Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Last month, Google announced that its Nest Secure would be updated to work with Google Assistant software. The problem? Google never told users its product had a microphone to begin with. Simple oversight or invasion of privacy? We break it down.

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Explained: Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2)

PSD2 is coming to the EU. What is it? How will it be used? What are the implications? Many questions and some answers and recommendations.

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Google Chrome zero-day: Now is the time to update and restart your browser

A particularly dangerous Google Chrome zero-day is already being used in real-world attacks. Despite Google’s auto update feature, users will need to close and restart their browser in order to be protected.

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The not-so-definitive guide to cybersecurity and data privacy laws

In the first blog for Malwarebytes Labs’ cybersecurity and data privacy law series, we tackle US data privacy compliance from a startup’s perspective. GDPR, COPPA, HIPAA—it’s all here.

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Spectre, Google, and the Universal Read Gadget

A recently released paper by Google has resurrected the spirit of Spectre, a seemingly never-ending threat to most makes of processor. We take a look at what this means, and what the Universal Read Gadget means for most technology users.

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Will pay-for-privacy be the new normal?

As the US considers new data privacy laws, at least two new proposals include calls to exchange money for privacy—an unwelcome bargain for users. Before pay-for-privacy becomes law, privacy as a right should become industry practice.

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Max Schrems: lawyer, regulator, international man of privacy

Almost 10 years ago, privacy advocate Max Schrems and the European Union began separate efforts to change the way the world thinks about online privacy. Thanks to them, we now have GDPR.

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Should you delete yourself from social media?

All the recent news—from Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica snafu to various abuses of Twitter vulnerabilities—has you wondering: Should I delete myself from social media? We provide advice and links on how to tighten security if you want to cool down, or, if you’re ready to go nuclear, delete yourself permanently.

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A week in security (February 4 – 8)

A roundup of security news from February 4 – 8, including Facebook’s secure messaging integration, Google’s changes to URLs, a scam involving the Kindle store and John Wick, and more.

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Google Chrome announces plans to improve URL display, website identity

The search giant isn’t “killing” (a.k.a. getting rid of) the URL, unlike some sensationalist and eye-rolling headlines have put it. They are slowly giving it a facelift.

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