privacy

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram recently introduced 'disappearing photos and videos' messaging, a Snapchat-'inspired' feature that allows you to send temporary content to someone directly, after which point it'll disappear. As with anything sent to someone else, though, the possibility exists that they'll save it, and the easiest way to do that is with a screenshot. Assuming someone does take a screenshot of your disappearing content, Instagram will send an alert letting you know.

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Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Donald Trump's impending presidency and Pompeo pick for CIA has sent downloads of secure encryption chat apps skyrocketing. According to the makers of the encrypted messaging app Signal, they've had a 400 percent growth increase since election day this month. Moxie Marlinspike, co-founder of OWS, makers of Signal, they've "never really seen any single event that's resulted in this kind of sustained, day-over-day interest." According to Marlinspike, this may be because of fears that Trump's impending control of "the least accountable surveillance apparatus in the history of the world."

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Firefox Focus is a super simple private browser for iOS

Firefox Focus is a super simple private browser for iOS

Almost all respectable modern web browsers these days, be they on desktop or mobile, offer a way out of obnoxious ads, activity tracking, and potential invasions of privacy. But more often than not, these features come at the cost of a bit of complexity, which can be intimidating for an already anxious user. Mozilla, who only last year was finally able to bring its Firefox browser in full to iOS, might have a solution. For iOS only as well. It is called Firefox Focus, and not only is it already private by default, it is also dead simple to use.

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AdultFriendFinder hacked, 412 million accounts in jeopardy

AdultFriendFinder hacked, 412 million accounts in jeopardy

Let’s face it. Adult sites are just begging to be hacked, seen as treasure troves not just of sensitive data but also of details that most people would prefer to keep secret. Of course, that hasn’t stopped said people from flocking to these kinds of networks anyway. Case in point is a recent hack that target the Friend Finder Network, which includes AdultFriendFinder, Cams, and Penthouse, among other sites, which has yielded more than 400 million customer accounts representing 20 years worth of data.

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Opera Max adds privacy modes to data-saving app

Opera Max adds privacy modes to data-saving app

While browsers are still its main product, Opera’s business on mobile has diverted slightly away from rendering web pages and more towards how that data travels over the Internet. On Android, for example, it has Opera Max which aims to save users money by compressing data en route to smartphones. Now that Android app is getting an upgrade, bringing in some features from Opera’s other are of focus. In addition to saving data, Opera Max now also tries to save your identity and privacy as well.

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Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

The privacy promised by Apple's Messages system is again under the microscope, after leaked documents detailing records of potentially attempted messages emerged from law enforcement. The Cupertino company has previously insisted that, even if it was pressed by investigators, it would not and could not reveal the contents of conversations held via Messages (also known as iMessage); however, other metadata could still reveal more than users expected.

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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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