Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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Uh-oh: Samsung smart TVs don't encrypt your captured voice data

Samsung TVs send voice search queries to a remote server over an unencrypted connection, a researcher found.

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Information disclosure flaw exposes Netgear wireless routers to attacks

The vulnerability allows attackers to extract admin passwords and wireless network keys

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Personal weather stations can expose your Wi-Fi network

Netatmo weather stations upload Wi-Fi passwords and SSIDs to the company's servers over insecure connections

Worried about spying smart TVs? Try a home theater PC

In the wake of revelations about eavesdropping Samsung and LG smart TVs, don't forget the wide world of HTPC options available.

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Exploit allows Asus routers to be hacked from local network

Users should install firmware updates as soon as they become available and should block untrusted devices on their networks

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Attackers knock PlayStation Network offline for hours

The Lizard Squad, a group that carried out a similar attack against the Sony service in August, took credit for the downtime

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Bitdefender's BOX hardware protects your entire home network, not just your PC

Bitdefender BOX can replace or run alongside a home router to scan all network traffic for security threats

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Top messaging apps flat-out flunk EFF's security review

The organization ranked 39 digital communication tools based on security features and best practices

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New attack hides stealthy Android malware in images

The attack could be used to distribute malware through applications that appear harmless, researchers said

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Dropbox says it wasn't hacked after 7 million alleged user credentials appear online

The credentials leaked by an alleged hacker online were likely stolen from other services, the company said.

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Nearly half of all Android devices are still vulnerable to two serious browser exploits

The percentage is much higher in some countries and lower in the U.S, security firm Lookout estimates

Privacy lapses riddle majority of mobile apps, data protection authorities find

One in three applications request excessive permissions, and privacy information is inadequate in 85 percent of them, a study found

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Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign playing on iCloud security worries

Phishing emails masquerade as security alerts from Apple about rogue iTunes purchases, researchers from Symantec said

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NAS boxes more vulnerable than routers, researcher finds

A security review found serious vulnerabilities in 10 popular NAS systems

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EFF's Open Wireless Router tech aims to increase network security, spur Wi-Fi sharing

The new custom router firmware will allow users to share their wireless networks, but could also improve their router's security