Google has announced this week plans to crack down on Android apps that abuse the OS permissions system and request access to user geo-location data when the app is not in use.#technology #tech #Google #Android #security #privacy
Starting with May, the OS maker plans to show warnings in the Play Store backend to all Android app developers about the need to update their apps.
Security camera company Ring has been plagued with privacy concerns in recent months, following a high-profile data breach and fears that criminals could hack their devices – and now the brand finally seems to be doing something about it.#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #Ring
If you have a Ring security camera or video doorbell, you'll now need to enable two-factor authentication when you sign in; this is mandatory for all users, and you won't be able to access your account without it.
Text message scams are becoming more common, and the latest scam we’ve seen is the most sophisticated yet. The scammer impersonates Verizon, sending you an “account security” text message that takes you to a shockingly convincing copy of Verizon’s website.#technology #tech #security #privacy
Google has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about “insecure” downloads and eventually block them outright. “Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files,” Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team wrote in a blog post. “Insecurely-downloaded files are a risk to users’ security and privacy. For instance, insecurely-downloaded programs can be swapped out for malware by attackers, and eavesdroppers can read users’ insecurely-downloaded bank statements.”#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Chrome
More than 500 browser extensions downloaded millions of times from Google’s Chrome Web Store surreptitiously uploaded private browsing data to attacker-controlled servers, researchers said on Thursday.#technology #tech #security #privacy #Google #Chrome
The extensions were part of a long-running malvertising and ad-fraud scheme that was discovered by independent researcher Jamila Kaya.
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has publicly said it has nothing to do with a misleading poster designed to put fear into the hearts of parents and urge them to call the police if their children are using Kali Linux.What fresh idiocy is this?
The poster, made public by Twitter user @G_IW, has reportedly been distributed by local authorities on behalf of the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU).
Apple has dealt a major blow to its biggest rival Google with an update of Apple Maps focusing on privacy. The rebuilt Apple Maps app is starting to roll out to users in the U.S. and will reach Europe very soon.You should check out what Apple is doing about security and privacy with its Maps app.
It comes as Apple continues to hail itself as the technology company of choice for those who care about their privacy. The iPhone maker’s iOS 13 operating system already hits out at Google by reminding users when its Maps app is collecting their data.
The United Nations was the victim of a massive, likely state-sponsored hacker attack this past summer, according to reports from The New Humanitarian and Associated Press. To make the matters worse, the organization didn't disclose the details and severity of the hack until those publications obtained an internal document on the situation.#technology #tech #hacking #security #privacy #UN
Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.Neither private nor secure.
An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Four main analytics and marketing companies were discovered to be receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.
Liberty accused the force of ignoring the conclusion of a report it commissioned during an earlier trial of the tech — which it says concluded the Met had failed to consider human rights impacts.#technology #tech #FacialRecognition #HumanRights #security #privacy
A new report out today says that Apple has not implemented end to end encryption on iCloud backups at the behest of the FBI. Apple hasn’t verified the report, but it has other reasons not to encrypt iCloud backups. In the end, I don’t worry too much about the absence of end-to-end encryption in iCloud, because it’s to my benefit. Let me explain.One reason why it might be better that Apple doesn't encrypt everything.
Serious vulnerabilities have recently come to light in three WordPress plugins that have been installed on a combined 400,000 websites, researchers said. InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule, and WP Database Reset are all affected.#technology #tech #security #privacy #hacking #WordPress
A new study has revealed that many popular dating and women's health apps share users' intimate data with dozens of companies involved in the advertising business.#technology #tech #security #privacy #health #dating
The data shared with these firms could even be used to indicate users' sexual orientations and religious beliefs but these apps are also sharing other personal information including birthdays, GPS data and ID numbers associated with users' smartphones that could be used to tie all of the data back to a single person.
Google Maps can be a godsend when you are in a part of a neighborhood you are not familiar with. It also offers a great way to keep tabs on the places you have been to. But what if you don’t want Google Maps to keep track of where you have been? Fortunately, the feature now offers you the option to use an incognito mode while using Google Maps.#technology #tech #Google #Maps #privacy #security
Mozilla has released an urgent Firefox update after discovering a serious security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.Just run the browser and it should update. Go to Help, About Firefox on Windows and Linux, or Firefox, About Firefox on Mac to check which version you have. You might need to click an Update Firefox button there.
The problem affects desktop versions of the browser, including Firefox ESR, which is intended for use by system administrators who control desktop environments in schools, offices, governments and other organizations.