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Watch out for HummingBad Android malware

There's a new bit of malware that is wrecking Android phones, and created by a Chinese advertising company and called 'HummingBad'. It is thought that has infected 10 million Android devices around the world. Of course, you should have your Android handset shored up with anti-virus software, and if you haven't, you can choose between…

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McAfee warn about threats!

McAfee warn about threats!

The good people over at McAfee have been looking at all the threats that are out to get us in the virtual world. That's what they do, after all. McAfee Labs' Quarterly threat report (full PDF here) is bursting with warnings and things to worry you. They say: "We explore an emerging new attack method…

How to protect yourself from contactless card scams

There's reports of a new device doing the rounds which can clone 15 contactless bank cards a second. The scam involves a scanner which skims details from the cards of those who are stood nearby the scam artist. Apparently, it can capture encrypted data onto blank cards from 8cm away. The device in question, if…

Lenovo says 'dump our support'

Lenovo has warned users to uninstall their Accelerator support app, after it transpired that there's a huge flaw in it. The tech company are just one of five companies who have pre-installed this potentially dangerously software. Of course, they've preinstalled programs on their computers before, which didn't end well. Duo Security researcher Mikhail Davidov said…

Tumblr and MySpace hit by 'mega breach'

A huge, huge breach has occurred, with hundreds of MILLIONS of account details being hacked from social networks MySpace and Tumblr. And the details have been advertised for sale on the internet, which means you really should update your passwords as soon as possible. For both networks, the personal details were stolen several years ago,…

Smartphones vulnerable to hacks via USB charging

If you're thinking of plugging your smartphone into a public USB port to charge it up, be careful. A number of cafes, airports, and public transport vehicles have USB hubs where you can juice up your phone, but sadly, they can be hacked, and that will leave your device vulnerable to attack. The researchers over…

More needs to be done about ticket touts

Ticket touts and scalpers are a massive pain. Then again, so is buying tickets for events at all. The whole thing is not consumer friendly is it? While we wait for someone to do something about erroneous, inflated booking fees, there's more calls that something needs to be done about ticket touts online. It's a…

Companies offering 'free estimates' adverts to be banned

You've seen those companies that offer 'free' estimates, but then end up charging you money? Well, the businesses that do that are going to have their adverts banned, according to the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA has banned an advert for Your Local Plumbing Company after they offered a free estimate, but then charged for…

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Check if you've been hacked

Check if you've been hacked

There's so much hacking going on at the moment, it is hard to keep up with everything. You may have been hacked, but wouldn't know where to start in a bid to find out. One of the big hacks in recent years concerned LinkedIn, with millions of customers having their details compromised. According to security…

Almost half of all phone calls are spam

British households are beset by spam phone calls, be it on your landline, or your mobile. Nuisance calls are something that everyone hates, yet there they are, pestering everyone to kingdom come. The variety isn't great, and we're all familiar with the bothersome PPI claim services, debt agencies, and accident claims nonsense. And if you…

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Do NOT install WhatsApp Gold

Do NOT install WhatsApp Gold

Have you heard of WhatsApp Gold? Have you been invited to use it, like you're a special person who gets the goodies before everyone else does? Well, it's a scam, and if you have an invite, or get invited to use the service, run a mile. There's talk of this WhatsApp Gold being used by…

Secure your mobile against rogue porn Android apps

If you've been watching mucky videos on your smartphone, you better make sure that your phone has everything it needs to stay safe, and virus-free. There's hundreds of apps on Android that offer, ahem, 'adult entertainment', which are riddled with all manner of nasty stuff, which could see your phone hamstrung by dodgy lock screen…

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Update Adobe Flash, now!

Update Adobe Flash, now!

There's been another security issue with Adobe Flash, which was deemed critical by the company. Mercifully, it has been patched, which means you'll need to do an update to make sure your computer is safe from the bug. For those who are interested in such things, the vulnerability has the catchy name of 'CVE-2016-4117', and…

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Beware the tax rebate scam!

Beware the tax rebate scam!

Another day, another scam - this time, one regarding a tax rebate which appears as a text message on your phone. The message claims to come from HM Revenue and Customs, but obviously, it isn't. And the thing is, the website it takes you to is a very, very good copy of the official HMRC…

Cyber attack hits millions of Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo accounts

According to a security expert, tens of millions of usernames and passwords have been hacked, concerning email accounts with Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo, with the details traded online. The report says that data from somewhere in the region of 97 million accounts have been swiped. So says Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer…