DuckDuckGo’s Illusion of Privacy

DuckDuckGo’s Illusion of Privacy

While DuckDuckGo wants you to be able to search without being tracked, it’s irresponsible for the company to call itself a private search engine.

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Unlike probable cause, which is the standard required for obtaining a search warrant, reasonable suspicion is a more lenient rule that lets law enforcement officials conduct searches without getting a warrant first.

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

After MongoDB database was left open, containing 700,000 customer records, Choice Hotels, a hospitality giant, fell victim to hackers this week due to MongoDB's data breach. According to Choice Hotels, other fields that contained passwords, reservation details and payment information only contained test data, according to a news report.

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

“What we did here is we studied the system and we showed that actually there is a vulnerability that exists in their system that allows us to use their system and to send carefully created queries that allow us to extract — to exfiltrate — information from the data-set that the system is supposed to protect,” explains Imperial College’s Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, one of five co-authors of the paper.

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Following in the footsteps of other large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon; Microsoft silently updated its privacy statement admitting it has a group of people listening to users' conversations and interactions through its platform —and transcribing part of those dialogs:Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing .

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and because it is an early example of a giant tech company being involved in getting hold of data directly from people’s minds.

How Search Engine Results Are Terrible

How Search Engine Results Are Terrible

The Google Maps App, Google Search App, and YouTube are installed on almost every mobile device in the US, and likely have so much usage that, if their search statistics were included, Google’s true market share would be 97%+.Even worse, the actual clicks to Google’s properties has increased over the past decade while clicks to third party properties– not listed with favor in Google’s search results– have gone down.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

According to DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy: DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. So they use the tracking pixel data to improve their product. TL;DR: They collect anonymous data to measure engagement of specific events, to make it a more user friendly experience for everybody.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service. "We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

If OK Google or Google Assistant are active on your Android device but you are not using these tools, you may want to consider disabling those. Here is how you disable OK Google on your device:Open the Google application on the Android device.

Google Playstore has 1,000 apps that will gain your data even if permission is denied

Google Playstore has 1,000 apps that will gain your data even if permission is denied

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in the US identified 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission, news portal CNET reported on Tuesday.

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

If you are conscious about your privacy and prefer a search engine that does not track you – then look no further than DuckDuckGo. Using Requestly Chrome & Firefox extension, you can setup a simple rule such that any search query to Google is actually handled by DuckDuckGo in a privacy-first manner.

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

Check Point Research says that it found three different ways to exploit the vulnerability, including the ability to put words in your mouth.

Bioprivacy

Bioprivacy

Each scenario asks you to consider whether or not you would share your own personal biometric data with a hypothetical car manufacturer in return for a benefit .

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

As Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf that found several issues in macOS, told Forbes: "If you're a large, well-resourced company such as Apple, who claims to place a premium on security, having a bug-bounty program is a no brainer."

How to Find Spyware Your Employer Installed on Your Computer and What to Do About It

How to Find Spyware Your Employer Installed on Your Computer and What to Do About It

As with Windows though, you might not be able to install your own software on a company Mac. The employer/employee relationship can be a tricky one and you might not think it worth the hassle to start looking for spyware installed on your computer—maybe you’ve got too much work to do to think about it anyway.

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

“Neuroethical design is one of our program’s key pillars — we want to be transparent about what we’re working on so that people can tell us their concerns about this technology,” Mark Chevillet, director of the brain-computer interface (BCI) research program at Facebook Reality Labs says.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

The Danger Coming To Google’s Chrome

The Danger Coming To Google’s Chrome

That’s why we don’t use Google Chrome as a browser on Macs, Windows PCs, iPads, iPhones, and jump through hoops to rid it on Chromebooks. Google is an ad business that gives away free software in exchange for the rights to exercise its ability to extract private information from users.

DuckDuckGo Has a Privacy Problem

DuckDuckGo Has a Privacy Problem

DuckDuckGo, along with many other private search engines, saw a massive influx of users after Edward Snowden sparked general interest in privacy, specifically from government surveillance agencies.

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for patent filings from Google that used a smartphone camera to look at the expression of a user of that device in order to try to understand the emotions of that person better.

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Google in May unveiled new features it said would help users protect more of their data, including storing more of it on personal devices rather than in cloud computing centers, and giving people more control over how and when tracking software, or cookies, is deployed.

Privacy - Conflicting information in Google ToS & Google Safety Center in relation to ads in Gmail - Information Security Stack Exchange

Privacy - Conflicting information in Google ToS & Google Safety Center in relation to ads in Gmail - Information Security Stack Exchange

After reading through, I realized that the two pages contain conflicting information about how (or if) they use keywords in Gmail messages to tailor advertising to users. On the other hand, on Google's Safety Center page, this is written: Gmail ads are based on your activity.

An exposed password let a hacker access internal Comodo files

An exposed password let a hacker access internal Comodo files

A hacker gained access to internal files and documents owned by security company and SSL certificate issuer Comodo by using an email address and password mistakenly exposed on the internet.

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

The full list of 37 sites identified by Censored Planet thus far are: On July 19th, a Kazakh government official tried to clarify that the installation of the fake certificate was not technically mandatory.

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

In the past several years, Montjoye and other researchers have published studies that reidentified individuals from sets such as anonymized shopping data or health records.

Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits

Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits

A team of researchers from Microsoft, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon have revealed a study showing that Google and Facebook are keeping tabs on your porn viewing habits with trackers and using incognito mode or private browsing does not stop it.

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

In May last year, after Bitmain unveiled its new Antimer Z9 Mini, the Foundation funded research into ASIC resistance, partly to appeal to the network’s strong base of GPU miners.

12 BEST Private Search Engines: Anonymous search - NO Tracking

12 BEST Private Search Engines: Anonymous search - NO Tracking

Features: Allows you to convert your search request into an anonymous query It is a private search engine that integrates with a proxy server which hides your IP address.

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