We've all been there: you desperately want to look at someone's Facebook profile, but whatever you do, they won't accept your friend request. Worry no longer, because with some trickery you can force anyone to be your friend.
If you have any decently-modern phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything -- including your passwords and Google queries.
A team of Columbia researchers say they've discovered an exploit involving the embedded systems found in printers in which hackers can gain control of the device and rewrite the firmware without anyone knowing, and then use that to steal information or potentially cause printers to catch fire.
Twitter has acquired a company going under the name of Whisper Systems, which provides a way of encrypting mobile calls. As part of the deal, Whisper has pulled support for its existing products, leaving those who use them rather stuck.
Maybe I'm just paranoid, but when I see a vending machine designed to easily duplicate keys, my immediate thought isn't, "Wow, that's convenient!" It's: "Wow, what an easy way to secretly duplicate someone's key without being seen doing it!"
They're called "trade secrets" for a reason. And if the competition gets their hands on your company's IP because you drunkenly left it in a bar, you'll need stringent security to keep them from peeping—like the Victorinox Presentation Master's 256-bit AES encryption. It's a Swiss Army Knife on loan from MI6.
Apple's pretty proud of its App Store approval system. Too bad security hacker Charlie Miller found a code-signing flaw that allows good apps to go bad. Here's how an app downloaded from the App Store could become a malware threat.
As if there wasn't already enough concern over losing your phone and giving a stranger complete access to your personal life, a team of researchers have developed a program called iSpy that can read what's being typed on a smartphone's screen from up to sixty metres away. So you may not even see the person who's secretly reading those sordid emails you're sending.
Every circle of friends has one—the guy who's only willing to chip in "a couple of quid" for the night's keg but double fists his brews the entire evening. Well, no longer! This suds security system will only pour for authorized imbibers.
It's phone upgrading season, and if you're industrious, you might be looking to sell your phone on eBay or pass it on to your snot-mouthed little brother. Whatever, it's going; it's gone; fare thee well, you old piece of junk!