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6 security tips for using public Wi-Fi

Don't expose yourself in public. We all do it: switch on a phone, laptop, or tablet and hop on to a Wi-Fi hotspot in airports, coffee shops, trains, hotels, and other public places. The problem is, those networks are open -- even if they require a login and password, you may be sharing your files or leaving doors open to data thieves. You can't secure the network, but you can raise siege walls between your private information and the barbarians. Follow these six tips to network more safely.

1. Lock down your security settings.

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Heartbleed: Two steps to protect your information

Heartbleed is a security flaw that's plaguing as much as two-thirds of the Internet, including many popular sites like Yahoo and GitHub. On sites affected by Heartbleed, user accounts are vulnerable -- your username, password, credit card number, and other private information may be exposed. Companies are scrambling to patch their sites.

But don't sit around waiting for a fix. Take these two defensive steps (and one more if you have an Android device):

1. Check whether your most-visited sites are vulnerable

CNET has already checked the top 100 sites to see if they have Heartbleed patches, so … Read more

Get RoboForm Everywhere password manager for free

Last month I wrote about a free password manager, recommending that all computer users everywhere should absolutely positively use such a program.

At the same time, I professed my love for Dashlane, a really polished password manager that I liked well enough to actually splurge for the Premium version. But lots of users proclaimed RoboForm the better product, and who am I to argue?

Today only, Glarysoft is offering RoboForm Everywhere (Win/Mac) absolutely free. Specifically, you're getting a one-user, one-year license for the software/service, which normally runs $19.95 (and will again after your year expires).

To … Read more

Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

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Make use of the iCloud keychain

Apple's keychain feature in OS X saves your passwords, keys, and certificates for seamless authentication to various system and Web services. In addition to storing keys, one of the features of the keychain is secure notes, where you can save important information like registration codes and product serial numbers, or authentication information for services that do not interface with the keychain. These notes will be securely encrypted along with your standard passwords, certificates, Safari credit card entries, and other information.

To make a secure note, you simply open the Keychain Access utility and choose "New Secure Note" … Read more

Comixology users must change passwords after data breach

Digital comic readers with accounts at Comixology will have to change their passwords the next time they visit the site.

In an e-mail sent Thursday to account holders, Comixology revealed that it was hit by a recent security breach. Specifically, someone hacked into a database containing usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords. Though the passwords themselves were stored in a protected format, the site is still requiring all users to change their passwords.

Comixology users can reset their passwords through the site's change-password page.

Comixology's e-mail also stressed that payment information is not stored on its servers and … Read more

Twitter error blamed for mass user password reset

Many Twitter users vented their concern and frustration Monday upon learning from a Twitter e-mail that their passwords had been reset due to a possible security issue with a third-party Web site -- an exercise in security triggered by accident.

"Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter," the e-mail sent to users said. "We've reset your password to prevent accessing your account."

However, a Twitter spokesperson told CNET that the password reset e-mails had been sent in error.

"We unintentionally sent some password … 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.

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Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor lets people shop with PayPal

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone on Monday and it's full of bells and whistles, like a bigger display, improved camera, and built-in fingerprint sensor.

By no means is Samsung the first smartphone maker to debut fingerprint authentication, but it has done something different -- the Galaxy S5's sensor will also act as password protection for PayPal payments.

Samsung and PayPal announced Monday that they've partnered on the Galaxy S5 to let users pay for items password-free at all online and brick-and-mortar stores that accept PayPal. Users only need their fingerprint to buy goods.

This type … Read more

Get Password Depot password manager (Win) for free

A password manager is such an essential tool nowadays, I'm surprised Apple and Microsoft don't build one into OS X and Windows.

Because, seriously, virtually everything you do on the Web requires a password: Amazon, eBay, Evernote, Facebook, Gmail, your bank, your airline, and on and on. And most people are terrible about creating and managing passwords, which is understandable because it's a pretty big hassle.

Or not, if you use a password manager. Like this one: today only, Bits Du Jour has AceBit's Password Depot (Win) for free when you "like" both companies … Read more