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Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Twitter urges users to change 'unmasked' passwords

May 04, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The social media site says there are no signs that hackers accessed passwords which were exposed due to a software bug, but better to be safe than sorry

Passwords: Security, vulnerability, constraints

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Technological progress has made brute-force password-search tools, like 'John the Ripper' extremely effective. As a result, attackers can find passwords fairly easily by following their electronic fingerprints.

How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

U.S. announces takedown of global cyber theft ring

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The US Justice Department announces that 13 members of the Infraud Organization, responsible for $530 million in losses among victims, have been arrested

Lenovo to pay $3.5M in lawsuit involving 750,000 vulnerable laptops

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The laptops in question are from 2014 and 2015 and contain pre installed software that left users open to cyberattacks

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Jun 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

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Facebook offers Indian women tools to protect privacy

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Facebook and local activists to develop tools that offer women greater control over their profiles

BSP to banks: Don't pay ransomware attackers

May 16, 2017 - 9:30 PM

While no Philippine bank was affected in the global ransomware attack the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issues guidelines on dealing with cyber criminals and protecting sensitive data

4 cyber threats you need to be aware of in 2017

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Contribute to a safer digital ecosystem by staying informed of how malicious online entities act

Internet-connected teddy bears leak over 2M voice messages

Feb 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Data on 821 396 registered users 371 970 friend records and 2 182 337 voice messages are also leaked

5 safety tips from Facebook

Oct 25, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Want to make sure your Facebook profile is secure? Check out these tips

How to protect your computer vs cyberattacks

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The Commission on Elections data leak highlights the urgency of protecting your own system from hackers

Google spotlights rise in web traffic encryption

Mar 17, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Implementing encryption is not easy work [but] it s an increasingly essential element of online security

The logo for US technology company and search engine Google is displayed on screens in London on February 11, 2016.  Britain's tax agency announced last month that Google would pay a £130 million (166 million euro, $187 million) tax settlement for 10 years' operations in Britain where it makes 11 percent of its global sales. Finance minister George Osborne hailed the agreement as a victory. But there was a barrage of criticism, including from within Prime Minister David Cameron's own Conservative Party as the announcement coincided with a key tax filing deadline for many Britons.  / AFP / LEON NEAL

Instagram rolls out two-factor authentication

Feb 17, 2016 - 6:09 PM

The security feature is slowly making its way to the 400 million users of the service

Europol disrupts cybercrime ring that infected millions of PCs

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:57 AM

A cybercrime operation that stole banking information by hacking more than 3 million computers in several countries is disrupted by European police

Tokyo stocks down 0.31% by break

Dec 25, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Japan s strong currency drags down its stocks by 0 31 after five days of gains

STOCK CHECK. Visitors talk in front of a display showing afternoon trade figures at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo, Japan, 04 February 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Singapore vows to hunt down Anonymous hackers

Nov 06, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Singapore will spare no effort to hunt down hackers from activist group Anonymous who last week threatened to wage a cyber war against the government says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

CYBER ATTACK. A hacker claiming to be with Anonymous hits the Straits Times for distorting the attackers' "words and intentions."

Google makes reCAPTCHA easier for humans

Oct 29, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Google makes secondary passcode entry easier for humans and harder for bots

TURING TEST. The upgraded reCAPTCHA tries to tell if you're human before giving out its passcode test.

Google, Facebook condemn online spying

Jun 08, 2013 - 8:52 AM

We strongly encourage all governments to be much more transparent about all programs aimed at keeping the public safe says Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg

Tweeting your debit card? New account aims to shame you

Jul 04, 2012 - 10:47 AM

A six week old Twitter account is making apparent progress in its mission to get people to stop tweeting pictures of their bank cards often with full numbers visible