Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices.

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

The Facebook Audience Network allows mobile software developers to provide in-app advertisements targeted to users based on Facebook's data.Today, advertisers can use a unique device ID number called the IDFA to better target ads and estimate their effectiveness.

[Updated] A Tampa, Florida Teenager Has Been Arrested for the Giant Twitter Hack

[Updated] A Tampa, Florida Teenager Has Been Arrested for the Giant Twitter Hack

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Clark because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases such as this when appropriate.

The Complete Checklist of How Google Tracks Your Browsing History

The Complete Checklist of How Google Tracks Your Browsing History

Didn’t Google get in trouble for giving marketers the ability to target kids with ads?Marketers are still allowed to serve ads to kids on websites they visit, and in the apps they use.

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

New #iOS 14 allows #Apple users to selectively disable ad tracking by making their unique IDs invisible to apps.

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

68.3% of iOS and 67.5% of Android users will likely deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in.44.8% of iOS and 47.2% of Android users would potentially allow themselves to be tracked, if app owners were to give them proper reasoning in advance.

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

However, FISA and the Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 which he testified to, did allow for temporary warrantless surveillance (Sec. 308).Presently under the Trump administration, Barr has been pushing for explicit backdoor access into encryption technologies employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and secure messaging platforms including Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

A new research paper presented at IEEE 41 calls attention to the fact that Google Suites App Marketplace – whose apps are able to tap into the powerful Google API to read contacts, emails, calendar, etc – allows unverified apps to ask for and oftentimes receive sensitive user data.

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to "systemic design flaws" discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to systemic design flaws discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

Called “SafeEntry”, the system is designed to enhance Singapore's coronavirus contact-tracing capabilities and requires visitors to either scan a QR code or allow their phones to be scanned to record a barcode in the national e-services app.

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

One of those collaborations may allow users to find local stores around them on WhatsApp, talk to store operators and place orders from within the Facebook-owned instant messaging service, he said last week.“You can browse shops and talk to the shop owner.

A keyboard encryption app used to skirt coronavirus censorship was removed by Apple in China

A keyboard encryption app used to skirt coronavirus censorship was removed by Apple in China

Apple yesterday removed Boom the Encryption Keyboard, an app that allowed Chinese internet users to bypass censorship, from the China app store, according to its developer.

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

A few months ago, Ring started creating partnerships with police departments nationwide, allowing officers access to surveillance videos of Ring users.The Neighbors app also allows local police departments onto the network where they can access the discussions and videos.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Roberts and Hawkins recently wrote an op-ed in the journal Science encouraging Congress to require companies to allow people to opt in (or out) of major changes to terms of service on health apps.

Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Settings Everyone Should Use

Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Settings Everyone Should Use

In the General privacy settings, Windows 10 allows you to turn off that advertising ID and also the ads that you see in the Start menu and other places.Microsoft will occasionally display suggestions/ads/promotions in the Windows Start menu for new apps or products that they have released.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

The fractured future of browser privacy

The fractured future of browser privacy

That existing model allows companies and advertisers at least some access to marketing data; one argument for preserving it is that if browsers become too restrictive, those parties will pull content from the open web and move it to mobile apps instead.

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

New York City’s restaurants and other retail establishments will no longer be allowed to reject cash payments under legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday.The legislation, which was approved 43-3, also prohibits businesses from charging cash-paying customers a higher price than those using credit.

Open Contacts  -  F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Open Contacts - F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to access the phone features of the device.

U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices

U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices

A Navy spokesman said Naval and Marine personnel who use government issued smart devices are generally allowed to use popular commercial apps, including common social media apps, but from time to time specific programs that present security threats are banned.

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed a massive cache of applications — including their personal information.

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

In addition to outlining how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers, the bureau says malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners.

Privacy features on iOS 13: Tips to help protect your privacy

Privacy features on iOS 13: Tips to help protect your privacy

iOS 13 allows you to switch Face ID/Touch ID on and off for: iPhone Unlock iTunes and App Store Apple Pay Password AutoFill Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode on older iPhones), and enter your existing passcode to take control of this.

Twitter now lets you enable 2FA without asking for your phone number

Twitter now lets you enable 2FA without asking for your phone number

Back when Twitter relied on SMS to send users their six-digit 2FA codes this requirement made more sense, but now that it allows them use authentication apps or security keys, however, asking for phone numbers is increasingly unnecessary.

France embraces facial recognition tech

France embraces facial recognition tech

"Alicem will allow citizens to access our services through a highly secure system without them having to go to a government office," he said, smiling for the camera as the app made a video of his face.

Secret Court Rules That the FBI’s “Backdoor Searches” of Americans Violated the Fourth Amendment

Secret Court Rules That the FBI’s “Backdoor Searches” of Americans Violated the Fourth Amendment

After the government appealed, the FISC allowed the FBI to continue to use backdoor searches to invade people’s privacy—even in investigations that may have nothing to do with national security or foreign intelligence—so long as it follows what the appeals court called a “modest ministerial procedure.” Basically, this means requiring FBI agents to document more clearly why they were searching the giant 702 databases for information about Americans.

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

He clarified WhatsApp’s official stance on this treaty forcing WhatsApp to build a backdoor for UK use:.Even in the status quo scenario where WhatsApp’s encryption isn’t broken by the UK, the metadata that will be shared will still satisfy some of the wants and needs of law enforcement.

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