privacy

iOS 8 MAC “Randomgate”: yes, you’re still trackable

iOS 8 MAC “Randomgate”: yes, you’re still trackable

One of the lesser-known features of iOS 8 is its updated method of scanning for Wi-fi. Supposing your iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus works with iOS 8 (chances are it does), it works with locally administrated random Wi-Fi MAC addresses when seeking connectivity. So your phone is more private than before, yes? Sort of.

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Star Wars set leaked by drone, studio buys “DroneShield”

Star Wars set leaked by drone, studio buys “DroneShield”

Personal drones are all the fad among hobbyists and extreme sports fans, but while they can make short work of filming yourself or others remotely and from any angle, they are apparently useful for less innocent purposes as well. This is something Pinewood Studios, where the much-awaited Star Wars Episode VII is being filmed, found out the hard way. Now they're trying to find ways to keep those drones away and unfortunately are coming up rather empty.

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Google to implement encryption by default in Android L

Google to implement encryption by default in Android L

Following Apple's privacy policy statement yesterday, Google is reported to be coming out with a similar hard-line stance in its next Android release. Devices that will be running the upcoming Android L, sometimes called Android 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, will have their phone's data encrypted and password-protected by default, which would hinder both authorities and miscreants alike from gathering users' private data.

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WikiLeaks reveals malware targeting journalists, activists

WikiLeaks reveals malware targeting journalists, activists

WikiLeaks has dropped another bombshell, this time in the form of software, for those already weary of governments all over the world spying on people, whether they be their citizens for not. It is giving out malware developed by German company FinFisher in the hopes that countermeasures can be developed to give its intended targets, journalists, activists, and political dissidents, a fighting chance.

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