Facebook revealed Friday that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps that may have mishandled users' personal data, part of an investigation sparked by the social giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.#technology #Facebook #privacy #security
The suspensions — far more than the hundreds against which Facebook has taken action against in the past — occurred for a “variety of reasons,” the company said in a blog post, without elaborating. They were associated with about 400 developers.
If you've noticed an uptick of spam that addresses you by name or quotes real emails you've sent or received in the past, you can probably blame Emotet. It's one of the world's most costly and destructive botnets—and it just returned from a four-month hiatus.#technology #computing #privacy #spam #botnet #Emotet
Google Maps has received plenty of love in 2019, but the search company is reportedly hard at work on two more additions to the mapping service.#technology #Google #Maps #privacy
The company is testing an incognito mode in the preview version of Google Maps (version 10.26), according to Android Police. Google Chrome‘s incognito mode doesn’t record your browser history on the device or your Google account, and a similar principle is in effect here.
Last week my in-laws politely but firmly asked me to set up their new HP printer. I protested that I’m completely clueless about that sort of thing, despite my tax-return-job-title of “software engineer”. Still remonstrating, I was gently bundled into their study with an instruction pamphlet, a cup of tea, a promise to unlock the door once I’d printed everyone’s passport forms, and a warning not to try the window because the roof tiles are very loose.#technology #computing #printing #HP #security #privacy
At first the setup process was so simple that even a computer programmer could do it. But then, after I had finished removing pieces of cardboard and blue tape from the various drawers of the machine, I noticed that the final step required the downloading of an app of some sort onto a phone or computer. This set off my crapware detector.
iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.Apple definitely takes privacy and security far more seriously than Facebook does.
phone's software. AdaptiveMobile Security researchers say they've discovered a new vulnerability, nicknamed Simjacker, that's being used to surveil people's devices by an unnamed surveillance company. The technique sends SMS messages containing instructions for an old [email protected] Browser app supported on some carriers' SIM cards.#technology #mobile #smartphone #security #privacy
If you're at all concerned about the privacy of your data, you don't want to leave the default settings in place on your devices—and that includes anything that runs Windows 10.#technology #computing #windows #security #privacy
Microsoft's operating system comes with a variety of controls and options you can modify to lock down the use of your data, from the information you share with Microsoft to the access that individual apps have to your location, camera, and microphone. Check these privacy-related settings as soon as you've got your Windows 10 computer set up—or now, in case you're a longtime user who hasn't gotten around to it yet.
Bogus text messages aren't just being used to send you to malicious websites or crash your phone -- in some cases, they can hijack your emails. Check Point Research has discovered a vulnerability in phones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony that lets attackers use custom SMS to intercept all email traffic on target devices.#technology #mobile #Android #security #privacy
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.Oops! Again...
The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.
Android 10 has landed, complete with a new name, a new mascot, and several fun features. One of the most important aspects of the new operating system is enhanced security and improved user control over permissions. You can now fine-tune the data apps access, restrict location services based on usage, contain background app activity and best of all, do all of this from a single privacy hub in settings.#technology #mobile #Android #privacy
New evidence submitted for an investigation into Google's collection of personal data in the European Union reportedly accuses the search giant of stealthy sending your personal user data to advertisers. The company allegedly relays this information to advertisers using hidden webpages, allowing it to circumvent EU privacy regulations.#technology #Google #privacy
Facebook is rolling out facial recognition to all of its 360 million users, making it easier than ever for your friends and family to tag you in embarrassing photos.The good news is that the article links to another article that explains how to delete your Facebook account.
Facial recognition first arrived on Facebook in 2017 under the name 'Tag Suggestions', but was only available to a small sample of users. It's now accessible worldwide under the more logical name 'Face Recognition'.
Gmail users can now finally opt out of having images load automatically on the iPhone app. The email client unveiled its latest update to the App Store that includes an option for those who want to stop their messages from being tracked or who don't need to see every single external image sent to their inbox. To activate, simply go to Settings, select your account, go to Images and select "Ask before displaying external images". Android users have had this option for a while now.#technology #Google #Gmail #privacy
.euaddress? So you think it's somehow deceptive to have an account on a European pod? I chose a European pod because privacy laws in Europe are generally stricter than those in the USA.
Facebook has introduced a tool that lets you see which third-party websites and apps are sending it your browsing history, and stop them doing so in future.Oh, really? And what if you haven't got a Facebook account?
The feature, which is currently available in Ireland, Spain and South Korea, is found in the mobile app's settings under the heading 'Off-Facebook Activity'. It allows you to see which companies have shared data about your browsing habits using tracking tools like The Facebook Pixel and Facebook Login.
Google's increased focus on privacy led it to quietly drop a service for carriers. Reuters sources have learned the tech giant shut down Mobile Network Insights, a feature that gave providers maps of cellular signal strength and speed data collected from Android phones, back in April. The data was anonymized and required opting in to sharing location, usage and diagnostic info, but Google was reportedly worried the practice might raise hackles among users and government regulators.#technology #mobile #smartphone #privacy
Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of a T-shirt. Or a dress. Or a hoodie.From the YouKnowWhatToDo Department.
The anti-surveillance garments were revealed at the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas on Saturday by the hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose, who presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has recently sought proposals from third-party vendors for technological solutions able to harvest publicly-available information in bulk from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.Can we expect another big move onto alternate social media sites?
The law enforcement agency says the data collected will be used "to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests."
Microsoft contractors are manually reviewing voice recordings gathered via Skype’s automated translation feature and the Cortana voice assistant, a new report from Motherboard has revealed. In audio recordings shared with the publication, users could be heard having intimate conversations and discussing relationship issues as well as other personal topics like weight loss. “The fact that I can even share some of this with you shows how lax things are in terms of protecting user data,” the contractor who shared the audio files with Motherboard said.#technology #Microsoft #Windows #Skype #Cortana #security #privacy