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today at 03:30. 18 comments

Should You Keep That Document or Shred It?

Should You Keep That Document or Shred It?

We all get a ton of junk in the mail, whether credit card applications, insurance packets, or a 60-page retirement fund report for the lingering 401(k) from a job you had 10 years ago. Thankfully, deciding what you need to keep and what you can safely shred is simple. And depending the type of documents you’re dealing with, you need to store some of them for certain periods of time; others...

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today at 02:44.

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

The Trump administration has barely even bothered to back up its case that its use of emergency powers to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to an American company is based on cybersecurity concerns. It’s actually setting the stage for a meltdown of its own making.

While the White House officially cited cybersecurity concerns when it threatened TikTok and...

yesterday at 05:09.

WhatsApp's Encryption Hasn't Kept It Safe From Stalkerware

WhatsApp's Encryption Hasn't Kept It Safe From Stalkerware

Among the sprawl of properties in the Facebook family, WhatsApp’s perhaps the only one that’s preached preserving user privacy and actually

followed through . But that hasn’t stopped bad actors from finding new ways to spy and snoop without the platform’s—or any user’s—say-so.

As a new investigation from Business Insider details, apps promising to probe the platform—and its users—for sometimes...

yesterday at 04:27. 3 comments

Parents Agree: Don't Give Your Kids an Apple Watch

Parents Agree: Don't Give Your Kids an Apple Watch

The easiest way to sell something is to tell people it will help them not die or get hurt. This is definitely true when it comes to the Apple Watch, a product whose—arguably excellent—marketing message is, “wear this and you might survive a heart attack.”

So when Apple announced Family Setup, a service that lets parents track kids via cellular-connected Apple Watches, I was interested, even...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 10:20. 2 comments

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

A Chinese intelligence firm’s database on 2.4 million people—including some 50,000 Americans—was recently leaked, exposing it to researchers.

Per a Tuesday report in the Register, Fullbright University Vietnam researcher Chris Balding and Australian security researcher Robert Potter co-authored a recent paper on Beijing-based company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, whose data on millions was...

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Sep 15, 2020 at 05:50.

Your Weather App Is Selling You Out

Your Weather App Is Selling You Out

While I think we can all agree that every app on our phone is probably an

invasive little shit , I’d argue that weather apps deserve their own little corner in hell. We’ve seen weather apps sign folks up for services without their say-so , sneakily get location data from users who deliberately turned that function off, and pull all other sorts of stunts that make it clear just how little...
Sep 12, 2020 at 03:36.

Facebook: Privacy Is Cool, but Have You Guys Heard of Money?

Facebook: Privacy Is Cool, but Have You Guys Heard of Money?

For a platform that likes to keep reminding us

over and over and over again that it prizes our individual privacy, Facebook’s done a pretty piss-poor job of actually following through. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the company purposefully prevent any of us from opting out of this sort of data-mining machine, while later accidentally sharing that data with thousands of...
Sep 10, 2020. 1 comments

Portland Just Passed Our Country's Broadest Ban On Facial Recognition

Portland Just Passed Our Country's Broadest Ban On Facial Recognition

Portland, Oregon might be best known as the home of bohemian stereotypes a- plenty and some of the wildest donuts you can find in the state. Now it’s also earned the reputation for ambitious privacy legislation after passing the country’s broadest ban on facial recognition technology to date.

Yesterday, Portland’s City Council unanimously adopted two major ordinances meant to crack down on...

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Sep 09, 2020. 1 comments

Hacked Windows 10 Themes Can Swipe Your Microsoft Login

Hacked Windows 10 Themes Can Swipe Your Microsoft Login

Windows 10 users can customize their desktops with unique themes, and are able to create and share those themes with others. Hackers can also use them to steal your credentials.

A flaw in Windows 10’s theme-creation feature lets hackers modify custom themes that, once installed, trick users into passing over their Microsoft account name and password data via counterfeit login pages. This...

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Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

Seven Years Later, Court Finally Finds Illegal NSA Spying Program to Have Been Illegal

The National Security Agency’s program to hoover up details on billions of domestic phone calls and text messages in the U.S. was illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, and was probably an unconstitutional abuse of power.

Per Politico, the findings were unanimously handed down in a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning the 2013 conviction of four Somali immigrants of...

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Sep 04, 2020. 13 comments

Chadwick Boseman's Choice to Keep His Cancer Diagnosis Private Was Inspired by His Mother, Says His Agent

Chadwick Boseman's Choice to Keep His Cancer Diagnosis Private Was Inspired by His Mother, Says His Agent

When it was announced that Chadwick Boseman

had died after a years-long battle with colon cancer, many fans and peers alike were stunned to learn he’d been suffering from the terminal disease.

