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The Eufy EverCam wireless security camera promises a year of battery life, and is now funded on Kickstarter

Most home security cameras need to be plugged into power, but there are a few that made do with batteries. Even the best wireless cameras currently on the market need a recharge every couple months, but Eufy (an Anker company) has an alternative. The EverCam has a humongous battery that offers a full year of operation on a charge. You can't get one yet, but you can join the Kickstarter.

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Your phone's Android security patches may not be as up to date as you think

You consider yourself a responsible smartphone user. You go out of your way to keep your data safe, protecting your handset with a strong passcode, paying close attention to the permissions you grant apps, and making sure that your phone is always running the latest security updates available to it. At least, you think your phone is patched against the most recent security exploits, but is it really? A new report suggests that's likely not the case, claiming that many phones are missing at least one, and sometimes ten or more security patches.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Yi Dome Camera for just $40.59 ($59.40 off) from Amazon

Yi Technology is a Xiaomi-backed Chinese company that makes various digital imaging products, including affordable but feature-filled security cameras. The Yi Dome is already good value at $99.99, but Amazon is offering it at an even lower price as one of its daily deals.

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With over 50 billion apps scanned daily, Google’s Play Protect removed 39 million 'Potentially Harmful Apps' in 2017

Today Google has released its 4th annual so-called "Android security year in review," a number-heavy report meant to demonstrate the improvements made over the last year when it comes to security. And it's not just ego-stroking, Android made great strides during 2017 on the subject. From the launch of Play Protect to increased distribution of security patches, Android as a platform has never been more secure. 

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[Deal Alert] YI 1080p Home Camera down to $45 on Amazon ($15 off)

If you're looking to get into the wireless IP home security front, then this deal is a good place to start. Yi is offering its first-generation 1080p Home Camera for $44.99 on Amazon, a nice savings of $15 off the $59.99 MSRP.

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[Deal Alert] August Smart Lock 2nd gen drops to $105.79 on eBay

Not having to carry or interact with a physical key is the new hip thing. Cars have had keyless entry and push-button start for years, and now Teslas can even be used with just a phone app. Smart locks for homes have been around for some time as well, and if you don't already have one, you might want to look into this deal on the August Smart Lock 2nd gen, which is now being offered for $105.79 via eBay.

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Google rewarded security researchers with $2.9 million in 2017

2017 was a big year for security research in technology, just as it is every year. With the much publicised 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' CPU vulnerabilities and countless other lesser-known security bugs, researchers had their work cut out uncovering these flaws before anyone with more nefarious intentions could.

Google does its bit to compensate the research community for their hard work in keeping its users protected. In a recent blog post, the company released some numbers for the 2017 Vulnerability Rewards Program while also paying tribute to the dedicated researchers. Google paid out a total of $2.9 million as part of the program, to individuals and teams in 60 different countries.

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[Deal Alert] Get a grey Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $149 from eBay ($50 off)

Even though the holiday season has come and gone (and thus the frequency of porch pirates), there are still plenty of reasons that someone might want a video doorbell. One of the more popular entries in the market, Ring, is currently selling the second generation model for $149 on eBay, saving you $50.

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SkyBell's new security camera plugs directly into a wall outlet, costs a whopping $199

Home security brand SkyBell makes some of the best doorbell cameras around and even featured on our holiday list of the best smart home products you can buy. It received another boost a few days ago when its doorbells were added to the Google Assistant compatibility list. Like many companies at CES 2018 in Vegas, SkyBell also had something new to show off, in the form of a camera that plugs straight into a simple wall socket.

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