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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked and Other IT Security News
September 13, 2014

This week the world was rocked by the news that close to 5 million Gmail passwords were released in a Russian forum by a hacker. Google claims only a small percentage of these are valid accounts. However, the threat is real and all Google users should change their passwords as soon as possible. Read on more IT security news.

Make use of the new Google Security Panel to view and alter your privacy settings

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If you were not already in-the-know about the security settings of your Google account, then you need to head to this page now. This panel allows you to view the security settings of your account and make the necessary changes as well. The settings mentioned here are not new, but the wizard and the UI sure are. We strongly recommend that all Google account holders regularly visit this page for reviewing their Google security settings, especially after the recently revealed Google password security breach.

5 million Gmail Passwords leaked by hacker

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A hacker recently posted details about close to 5 million Gmail passwords on a Russian Bitcoin Security forum. He claims that around 60% of these accounts are still valid, that amounts to around 3 million users. However, Google claims only 2% of these accounts are still valid. Whatever the truth may be, we recommend you change your Google passwords immediately and notify your friends and family members to do the same as well. Read more about this story here.

Facebook goes public with the Privacy Dinosaur to educate users

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With all the flak that Facebook gets for misleading users with its ambiguous privacy settings, they have also now released a series of guides and tips on a platform they call the Privacy Dinosaur. This platform educates people about the various privacy settings with regards to their posts and their pictures on the social network. Moreover, it also educates new users about the various privacy settings within the network and how they impact their user experience. Read more here.

Other Security News:

# University of New Haven researchers find security holes and data leaks in several Android apps like Instagram, Grindr, OoVoo and others.

# Salesforce users hit with malware-based targeted attack known as the Dyre malware.

# TorrentLocker ransomware can now be unlocked without paying the ransom and the credit for this goes to a team of Finnish researchers.

# According to a report, JPMorgan servers were hacked in June, but no data or money was stolen.

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Rahul Thadani
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  1. it isn’t related to the topic but i needed to ask this as i needed help and the support isn’t available now my anti-virus shows system not secure and the next moment it’s alright and this has happened frequently a few moments earlier my system was secure and now it’s has been almost 15 mins it’s showing system not secure and an exclamation mark on files &folder and when i clicked on it it’s not responding and the virus protection is off by itself please i need help

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  2. thanks 🙂 the problem is solved now

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