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Facebook privacy

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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Alexa’s “evil” spontaneous laugh is causing people to freak out

It’s not a cute, endearing laugh. It’s an evil, scary cackle that has caused people to unplug their Amazon Echos and hide under the duvet. The sinister laugh occurs spontaneously, lacking warning, and without even needing to mention Alexa’s name to initiate conversation. It isn’t an exaggeration to suggest that people are freaking out. Social […]

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Facebook’s new “Protect” feature is actually a type of spyware

There’s a new button on your iOS Facebook app called “Protect.” If you click it, under the “Explore” section, you’ll be taken to the app store and told to download Facebook’s own VPN service, called Onavo. If you’re concerned about protecting your online privacy—and you should be—this may seem like a great idea. But beware, […]

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Feeling watched? How hackers can use your webcam to spy on you

Do you often feel like somebody’s watching? You might want to trust that instinct, especially if you have a computer at home or work. Malware and virus technology allows a hacker to view you right through the camera on your computer. This is called a RAT, standing for “Remote Access Trojans.” Malware on infected devices […]

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Fake followers? Why this company might be selling your stolen online profile

Having a large following on Twitter can mean big business. And as anyone who is active on social media probably knows, it’s all-too-easy to buy fake followers in an effort to appear more influential. What you might not realize, however, is that these fake followers are often impersonating real people with stolen personal information—even, potentially, […]

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6 Public Wifi Security Tips

6 public Wi-Fi security tips

Ideally, unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots should just be avoided. However, their convenience and freeness make it somewhat difficult to resist connecting to them, especially in situations when you don’t have easy access to a secure network. If you find yourself needing to connect to an open Wi-Fi network, you need to ensure that your information […]

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