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Best antivirus 2020: Free antivirus and paid software

Every Windows PC needs to run one of the best antivirus programs, even if that program happens to be one of the best free antivirus programs.  The Windows Defender antivirus software built into Windows 10 is very good, but while it certainly holds its own against other free rivals, it still can't...
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Baby monitor flaw lets strangers spy on your kids: What to do [Updated]

UPDATE: iBaby Labs reached out to Tom's Guide on March 2 to say it is working on fixing these problems and to direct us to its blog posts. More below. This story was originally published Feb. 26, 2020.A popular video baby monitor has several serious security flaws that could let attackers view fo...
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The best VPN service in 2020

The best VPN services – short for 'virtual private network' – are pieces of software that hide your location and keep your online activity anonymous. However, as they've shot into the mainstream, millions worldwide are realizing that they can do so much more than just keep you private.Available o...
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Yikes! Client list of facial-recognition company stolen

Clearview AI, the facial-recognition firm that contracts with law-enforcement agencies, reported its client list data has been breached by an intruder with “unauthorized access.”Careful not to call the breach a hack, the company notified its customers on Wednesday that the intruder stole its list...
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Windows 7 dies Jan. 14. Here's what you need to do

If you're still using Windows 7, it's time to move on. The venerable and much-loved 2009 version of Windows received its (almost) last security update Jan. 14, 2020 (unless your company plans to pay for extended support) and the free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program will (probably)...
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How to use Ring Control Center to protect your privacy

Ring makes some of the best video doorbells and home security cameras. But there have been concerns about the security of its cameras and the privacy of its Neighbors program, which lets local law-enforcement agencies request videos if they think the footage might help solve a crime.To help allay...
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Beware: This fake VPN installer is stealing users' passwords

If you're looking to download ProtonVPN software, be careful -- there's a fake version of the popular VPN client that infects your computer with malware designed to steal your passwords and any Bitcoin you might have lying around.Kaspersky researchers reported yesterday (Feb. 18) that Russian mis...
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Best encrypted messaging apps

With headlines about security breaches seemingly popping up every few days, we've become much more aware about online privacy and the dangers of digital snooping and identity and data theft. Even as government agencies and tech companies weigh the balance between privacy and public security, app ...
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Should you still pay for antivirus software?

When it comes to antivirus software, free doesn't necessarily require you to sacrifice functionality. In fact, a number of free antivirus options offer excellent malware protection. Even Windows Defender, which comes baked into Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, holds its own among the big players in th...
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Samsung admits data breach following Find My Mobile fail

Update: As noted by 9to5Google, there doesn't appear to be a connection between this data breach and the errant Find My Mobile notifications that went out last week.Were you one of the thousands of Samsung Galaxy owners that received a strange notification from Samsung's Find My Mobile app last w...
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