Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts
Are you worried about your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversations? We spoke to some experts to find out whether you should be, and to learn what you can do to safeguard your privacy. The post Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim
 A security issue has been flagged in the hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp that could allow for messages sent via the encrypted platform to be intercepted and read. Read More ...
The NSA can now share unfiltered surveillance data with other intelligence agencies
 Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America’s 16 intelligence organizations access to raw communications data from the NSA’s surveillance efforts. Read More ...
Cybersecurity: Indian organisations not confident of their ability to resist cyber attacks, says survey
While India Inc is spending more on cyber security each year, organisations are still not confident of their ability to sense, resist and respond to cyber threats, a survey by global professional services organisation EY said on Wednesday. Sixty nine per cent of the Indian respondents reported an increase in their cyber security budgets over the last 12 months and almost three-fourths expect budgets to increase further in the next year. Despite the increased investments, 75 per cent of the India...
Can my phone be tracked?
Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked – the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we’re going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we’re going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It’s really not too big … Continue reading...
Cybersecurity: Indian organisations not confident of their ability to resist cyber attacks, says survey
While India Inc is spending more on cyber security each year, organisations are still not confident of their ability to sense, resist and respond to cyber threats, a survey by global professional services organisation EY said on Wednesday. Sixty nine per cent of the Indian respondents reported an increase in their cyber security budgets over the last 12 months and almost three-fourths expect budgets to increase further in the next year. Despite the increased investments, 75 per cent of the India...
Microsoft to launch web-based privacy dashboard, to give users more control over data
Microsoft is launching a web-based account privacy dashboard that gives users control over their data and lets them monitor the information Microsoft services use. According to a report in Endgadget on Wednesday, users can view and wipe their Bing search history, Edge browsing history and their location activity and edit data for Cortana Notebook and Microsoft Health. Microsoft has also promised that Windows 10 Creators update will have a better privacy experience from the start. “You will...
Microsoft Privacy Dashboard shows what Microsoft knows about you
There are some tech companies, like Google, who are often accused of privacy violations, but it wasn’t until Windows 10 that Microsoft was put in a hot seat. The company received no small amount of flak for the gaping privacy holes in the OS it was pushing to everyone, which, in turn, pushed Microsoft to make changes to its policies … Continue reading...
Oft-delayed Email Privacy Act is back for another go-round with Congress
The Email Privacy Act has returned for another effort in Congress to close a loophole in the law that allowed law enforcement to access a person’s emails without a search warrant as long as they were at least 180 days old. The post Oft-delayed Email Privacy Act is back for another go-round with Congress appeared first on Digital Trends....
Europe proposes expanding telco data privacy rules to WhatsApp, Facebook et al
 The European Commission has set out proposals for updating rules which govern the use of personal telecoms data that would expand their remit to cover email and mobile messaging data for the first time — meaning the ePrivacy regulation would also apply to web companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Apple and Google. Read More ...
Liberty is crowdfunding a legal challenge to UK surveillance law
 Civil liberties group Liberty has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a UK High Court challenge to the bulk powers contained within new domestic surveillance law. Read More ...
Voxer adds end-to-end encrypted ‘private chats’
 Voice-focused messaging app Voxer has added an end-to-end encrypted ‘private chats’ feature on its Android and iOS apps — powered by Open Whisper Systems’ Signal Protocol. So all content shared within a private chat, including live voice, text, videos, images, GIFs, and document sharing, is fully e2e encrypted. Read More ...
Uber Movement gives cities a peek into company’s trip data
It’s something urban planners have been dying to have and users will (or should) be dying to protect. Uber is a treasure trove of data about the comings and goings of people because of how it so conveniently integrates GPS locations, trip data, and such. It is, naturally, ripe for the picking for city planners and administrators who want raw … Continue reading...
WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users
WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an “online database” of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an … Continue reading...
WTF is a VPN
 You’re watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car. A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene; it connects different roads and turns them into one, and a helicopter can’t see what’s… Read More ...
How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you
Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that “help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services.” These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site … Continue reading...
IoT redux… this time, it’s personal
 As we advance toward 2017, a quick analysis of our connected landscape indicates that the IoT is taking a short break from destroying the internet and is now letting Mark Zuckerberg take a shot at it. All joking aside, the process of rapidly restructuring our world via technology — and functioning in the flux — has become our new normal. More of the same is on tap in 2017. Read More ...
Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation
How reliable a witness is Amazon’s Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case. Defendant … Continue reading...
Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age
 Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching us through data, and we are watching each other through data. What does individual privacy mean in this data saturated environment? Read More ...
Think twice and then think again before using in-flight Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi may be available more often during commercial air travel, but that doesn't mean opting for it is always a good idea. The concerns go far beyond cost. If you're concerned about data security and personal privacy, working offline may be wiser. The post Think twice and then think again before using in-flight Wi-Fi appeared first on Digital Trends....