privacy

Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Our smartphones have become extensions of ourselves. From photos to messages to social media to email, our phones either contain our most intimate information or, at the very least, become the channel through which such information pass. And yet users continue to remain unconscientious of how they handle information on or from their phones, including something as basic as your phone number. Fortunately, Shuffle Ventures is on the verge of launching PrivateLine, their second mobile app, and service, designed exactly to help protect your digital identity and keep private things private.

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Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Firefox creator Mozilla confirmed Meltdown and Spectre flaws could be used to extract login info from users online. The chances of this happening to the average user are slim, but still most certainly significant. This adds to the already-massive set of devices and situations in which either Meltdown or Spectre could have effects on computer users.

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Bitcoin price tips as Merrill Lynch tries bigger block

Bitcoin price tips as Merrill Lynch tries bigger block

Bitcoin price fell early this morning after a report that Merrill Lynch barred advisors and customers from Bitcoin. The company decided they'd attempt officially to block itself from both Bitcoin as well as the brand new Bitcoin Futures Market announced by Cboe Global Markets Inc. and CME Group Inc. back on December 11th, 2017. Bank of America Corp's brokerage arm blocked themselves from Bitcoin on December 8th - the U.S. brokerage arm of UBS Group AG has also reportedly blocked itself from all bitcoin-related products.

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Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

This week Intel found themselves on the wrong end of the controversy stick as a bug, flaw, or whatever you'd like to call it, appeared on Intel computers. What they suggest is that they are not the only company whose products are "susceptible to these exploits." Intel made clear several times in a comment to the press that they were not the only hardware manufacturers that are part of this mess.

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VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

Internet-related privacy concerns are growing, but many people still haven't signed up for a VPN service. If you received any unwanted gift cards over the holidays -- perhaps ones for a coffee shop you'll never visit or a store that doesn't exist in your region -- now is the time to subscribe. Several VPN services accept gift cards as a form of payment, and using them has the added benefit of being a little extra anonymous.

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Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

Advertising scripts using data from browser password managers to track users

It's well-known that tools like password managers can help users improve their online security — by creating unique passwords for each website. However, researchers have found that advertising trackers are able to exploit data from the simplified password managers built into browsers like Chrome and Firefox (rather than standalone services like 1Password and LastPass) to continue tracking users browsing habits across the internet.

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Mobile games found using mic to track users’ TV habits

Mobile games found using mic to track users’ TV habits

Always-on listening devices, such as smart speakers, may be increasing concerns about these devices recording and tracking users' conversations and other data, but it seems a significant number of mobile apps — including games aimed at children — are already engaged in this shady behavior. An investigation has found over 250 apps on Android's Play Store that use audio recognition software to track users' TV and ad-viewing habits, even if the app is in the background.

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Ancestry.com leaked data on 300,000 users

Ancestry.com leaked data on 300,000 users

The ancestry and family tree website Ancestry.com revealed last week that data on 300,000 users, including email addresses, usernames, and passwords, was publicly exposed on one of its servers. Tony Blackham, the company's Chief Information Security Officer, issued a statement shortly before the Christmas holiday noting that the user data was in a file publicly exposed on a server for RootsWeb, Ancestry.com's community-driven genealogy site.

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Bitcoin price today: SK made BTC USD drop

Bitcoin price today: SK made BTC USD drop

Bitcoin price fell as sharks stocked up this morning amid news from South Korea regarding new cryptocurrency rules. The announcement came via South Korean Office for Government Policy Coordination director Hong Nam-Ki. "The government had warned several times that virtual coins cannot play a role as actual currency and could result in high losses due to excessive volatility," said Hong.

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Bitcoin price today: Stock up, but keep it secret (BTC USD)

Bitcoin price today: Stock up, but keep it secret (BTC USD)

This morning the price of Bitcoin VS USD is lower than it's likely set to be over the next few days. As such, it's a good time to trade your dollars for all the satoshi* you can hold. The big problem with what you're about to do isn't the cash exchange, it's the taxation of said investments that might end up being applied retroactively in the near future.

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OkCupid forcing people to use real names on their profile over usernames

OkCupid forcing people to use real names on their profile over usernames

Online dating service OkCupid has announced that it will be requiring users to start putting their real names on dating profiles, doing away with the pseudonyms and usernames that have been allowed for years. The company explains that the change in policy is in part to "keep up with the times" as well as to have profiles reflect a real person, and not a monicker like "pancake_king58." Unfortunately, a significant number of users are upset about the loss of privacy due to the change.

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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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