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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...

New Facebook App Encourages Anonymous Sharing

Facebook’s new mobile app, Rooms, allows people to create groups and share their interests under pseudonyms, Facebook announced. "A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text — not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook — with a topic determined by whoever created the room," Facebook says. The app does not require users to reveal their real name, own a Facebook account or an email addr...

Safety Check – a new Facebook tool that hopefully you’ll never have to use

If you were caught up in the middle of a tsunami or an earthquake, I certainly hope your first thought wouldn't be to reach to your smartphone to post a message to your Facebook page or Twitter account. But, human nature being what it is, chances are that many would - after they have checked they are not in imminent danger - be keen to find out what the heck is going on by checking a social network, and rea...

Schoolgirl aged 15 left humiliated when teachers showed her bikini photo in assembly

Remember when you were a teenager? And you had thousands of friends on Facebook? No? That doesn’t describe my childhood, either, but it rings true to many of today’s teens. According to a survey, a child’s social media development begins at nine and over the next four year period, their online activity evolves from just viewing online content to using social media platforms. Social networking safety issues...

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