UK ministers urge internet users to increase online security

UK ministers urge internet users to increase online security

And less than half of those surveyed do not always use a strong, separate password for their main email account. NCSC’s Technical Director Dr Ian Levy added: "Password re-use is a major risk that can be avoided - nobody should protect sensitive data with something that can be guessed, like their first name, local football team or favourite band.

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

In its reversal, the Virginia Supreme Court found that the photographic and location data stored in the department’s database did meet the Data Act’s definition of ‘personal information,’ but sent the case back to the Circuit Court to determine whether the database met the Act’s definition of an “information system.” Judge Smith’s ruling affirms EFF’s view that the ALPR system does indeed provide a means through which a link to the identity of a vehicle's owner can be readily made.

Hacker Breaks Into French Government's New Secure Messaging App

Hacker Breaks Into French Government's New Secure Messaging App

Dubbed " Tchap ," the end-to-end encrypted, open source messaging app has been created by the French government with an aim to keep their officials, parliamentarians and ministers data on servers inside the country over concerns that foreign agencies could use other services to spy on their communications.

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

On April 12, Media Alliance and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a request for investigation into possible misuse of the CLETS database and a request that the agency cease all similar background checks on journalists and advocates engaged in oversight roles.

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Installation: Genymotion and VirtualBox. For this guide, we will use Genymotion to set up an Android virtual device on Windows. Just like with a real phone, you can search for and install apps onto your Android virtual device through the Google Play store.

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012.

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

Since the introduction of the current system , facial recognition identified 7,000 passengers who overstayed their visas on the 15,000 flights tracked.

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

A Facebook spokesperson said before May 2016, it offered an option to verify a user's account using their email password and voluntarily upload their contacts at the same time. Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days and delete their contacts from the company's systems.

When you get online – get paranoid

When you get online – get paranoid

OPSEC is your online footprint – it reaches from the furthest corners of the internet to the devices that you use and takes into account the things that you do every day.

How To Stop Using Free Email

How To Stop Using Free Email

So for most free services like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail, you're not going to be able to use your existing email address with a different email provider. The next thing you want to do is update all your online accounts that use your old address to contact you.

Australian Child-Tracking Smartwatch Vulnerable to Hackers

Australian Child-Tracking Smartwatch Vulnerable to Hackers

(Photo: Troy Hunt) An Australian company that markets a smartwatch that lets parents monitor their children shut down its service on Monday after researchers revealed hackers could track a child's location, spoof the location, add themselves as a "parent" and view personally identifiable information associated with the account.

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

But the issue is much worse than previously reported, with the hackers able to access email content from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts, according to a source who witnessed the attack in action and described it before Microsoft’s statement, as well as screenshots provided to Motherboard.

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Chinese companies have leaked over 590 million resumes via open databases Over 540 million Facebook records found on exposed AWS servers According to Microsoft, between January 1, 2019, and March 29, 2019, a hacker, or group of hackers, compromised the account of a Microsoft support agent, one of the company's customer support representatives that handles technical complaints.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

According to a Bloomberg report , Amazon employs thousands of workers to transcribe recordings of Alexa users for the purpose of improving the voice assistant's recognition algorithm. You can review a number of things here, including our voice history, skill permissions, and other data settings.

Cybercrime market selling full digital fingerprints of over 60,000 users

Cybercrime market selling full digital fingerprints of over 60,000 users

Image: ZDNet. The reason why a marketplace like Genesis has come to exist today is because in recent years, online services have improved their anti-fraud systems, and are now capable of detecting abnormal account login activity by looking at more details, rather than only a user's username and password.

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Deactivating isn't as extreme, the company says, and the social network continues collecting your data in case you change your mind and want to return to your profile.

Why Won’t Twitter Help Us Delete Our Tweets?

Why Won’t Twitter Help Us Delete Our Tweets?

But for many tweet deleters, getting rid of old posts is a practical matter — a replacement for simple and obvious Twitter privacy features that simply do not exist.

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.

Amazon reportedly has thousands of people listening to snippets of Alexa conversations

Amazon reportedly has thousands of people listening to snippets of Alexa conversations

The report said the Amazon team transcribes the recordings and shares the conversations with other parts of the company in order to make Alexa's "understanding of human speech" better.

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records.

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

“I can’t quite even start down the parade of horribles in terms of all the ways this could be a problem,” said Sarah Staudt, senior policy analyst and staff attorney for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and a former juvenile defense attorney in Cook County.

Govt. May Link Facebook, Twitter With Aadhaar, Mobile Number; But Why?

Govt. May Link Facebook, Twitter With Aadhaar, Mobile Number; But Why?

has understood the problem, and very soon, you can be asked to link your social media accounts with anyone Govt. For instance, a mobile number is required for creating a Twitter account, and moreover, they are offering Aadhaar and other Govt.

Should you be concerned about LastPass uploading your passwords to its server?

Should you be concerned about LastPass uploading your passwords to its server?

No changes to any of the other actions which will provide the server with the key to decrypt your data: Opening Account Settings, Security Challenge, History, Bookmarklets, Credit Monitoring Linking to a personal account Adding an identity Importing data if the binary component isn’t installed Printing all sites Some of these actions will prompt you to re-enter your master password.

Bellingcat - Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram - bellingcat

Bellingcat - Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram - bellingcat

A fugitive convict from the Netherlands is taunting Dutch police with provocative pictures and videos from Iran, playing a game of “catch me if you can” on Instagram.

Twitter ‘took over’ a user’s account and joked about reading their DMs

Twitter ‘took over’ a user’s account and joked about reading their DMs

At a time when tech giants have come under fire for failing to protect the private data of their users, Twitter took over one of its users’ accounts for fun and then tweeted jokes about reading the account’s private messages.

The march to mandatory, nationwide DNA databases picks up pace around the world

The march to mandatory, nationwide DNA databases picks up pace around the world

It is likely to spread thanks to a new generation of small, quick and low-cost DNA sequencers that can be installed in police stations and run by officers, as this New York Times story explains: in early 2017, the police booking station in Bensalem became the first in the country to install a Rapid DNA machine, which provides results in 90 minutes, and which police can operate themselves.

Facebook Caught Asking Some Users Passwords for Their Email Accounts

Facebook Caught Asking Some Users Passwords for Their Email Accounts

However, Facebook has been found asking some newly-registered users to provide the social network with the passwords to their email accounts, which according to security experts is a terrible idea that could threaten privacy and security of its users.

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Then open the profile page of the account you want to receive notifications from, tap the Bell icon next to the Following button and choose between All Tweets, Only Live Video and Off. Twitter's privacy policy states that anyone who deactivates their account will have their data deleted after a 30-day grace period.

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

Given the repeated delays and potential paths forward, it’s no wonder that the porn blocks are failing before they even have an announcement date set. Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

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