The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The future is probably not going to get better, with real-life disasters caused by internet-connected knick-knacks , smart home robots that could kill you , and your telecom providers who routinely lose customer data and unwittingly help hackers steal your phone number (and sometimes your money.) Meanwhile, an ever-growing and increasingly passive surveillance apparatus that has trickled down to state and local police is an ever-present threat to our digital privacy and increasingly uses technology that is developed by Silicon Valley giants who are supposedly consumer-focused.

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

If it is retained, use by criminals is not the only risk: the authorities may demand legal access in order to use that data as they wish, including against the person who caused it to be stored.

How to painlessly remember your passwords – Data Driven Investor – Medium

How to painlessly remember your passwords – Data Driven Investor – Medium

Hence, that example satisfies all requirements for creating a secure password to have upper, lower case letters, special character and number and in the same time noticeably effortless to remember the phrase, today’s computer technology will require at least 550 years to crack that password!

How to set up untraceable websites (eepsites) on I2P

How to set up untraceable websites (eepsites) on I2P

An eepsite is a website that is hosted anonymously, a hidden service which is accessible through your web browser. If you use I2P webserver, you can check your destination by clicking “I2P webserver” in “I2P HIDDEN SERVICES”.

We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton

We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton

Yeah, and also the other thing I like doing is having people on who’ve written interesting books, whether they’re from the right or left or no particular political place, just looking at an issue.

EFF's Letter to the EU's Copyright Directive Negotiators

EFF's Letter to the EU's Copyright Directive Negotiators

In the event that rightsholders repeatedly make false copyright claims, online service providers should be permitted to strike them off of their list of trusted claimants, such that these rightsholders must fall back to seeking court orders – with their higher evidentiary standard – to effect removal of materials.

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

They would hinge on interactive video layers that use emotional analysis based on your phone's front-facing camera to adjust what you're watching in real time. For context, that matches the value of the entire mobile media market – video, music and games – last year.

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

It’s an example of how manufacturers can build voice-controlled devices using the Alexa Connect Kit, “without worrying about managing cloud services, writing an Alexa skill, or developing complex networking and security firmware,” as Amazon says.

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

But no matter what age you are, you should be aware of the legal ramifications: You’re allowing police into your home without a warrant, and you may not actually want that.

It is Still Possible to Obtain the Exact Location of Millions of Cruising Men on Grindr

It is Still Possible to Obtain the Exact Location of Millions of Cruising Men on Grindr

Desktop applications designed to do so are publicly available online, and give anyone access to a virtual map, on which you can travel from place to place, from city to city, and from country to country, while seeing the exact location of cruising men that share their distance online.

Here come connected vehicles and urban analytics: what do they mean for privacy?

Here come connected vehicles and urban analytics: what do they mean for privacy?

Geotab’s connected vehicle systems are effectively multiple sensors on wheels; as they move around, they are constantly gathering much of the data that cities need for urban analytics.

What We Mean When We Say "Data Portability"

What We Mean When We Say "Data Portability"

Data portability interacts, and sometimes even conflicts, with other digital rights priorities, including privacy and security, transparency, interoperability, and competition. Data portability can support users’ right to “vote with their feet” by leaving a platform or service that isn’t working for them.

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

Last year, Privacy News Online wrote about the Swedish SJ Railways allowing customers to use under-the-skin microchip implants for “easy” ticket purchases. This experiment allowed a computer to monitor Kevin Warwick as he moved through halls and offices of the Department of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, using a unique identifying signal emitted by the implanted chip.

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

In addition, The Intercept reports that FirstNet will make data from “fusion centers“, which enable criminal intelligence-sharing between government agencies, available to local officers using the first responder network.