privacy

Ghostery Privacy Browser blocks Android user data from trackers

Whether you like it or not, companies have their eyes on you. They track whatever you do online: what you click, read, buy, or share. Don't be surprised when you see related ads on banners and pop-ups whenever you visit a website because it only means you've been tracked. Most of the time, it gets freaky because you're clueless how these brands know what you've been looking for. It's simple--there are trackers in the world wide web waiting to collect and share your data.

New Bluetooth 4.2 standard pushes for security and speed

Even with the advent of NFC technology, Bluetooth remains the go to wireless solution for quick and shorter range connectivity. And now that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has ratified version 4.2 of the standard, it is poised to become prevalent even more, especially in the so called Internet of Things era. While Bluetooth 4.0 was most famous for bringing Low Energy to the table, 4.2 will perhaps be known for addressing privacy and security issues and answering the need for speed.

Twitter to use smartphone apps info to improve your profile

The newest update to the Twitter Android app is something that not everyone will probably welcome, especially those that are very protective of their mobile privacy. The social media giant announced that they are now looking at the apps you have installed on your smartphone to know more about your behaviour when using your device.

Telegram 2.0 update brings Material Design and more

A major new update has been published for the Android app Telegram bringing a full redesign and Android 5.0 material design. Every screen of the app was updated to make it consistent with Android 5.0 design standards and animations. Support for the new standards was also added for older Android devices.

Facebook’s Privacy Basics shows users how to be in charge

We've all been there (well, at least those who have Facebook accounts). You complain about how Facebook's privacy settings are sorely lacking and how it's so hard to post such and such with everybody seeing it and how (insert other complaints here), etc etc, only for someone to point out to you that actually, you can control who sees your posts and all you have to do is (insert steps here), etc etc. It's just that a lot of people are too lazy to read the how to's or there's just so much fine print to go through.

DOJ spying on our cellphones, getting data via dirtyboxes?

Is the US Department of Justice trying to spy on us now? Of course, the DOJ will never admit that but there’s a rumor going on that the group has been getting data from the people’s smartphones. No, DOJ is using some geek’s master hacking skills or old wiretapping tech. There’s a report by the Wall Street Journal that says the group is flying a device overhead that spoofs signal tower from network carriers.

Everykey wristband wants to place all your passwords on your wrist

With the growing pressure to memorize more and more complicated passwords, some people are thinking along the ways of an automated password storage – where the device does the remembering for you rather than our definitely fallible brains. “Everykey” is a Kickstarter project towards this idea – a wearable bracelet-type device that connects and unlocks your devices and websites for you.

NIST reports vulnerability of Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature

“Find my phone” type apps are numerous – just go to the Google Play Store and have a quick search. But one of the main features of newer Samsung top tier devices is that they have this capability built in with the “Find My Mobile” service. But the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just sounded a warning, saying that the feature a real security vulnerability and is very much “hackable”.

Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app

We are trust our smartphones with private data more and more, and it is becoming so difficult to keep that data away from people who just want to compromise your privacy. Enter Lockdown Pro, a pretty awesome app that allows you to lock your apps whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned user – and it looks great to boot. Best of all, it’s completely free – with in-app purchases, of course.
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