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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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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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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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