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How to protect yourself against major internet privacy risks

Over the past year, internet privacy has become a major concern. The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica earlier this month thrust it into the public eye, but a year before that, it had become legal for ISPs in the USA to sell user data. These developments, among others, have people scrambling for […]

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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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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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These popular smartphone apps are listening to your conversations

There is a theory out there, and you may even believe it yourself, that Facebook is listening to you. The reason people think this is because they might find themselves talking to a friend about something like a new bed for their dog and then discover, the very next day, that their Facebook feed has […]

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