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Two things we can learn from Instagram's massive, zero-downtime migration to Facebook

Over the course of a year, Instagram shifted its entire service, not once, but twice--without stopping the popular social media service. 

Malicious data wipe of 1,000 mobile devices highlights importance of using good passwords

As many as 1,000 mobile devices were maliciously wiped at insurance giant Aviva UK last month, according to a report on The Register. This happened after an unknown perpetrator apparently gained access to a MobileIron admin server that controlled the affected mobile devices.

Businesses ill-equipped to handle data-theft hackers

Hackers broke into the online systems of Dominos in the countries of France and Belgium, and attempted to blackmail the pizza chain into parting with €30,000 to prevent the public disclosure of the stolen passwords and customer data.

New 'safe' functions added to Windows 8, not Windows 7

Microsoft could be leaving Windows 7 exposed by applying some patches only to its newest Windows 8 operating systems, says Joseph Moti, a security researcher. 

It's confirmed: Apple wants you to buy smartphone, tablet and computer

While Android devices have blurred the line between the smartphone and tablet, Apple has made certain that this demarcation stays crystal clear by keeping the iPhone display small and disabling traditional phone capabilities, such as voice calls, from the iPad.

Hackers hijack Find My iPhone to lock Mac and iOS devices for ransom

Dozens of users had their iCloud account accessed without their permission and the corresponding feature for finding lost phones or devices was exploited to demand a ransom. 

Better implementation needed, not more security solutions

The weakest point of cryptography is typically in its implementation rather than the mathematics behind it. So says respected cryptographer Peter Gutmann of the University of Auckland in his presentation at the AusCERT conference last week.

Why you are not spending enough on security

The mastermind behind the interception of overseas networking equipment was of course the U.S. National Security Agency, and Greenwald cites a June 2010 document that was leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as the source for his allegation.

Microsoft's decision to patch Windows XP a mistake?

Mistake or not, there is no denying that the Windows XP platform is a dead man walking in the bigger scheme of things.

IE bug shows Windows XP is dead man walking

If you haven't heard by now, a new zero-day vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, or IE, that affects all versions of the still-popular Web browser. This includes IE 6 through IE 8, which are the versions that ship with Windows XP. Given that Windows XP is no longer officially supported as of April 8, this effectively means that this issue will never be fixed for the now-obsolete operating system.