Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

Multi-Account Containers Add-on Sync Feature

Multi-Account Containers Add-on Sync Feature

The Multi-Account Containers Add-on will now sync your container configuration and site assignments.Firefox Multi-Account Containers allows users to separate their online identities into different tab types called Containers.This privacy feature allows users to assign sites to only open in a specific Container.

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

That’s why today we’re launching the new Control Center, a feature in the Ring app that lets customers manage important privacy and security settings from one simple, easy-to-use dashboard.

Reviving Sandstorm

Reviving Sandstorm

While Sandstorm had had a healthy community of folks using it and building apps, there had been fewer contributions to Sandstorm itself from outside the company, and no one but Sandstorm employees had been doing major core development on a regular basis.

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

In a blog post on Data Privacy Day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that its "Off-Facebook Activity" tool -- which lets you manage how Facebook tracks you across the internet -- will finally be launched globally.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode.

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app.He said Twitter’s contact upload feature doesn’t accept lists of phone numbers in sequential format — likely as a way to prevent this kind of matching.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

After San Francisco in May placed new controls, including a ban on facial recognition, on municipal surveillance, city employees began taking stock of what technology agencies already owned.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s moves against ad tracking have shaken up the online ad industry, making it harder to target its users and forcing competitors, ad tech firms and publishers to adapt.

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

In the meantime, be aware that your iPhone will check your location periodically even if you haven't given any individual apps or services permission to do so, though it appears the location data does not leave your device.

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

While police can request videos from users through Ring, the company has denied that it provides information to law enforcement on who, specifically, owns their products.

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber has plans to ensure its passengers feel safe when using the service by introducing an audio-recording safety feature to all rides.

Facebook built a facial recognition app for employees

Facebook built a facial recognition app for employees

Angela Lang/CNET , which has been under fire because of privacy concerns, said Thursday it built an internal app that allowed employees to identify their colleagues and friends who enabled facial recognition by pointing their phone cameras at them.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image, and eventually it hopes to launch the feature into other markets including the United States.

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service.

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google confirmed the testing and rollout of this feature in a statement to The Verge, and apologized for the issues:.

The Next Privacy War Will Happen in Our Homes

The Next Privacy War Will Happen in Our Homes

When we go from inviting Alexa into our home to accepting the program as a necessary feature of life?“We envision a world where the consumer devices around us are more helpful, more intelligent, more… human,” says Audio Analytic, a company that has created software capable of recognizing a range of sounds.

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

A screenshot posted on Twitter has provided fresh evidence to suggest that Facebook is working on end-to-end encryption for calls made on the Facebook Messenger app.According to a tweet posted yesterday, it looks like Facebook is indeed working on end-to-end encryption for calls made through Facebook Messenger.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone

Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone

If the current Wi-Fi connection is considered undesirable, users are given options to send network feedback: “Connection is too slow”, “Network isn’t secure” and/or “Connection drops off”.For now, with this feature turned on, the app will periodically send your geolocation to Facebook’s server to get a list of nearby recommended networks.

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

Amazon is rolling out Multilingual mode to Alexa, which lets users in the US speak Spanish to their Alexa devices.Multilingual mode is meant to let users switch between languages quickly, as bilingual speakers may do at home with their families.

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

After a long delay, Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow people to see what kind of information it has collected about their online activity beyond its borders — from the news they read to the shopping websites they visit to the porn they watch — along with an option to dissociate that data from their accounts.

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter said on Tuesday it may have shared user data with advertisers without permission.The company said "certain data" of mobile users such as country code may have been shared with advertising partners since May 2018 "even if you didn't give us permission to do so.".

Add recipients to aliases at creation and new UUID aliases

Add recipients to aliases at creation and new UUID aliases

The above example would add the three recipients to the new alias and immediately forward the email to each of them.Another feature that was requested was the ability to create aliases that do not give away the username of the alias owner.

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook revealed its plans to transfer content moderation from human-staffed data centres to on-device, AI-powered systems in a presentation at the firm's F8 annual developer conference on May 1, 2019.The proposed concept would appear to see content moderation executed on user messages directly within WhatsApp, prior to their encryption — with the filtering algorithms themselves being regularly updated from a central source.

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

It’s being reported that the streaming giant is now collecting physical activity data from the devices of selected users. Netflix later confirmed in a statement that physical activity data is being collected to “improve video playback quality when a user is on the go” and added that they currently don’t have any plans to roll out any related feature.

Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

And with that firmly in mind, we turn to the matter of the day: calorie counting features in sex toy apps. And we reckon it’s unlikely this feature will make its way onto every synced-up sex toy app, largely thanks to the number of female founders heading up popular sextech startups that firmly have pleasure in mind.