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# Security

All time
# Mac
This Mac malware will let hackers take over your computer
The malware is disguised as an application called EasyDoc Converter and gives an attacker complete access.
# Jordan
Court clears way for deportation of man accused of being Isil's “main recruiter” in Ireland
He claims he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s due to his political activities and fears being tortured if returned there.
# Safety First
Relying on texts to help protect your accounts is no longer a good idea
You really should be using two-step authentication, but it’s best to switch to apps dedicated to the task if you haven’t already.
# Safety First
This Irish college is tackling a major problem with cybercrime
A talent gap exists in the area and IT Carlow claims to have the first Irish course dedicated to tackling it.
Orlando shooter was a homophobic killer, deliberately using the 'Isis' name
“We need to rally around our LGBTI brothers and sisters… and to defy the absolute evil [of] groups like Islamic State,” writes security expert Tom Clonan.
# own worst enemy
Your biggest security problem isn't whether you'll get hacked or not
It’s using the same password for all of your accounts.
# Security
Somebody is trying to sell almost 33 million Twitter passwords on the dark web
Although it looks unlikely that Twitter was breached.
# i spy
What are the chances someone is spying on you through your laptop camera?
It might be an unlikely situation, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful.
# Security
France security chiefs launch 'terror alert' app for football fans ahead of Euros
The application will be free to download in both French and English.
# Security
Paris police prepared for security threats ahead of Euro 2016
News that a French national had been arrested in connection with a possible attack on the tournament raised fears, but local authorities plan a large operation to ensure safety
# inactive
Even Mark Zuckerberg's online accounts aren't safe from hackers
The Facebook CEO found his accounts on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest compromised last night.
# Safety First
Charging your phone using public USB ports isn't as safe as you might think
One more thing to keep in mind the next time you have a low battery.
# easy to guess
Microsoft is going to start banning your incredibly dumb passwords
The most common passwords like ’123456′ and ‘qwerty’ will no longer be allowed under the new system.
Yep, people are still pretty terrible at choosing passwords
You would think that people would know not to use ’123456′ as a password.
Maurice McCabe was subjected to "whistleblower reprisal" - Irish style
The treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe shows us that the Ireland of 2016 remains a cold house for whistleblowers and truth-telling, writes security analyst Tom Clonan.
# MI5
UK security services signal 'strong possibility' of dissident Republican attack in Britain
MI5 has raised the threat level from Northern Ireland-related attacks to “substantial”, for the first time in five years.
# Passwords
Now you can see how long it'll take for hackers to crack your password
As long as you’re not using something as simple as ‘password’
# TechKnowHow
There are some simple ways to make your lock screen more secure
Your first line of defence should also be the strongest.
# serious deficiencies
Belgian transport minister quits over airport security row
Jacqueline Galant had been criticised after leaked EU reports pointed to flaws in security at the Brussels airport targeted by militants last month.
# problem
If you still have Apple QuickTime on your PC, you need to uninstall it asap
Newly discovered flaws and no more security updates makes it a significant risk to you.
# more protection needed?
Needles, stabbings and attacks... so why doesn't Dublin have its own transport police?
“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed or stabbed.”
# precaution
Snipers to be deployed to boost security at France v Russia
Extra security measures will be taken for the French team’s first game back at Stade de France since November’s terrorist attacks.
# Emergency
EU ministers meet to discuss security in wake of Brussels terror attacks
Belgian authorities are under immense pressure over the attacks and their apparent inability to stop domestic terrorist networks.
# improvements
These are the best features from Apple's latest iPhone update
iOS 9.3 might be a stopgap for the next version but that doesn’t mean there aren’t useful features to take advantage of.
# Android
This Android flaw could mess up your smartphone within 20 seconds
Another reminder to be careful of what you click on if you’re using an older device.
# Safety First
Make sure you don't ignore those download requests on your iPhone tonight
It’s not just for the new features but for some important security updates too
# Security
French World Cup winner Petit fears terrorist attacks at Euro 2016
The ex-Arsenal midfielder has been speaking about living in Paris in the wake of last November’s events.
# Manchester
McDonald's hires bouncers after anti-social behaviour from schoolchildren
The teenagers reportedly caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
# spoofing
You can trick a smartphone fingerprint scanner in just 15 minutes with a printer
Not all smartphones can be tricked this way but it’s still a concern for users.
# interception
This flaw lets attackers take over your PC through your wireless mouse
If it’s a non-Bluetooth mouse, you might want to check for updates when you get the chance.
'The risk of another revenge killing will rise exponentially during Eddie Hutch funeral'
There was a very heavy garda presence at David Byrne’s funeral on Monday, and it’s essential there is one today.
# Irish Ferries
Five men detained after jumping out of trailer at Dublin Port
The five men are believed to be illegal immigrants from Afghanistan.
# Overblown
Google says this Android security flaw isn't as bad as you might think
A recent report suggested that 66% of Android devices were vulnerable to a new security flaw, but Google believes the real figure is lower.
# D'oh!
If you see your password on this list, change it immediately
Unless you really, really think the likes of ’123456′ is going to keep your account safe.
# Alert over
Apple staff return to work after security threat lifted
Gardaí performed a full search of the buildings and found there to be no threat.
# Analysis
How two Labour ministers turned death threats into a political weapon
Now one TD says they owe “hundreds of thousands of people” an apology.
# aggressive
Microsoft is being very pushy when it comes to updating your PC
And just to add to it, it’s ending support for Windows 8 too.
# Security
A man has been shot after attempting to ram a soldier guarding a mosque in France
Local authorities have said that the man was shot in the arm and the leg.
# Security
Six arrested in Belgium and armed officers' leave cancelled in London ahead of NYE
The city has been on high alert since the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November.
# 12 days of tech
This is how you can strengthen your accounts' passwords
Your accounts can never be too safe.