Popular browsers made to cough up browsing history

Popular browsers made to cough up browsing history

One of the visited-link attacks – CVE2018-6137, a bug in Chrome 67 that Google fixed in June – peeled off user browsing history at the rate of 3,000 URLs per second.

Google makes it easier to delete your search history

Google makes it easier to delete your search history

Today's change makes things a lot easier as it requires just a click on the "Your data in Search" page to clear the entire search history that Google associates with the account.

How to Vanish from the Network in 4 Steps

How to Vanish from the Network in 4 Steps

The first part that many people are concerned about is getting their face off the internet; deleting their pictures. There are several firms providing the service to help you delete your digital footprint and go into oblivion.

"Big Star Labs" spyware campaign affects over 11,000,000 people

"Big Star Labs" spyware campaign affects over 11,000,000 people

When you install or use the Poper Blocker Product, we collect from you: the type of device, operating system and browsers you are using; the date and time stamp; the browsing usage, including visited URLs, clickstream data or web address accessed; TabID; the browser identifier; and your Internet Protocol address (trimmed and hashed so that it cannot be used to identify you).

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition.

Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook

Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook

Instagram is currently testing a feature that would allow it to share your location data with Facebook, even when you’re not using the app, reports app researcher Jane Manchun Wong (via TechCrunch).

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. Located in the Privacy and Security settings, the Location History option “Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your device.”

Vivaldi 2.0 – Your browser matters

Vivaldi 2.0 – Your browser matters

Today’s update includes Sync, Resizable Tab Tiling, Floating Web Panels and over 1,500 improvements since the first version of Vivaldi. Web Panels are a great way to browse your favorite sites alongside your main window, saving you from the fuss of switching back-and-forth between tabs.

Trend Micro backtracks on browser history collection after its apps are removed from mac App Store

It recently came to light that a number of apps in the mac App Store were collecting data about users' browsing histories and uploading them to a remote server.

Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Update: We got in contact with Trend Micro , and the company has provided the following statement: "Trend Micro is aware of a recent scrutiny of some of our consumer applications, including our Dr. Cleaner, a cleanup app that offers Memory Optimization, Disk Cleaning and System Monitoring, and Dr. Antivirus, an antivirus app that protects Mac users from adware and hijack browsers.

Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history

Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history

It looks like we’re seeing a trend of Mac App Store apps that convince users to give them access to their home directory with some promise such as virus scanning or cleaning up caches, when the true reason behind it is to gather user data – especially browsing history – and upload it to their analytics servers.

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

On July 27, Washington, DC’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment proposed a set of rules restricting the city’s internet service providers from selling customer data and browsing history without their consent.

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

This app promises to “keep your Mac safe” and “get rid of annoying pop-up ads” — and even “discover and remove threats on your Mac.” But what the app won’t tell you is that for just a few bucks it’ll steal and download your browser history — including all the sites you’ve searched for or accessed — to servers in China run by the app’s makers.

No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server

No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server

Adware Doctor, the number one paid utility in the Mac App Store, is secretly logging the browser history of users, and sending it to a server in China.

San Francisco's out-of-control homelessness crisis could be combated by a new tracking tool

San Francisco's out-of-control homelessness crisis could be combated by a new tracking tool

Now, the city is launching a high-tech platform to identify every homeless resident and his or her level of need. The new system intends to track the health, housing, jail, and counseling history of every homeless person in the city.

How to improve your privacy on Windows 10

How to improve your privacy on Windows 10

Settings > Privacy > Location to control the following: If location is on, a list at the bottom of the Settings > Privacy > Location page allows you to disable access to that data on a per-app basis.

First Responders for Net Neutrality

First Responders for Net Neutrality

While Santa Clara County firefighters were fighting some of the biggest forest fires in America’s history, Verizon was throttling their internet speeds, preventing firefighters from providing crisis response and emergency services to those in need.

Google Sued Over Misleading Users About Location Tracking Feature

Google Sued Over Misleading Users About Location Tracking Feature

Now the page states: "This setting does not affect other location services on your device," and that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps."

Google is being sued over 'privacy-invading' location data collection

Google is being sued over 'privacy-invading' location data collection

GOOGLE IS BEING SUED over ongoing claims that it tracks your location in Android and iOS, even if the 'Location History' option is turned off.

Lawsuit says Google tracks phone users regardless of privacy settings

Lawsuit says Google tracks phone users regardless of privacy settings

(Reuters) - Google has been accused in a lawsuit of illegally tracking the movements of millions of iPhone and Android phone users even when they use a privacy setting to prevent it.

Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions

Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions

Until the Associated Press story on August 13, Google's policy simply stated: "You can turn off Location History at any time.

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google's recording of time-stamped location data -- even after users have turned off a setting called Location History -- "clearly violates" the 2011 settlement.

Google: To be clear, this is how we track you even with Location History turned off

Though Google originally said its help page was clear and correct, the updated page now clarifies that turning off the setting can still allow location data to be stored in apps like Search and Maps.

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Leaving Web and App Activity enabled while turning Location History off only prevents additions to the Google Maps timeline, and does not stop data collection.Google's help center update is not likely to appease users who have scrutinized the search giant and other tech companies for their user privacy policies.