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Chrome OS to require authentication to view saved passwords

Google talks a big game about Chrome OS's security versus other operating systems. One area where it falls short, though, is keeping your passwords safe from the prying eyes of those around you. On competing operating systems like Windows and macOS, viewing saved passwords requires first entering your device password; not so on Chrome OS. That could soon be changing, though, according to a recent commit on the Chromium Gerrit.

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Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie

A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie.

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ADT announces new Command and Control security system

Traditional security services firm ADT entered the connected home space with its Pulse app and has also partnered with Samsung SmartThings in the past, but at CES 2019 it's showing off a whole new own-branded platform. The Command and Control security system consists of a tablet-esque hub and new app for your phone.

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Ring announces new alarm sensors, smart locks, and Alexa voice control

Ring launched its Z-wave security system last summer for $199, and now the company is releasing more sensors that can be used with it. At the same time, Ring has partnered with several lock makers to sell compatible products on the Ring site while also adding Alexa voice control features.

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Arlo announces new Security System, Works With Arlo program with partners like Sonos and Hue

Arlo is at CES 2019 with a few interesting announcements. The security camera maker is expanding its portfolio with more integrations and a new security system.

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Google's Widevine L3 DRM, used by Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, has been broken

Today's theme seems to be DRM. Security researcher David Buchanan has managed to crack open Widevine L3, one of Google's less secure Widevine DRM implementations used by apps like Netflix and Hulu. Once decrypted, streams using the DRM method can be played back in "plain old ffmpeg" — trivially easily, in other words.

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Logi Circle 2 bundle with 2 wireless cameras and 1 wired down to $300 ($200 off)

When it comes to security cameras, there are three brands I currently look at as leading the pack in terms of raw features and integrations with other smart home equipment: Nest, Arlo, and Logi. Today you can get a great deal on the latter, so if you still haven't picked a camp or you're not happy with your current setup, you should take a look at this Logi Circle 2 bundle.

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Arlo CEO teases upcoming app enhancements such as widgets, 2FA, and temporary notification muting

Connected security cameras from Arlo are some of the best on the market — Ryan called the Pro 2 the best wireless camera in his review, despite a couple of drawbacks. With Cyber Monday deals you can still get some substantial discounts on Arlo products (like at Amazon and Costco), and thanks to a tweet from the company's CEO, there will soon be even more features to make it worth your while.

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Fingerprint 'master keys' created with neural network could break into your phone

Working with biometrics is always a balancing act. With passwords, authentication is simple — either it matches or it doesn't. But when that "password" is part of a user's body, whether a face scan, iris match, or just a regular old fingerprint, systems have to anticipate and account for a little bit of wiggle room. After all, you don't want that face scan failing because you got a pimple, or your fingerprint rejected because you touch the sensor at a slightly different angle each time. But now a new attack takes advantage of the flexibility programmed into these systems, generating fake "universal" fingerprints.

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Google's reCAPTCHA v3 stops bots without interrupting users

It's a vital tool for stopping bots from spamming websites, but reCAPTCHA can also be a pain in the neck for users. Over the years, it's been simplified and made less conspicuous for innocent humans, to the point where it should be invisible for most. The reCAPTCHA v3 API is now out of beta and ready to be deployed.

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