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  1. Evaluating the Privacy of Covid-19 At-Home Tests The tests are essential for fighting the pandemic, but poor privacy policies could discourage some people from using them While the distribution of the first Covid-19 vaccines is now underway, it will be some time before enough Americans have been vaccinated that life will resume as normal. In the meantime (and likely even beyond), easy and reliable testing will continue to play a critical role in stopping the spread of the disease, allowing both individuals and authorities to take appropriate measures. The Food and
  2. How Amazon Sidewalk Works—and Why You May Want to Turn It Off The premise is convenient. But the e-commerce giant's privacy track record isn't exactly inspiring. Photograph: Daniel Berman/Bloomberg/Getty Images If you have Amazon devices as part of your smart home, there's a new service on the block you should be aware of—and as usual, there are both potential benefits and potential privacy implications to think about as you consider whether
  3. Apple will require apps to add privacy ‘nutrition labels’ starting December 8th The labels explain what data is collected at a glance Image: Apple Apple debuted a collection of privacy features when it announced iOS 14, but the company’s privacy “nutrition label” concept did not arrive with the launch of the new operating system in September. Today, Apple announced that developers will be required to provide the information for those “labels” starting December 8th. Like a normal nutri
  4. malakai1911

    Comprehensive Security Guide

    Comprehensive Security Guide NOTE: As of 1/1/2019 this guide is out of date. Until parts are rewritten, consider the below for historical reference only. i. Foreword The primary purpose of this guide is to offer a concise list of best-of-breed software and advice on selected areas of computer security. The secondary purpose of this guide is to offer limited advice on other areas of security. The target audience is an intermediately skilled user of home computers. Computer software listed are the freeware versions when possible or have free versions av
  5. Firefox 85 will improve privacy with network partitioning feature Next month's stable release of Firefox 85 will include the anti-tracking feature networking partitioning to improve user privacy on the Internet. While Firefox is not the first web browser to support network partitioning, that honor goes to Apple and the company's Safari web browser, it is a major improvement as it eliminates tracking techniques that rely on shared cache functionality. Most Internet users are aware of cookies by now and how they may be used to track users across sites. Less known is that
  6. Teddit: browse Reddit in a privacy preserving way Reddit has become a central discussion hub in the past couple of years. The site has received a number of financing rounds in the past decade, the last in February 2019 when it received $300 million based on a €3 billion valuation. Reddit has intensified advertising and tracking in recent time; some options can be turned off in the Reddit settings, others are based on scripts running on the site. While it is possible to use content blockers to prevent many of these from being effective or loaded at all, some have
  7. When Google says some of its controversial tracking features are "opt in" only, do you realize you've actually agreed to let them snoop on you? Take, for instance, Google's new Pay app. Google Pay's personalization The company is encouraging people to try it out and let Google monitor their finances and purchases in exchange for personalized offers, on a three-month trial. For instance, if Google knows you eat at Burger King, it says it could hit you up with specific BK offers, as opposed to generic restaurant deals in your neighborhood.
  8. Apple responds to privacy concerns over Mac software security process The company says it doesn’t keep tabs on the apps macOS users run Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Last week, a number of Mac users had trouble opening apps — a problem that seemed to be caused by an Apple security protocol responsible for checking that software comes from trusted sources. The slow-down prompted some to criticize Apple for collecting too much information about users’ activities; criticism which the company has now respon
  9. Your significant other's birthday is coming up. You've been surreptitiously browsing on your phone for a certain pair of shoes that you overheard her discussing with her sister on the phone earlier today. You remembered the brand name and color she mentioned. You're hoping to pick up a pair and surprise her. She jumps on the family laptop to check social media. "Honey?" she asks quizzically. "Have you been looking at ladies' shoes online?" Frozen, you run through your mind what could have happened. You're tech savvy enough to understand that she
  10. Just wanted to open a discussion in regards to building a somewhat secure PC or laptop in respect to privacy of the business/user. With everything slowly becoming closed source and with end users having no access to control the security of their systems (E:G - Spretre, Meltdown, Thunderbolt exploits, Intel Management Engine etc). I am very interested in building a computer that runs on open-source system software such as Linux, and has full access to CPU firmware code with features such as Libreboot or Coreboot. This has been something I have been researching for a while. Woul
  11. A Telegram AI-bot that creates abusive images has been used to target more than 100,000 people, some of whom appear to be under the age of 18 Pornographic deepfakes are being weaponised at an alarming scale with at least 104,000 women targeted by a bot operating on the messaging app Telegram since July. The bot is used by thousands of people every month who use it to create nude images of friends and family members, some of whom appear to be under the age of 18. The still images of nude women are generated by an AI that ‘removes’ items of clothing from a no
  12. How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private The latest Gboard feature needs to know as much as possible about your digital life to work—but doesn't share that data with Google. Illustration: Elena Lacey Google has infused its so-called Smart Reply feature, which uses machine learning to suggest words and sentences you may want to type next, into various email products for the last several years. But with Android 11, those cont
