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Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

New privacy questions spark after a Facebook user claimed his phone pictures have been publicly shared on their Timeline without their consent, according to GlobalNews.ca. “Personal photos that I have decided not to share were uploaded without my permission,” said Adam Carroll, from Winnipeg, Canada. “I thought it was strange that I wasn’t asked if they were allowed to do that.” The photo syncing feature, i...

Fancy $110,000? Easy! Just be Russian and find a way of cracking Tor

It looks like Russia is looking for a way to crack down on those who try to hide their activities from law enforcement agencies and government censors. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) has announced that it is offering prize money totalling nearly four million rubles ($114,000) to anyone who can find a way to identify normally anonymous Tor users. Tor, of course, was originally developed by th...

Google Gives Users Right to be Forgotten

Google has created an online form for European users who request the company to erase their names from search results, according to the Inquirer. The action comes in response to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision to support the so-called ‘right to be forgotten' that obliges search firms to remove links related to people who consider them irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate. “We will assess each ...

Privacy Groups Accuse British Intelligence Agency of Hacking

Privacy International, a London-based advocacy group, sued the GCHQ and the NSA over  surveillance techniques on citizens, following revelations by Edward Snowden. The group filed a legal complaint accusing the British intelligence agency of using invasive surveillance techniques to hack citizen’s personal devices, such as implanting malware, without legal grounds. “If the interception of communications is ...

How to better secure your Twitter account

Have you ever had your Twitter account hacked? Did you find it unexpectedly spewing out claims that you had lost weight following a miracle diet, malicious links to phishing sites, or even over-run by mischievous hackers like the Syrian Electronic Army? If so, it's time to learn about how to better secure your Twitter account. Here's my quick guide: 1. Choose an impossible-to-guess, hard-to-crack password. ...

Facebook Launches ‘Anonymous Login’ and Improved Application Permissions

Facebook launched at F8 Conference a new “Anonymous Login” feature that lets users try new apps without sharing their data, according to Facebook’s blog post. The feature, which was announced at the F8 Conference, is still in beta testing. Application permissions were also improved so that users now select what to share with a third party.                                                                     ...

Five Remedies for that Creepy Feeling You Might Be Spied On

With the rash of revelations about mass spying by the US NSA, rampant accusations of Chinese snooping, major security breaches worldwide and the rise of cyber crime, millions of internet users worldwide face that creepy feeling that somebody, somewhere is keeping an eye on them. With every digital move you make, you leave bits of information that can be used by businesses, strangers, advertisers, cyber-thie...

Latest Facebook Survey Questions Users about Privacy, Annoying Posts

Facebook is curious about privacy, annoying posts and the overall experience on the platform, according to the latest survey shared with users worldwide. The 3-minute quiz also includes questions about trust, security and general satisfaction with the social network. In the US, the survey also includes examples of annoying or disturbing posts such as family photos, posts with too much information and charit...

Instead of Football Matches, Apps Play Unauthorized Code

The highly anticipated World Cup 2014 may turn hazardous for smartphone-wielding fans, according to Bitdefender findings. FIFA World Cup 2014 Live Match, a free app from Google Play, could download and run unverified code, despite stating it allows fans watch live football matches by providing a series of hyperlinks. Allowing an app to download and run code at will is like signing a check in blank and the h...

Yahoo shows cavalier attitude to info-leaking Flickr vulnerability, but finally plugs privacy hole

I have long believed that for security to succeed inside a company, it really needs to be part of their DNA. You need to live-and-breathe security every day to have a proper chance of protecting your computers and sensitive data (and that of your customers and partners) from hackers and privacy breaches. Image credit: Yahoo And some companies just haven't got it yet. Yahoo, for instance, hasn't had the most...

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