Social Media

It may be having outages, but Facebook isn’t charging to keep your profile private

In the rumor mill that is the Internet, you really can't believe everything you hear. While Facebook has had its fair share of problems this week, charging to keep your profile private isn't one of them (yet).

Mobile privacy obsessives with $800 to spend can buy the Blackphone 2 today

The privacy-centric Blackphone didn't set the world on fire, but the Blackphone 2 might. It's bigger, more powerful, and features newer software. It's available to buy for $800 unlocked right now.

Uber takes down searchable database with exact trip location, date and time information

Uber makes it easy for users to share their ETA with family members or friends, but sensitive information appended to some of these ETA shares were recently unearthed via Google search results.

5 Best iOS VPN apps for privacy and security

If you’re not using a VPN service to protect your iPhone or iPad then you could be putting yourself at risk, especially if you use public Wi-Fi frequently. Here are some of the best iOS VPN apps available.

Spotify’s intrusive privacy policy allows the collection of photos, sensor data, and more

In a move that has sparked controversy for those concerned about personal privacy, Spotify's Orwellian new privacy policy wants access to users' contacts, photos, GPS data, and sensor data, and will also share the data with advertisers.

Don’t be so smug, cheater haters. You’re next

The names of 37 million users of Ashley Madison, a dating site explicitly for married men and women to cheat on their spouses, have been made public for anyone with a mastery of Google to discover. But before you high-five the righteous…

Microsoft may spy on Windows 10 users to make sure they don’t play pirated games 0:48

Microsoft has reserved the right to check your system for "playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized "hardware peripheral devices." The language the company is using is ambiguous, and that is likely intentional.

Mozilla makes private browsing on Firefox even more private

Mozilla is testing private browsing enhancements for Firefox to give secretive users invisibility from website services that track can their browsing activity and collect their data.
Social Media

Facebook loophole exposes private phone numbers, here’s how to close it

It's not just Donald Trump who might give out your phone number. Thanks to a newly discovered flaw, Facebook will easily give up your phone number to hackers using a simple script even if you have set it to private.

Block online tracking with the EFF’s new Privacy Badger extension

After more than a year of development, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's recently released Privacy Badger 1.0 extension "blocks some of the sneakiest trackers that try to spy on your Web browsing habits."

Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10 makes logging into friends’ networks easier, but may pose privacy and security concerns

Wi-Fi Sense, a feature in Windows 10 that lets you share Wi-Fi passwords with close contacts, may pose privacy and security problems. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to manually disable.

France approves ‘Big Brother’ surveillance law

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, France has expanded its surveillance capabilities under Loi Renseignement (Surveillance Law) to include warrantless wiretapping and the installation of secret recording devices in private homes.