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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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FCC claims repealing net neutrality has miraculously fixed broadband market

Just a handful of weeks after the scrapping of net neutrality regulations that prevented ISPs from creating internet fast lanes and throttling traffic, the FCC is now claiming that its changes are leading to a resurgence in the broadband internet market. The report states that “the marketplace is already responding to the more deployment-friendly regulatory […]

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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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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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