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US government takes aim at 3D printed guns

Is a gun something that should be protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment rights to free speech?

How about plans to make a plastic gun with a 3D printer?

Is that something that people can freely "say" online?

The US State Department has recently answered those questions with a decisive "No," having issued two statements regarding its intention to regulate Americans' publishing of online data that could enable someone to digitally fabricate a gun.

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QUADSYS' MARK LIDDLE IS AN AWARD WINNER JULY 2015

Quadsys Ltd, announced Mark Liddle, Public Sector Team Leader has been named the 2015 Sophos Award winner for Individual Contribution, during the recent Sophos Partner Conference held at Rome. Sophos recognised a select group of partners for their outstanding achievement in the last year. Mark Liddle of Quadsys stands out as an individual that has seen tremendous success over the last year in his partnership with Sophos.

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MasterCard to trial pay-by-face for online purchasing

"Passwords are a pain," said MasterCard Chief Product Security Officer Ajay Bhalla.

Then he delineated the terrible things we do to strip them of their security dignity: by forgetting them, writing them down, and of course a few he neglected to mention, like cooking up passcodes that are limp and easy-to-guess or by just giving them away to TV reporters.

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Hacking Team Hit By Data Breach JULY 7th 2015

The controversial surveillance tools maker has been hit by attackers, who have published a cache of its internal documents

Hacking Team, a controversial Milan-based maker of surveillance tools sold primarily to governments, acknowledged on Monday that it has been hacked, with a cache of internal documents published, along with passwords used by customers and its own staff.

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Google Chrome "bad link" detection bypass - found, fixed JUNE 22nd 2015

We get some interesting correspondence here at Naked Security.

Sometimes we write about the spam we receive, whether in email or as comments.

Sometimes we get requests from readers who would like us to take a deeper look at breaking news stories that have been getting coverage but not much explanation.

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Millions of fake online reviews are gumming up the joy of buying stuff
JUNE 22nd 2015

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced on Friday that it's opened an investigation into the problem of what it says are millions of fake online reviews, be they "This changed my LIFE!" bogosity or disgruntled employees who post fake negative reviews - just two of the many flavors of fake reviews out there.

Consumers are influenced by online reviews, be they real or phony.

According to the CMA's findings, more than half of UK adults - 54% - use online reviews to suss out purchases.

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Thinkuknow: What kids are up to online and how to protect them JUNE 16th 2015

How do you teach a 5-year-old that people they meet online aren't always who they say they are?

What do you tell a 12-year-old who's being cyber-bullied?

A 15-year-old girl sends naked pics to her boyfriend, only to find out the next morning that everyone in school has seen them.

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Bad news! LastPass breached. Good news! You should be OK... JUNE 16th 2015

Here at Naked Security, we have a variety of views about password managers.

Generally speaking, we're in favour, because password managers are tools that generate and store a list of different, hard-to-guess passwords for all your websites and online accounts.

That means that if you're the kind of person who has hundreds of passwords, or who struggles to memorise even a few wackily long and mixed-up passwords, or both, password managers can be a huge help.

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