privacy

Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Once the darling of mobile browsing, back when our mobile phones were still far from being smart, Opera seems to be making up for lost time and market and hitting both the web browser and mobile markets in new ways. Just last month, the company announced the arrival of its free VPN app on Android and now it’s making a slightly similar move on the desktop. No, it’s not announcing a VPN app per se. Instead, it is building VPN functionality right into the heart of its Opera desktop browsers and, better yet, making it completely free to use.

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Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram is launching comment keyword filtering for all users, hoping to cut down on harassment on the photo-centric social network. The new feature offers Instagram users the option to enable a preset list of potentially offensive words which, if they're spotted in another person's comment, will automatically see that remark removed.

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Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

This week the folks at WhatsApp have silently - yet excitedly - turned the switch which automatically shares users' private information with Facebook. Facebook owns WhatsApp, so some might argue that one company is completely within its rights to share information from one brand to the other. Others would disagree heartily. Users that wish to avoid sending account information with Facebook should follow the following steps to turn this auto-sharing off through WhatsApp.

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HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

Depending on what industry you work in, you may be legally required to keep customer or patient data as secure as possible meaning that no unauthorized people can see the information. That can be a challenge if you are working in a public place where anyone can simply look over your shoulder and see what you are doing. HP has a new option on two of its EliteBook notebook computers that integrates a privacy screen that blocks those over the shoulder readers from seeing what you are working on called Sure View.

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WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in early 2014 raised all sorts of red flags for security and privacy interest groups. Facebook, then and to some extent now, isn't exactly the epitome of those two values. Over time, WhatsApp has tried to assuage fears by implementing features such as end-to-end encryption. Apparently, that may be futile after all. Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski revealed that, while the app does encrypt the messages it stores, it doesn't actually completely delete them and its backups still leave users open to spying or law enforcement.

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Gionee M6, M6 Plus promise ultimate privacy, huge batteries

Gionee M6, M6 Plus promise ultimate privacy, huge batteries

These days, privacy is no longer a simple matter and people, especially in "hot" areas can no longer simply presume their comings and goings aren't being monitored. While there are things like VPNs to keep Web traffic safe and private, the same cannot be said about smartphones. Chinese manufacturer Gionee believes that the market is ready, and in fact hungry, for a truly safe, secure, and private smartphone. That's the promise it is making with the new Gionee M6 and Gionee M6 Plus, dubbing it the safest smartphone in the world.

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France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

France chides Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy flaws

Microsoft is no stranger to being accused or even formally charged for violating consumer privacy protection laws or related regulations. Especially within the European Union, where American companies like Google and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny over citizens' data. This formal notice from France's national data protection agency, or Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), is yet another chapter. But the issues the CNIL brought up also touch at the heart of an ongoing negotiation between the US and EU over the transfer of data across the ocean.

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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company's users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has been rising as time goes on, crossing the 40,000 threshold for the first time since Google began offering these reports.

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Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Instead of getting $1.2 billion, Opera will have to settle for just half of that. That is the new deal that the once extremely popular mobile web browser maker and a consortium of Chinese Internet firms have reached after the original, more lucrative offer didn't get approved in time. The new deal also involves only selling parts of Opera's overall business, but it will naturally be the most significant parts, and the very parts that could cause some concern from privacy advocates and some governments.

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Sen. Al Franken quizzes Niantic about Pokemon GO data collection

Sen. Al Franken quizzes Niantic about Pokemon GO data collection

Pokemon GO — it’s wildly popular, and it’s also the source of more than a few conspiracy theories, most of them all pointing first and foremost at privacy concerns including that pesky full Google account access issue (which has since been limited). In a letter dated July 12 and sent to Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Senator Al Franken has expressed concerns about the app possibly “unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent.”

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Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

You would think wearables like smartwatches would be just as secure at protecting sensitive data like passwords and PINs as the smartphones they're paired with, especially when they run on the same software platform. It turns out, however, that smartwatches have a very distinct way of making it easier for hackers to obtain that data: the motion sensors used to detect movement and gestures.

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Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google’s new pervasive ad tracking is thankfully opt-in

Google isn't exactly popular for its privacy practices, despite official protestations that it is, in fact, pro-privacy. So when the company initiates changes to its ad tracking that includes more of your Internet life, that's not exactly out of the ordinary. What is extraordinary, however, is that Google has made the changes opt-in, which means it is disabled by default and needs an informed and conscientious decision by the user to join in. And even when they do, they're being given fine-grained control on which things they will allow Google to track.

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