security

Microsoft fights back against the National Security Agency - fortifies their security

Microsoft fights back against the National Security Agency - fortifies their security

Michael Archambault 70

Many people have had their trust shaken by the United States National Security Agency’s involvement with top technology companies around the globe including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many more. To this day, many people still feel at least a bit of lost faith towards the aforementioned technology giants and any personal data that they may hold. The paranoia can be seen in...

InPic for Instagram on Windows Phone 8 goes on a diet, gets security fixes in latest update

InPic for Instagram on Windows Phone 8 goes on a diet, gets security fixes in latest update

Daniel Rubino 32

InPic, developed by ApplyF, is full featured Instagram client for Windows Phone 8. It falls into the same camp as Instance and 6tag in that it allows users to directly post to the popular photo sharing network. It’s also available as a Windows 8 app, is completely free and it easily has one of the nicest UIs we’ve come across. Version 1.1 is now live in the Store and with it, brings...

Nokia and Bristol University working on bringing quantum cryptography to the smartphone

Nokia and Bristol University working on bringing quantum cryptography to the smartphone

Rich Edmonds 17

Nokia has joined forces with the University of Bristol in the UK to develop the first practical way of processing quantum cryptography on a mobile phone. What does this mean with a mini jargon buster? It would essentially enable you to send encrypted messages or data in secrecy. Currently utilised by banks and other organisations who can afford such expensive technology, the work...

[UPDATE] German government calls security within Windows 8 "unacceptable" – continues switching their machines over to Linux

[UPDATE] German government calls security within Windows 8 "unacceptable" – continues switching their machines over to Linux

Michael Archambault 96

Do you trust Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8? If you are the Federal Republic of Germany, the answer to that question is "no". Last week internal documents from IT professionals within the government showed a strong rejection of the new operating system calling it "unacceptable for the federal administration and the operators of critical infrastructure". The German...

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

Daniel Rubino 92

Earlier this week we saw the release of the highly anticipated Instagram client for Windows Phone called 6tag. Developed by Rudy Huyn in just a few weeks’ time, the app has skyrocketed to the top of the Windows Phone Store. While the app is not official or endorsed by Instagram, the company signed off on the name as not conflicting with their brand, in addition to looking the other way...

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Rich Edmonds 43

Microsoft has announced this week that it will be removing Windows Phone apps that the company deems to have critical vulnerabilities. Microsoft notes in a TechNet blog post that developers will be provided 180 days to patch the issues in their app or their work will be pulled from the store, preventing consumers from accessing the app from their smartphones or via the web. The 180 day...

Good Guy Microsoft: Launches program to help fight botnets, secure the globe

Good Guy Microsoft: Launches program to help fight botnets, secure the globe

Michael Archambault 33

Microsoft has been fighting off botnets and hackers for the last few years with Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security). They have crippled major botnet networks including Waledac, Rustock, Kelihos, Zeus, Nitol, and Bamital. Today, Microsoft plans to take their fight for web justice to the next level using their own cloud resources. The newly designed Windows Azure-based...

Microsoft gives green light and begins rolling out 2-step Authentication for Accounts

Microsoft gives green light and begins rolling out 2-step Authentication for Accounts

Rich Edmonds 30

Microsoft has announced on its official blog that a major upgrade will be rolled out for its account system, including optional two-step verification. We've lightly touched on this added layer of security recently, as well as looking at the Authenticator app that's available for Windows Phone. The Microsoft Account is the backbone for all platforms the company developers, including...

Microsoft prepping 2-step authentication for Accounts, already have a Windows Phone app

Microsoft prepping 2-step authentication for Accounts, already have a Windows Phone app

Daniel Rubino 40

Two-step authentication, the process whereby you use more than just a password to verify an account, is increasingly an important security tool desired by not just enterprise but consumers. Google has had with Gmail for a few years now, and Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing their version as well. LiveSide.net is reporting that the service will be integrated into existing Microsoft...

Let’s talks security: LastPass finally becomes useful in redesigned new app for Windows Phone

Let’s talks security: LastPass finally becomes useful in redesigned new app for Windows Phone

Daniel Rubino 46

LastPass: When you have been on the internet for as long as we have and have as many passwords stored as we do, apps like LastPass get filed under “necessity” for immediate installation. The app has been on Windows Phone for some time but it was always kind of “meh”. That’s our technical lingo for saying it was missing features. Luckily for us, the app has been bumped to version 1.9 and...

Microsoft’s PhoneFactor enterprise authentication system gets a Windows Phone app

Microsoft’s PhoneFactor enterprise authentication system gets a Windows Phone app

Daniel Rubino 7

Just two months after Microsoft bought up PhoneFactor to help bolster their enterprise security features, the company has released an official Windows Phone app that is on the Store now. Simply called PhoneFactor, the app is rather modest in features but that’s a good thing as its job is rather to the point: to receive and manage authentication notifications sent to your phone......