Avast and AVG Firefox add-ons back online
AVG and Avast Online Security extensions are back online after reportedly conforming to Mozilla’s data privacy policy. The extensions are designed to warn users if a URL they are visiting is malicious, phishing, or a scam site.  But earlier this month, Mozilla removed four extensions from t
Twitter for Android users told to update app over security bug
Do you use an Android smartphone to access Twitter? If you do, be sure to update the app as soon as possible. A December 20 post on the official Twitter blog revealed a vulnerability in the Twitter for Android app “that could allow a bad actor to see nonpublic account information or to control
Apple offers $1 million for smartphone and desktop hacks
Apple’s previously private bug-hunting club has been opened up to all security researchers, who now have a chance to earn big bucks for discovering flaws in Apple operating systems.    The Apple Security Bounty information page outlines the program’s rules and rewards, revealing that maxim
Data governance market to grow to $4.8 billion by 2024
The data governance market is projected to grow significantly in the coming five years. According to research from analysts at MarketsandMarkets, the sector’s market is poised to increase from $1.8 billion in 2019 to $4.8 billion by 2024. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 21.5%.   The
For hidden hackers: New Kali Linux theme looks like Windows
Most people who run Linux fit into one of two categories: sysadmins and hackers. While a sysadmin probably won’t be a hit at the party, he has no reason to hide in a public setting. Hackers, on the other hand, often need to be inconspicuous. Whether one is working out of cafes or libraries, run
Google warns 12,000 users about government-backed attacks
Google warned more than 12,000 users in 149 countries about email attacks from a state-backed hacking group. The figures only include alerts sent out between July and September 2019.  A member of Google’s hacker-hunter unit, Threat Analysis Group, explained that the targets are generally activ
Free adware scanner drops support for Windows Vista, XP
As of November 26, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner no longer supports older versions of Windows. AdwCleaner 8 is a free tool that detects and removes adware and other potentially harmful software from your computer and browser.  The program scans your browser setup, removing pop-up windows, browser t
Mozilla Firefox to block fingerprinting automatically from January
Mozilla’s new version of Firefox - version 72 - will block fingerprints automatically. The browser already includes fingerprint blocking through its Enhanced Tracking Protection feature, but starting from January of next year it will be enabled by default. Fingerprinting is an exceptionally int
Swedish hacking startup secures multi-million euro boost
Ethical hacking startup Detectify has secured €21.5 million in Series B funding. The Swedish company is using a crowdsourcing model to bring cybersecurity solutions to companies from around the world. Detectify’s mission statement is a “safer internet for all,” and the platform has exp
Win 10 upgrade blocked for PCs with out-of-date antivirus apps
Update your virus protection software - Microsoft is blocking the November 2019 Windows 10 update on systems with out-of-date antivirus apps. The announcement from the Redmond-based company comes as a shocker. Previous Windows updates have never been blocked when an outdated app was detected on a
Google offers $1.5 million for smartphone hacks
Google has announced it will pay up to $1.5 million to the hacker who brings its Titan M security chip down to its knees. The jackpot was disclosed in an update to the company's Android Security Rewards program, which lists bounties for hacking into the Android operating system, apps, and hardwa