This week Microsoft stopped providing antimalware signatures for Microsoft Security Essentials running on Windows XP. Officially, support for Windows XP stopped in April 2014 but Microsoft continued to provide updated antivirus signatures to its security software if it was already installed on the user’s system. This week marks the end of all security updates for Windows XP from Microsoft. 

As of July 1st, both Minnesota and California passed laws requiring manufacturers to install an anti-theft feature known as a ‘kill switch’ on all new smartphones. A kill switch allows the owner of a stolen phone to remotely delete all the data on the device or simply lock the phone, rendering the device useless to the thief and lowering its resale value – in slang terms, to ‘brick’ the phone. 

Last week Facebook rolled out its new payment platform for all US-based Facebook Messenger users.

Customers of travel websites Expedia and its subsidiaries, Travelocity and, are being targeted by a new phishing scam. The alleged perpetrators have been contacting customers of the respective websites and posing as representatives of those companies, attempting to gain the customer’s personal information including credit card numbers. 

Based on a report from Pulse Secure, almost one million malicious applications were produced for mobile devices last year. The 2015 Mobile Threat Report, published by the company’s Mobile Threat Center, analyzed over 2.5 million mobile applications and discovered a 391 percent increase in malicious programs since 2013.