A week in security (January 3 – 9)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:58:09 +0000

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

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:10:10 +0000

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

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Privacy-centric DuckDuckGo to release Mac desktop browser

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 04:11:00 -0800

Popular, privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo plans to launch a desktop browser for macOS laptops and desktops.

The browser is designed from the ground up to maintain privacy; that means it will not collect information about users and will not install cookies or tracking codes on devices. The company also claims it can block “hidden trackers” before they load.

DuckDuckGo’s search engine is already available as a download for mobile devices. In 2019, DuckDuckGo added Apple Maps support and has since added other improvements to how it works on Apple devices.  

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, December 2021 Edition

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 22:23:44 +0000

Microsoft, Adobe, and Google all issued security updates to their products today. The Microsoft patches include six previously disclosed security flaws, and one that that is already being actively exploited. But this month’s Patch Tuesday is being overshadowed by the “Log4Shell” 0-day exploit in a popular Java library that web server administrators are now racing to find and patch amid widespread exploitation of the flaw.

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

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2021 14:08:21 +0000

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

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 17:00:00 +0000

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 a 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…

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ICO challenges adtech to step up privacy protection

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:25:53 +0000

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?

Credit to Author: Christopher Boyd| Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:27:01 +0000

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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