Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness is a feature in Windows that according to [1], "collects system, application, and driver data for analysis. It can collect "detailed computer and application inventory" and "guidance and insights into application and driver compatibility issues, with suggested fixes".

Why some houses on Google Street View are blurred out

Why some houses on Google Street View are blurred out

First launched in 2007 in the United States and later expanded to other countries, the feature delivers an almost virtual reality-experience through stitched-together panoramic images taken mainly by cameras mounted on the roofs of Google cars driving up and down streets.

Mozilla Firefox Adding a New Social Tracking Protection Feature

Mozilla Firefox Adding a New Social Tracking Protection Feature

New Enhanced Tracking Protection Settings According to Mozilla's file, the social tracking protection feature will initially block trackers on domains related to the following social sites or services.

How to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox

How to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox

This mode of operation bypasses the default DNS settings that exist at the OS level, which, in most cases are the ones set by local internet service providers (ISPs).This also means that apps that support DoH can effectively bypass local ISPs traffic filters and access content that may be blocked by a local telco or local government -- and a reason why DoH is currently hailed as a boon for users' privacy and security.

The $199 PineBook Pro Linux Laptop Gets An Awesome Privacy Feature And July Pre-Order Date

The $199 PineBook Pro Linux Laptop Gets An Awesome Privacy Feature And July Pre-Order Date

Pine64 just posted its July Update, and it's a welcome flood of information that includes a previously unannounced feature and the long-awaited pre-order date for the $199 PineBook Pro Linux laptop.

Firefox extension to protect users from reverse tabnabbing

Firefox extension to protect users from reverse tabnabbing

Firefox will further protect its consumers from phishing attacks as Mozilla plans to enable a seldomly-used privacy extension by default. A recent ecosystem-wide HTML specification adjustment has now driven Mozilla to work on a new feature that will mitigate this issue in Firefox by default.

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Snapchat currently handles permissions for your camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone app and storage in order to operate on Android. Now let's talk about Snap Map. Just like the useless feature Snapchat implemented just for filling in your phone number during sign up — this too justifies unnecessary data collection.

New Warning Reveals Gmail's Major Privacy Problem

New Warning Reveals Gmail's Major Privacy Problem

“Confidential mode emails are not end-to-end encrypted, for example, which means that Google can see the contents of your messages,” she says. “Without end-to-end encryption, Gmail’s confidential mode is little more than a marketing trick designed to pacify users concerned about privacy,” the blog says.

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

Microsoft describes Tracking Prevention in Edge in the following way:Websites use trackers (like cookies and scripts) to collect info about how you use their sites and show you content like relevant ads.

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

Instagram revealed to me that the contact information of these minors was already currently displayed in plain sight on their profile page in the Instagram app — meaning that over 1,000,000,000 users could view their profile and extract that person’s phone number or email address.

Crypto Bans & Privacy Coins

Crypto Bans & Privacy Coins

Privacy coins are cryptocurrencies that utilize features designed to mask data surrounding a transaction. It’s also worth mentioning there are a host of other privacy coins out there to choose from. The Indian government can go to hell.

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern.

Apple Launches Privacy-Focused 'Sign in with Apple ID' Feature at WWDC 2019

Apple Launches Privacy-Focused 'Sign in with Apple ID' Feature at WWDC 2019

While announcing 'Sign in with Apple' today at WWDC, the company revealed that the feature has been designed to randomly generate a new unique email address for each different service a user sign-up with, and will forward all emails to your primary email ID, internally.

Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get

Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get

Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant system that runs on the company's Echo series of smart speakers, works by listening out for a 'wakeword' that tells the device to turn on its extended speech recognition systems in order to respond to spoken commands.

Google Has Been ‘Accidentally’ Storing Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google Has Been ‘Accidentally’ Storing Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

Google is facing controversy after it recently admitted that it has ‘accidentally’ been storing user passwords in plaintext. Apparently, Google has been storing passwords in plaintext due to a bug.

Tails 3.14: OS performance hit unlikely in defence against ZombieLoad vulnerability

Tails 3.14: OS performance hit unlikely in defence against ZombieLoad vulnerability

However, a representative of Tails told The Daily Swig that most users in the vast majority of scenarios will not incur a performance hit from disabling hyper-threading.

Data versus trends

Data versus trends

Google announced a new tool a few days ago at its Google I/O event which will automatically delete your Location, Web, and App Activity history data after a set period of time per your chosen settings. Now Google giving you a feature to delete your user data seems counterproductive for Google doesn’t it.

Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you’re out

Amazon rolls out Alexa Guard, to help protect your home while you’re out

Amazon announced this morning that it has begun to roll out Alexa Guard to all Echo customers in the U.S. The feature lets the company’s line of smart home products double as home security devices while the user is out.

Android developers can now force app updates

Android developers can now force app updates

Half a year ago, at the Android Dev Summit, Google announced a new way for developers to force their users to update their apps when they launch new features or important bug fixes. Android developers can now force users to update their apps.

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

We said above that this move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity.

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google has introduced a new, easier, privacy-focused auto-delete feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history

Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history

As a middle ground, Google today announced that you can now auto-delete your location history and web and app activity by setting a time limit for how long Google can save this data.

Google will soon let you auto-delete your location tracking data

Google will soon let you auto-delete your location tracking data

Google is introducing a new feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

Bloomberg makes clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home.

E-readers reading your reading: A serious invasion of privacy?

E-readers reading your reading: A serious invasion of privacy?

I feel there are bigger things to worry about than whether Kobo knows what page of Fifty Shades (no, not really) I'm currently on, or if the Amazon lot are astonished to see that not only has my husband got all the paper editions of the George RR Martin books, but he's just bought them all as ebooks as well as they were "too heavy to carry to work".

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Sunday the 14th April, The Sunday Times released a recording of a partial, private, conversation between the Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Dame Margaret Hodge.

Mozilla Firefox to Enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking By Default

Mozilla Firefox to Enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking By Default

Mozilla has told BleepingComputer that they will be enabling the tracking feature called hyperlink auditing, or Pings, by default in Firefox.

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Stiftung Warentest, which is Germany’s equivalent to U.S. Consumer Reports, has awarded top honors in an unbiased search engine comparison based on quality of search results, cross-platform usability and privacy. Stiftung Warentest tested the search engines and discovered that Google provided the best search results.

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

Google gathers that location history data you’ve provided into a database named “Sensorvault,” and law enforcement can query it with a warrant: For years, police detectives have given Google warrants seeking location data tied to specific users’ accounts.

Mozilla criticizes Apple's iPhone privacy claims, launches online petition

Mozilla criticizes Apple's iPhone privacy claims, launches online petition

Mozilla is going so far as to launch a petition, hoping to get Apple to change an important iPhone default setting. Each iPhone that Apple sells comes with a unique ID (called an 'identifier for advertisers' or IDFA), which lets advertisers track the actions users take when they use apps.

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