Category: Security

September 18, 2020

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Brands are seeking new ways to customize messages. A startup that gathers data on when you pick up your phone, or when you go out on a run, can help.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
September 4, 2020

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Police increasingly ask Google and other tech firms for data about who was where, when. Two judges ruled the investigative tool invalid in a Chicago case.


by Sidney Fussell in Business
September 1, 2020

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

The companies will handle more of the technology for notifying people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Privacy won’t be affected, they say.


by Gregory Barber in Business
August 16, 2020

5 Best Password Managers of 2020: Features, Pricing, and Tips

Keep your logins under lock and key. We picked our favorites for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear
August 9, 2020

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A government-funded system known as Most Serious Violence was built to predict first offenses but turned out to be wildly inaccurate.


by Matt Burgess WIRED UK in Business
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July 30, 2020

Google is making autofill on Chrome for mobile more secure

Google today announced a new autofill experience for Chrome on mobile that will use biometric authentication for credit card transactions, as well as an updated built-in password manager that will make signing in to a site a bit more straightforward. Image Credits: Google Chrome already...


by Frederic Lardinois in Access Control
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July 14, 2020

UK U-turns on Huawei and 5G, giving operators until 2027 to rip out existing kit

The UK government has confirmed a widely expected U-turn related to “high risk” 5G vendors linked to the Chinese state — attributing the policy shift to the US recently imposing tighter sanctions on Huawei’s access to its technologies. UK digital minister Oliver Dowden told parliament...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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July 13, 2020

Rapid Huawei rip-out could cause outages and security risks, warns UK telco

The chief executive of UK incumbent telco BT has warned any government move to require a rapid rip-out of Huawei kit from existing mobile infrastructure could cause network outages for mobile users and generate its own set of security risks. Huawei has been the focus...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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July 2, 2020

Police roll up crime networks in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app

Hundreds of alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system reportedly used by thousands to discuss illegal operations. The total failure of this ostensibly secure method of communication will likely have a chilling effect...


by Devin Coldewey in encrochat