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Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.

At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Google Director of Security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum explained their stances on cloud security at a panel also featuring noted independent security expert Bruce Schneier and Verizon's data breach risk team expert, Wade Baker.

Schneier said that the way to make the cloud more secure depends entirely on the ability of companies … Read more

Boeing's 'Black' smartphone will deactivate if tampered with

Boeing has made a smartphone that appears to have come straight out of a James Bond movie. Codenamed "Black," this spy-like phone will erase all data and deactivate if tampered with or pried open.

The aerospace and defense company filed documents for the phone with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. These documents were first sighted by tech site Myce, and Boeing confirmed with CNET that it has indeed released the device, which runs on Google's Android.

While many of the details about the smartphone are confidential, a letter included in the filing gives a bit of … Read more

Trusted open-source apps for Windows

Open-source apps must maintain accountability when it comes to security. They have an active community of developers and users who help discover vulnerabilities, peer-review code, and perform routine audits on a mass scale. Security holes are patched at a rate that discourages programmers from placing back-door malicious codes. Though not every open-source app is secure, the ones that are benefit from the community in a way that closed-source programs and applications can rarely duplicate.

Many of the apps listed here have been so widely distributed and scrutinized that even RSA Conference attendees trust and recommend them.

Gpg4Win

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How drug lord used fancy tech to evade authorities

If, like me, you got many of your images of drug lords from "Weeds," you'll imagine that they're nasty pieces of work.

But not necessarily that they're nasty pieces of nerd.

However, after the capture of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities have begun to realize how he managed to remain untouchable for 13 years.

As The Associated Press reports, investigators admitted that they were, well, impressed with the countersurveillance gadgets Guzman had at his disposal.

He reportedly enjoyed transmitter-detecting scanners that weren't exactly available on Amazon.

These allowed … Read more

Apple patches major security bug for Macs

CNET Update is patching holes:

In this episode of Update:

- Update your Mac and any iOS devices to patch the serious "goto fail" security flaw.

- Check out Samsung's Gamepad accessory for Android phones, coming later this year for about $80.

- Keep track of kids and pets with the I'm Tracer GPS bracelet.

- Get ready for your Facebook News Feed to show posts from pages you don't follow.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, … Read more

How to encrypt your Kindle Fire HDX

Device encryption can be a great way to keep your data secure in case it falls into the wrong hands. For many users, however, it can be overkill and there's usually a performance hit to a device that's been encrypted. Using a PIN code to lock the device is usually an effective deterrent and software tools like Find My iPhone and Android Device Manager can help track, lock, or wipe lost devices.

Unfortunately for Kindle Fire HDX owners, there's no app available that's comparable to Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager. If you want to … Read more

iOS 7.0.6 hits 13.3 percent adoption rate in North America

Apple's iOS 7.0.6 had captured more than 13 percent of all North American iOS traffic on the Chitika ad network just two days after its debut.

Releasing its findings on Wednesday, Chitika noted that the latest version of iOS accounted for 14.5 percent of ad impressions on the iPhone and 12.3 percent on the iPad, resulting in an average of around 13.3 percent.

Though the initial two-day adoption rate of iOS 7.0.6 failed to match the results for iOS 7, Chitika believes the majority of iOS users could be running the latest … Read more

Black market lights up with 360M stolen credentials -- report

The cyber black market is busting at the seams with stolen credentials, according to a new report.

Speaking to Reuters in an interview on Wednesday, Alex Holden, chief information security officer at Hold Security, said that over a period of just three weeks his company was able to identify 360 million different account credentials that were available for sale on Web-based black market services. The credentials include user names -- which are often e-mail addresses -- and passwords that in "most cases" are in unencrypted text, according to the report.

Holden told Reuters that his company is working … Read more

Apple's culture of secrecy delays security response -- again

If it wasn't for the news reports of Apple's "goto fail" fix released on Tuesday, you might not have known that there had been a security problem with your Macs.

More than a decade ago, Microsoft was notorious for ignoring security problems. Years of complaints from independent security researchers and industry professionals resulted in big changes in how the company handles security problems.

After Windows security measures repeatedly fell to malicious hackers, and the company was in danger of becoming the laughingstock of the security community, Chairman Bill Gates wrote a now-famous 2002 letter saying security … Read more

MasterCard to boost credit card security with smartphones

With hacks, stolen credit card data, and identify fraud constantly on the rise, some credit card companies are looking into how to better beef up security.

MasterCard announced Tuesday that it has partnered with mobile technology company Syniverse to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to buy goods with nabbed credit cards. While working to heighten credit card security is nothing new, MasterCard's most recent plan is a bit different because it involves users' smartphone geolocation while they're traveling abroad.

The idea is that a users' credit card cannot be used unless it is within close range … Read more