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  1. Bug in Apple's Find My Feature Could've Exposed Users' Location Histories Cybersecurity researchers on Thursday disclosed two distinct design and implementation flaws in Apple's crowdsourced Bluetooth location tracking system that can lead to a location correlation attack and unauthorized access to the location history of the past seven days, thereby by deanonymizing users. The findings are a consequence of an exhaustive review undertaken by the Open Wireless Link (OWL) project, a team of researchers from the Secure Mobile Networking Lab at the Technical Un
  2. Google plans to stop targeting ads based on your browsing history It's a big step towards becoming more privacy focused. NurPhoto via Getty Images In a major change for its core business model, Google said today that it plans to stop selling ads that rely on your individual web browsing history. Additionally, it won't build any tools to track your data across its products in the future. The announcements come after Google has committed to removing support for third-party cookies in Chrome, a move that would effectively kill the main source of data tracking
  3. FTC: Protect Women’s Privacy Photo by freestocks on Unsplash According to the Federal Trade Commission, a technology start-up that develops and distributes a mobile application called Flo Period & Ovulation Tracker is in a bit of trouble. The App collects and stores menstruation and fertility information about millions of women who use their app worldwide. No big deal, right? The problem is the technology start-up allegedly shared and monetized the data collected in the app without getting the appropriate approvals. The FTC investigated allegation
  4. Why we need to rebuild internet search, putting user privacy first To use the internet is to consume advertising, but it doesn’t have to be this way (Image credit: Shutterstock / HaseHoch2) Everyone who browses the internet is familiar with advertising. Regardless of what browser, search engine or social media app we use to search the web, every day we are peppered with ads that prey on our aspirations and insecurities to sell us products. An entire generation has grown up believing that if you want to che
  5. Chrome for iOS test locks Incognito tabs behind Touch or Face ID The feature will blur that tab you want to remain private. No CaptionThomas Trutschel via Getty Images Google is working to make private web browsing on Chrome for iOS a little more secure by letting you lock Incognito tabs with Face or Touch ID. The update, detailed in the app's beta version for iPhone and iPad, essentially blurs Incognito tabs in the tab switcher so that they remain hidden until you authenticate with either a fingerprint or facial unlock. It's a helpful li
  6. Android 12 is bringing some important security features Protecting your privacy will be one of the main reasons to upgrade (Image credit: Google) Google is doubling down on security and privacy enhancements in Android 12 and when the next version of its mobile operating system launches this fall, users will be able to manually block access to some of the hardware sensors on their devices. As reported by 9To5Google, the latest version of Android includes a pair of new toggles that will all
  7. Don't use VPN services. No, seriously, don't. You're probably reading this because you've asked what VPN service to use, and this is the answer. Note: The content in this post does not apply to using VPN for their intended purpose; that is, as a virtual private (internal) network. It only applies to using it as a glorified proxy, which is what every third-party "VPN provider" does. Why not? Because a VPN in this sense is just a glorified proxy. The VPN provider can see all your traffic, and do with it what they want - including logging. But my provider doesn't log! T
  8. Complaint Blasts TikTok’s ‘Misleading’ Privacy Policies TikTok is again in hot water for how the popular video-sharing app collects and shares data – particularly from its underage userbase. An umbrella group comprising 44 consumer-privacy watchdog organizations have filed a complaint against TikTok, saying the wildly-popular video-sharing platform has “misleading” data-collection policies. ByteDance-owned TikTok has skyrocketed in popularity, with more than 2 billion downloads on the Google Play and Apple App Store marketplaces
  9. Windows 10 features that boost your PC's security and privacy Like almost all operating systems, Windows 10 is vulnerable to security and privacy issues, and researchers have proved that Microsoft can track a lot of your activities to improve their products and enable personalized ads and promotions. Thankfully, Windows 10 allows us to improve the operating system's security and privacy using the built-in settings app. If you've concerns about your data security and privacy, you should consider making the below changes. Security features you
  10. Consumers worry about privacy but don't want to change their habits A survey released to coincide with Data Privacy Day reveals that although 80 percent of consumers are concerned about their data privacy, few are willing to change their habits. The study from Entrust, based on responses from 500 adults in the US and 500 in the UK, shows 64 percent of consumers are willing to some degree to share personal information with an app in exchange for more relevant, personalized and/or convenient services. A large majority (83 percent) of consumers are
  11. DuckDuckGo enables Global Privacy Control on mobile and desktop by default Late last year, DuckDuckGo joined a privacy-focused initiative called Global Privacy Control (GPC) along with other organizations and individuals in an effort to develop an open standard to help users assert their rights against online tracking. Now, it's bringing that online privacy protection to a new level. DuckDuckGo announced today that it is enabling the GPC setting by default in its mobile apps for Android and iOS as well as browser extensions for Google Chrome, Firef
  12. Weeks later, Google still hasn’t added privacy labels to its most popular iPhone apps Some of the apps that have the disclosures are unexpected Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Three weeks after Google promised it would add Apple’s mandatory app privacy labels “as soon as this week,” none of the company’s main apps have the labels, including Gmail, search, Photos, Docs, and YouTube. There have been some questions about whether Google is purposefully not updating its
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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