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New Masque Attack leaves iPhone users at risk of malicious apps

It looks and acts like the official app for Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp — but it's not

Apple phone owners beware: a particularly nasty phishing-scam variant researchers call “Masque Attack” can trick unwitting users into installing malicious apps – and worse still, it has now been spotted “in the wild.”

New firmware worm is the first capable of remotely attacking Macs

Macs used to be safer than PCs. Not anymore

A new proof-of-concept discovery by security researchers brings an end to the old conventional wisdom that Apple computers are generally safer than PCs.

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Are your pets overweight because you're feeding them wrong?

Controlling portions and making an individual nutrition plan can help your pet slim down

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and this fact may be translating to our pets; an estimated 57.9% of U.S. pet dogs and cats are overweight or obese as well.

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Ransomware alert: ignore emails offering a 'Windows 10 upgrade'

Microsoft is not installing upgrades through email

Last week Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system, and within two days scammers started taking advantage of that by trying to plant malware on your computers.

Windows 10 automatically grants home wi-fi access to your Outlook, Skype contacts

You have to change your network name if you want to opt out of this

Windows 10 includes a feature called Wi-Fi Sense which, unless you deliberately opt out of the default setting, automatically shares your Wi-Fi network password with all of your contacts in Outlook, Hotmail, and Skype.

Making exercise a part of your daily routine may be easier than you think

Utilizing cues you experience throughout the day can help form healthy habits

Building the motivation to exercise can be very challenging for many people. The key is to make exercise a part of your daily routine so that you can do it automatically and without as much effort.

Study: Older drivers involved in 14 million accidents in last 12 months

On the road, old drivers and young drivers don't mix

If you want to start an argument at Thanksgiving dinner, suggest that older drivers might not be the safest out there. Seniors usually take offense at such a suggestion – perhaps rightly so.

Fashionable high heels may carry a health price

Study finds prolonged use can cause ankle injury

Women who wear high heeled shoes for long periods of time may be compromising their health. That's more or less been a consensus view for years, but a new study from the University of North Carolina Charlotte adds more evidence.

Having a baby? It pays to shop around for a hospital

Costs for an uncomplicated delivery vary widely

If you're expecting a new arrival in your family, you'll no doubt be shopping around for the best price on a crib, car seat and other necessities. A new study suggests you may also want to shop around for the most affordable hospital.

For social workers, religion is the elephant in the room

Religion and spirituality can be helpful but are seldom discussed

There may have been a time when people talked openly about religion but never mentioned sex or politics in polite company. But today, religion is the subject least likely to come up in clinical discussions with social workers.

Going away? Stage your home

The lived-in look protects against burglaries, intrusions

Although you can’t prevent all thefts from occurring, there are some things you can do to make your home safer.

Popular antacids linked to higher heart risks

Researchers concerned about one type of drug called proton pump inhibitor

Millions of consumers take antacids to relieve symptoms of acid reflux and other digestive discomforts. Now there's a warning about one particular type of antacid that could be in your medicine chest.

Study: Half of U.S. kids don't drink enough water

Could have serious health consequences years later

Much of the health advice doled out to children revolves around what they should not be drinking – namely sugary beverages.

Botox maker entering the double-chin market

Allergen is expanding its 'facial aesthetics' portfolio

Double chins may not be big business yet but Allergen PLC -- which makes Botox -- is betting they soon will be. Our chins aren't getting any younger, after all.

Online retailers often fail to post warranty information, survey finds

In check of 20 etailers, there was no warranty info for 4 out of 5 items checked

Cautious consumers want to know about warranty coverage before they buy an expensive product. But a survey by ConsumerWorld.org finds that information's not easy to come by if you're shopping online.

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