A week in security (January 3 – 9)

The most important and interesting security stories from the last seven days.

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Google and Facebook fined $240 million for making cookies hard to refuse

French privacy watchdog CNIL has fined Google and Facebook for making it much harder to refuse cookies than it is to accept them.

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What is a search engine and why does anyone care which one you use?

What is a search engine? How do they work? Are there any alternatives for Google? What about your privacy? And the environment?

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ICO challenges adtech to step up privacy protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published an opinion asking for initiatives that address the privacy problems adtech

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Google’s Threat Horizons report: Will the straightforward approach get results?

Google’s Cybersecurity Action Team has released a report which appears to be rather straightforward. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Please don’t buy this! 3 gift card scams to watch out for this holiday season

With the holiday season around the corner, we thought it was a good time to look at the dangers that come with gift cards. Gift cards can be an easy win in cases where you don’t know the receiver well enough to decide on a fitting gift, or when their wishes are out of your…

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A week in security (Nov 1 – Nov 7)

A roundup of the previous week’s blog post, and the most important and interesting security events and happenings.

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Google warns some users that FancyBear’s been prowling around

Google has talked about blocking a FancyBear/APT28 themed targeted phish campaign. We look at what it’s doing to keep users safe.

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Google to auto-enrol users, YouTubers into 2SV

Before the end of 2021, expect to log in to your Google account using a two-step verification (2SV) process whether you like it or not.

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Google, geofence warrants, and you

We dig into geofence / keyword search warrants, where police request broad data near the scene of a crime – or not near a crime scene at all.

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