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Back up and encrypt. Those are vital habits for everyone in our digital society.

Without a backup, each and every document, spreadsheet, photo and video on your hard drive could disappear in seconds. And without encryption, your sensitive files could fall into the wrong hands, resulting in identity theft and other disasters.

Websites that use encryption could be elevated in Google search results sometime in the future, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The algorithm change was hinted at by Matt Cutts, a top Google engineer, at the SMX West marketing conference last month the report said.

Canada’s tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.

The admissions are thought to be the first from websites that confirm data loss as a result of Heartbleed, which was first publicized last Tuesday.

You have to wonder how this bug got past QA.

San Diego news station KGTV reports that 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel found a way to hack into his father's Xbox One account and play games he wasn't supposed to be playing. He was later rewarded with money and new games.

One of the two banks suing Target and security vendor Trustwave over responsibility for one the largest data breaches in history has pulled out of the lawsuit.

Trustmark National Bank, of New York, filed a notice of dismissal of its claims on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

If you want something done right, do it yourself. That may sound trite, but it rings true as advice for securing files that you've stored online.

Several recent incidents—including breaches of Dropbox and iCloud—underscore the fact that, even with built-in encryption and SSL transfers, cloud storage providers can't perfectly ensure the safety of your data.

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  • Michael A
    Why they do not shut down the company that provides the faulty patchwork systems that make such malware first possible? No, not because of a faulty ...

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  • Moubreb
    The people at any router between You and facebook can read Your communication if: 1. You're using an http: connection 2. A fake facebook certificate ...

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  • theoctagon
    You could always just use what's already baked in: Android Device Manager. https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

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  • Michael A
    AFAIR the patch was available one day after the discovery of heartbleed. That normal with Free Software. Only mislead users of commercial scrap have ...

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