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Petcube: Watch and play with your pet when you're away

Petcube (US$199.00) is a webcam with a difference. It is aimed at pet owners who want to keep track of their pets, communicate with them, and even play with them when you are away. Who doesn't wonder how their dog, cat or bird is doing when you are away? Petcube is designed to solve that problem. ...

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Russian lawmaker thinks the iPhone is stealing state secrets

A Russian lawmaker -- yes, the same Russia that was recently implicated in a malware scheme to infect the U.S. power grid -- is calling for a ban on iPhones and iPads amongst members of parliament. Dmitry Gorovtsov of the Fair Russia party recently told a Russian news outlet that he is proposing a...

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Impractical ICE BlackBox can film, share emergency situations

ICE BlackBox promises a secure, easy system for delivering audio, video and your location to personalized emergency contacts with the push of a button in any emergency situation. It also features a one-touch "Call 911" button to connect you directly with your local authorities. ICE Blackbox is fr...

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Individuals behind Wirelurker malware arrested; Maiyadi App Store shut down

Three individuals behind the recently discovered Wirelurker malware were arrested last week by Chinese authorities, according to a report from Security Week. Additionally, the website the defendants used to disseminate the malware has been taken down. The suspects, identified by their surnames a...

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Apple says no customers have been affected by "Masque Attack"

Earlier this week, security researchers at FireEye disclosed a new iOS vulnerability dubbed "Masque Attack." The attack works when users download what appears to be an updated version of an app they already have outside the confines of the App Store or their company's provisioning system. In Jul...

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Why the danger and hysteria surrounding the WireLurker malware is overblown

The sky is falling. iOS and OS X malware is on the loose. Apple fans beware! Such is the message a number of publications seem to convey in recently published articles detailing a new type of Apple-oriented malware emanating from China. A hyperbolic headline from Computerworld reads, "Horr...

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Secure Messaging Scorecard gives you a look at which apps keep your info private

When you consider just how much of our personal information if used, scanned, and sold by the companies who provide our email and social media, it's understandable people are worried about online security. The issue has brought about a wave of apps which market themselves as secure messaging options...

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Beware two-factor authentication using SMS forwarding

The Continuity features, and SMS Relay in particular, are my favorite part of Yosemite so far. Using my iMac as a giant speakerphone is beyond awesome, and group texts in Messages can finally include the one BlackBerry-toting holdout among my friends. (You're invited, too, Mike.) But in certain si...

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Macworld runs down everything you need to know about iCloud security

If you've been a bit confused over the various iCloud security tweaks and alterations that have cropped up over the past few months, you're absolutely not alone. Apple's two-factor authentication, the company's recent security tweak that pushes more notifications of account activity to your vari...

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Digital StrongBox simply stores securely

Digital StrongBox is a simple app to securely store personal information, notes, photos, and videos on your iPhone or iPad so that it is safe from prying eyes. It uses AES-256 encryption, which is certainly strong enough for anyone's purposes and protects your data behind a 4 to 8 digit access c...

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FBI director thinks Apple's data encryption is too secure

The FBI has been rather vocal lately about how it views efforts by Apple and other tech giants to make your data more secure. In short, they don't like it. Not one bit. The latest in the U.S. government's remarks about why your data should be less private comes from FBI director James Comey, who s...

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Yovo can keep your photos and messages private

Yovo (free) is an interesting app developed by ContentGuard, a leading company in the field of protecting electronic communications. With Yovo, you can pick a photo on your iOS device and send it to someone. They see the image in their mail or in text messages, but the photo is blurred, somet...

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iOS 8's privacy notification not sitting well with some developers

Along with the more headline-grabbing feature additions to iOS 8, Apple tweaked a few smaller items such as the way users are alerted to each app's use of location data. That change isn't going over well with some developers who feel that the alerts can create anxiety and shake the trust of the us...

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Apple releases OS X bash Update 1.0

If you've been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands. According to the release ...

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Vanishh Pro fails to keep promise of self-destructing email

Vanishh Pro is an email security tool that automatically deletes the email on the receiver's end after a predetermined amount of time passes from first opening it. This ensures that the email doesn't fall into the wrong hands or receivers don't save or pass along potentially sensitive information...

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