  13. How to protect your privacy in Windows 10 Worried about privacy issues in Windows 10? Here's what you can do. Thinkstock There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft's operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes. Note: This story has been updated for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
  14. Facebook warns that new privacy protections in iOS 14 will hurt parts of its business Facebook announced today the key steps it is taking to address major privacy changes introduced by iOS 14. Announced in June, Apple's latest operating system for iPhone will make it harder for businesses to track user data by preventing apps from collecting those data using Apple’s device identifier without their consent. The social networking giant said it will stop collecting the identifier for advertisers (IDFA) on its apps on devices that are eligible for iOS 14. Facebo
  15. How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices Social media platforms repeatedly use so-called dark patterns to nudge you toward giving away more of your data. Illustration: Sam Whitney In 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was fed up with Facebook’s pushy interface. The platform had a way of coercing people into giving up more and more of their privacy. The question was, what to call that coercion? Zuckermining? Facebaiting? Was it a Zucke
  16. iOS 14’s Best Privacy Feature? Catching Data-Grabbing Apps Apple's new operating system hasn't been released to the public yet, but its new permission notifications are already shaming developers into cleaning up their acts. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg/Getty Images With every iOS update, users gain more controls over what data that app developers can collect about them. The new iOS 14 is no different, except for one thing—it hasn’t
  17. How to Get Safari's New Privacy Features in Chrome and Firefox Apple's browser is getting serious about security protections. If you can't or won't switch, don't worry: You don't have to fall behind. You don't have to wait for macOS Big Sur to drop to get a lot of these upcoming features though—both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have similar features.Photograph: Apple Apple just unveiled a raft of changes coming with the new macOS Big Sur later this year.
  18. Facebook's New Privacy Controls Are Long Overdue The new Manage Activity feature will let you archive and bulk delete posts for the first time. Photograph: Bjarte Rettedal/Getty Images Throughout its 16 years of existence, Facebook has struggled to provide the privacy controls users really want and need to safeguard the data they post to the platform. It's been a challenging project, with plenty of major detours along the way. But today Faceb
  19. Prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook. What does it do? Facebook Container works by isolating your Facebook identity into a separate container that makes it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies. How does it work? Installing this extension closes your Facebook tabs, deletes your Facebook cookies, and logs you out of Facebook. The next time you navigate to Facebook it will
  20. Cyrobo Clean Space Pro 7.26 Multilingual This program was designed to rid your computer of electronic garbage and protect your online privacy. Your computer's garbage includes a lot of objects (for example, cache and temporary files of various programs and Windows OS itself), internet cookie files, internet browsing history, logs, index.dat files, registry entries, etc. Those objects are scattered throughout your computer, usually in hidden system folders, wasting gigabytes of precious disk space. Faster Computer Cleaning your unwanted cache will enabl
  21. With the launch of a new national cyber strategy, President Donald Trump has authorized the use of “offensive cyber operations” against U.S. adversaries, National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters on Thursday. The U.S. hopes by deploying offensive measures it can deter cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure and other systems, Bolton said, by demonstrating to adversaries that the cost “is higher than they want to bear.” In a letter, Trump said the new guidelines demonstrated his commitment to securing America from digital threats. “It is a c
  22. Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined an invitation from five of these parliaments. The elected representatives of Facebook users want Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in the wake of a string of data misuse and security scandals attached to his platform. The international parliaments have joined forces — forming a grand committee — to amp up the pressure on
  23. Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Chrome routinely leads the pack in features for security and usability, most recently helping to drive the adoption of HTTPS. But when it comes to privacy, specifically protecting users from tracking, most of its rivals leave it in the dust. Users are more aware of, and concerned about, the harms of pervasive tracking than ever before. So why is Chrome so far behind? It’s because Google still makes most of its money from tracker-driven, behaviorally-targeted ads. The marginal benefit of each additional bit of infor
  24. Psiphon Pro By Psiphon Inc. This is the pro version of Psiphon which is a secure VPN application for Android. The application allows you to navigate freely on the internet. You will be connected to all hindered sites that are blocked due to censorship or other factors. You will also be safe when you do this. You will be able to connect to any site that has been exposed to Psyphon Pro and has blocked access. Psiphon’s work structure is quite simple. As with other VPN applications, a tunnel opens and you appear to be connecting through other countries. Whether you
  25. Privacy, keeping things separate, and IoT, connecting everything, may never be truly compatible. Nonetheless, manufacturers, developers, and end-users must still try to ensure privacy in an increasingly interconnected world. We call it the Internet of Things (IoT), but what we often really mean is the Internet of Personal Data. If data is the new oil, then personal data is the lubricant of IoT. Internet-connected devices are awash with sensitive information. And in the age of hyper-connectivity, we are feeling the brunt of the inexorable connection between data a
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