Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Whether you are living and working in a high-threat environment or period of civil unrest, worry about being vulnerable to hacking of your financial data or online profiles, or are simply an advocate for personal privacy and liberty, it’s important to understand the methods by which you are tracked, and by whom, and for what purpose.

The 200 Most Common Online Passwords of 2020 Are Awful

The 200 Most Common Online Passwords of 2020 Are Awful

Understandably, it’s difficult to keep track of passwords, especially this year with the rise of online work.According to the survey done by NordPass, nowadays, the average user has around 100 passwords,” Cerniauskaite said.

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people

Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people

In a country that claims to be at the forefront of digitization and data security, the criminals managed to access the database of thousands of customers of the company Vastaamo after detecting vulnerabilities in their system.

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

Jami undergoes continuous ongoing development and release, so you can experience improvements and new features as we implement them.However, organizations wishing to use Jami require a higher level of control over users of their network, so we have created Jami Account Management Server (JAMS).

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

But some people might be looking to throw away their device after it emerged that Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo users’ homes and offices.

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Sign up for Librem AweSIM and provide us with your preferred area code, and when your Librem 5 is ready to ship, we will register a new number to your SIM and install it into your Librem 5 so calls, SMS and cellular data just work when you unbox it.

'I monitor my staff with software that takes screenshots'

'I monitor my staff with software that takes screenshots'

Image copyright Shibu Philip Image caption Shibu Philip's firm has used the software Hubstaff for the last year and a half Shibu Philip admits he knows what it's like to "maybe waste a bit of time at work".Shibu is the founder of Transcend - a small London-based firm that buys beauty products wholesale and re-sells them online.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

The massive data blunder, which was reported by a number of different Airbnb hosts, results in them being served messages and correspondence that included sensitive personal information about hosts and users, including addresses, names, and the codes to get into rental homes.

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

CNBC reports that there will be an estimated one billion security cameras filming around the world by 2021, with somewhere between 10-18% of those being in the United States alone.

Report: 97% of Cybersecurity Companies Have Leaked Data on the Dark Web

Report: 97% of Cybersecurity Companies Have Leaked Data on the Dark Web

97% of companies have data leaks and other security incidents exposed on the Dark Web. 631,512 verified security incidents were found with over 25% (or 160,529) of those classed as a high or critical risk level+ containing highly sensitive information such as plaintext credentials or PII, including financial or similar data.

Private data gone public: Razer leaks 100,000+ gamers’ personal info

Private data gone public: Razer leaks 100,000+ gamers’ personal info

Razer offered the following public statement concerning the leak: We were made aware by Mr. Volodymyr of a server misconfiguration that potentially exposed order details, customer and shipping information.

Deepfake porn is getting easier to make. That's bad news for everyone.

Deepfake porn is getting easier to make. That's bad news for everyone.

Data from deepfake detection company Sensity (formerly known as DeepTrace) shows that up to 1,000, non-consensual deepfake videos are uploaded to porn sites monthly, a concerning figure considering even the best detection tools we have for spotting deepfakes are only accurate 65 percent of the time.

Person of Interest

Person of Interest

Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people.Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen.

Unsecured Social Data database leaks 235 million public profiles from TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube

Unsecured Social Data database leaks 235 million public profiles from TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube

These public records were scraped from these social media platforms by Deep Social, a now defunct company that seems to have sold the data to Social Data.The database has since been secured, and affected users won’t be notified because the leaked information is technically public.

How Google is 'Trying' to Collect the Mobile Numbers and Web Activity of a Billion Indians

How Google is 'Trying' to Collect the Mobile Numbers and Web Activity of a Billion Indians

Only adaptable on mobile phones and tablets for now, this feature allows users to create their own virtual visiting cards which would make it easier for others to find them on Google Search.

Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier.

What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes?

What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes?

But a security researcher named Roger Piqueras Jover found that the authentication on 4G doesn’t occur until after the phone has already revealed its IMSI number, which means that stingrays can still grab this data before the phone determines it’s not communicating with an authentic cell tower and switches to one that is authenticated.

Privacy & Security 101: Compartmentalization

Privacy & Security 101: Compartmentalization

Most people might prefer a more partial compartmentalization: a VoIP number from work that’s different from their personal number, a separate email for their banking institutions, utilities, rent portal, and other important matters, a different name and number for online dating, etc.

Exclusive: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts

Exclusive: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, two former employees said, making it hard to defend against the hacking that occurred last week.

GitHub - upmasked/number-verifier: Number Verifier is a SMS verification tool that makes it easy to get a disposable SMS number and bypass SMS number verifications on any site.

GitHub - upmasked/number-verifier: Number Verifier is a SMS verification tool that makes it easy to get a disposable SMS number and bypass SMS number verifications on any site.

Automatically refreshing of latest messages (5s delay) Easy switching between providers Usage.We currently support the following providers: smsreceivefree - Support for free SMS numbers, currently 14 numbers available from the USA.Upmasked - Support for free SMS numbers, currently 2 numbers available from US & UK.

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

Sharing information such as your mailing address and phone number on a publicly available online resume is a bad idea; scammers sometimes use public resumes to look for identifying information and use that to employ phishing scams, blackmail, or identity theft.

Erdoğan seeks to shut, control social media platforms in Turkey

Erdoğan seeks to shut, control social media platforms in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that he seeks to shut social media platforms in Turkey, a day after his daughter Esra Albayrak was insulted on Twitter.

TikTok Reverse Engineered: What Was Discovered Will Make You Delete It ASAP

TikTok Reverse Engineered: What Was Discovered Will Make You Delete It ASAP

And here's food for thought; Bangorlol alleges that reverse engineering other popular social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter didn't find nearly as much data collection going on -- there was absolutely no comparison.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

Number Protector

Number Protector

This is important, because some services, like Twitter, will reject phone numbers not classified as mobile even if the number is SMS-enabled!We want our customers to choose to renew their Number Protector service, so we strive to always offer a fair price for our service.

Coronavirus: Scam warning over NHS test and trace

Coronavirus: Scam warning over NHS test and trace

Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits.However, a number of fraudsters are using this to their advantage and posing as contact tracers to deceive people into parting with money or personal details.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020

A report by the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) examined 108 global COVID-19 tracing and tracking apps to examine data protection levels.Norway to stop Covid-19 track and trace app following warning from data protection watchdog.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

Athul Jayaram, a self-described “full time bug bounty hunter”, published a blog post earlier this week highlighting that a large number of Whatsapp users’ mobile numbers could easily be found by searching Google for the domain “”.