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Russian court votes to block Telegram: “Privacy is not for sale,” says founder

Russian users of Telegram are about to find the popular messaging app has been blocked. A Moscow court today granted the block—which will go into effect immediately—due to the company’s unwillingness to hand over encryption keys. These encryption keys were requested by Russian authorities so they can access user data for counterterrorism purposes. Telegram allows […]

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AnchorFree survey: People will change the way they use Facebook after scandal

The Cambridge Analytica data scandal—where more than 50 million Facebook users unwittingly had their personal data exposed—has blanketed our news feeds and thrust online privacy concerns into the forefront. In response to the outcry, we queried 892 of our U.S.-based Hotspot Shield users about their current attitudes towards Facebook and data privacy and found that […]

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Why Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal may be a good thing for users

Facebook has been called out for yet another scandal, but this time, it could be a good thing for consumers. If you’ve been off the grid and missed the news, a quiz app called “thisisyourdigitallife” collected more than 50 million Facebook profiles and then turned the data over to an analytics company, Cambridge Analytica. All […]

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5 common internet security mistakes you need to fix now

The shadow of 2017’s big data breaches have scarcely passed, and already another internet security scandal is shaking the world: Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of vast troves of Facebook user data. With governments struggling to manage the damage, many people are wondering: is it still possible to protect data online? Long-term solutions are still far […]

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4 things you need to know to avoid cyberstalking

In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.5 million people fall victim to online stalking every year. Victims are usually females aged 18 to 29, and 56% of perpetrators are adult males. There is no question that cyberstalking is a serious problem. Fortunately, the US government has enacted countrywide legislation to combat the […]

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Here’s how Facebook is spying on you, and what you can do to stop it

Facebook is in a world of trouble. What with lax policies that have compromised over 50 million Facebook users’ data and enabled Russians to influence the presidential election—not to mention the strategic partnerships it has in place to spy on your online activities—it’s little wonder the company’s stock tumbled by almost $50 billion this past […]

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Your fitness app might be exposing where you live

Social fitness apps allow us to share our training, track our progress, and follow our friends’ workouts. They’ve done more to motivate people to stay active than perhaps any other workout tool, building a community for like-minded people to share their passion for health and fitness. The trouble is, these apps can also expose sensitive […]

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