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Google and Facebook dominate this week’s security news
May 16, 2014

Another interesting week in the IT security industry as the behemoths of the industry garner the spotlight in the news stories again. Ever improving security measures are vital for the industry and it is this constant battle against bugs and security threats that this week’s news stories are all about, again.

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Google taking a tough stand against suspicious logins

Google is getting tougher with two-factor authentication techniques for suspicious logins that they detect. It is pushing two-factor authentication even for those accounts that have not signed up for it. While this is good for security, it is also bad for people who lose their phones as the person who finds their phone and tries to access their accounts, will also get the password that is sent to the device. Read more here.

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Google Apps are set to become even more secure

A new partnership forged by Google will now make Google Apps stronger and more secure. Zix, an email data protection company, and Google have launched GAME – Google Apps Message Encryption. Surprisingly, Google’s emails that were sent to other systems were not encrypted, until now. So this is a good move for enterprise security. Read more here.

Other Google related news

# Google is flooded with information take-down requests

# Google Bouncer, Android’s dynamic malware scanner, fails to detect malware

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Facebook wants to know more about your locations

Information hoarder Facebook wants some more data about your locations and where you go. This will allow them to show you cards that can help you discover where you are or what to do next. While this is good for the social addicts, others may find this to be yet more intrusive behavior. Read more here.

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Fresh new scam on Facebook

Facebook is a great place to spread false news and scams. A new scam that shows a message saying “Your photos are being used” is now doing the rounds. When they click and go further, user login details are shared with the attackers. The rising numbers of this scam show that people are well aware that pictures can be misused. Read more here.

Other important news:

# New click fraud malware is threatening Windows users

# NSA has been installing spyware in US-made Internet routers

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Rahul Thadani
About Rahul Thadani
Rahul is a web enthusiast and blogger, and has been writing about the computer security industry for the last three years. Following the latest technology trends,...
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