customers such an extra layer, branding it as their own "Personal Vault."

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The Nest Secure starter kit all-in-one alarm system drops to $230 ($170 off)

Nest products are known to be well designed, easy to use, and reliable. What they're not so popular for is their price, which tends to be quite high. When the brand launched its Secure starter kit, it priced is at $400, which was probably a bit too steep. However, its all-in-one alarm system is now available for $230-$250, making it far more affordable than before.

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