Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Those that are dealing with the banning of certain apps like WeChat and TikTok from the app store are being directed towards VPN services as a way to have access to app updates again.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

App privacy details on the App Store

App privacy details on the App Store

You’ll need to identify whether each data type is linked to a user’s account, device, or identity by you and/or your third-party partners.You’ll need to understand whether you and/or your third-party partners use data from your app to track users and, if so, which data is used for this purpose.

Google is removing Fediverse apps from the Play Store because they can be used to access hate speech

Google is removing Fediverse apps from the Play Store because they can be used to access hate speech

Despite this established web browser model, The official reason given by Google for the removal of Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access servers which have microblogs or other content which are dedicated to hate speech.

WPD

WPD

A small but powerful portable tool working via Windows API.WPD is the most convenient and proper way to customize privacy related settings in Windows.Appx uninstaller.Easy remove pre-installed Microsoft Store apps or any other appx.Portable, freeware, no ads, command line arguments support.

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

Part of iOS 14 was a change in the App Store that gives users even more information by way of what Apple calls a privacy summary.

We don’t track you. Nothing, zero, zilch.

We don’t track you. Nothing, zero, zilch.

Apps often monitor users, create profiles, and sell data to advertisers for profit.For a while we’ve been relying on a unique user counting request stored on your computer.So, we’ve baked a tracker blocker right into the browser.

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.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

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.

TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

App developers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry recently published their research uncovering a major vulnerability with the cut-copy-paste feature on Apple iOS devices.The two developers found that Apple provides apps with the ability to read data stored in the system’s clipboard, officially called Pasteboard on iOS devices.

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

A 2017 video released by the West Midlands Police in the U.K. showed two men approach a Mercedes Benz parked in the owner's driveway; similar to Evan's video, one man stood next to the target vehicle with a handheld device, while another positioned a larger piece of tech near the home, hoping to pick up the signal emitting from the car keys stored inside.

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it.

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.

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

A zero-day flaw in the Android operating system used by some of the most popular mobile phones on the market is being exploited in real-world attacks.Since malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store, app downloads should be limited as far as possible until the flaw has been patched.

How to unblock Spotify

How to unblock Spotify

If you can’t find the Spotify app available for download from your locally available app store, you can still access the full Google Play App Store by changing your country settings in your phone preferences.

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

"To prevent 'Smart Spies' attacks, Amazon and Google need to implement better protection, starting with a more thorough review process of third-party Skills and Actions made available in their voice app stores," the SLR researchers concluded.

How to unblock WhatsApp

How to unblock WhatsApp

Download Private Internet Access from the Google Play Store, the Apple iTune App Store, or the APK file (for advanced users) if you haven’t already.Restart your phone to access a less restrictive App Store How to unblock WhatsApp download from the Google Play Store?

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google apps and the Play store might soon be returning to Huawei devices, according to a report from the New York Times.An executive order signed by US president (ugh) Donald Trump in May banned US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies, including Huawei, deemed a national security risk.

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Apple has banned an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state, claiming such information is illegal.

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Shortly after the clamor abated around FaceApp, the Russian AI-powered app churning out disturbingly realistic photos of users as their older selves, a new controversial fad hit mobile stores in the form of the Chinese deep-fake app ZAO.

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

In the wake of data abuse scandals and several instances of malware app being discovered on the Play Store, Google today expanded its bug bounty program to beef up the security of Android apps and Chrome extensions distributed through its platform.

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Stefan Esser, an iPhone security expert, tweeted an additional warning: “I hope people are aware that with a public jailbreak being available for the latest iOS 12.4 people must be very careful what apps they download from the Apple AppStore.

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

The Google Play Store hosted 85 apps ridden with adware, which were downloaded by 8 million users.Today is no different: Security researchers at Trend Micro have revealed that the Google Play Store hosted 85 app ridden with adware.

Apple sued for not disclosing that 'iCloud storage' relies on third-party cloud services

Apple sued for not disclosing that 'iCloud storage' relies on third-party cloud services

The contract doesn't mention that, in fact, Apple sometimes stores iCloud data on third-party storage services provided by the likes of Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform -- as stated in the iOS security guide.

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Just a few days later and Facebook has announced that is has filed its first lawsuit against two Asian developers for "click injection fraud—where developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware [which] created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on the users’ phones, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.".

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