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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,...

Did You Know Your Private Instagram Photos Risk Being Exposed?

If you think only your friends could see your private Instagram pictures, guess again. Instagram recently patched a privacy bug which allowed anyone to see pictures posted by ex-public accounts, according to news reports. More specifically, the bug allowed a photograph posted to Instagram on a public account—the default setting—to remain public on the web, even if the user later changed the account to priva...

Google Will Mark HTTP Sites As Unsafe Starting in 2015

Google plans to mark all HTTP pages “insecure” to warn users about data security and privacy issues, according to Chromium.org. As part of the open-source Chromium Projects, the initiative will affect Chrome starting in January. It’s meant to encourage all website owners to switch to HTTPS by default. “We all need data communication on the web to be secure (private, authenticated, untampered),” Google’s tea...

What Is End-to-End Encryption? Why Should You Care

It seems everyone is into end-to-end encryption these days. WhatsApp, Google or Dropbox. But what exactly is it? More than a cool catch phrase of the post-Snowden era, end-to-end encryption is considered the remedy to most e-privacy issues out there. Let’s take an in-depth look to understand the concept better. First of all, encryption is a way of converting all electronic data (files, passwords, images) in...

Facebook Launches Privacy Guide; Media Points Fingers over Lee Rigby Murder Case

Facebook has launched a how-to Privacy Guide, and announced it will update its terms and policies early next year, according to a message on the company website. The update comes soon after the social network was blamed for not taking action on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, The Independent writes. The social media platform hosted a chat conversation by one of Rigby's killers five months ahead of the atta...

New Snapcash Feature Triggers Concern; Users Call it ‘Future of Cam Girls’

New security concerns were raised after Snapchat launched a feature that allows users to send cash within the app, according to media reports. On Reddit, users named Snapcash “the future of cam girls,” saying the service will also be used to pay for online prostitution. To ease security concerns, Snapcash is powered by credit card processing and business solutions company Square. The service handles the bac...

Google Calls for Laws to Allow Europeans to Challenge Data Abuse by US Government

Google is calling for legal changes that would allow European Union citizens to go to US courts to challenge misuse of their personal data by the US government, according to a Google blog post. The company’s support for the extension of the US Privacy Act in Europe joyed by US citizens – who can go to European courts to challenge misuse of their data by European governments. The move follows Edward’s Snowde...

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