In a recent cover story for the Hollywood Reporter honoring the late actor, Boseman’s agent Michael Green opened up a bit about just how seriously Boseman took his career (in terms of the roles he...

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Sep 01, 2020. 9 comments

Duh: FBI Warned Doorbell Cams Can Also Tip Suspects Off to Approaching Cops

Duh: FBI Warned Doorbell Cams Can Also Tip Suspects Off to Approaching Cops

The FBI warned in a November 2019 bulletin that smart video doorbells, such as

Amazon’s Ring or Google’s Nest Hello cameras, could tip off suspects that police are coming for them, according to a Monday report in the Intercept.

The nine-page document is part of the hundreds of gigabytes of leaked documents in the BlueLeaks archive dumped by the Distributed Denial of Secrets Group, many of...

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Aug 28, 2020. 8 comments

Walmart Wants to Get Its Greasy Hands on TikTok

Walmart Wants to Get Its Greasy Hands on TikTok

The uncool bidders for extremely cool video app TikTok now reportedly include, uh, Walmart.

TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance is exploring options to offload the app, which is based in the US, amid threats by Donald Trump’s administration to

somehow “ban” it if control isn’t transferred to a US company. Per the New York Times, Walmart has apparently offered to join forces with Microsoft for a...

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Aug 28, 2020. 19 comments

How to Piss Off Advertisers With Your iOS 14 Settings

How to Piss Off Advertisers With Your iOS 14 Settings

Of all the big tech companies, Apple has arguably the best privacy policies. And with iOS 14, Apple is making yet another big privacy-focused upgrade to iOS. Once the new OS update hits this fall, users can choose to hide their device’s “Identifier for Advertisers” (IDFA) number from apps. And if you do, advertisers are not going to like it.

Your IDFA is a device-specific identification number...

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Aug 27, 2020.

Even Google Employees Found Google’s Privacy Settings Confusing

Even Google Employees Found Google’s Privacy Settings Confusing

By 2018, Google mastered the art of obscuring privacy settings to the degree that even some Google employees didn’t know how location privacy settings worked, according to an Arizona consumer fraud lawsuit (now with fewer redactions) shows. As the Arizona Mirror first noticed, the complaint contains messages between Googlers venting that the company’s privacy settings are— even for the exact...

Aug 26, 2020. 18 comments

Why Your Web Browser Is Declaring War on Cookies and How They'll Be Replaced

Why Your Web Browser Is Declaring War on Cookies and How They'll Be Replaced

Restrictions on how websites and advertisers track us around the web are coming, because web browsers—which already block the most invasive types of cookies by default—are cracking down.

A cookie is a little bit of code saved to your device that lets websites recognize you. It enables your favorite news site to always show you the weather for your region, to know not to prompt you to sign up...

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Aug 26, 2020. 4 comments

Palantir Will Go Public Via Direct Listing, Lost $589 Million Last Year

Palantir Will Go Public Via Direct Listing, Lost $589 Million Last Year

Data analytics company Palantir—the firm co-founded by venture capitalist Peter Thiel most notorious for its work with the

Pentagon , CIA, Department of Homeland Security, and the nation’s police forces —has filed its prospectus to go public, though it’s opting for a direct listing instead of an initial public offering.

(Disclosure: Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit that bankrupted...

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Aug 26, 2020. 2 comments

Browse More Privately on Android With Firefox's 'Daylight' Update

Browse More Privately on Android With Firefox's 'Daylight' Update

It’s been a slow burn, but the new Firefox Android browser has finally landed—in Europe, anyway. US users will have to wait until August 27 (or install the beta version) for access, but if the preview build is any indication, this new mobile browser is a much better experience than Mozilla’s last attempt.

The overhauled browser offers a better interface with an easier-to-reach bottom URL menu,...

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Aug 25, 2020. 2 comments

Firefox's New Android Browser Is a Pretty Placebo For Your Privacy Woes

Firefox's New Android Browser Is a Pretty Placebo For Your Privacy Woes

Every browser has a certain something to set it apart from the others. Edge has

that logo . Chrome hogs your memory. And Mozilla’s Firefox really, really cares about your privacy. The idea of keeping your web-browsing experience personal is something the company’s been emphasizing in every product update for the past few years, so naturally, it’s a key component of the company’s newly...

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Aug 25, 2020. 6 comments

Don’t Use Bridgefy for Messaging at Protests

Don’t Use Bridgefy for Messaging at Protests

Readers who regularly attend protests are likely familiar with the Bridgefy messaging app, and may even use it. The app was initially envisioned as an “offline” communication network for use in rural communities, at times of high network congestion (like sporting events), or even amid natural disasters. The app uses Bluetooth and meshed router networking to create self-contained, inter-device...

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