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Gen Y Makes Security and Privacy Top Priorities While Surfing Online

Security and privacy are more important than page load speeds, customization or social integration features during online browsing, according to a study by Refuel Agency on Generation Y members. Image source: Flickr Some 70% of the respondents say security is important in a browser and 68% care about privacy. Webpage loading speed and user friendly features come third and fourth. Customizability and social...

Tech Industry Protests New Terrorist Activity Reporting Section in US Senate Bill

Tech companies have protested against Section 603 of the US Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Tech - that requires companies to report any potential terrorist activities on their platforms to authorities - claiming it may infringe on users’ privacy.   Arguing that the term “any terrorist activity” leaves too much room for interpretation, the open letter signed by the Internet Association,...

New Do-Not-Track Standard Promises Better User Privacy Protection

Stronger “Do-Not-Track” settings to protect the privacy of users’ online web browsing were recently announced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in coalition with other internet and privacy companies, in an attempt to encourage companies to respect users’ choice not to be tracked online. The DNT (Do-Not-Track) preference can be enabled from any major browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, and signals websit...

One in Two Users Fears Personal Health Data Is Unsafe on Fitness Apps and Gadgets

More than 45% of wearable and mobile app users worry that hackers may steal their personal health information, according to a survey conducted by Healthline. One in four users is concerned about data on a Fitbit or a health-tracking app. Of the 15% of consumers that own a Fitbit or similar activity tracker, more than 80 percent say the device keeps them motivated to stick to their exercise routine. Source:...

Smartwatches Are Extremely Vulnerable to Security Threats, Study Shows

Smartwatches harbor significant vulnerabilities, including insufficient authentication, lack of encryption and privacy concerns, according to HP’s security assessment. No smartwatch the company tested had two-step authentication security enabled, while some 30% were vulnerable to account harvesting, with attackers easily gaining access to their operating systems. HP’s Smartwatch Security Study evaluated 10...

Twitter Unveils New Dashboard to Manage Privacy Easier

Twitter has introduced data dashboard, a tool to help monitor and manage user accounts. The dashboard shows account activation details, the devices that have accessed user accounts and recent login history. Users who see login activity from an app they don’t recognize can now go to the apps tab in the settings section to revoke its access to their Twitter account. If users notice logins from suspicious loca...

Nearly half of 1,000 Leading Websites Fail Online Security and Privacy Assessment Tests

Some 46% of leading global websites have been found vulnerable to existing online security threats, according to Online Trust Alliance’s (OTA) annual audit of nearly 1,000 sites including leading banks, retailers, social, media, news, government and IoT sites. Nearly half of the Top 1,000 websites don’t adequately protect consumers from phishing and other social engineering threats and have insufficient pri...

Google Downloaded Audio Listeners Without Users’ Consent, Chromium users say. Is your microphone on?

Google downloaded audio listeners onto computers without users’ consent before the error was fixed, according to The Independent. Users of Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome, allege that Google listened into the conversations of users through a ‘black box’ of code. It is downloaded to enable a feature that activates a search function when you say "OK, Google," but the code appears to have en...

WhatsApp Among Worst Apps for User Privacy Protection, Study Says

Facebook’s WhatsApp mobile messaging app has received the poorest rating regarding user privacy protection, according to the “Who Has Your Back” report, issued by Electric Frontier Foundation. WhatsApp has earned only one star from a possible five. The company had a year to prepare for its inclusion in the report, but it has adopted none of the best practices recommended. “WhatsApp should publicly require a...

Is Somebody Else Reading Your Chat Conversations?

The Paris terrorist attacks fuelled governments’ not-so-secret desire to enhance mass surveillance at the cost of people’s privacy - by accessing private, encrypted communications sent via popular online services such as WhatsApp, Apple and Gmail. But can end-to-end encrypted services be intercepted and, if so, under what circumstances? Bitdefender offers insight from a security perspective. By definition,...

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