privacy
Smart Home

The Google Home Hub doesn’t have a camera. Here’s why that’s a good thing

Bucking the smart display trend, Google's new $149 Home Hub smart display surprisingly doesn't have a camera. We think a camera-less Google smart speaker with a screen is a good thing, and here's why.
Social Media

Sick of Facebook privacy scandals? Here's how to protect your personal data

With a number of security scandals in 2018, it has us questioning if we should get rid of Facebook. Here's how to protect your personal data without deleting your account, as well as how to just nuke the thing altogether.
Social Media

Will U.S. government force Facebook to decrypt Messenger?

The Department of Justice and Facebook are embroiled in a legal dispute over the future of Messenger's privacy policies. The government is demanding it decrypt Messenger, but Facebook is refusing to do so.
Computing

Facebook’s latest security breach leaves 50 million accounts compromised

The latest security breach may have left 50 million Facebook accounts compromised. Facebook revealed that it is only beginning to investigate the breach and that 90 million users were logged off of the network as a precaution.
Computing

Cut down on the spam in your email diet with these tips

Whether you use your email for work or your personal life, you probably get an annoying amount of spam. Like the ants that march into your kitchen every summer, you probably can't wipe out spam forever, but you can cut it down a bit. Here's…
Computing

Chrome 69 logs you in without consent, but Google says it’s for your own good

Google is under fire for how Chrome 69 behaves. When you log into a Google service, you're automatically logged into the browser, raising serious privacy concerns. Google was forced to address its tactics and update its policy.
Computing

Google tells lawmakers it allows other apps access to your Gmail

Google admitted to lawmakers in a letter that its privacy policy allows third-party apps access to the email messages of its 1.4 billion Gmail users. Google says the apps need the consent of users before access is granted.
Social Media

How to turn off Snapchat’s location-based Snap Map

Thanks to an opt-in feature added last year, Snapchat may be sharing your location with friends whenever you open it. Here, we'll walk you through how to turn off said feature off and regain some peace of mind.
Emerging Tech

Crazy vending machine swaps computer art for your permanent selfie

Coder artist Matthias Dörfelt's camera-equipped vending machine swaps unique prints of computer-generated faces for the rights to upload your selfie onto the main Ethereum blockchain.
Computing

Privacy-focused browser Brave sues Google, claims breach of Europe’s GDPR rules

Brave filed a GDPR complaint on Wednesday against Google for violating privacy protection in the EU. Brave alleges that GDPR prohibits Google from sharing browsing data about its users with its advertisers in its complaint.
Computing

U.S. Senate will hear Google, Apple testimony on data privacy this month

The United States Senate is calling on some of the largest names in technology -- including, Apple, Google, and Amazon -- to testify on how consumer data is collected and protected in a hearing on September 26.
Computing

Firefox mobilizes a three-pronged attack against ad-based tracking

The Firefox browser will eventually block ad-based tracking by default. To get there, Mozilla plans to roll out new features over the next several months, such as an ad-blocking component already available in Firefox Nightly.
Web

If you’re still using Yahoo email, it’s still spying on you

Yahoo Mail might be far from the popular email client it was in the past, but the company is still scanning the content of users' emails in an effort to sell more targeted advertisements.
Computing

When it comes to Chrome, there may not be a reason to expect privacy

Chrome could identify you, even if you enable a private web session using Incognito mode. A new study suggests that Google could still use cookies to connect your private web history to your Google account.
Computing

Use one of these password managers to stay safe online

The internet can be a scary place, especially if you don't have a proper passcode manager. This guide will show you the best password managers you can get right now, including both premium and free options. Find the right password software…
Computing

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for something without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses with one of these handy services.
Mobile

Google confirms it still tracks users who turn Location History off

Google is tracking your location -- even when you tell it not to. According to an investigation by the Associated Press, Google services store location data, regardless of whether privacy settings claim otherwise.
Web

Facebook’s security chief has quit — now who’s watching the watchmen?

The chief security officer at Facebook is leaving in mid-August and will not be replaced, leaving some to wonder at the approach Facebook will take to address security and privacy concerns moving forward.