privacy

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Samsung hasn’t exactly been the most religious OEM when it comes to rolling out updates, but when it does, sometimes include some unexpected treats. Take, for example, the Galaxy Note 8, which has just gotten an update that adds a new feature to the phablet, new to the Galaxy Note 8, at least. That feature is the Galaxy J’s “Secure Wi-Fi”, which is just a fancy pants name for Samsung’s VPN service that promises secure and private browsing, even and especially on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

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Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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MacOS flaw fix update out now

MacOS flaw fix update out now

This morning Apple released a fix for the flaw discovered yesterday in their macOS High Sierra system. Anyone using High Sierra would potentially be at risk of data theft via unauthorized login without this software update today. The security flaw allowed any user to log in to an Apple computer by logging in with the self-created user ROOT.

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Major macOS High Sierra flaw found: How to fix it (for now)

Major macOS High Sierra flaw found: How to fix it (for now)

Today a bit of a security flaw was found in macOS High Sierra, Apple's latest MacBook operating system. This flaw includes a few taps of the login submit button, the entering of the name ROOT, and a password field left blank. That's all it takes to log in to a MacBook with High Sierra onboard. Until Apple submits an update which fixes this security flaw, you're going to want to follow the directions provided below.

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Uber hid massive data breach by paying hackers $100k

Uber hid massive data breach by paying hackers $100k

Uber paid hackers $100,000 to hide a major data breach, according to new reports. This breach affected 57 million accounts in 2016, the company stated, exposing phone numbers, rider names, and email addresses. In addition, more than half a million driver license numbers were accessed by the hackers, leaving all of the data -- and the individuals it belonged to -- at risk.

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This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

A Google experiment to extend battery life has landed Android in privacy hot water, with concerns that devices running the OS have been sending details of nearby cell towers to the company's servers. Although Google insists that the data not only was handled entirely separately from any of the location services visible to third-party apps, and indeed its own advertising activities, it has confirmed it will nonetheless be ending the trial. The hiccup once again highlights the at-times difficult balance between maximizing device performance while ensuring essential services act as users expect them to.

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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OnePlus backdoor update: This was no secret

OnePlus backdoor update: This was no secret

There's an update on the latest nonsense within OnePlus smartphones with regard to end-user personal privacy. This week OnePlus devices were discovered to have a relatively simple way to root and gain access with a simple APK. This APK was called EngineerMode, and it in itself is not all that uncommon. In fact, there's a distinct possibility that your device - regardless of brand - has an EngineerMode within it. The difference with the OnePlus app - in at least the OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5 - is that this app can relatively easily root the device - which, as we know, offers the user any access they like.

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Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

A couple of days back, Facebook launched a limited-scale pilot program in Australia to combat the particularly troubling problem of revenge porn. Revenge porn has become a major issue on a lot of social media sites, and this new pilot is meant to put an end to it. In reality, though, the way Facebook is going about combating revenge porn left a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Nest Secure cellular backup taps T-Mobile for coverage [UPDATE on pricing]

Nest Secure cellular backup taps T-Mobile for coverage [UPDATE on pricing]

This week the folks at Nest announced that their exclusive cellular backup provider for Nest Secure will be T-Mobile USA. At the same time, the folks at T-Mobile USA announced their plans to sell a Nest security package. With one and the other, Nest will have a backup for when users' power is out or their Wi-fi becomes disconnected - riding on T-Mobile's carrier coverage across the USA.

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Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

The fake news problem that has plagued social networking services like Facebook and Twitter definitely has severe impact on a global scale. But the social media problem christened “revenge porn” is perhaps even more devastating as it happens on a deeply personal level. Tech companies, as well as authorities, have been thinking of ways to curb the problem, because simply telling teens, or even grownups, not to do something is totally ineffective. Facebook has come up with perhaps the most curious technology-based solution of all, which involves sending yourself your own nude photos on Facebook Messenger.

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