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Once the FBI has a back door into your smartphone, everyone does

FBI director James Comey believes tech companies should be forced to insert back doors to bypass encryption on smartphones. But experts say once that happens, security is moot and anyone can breach your privacy.

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Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

Privacy is a real concern for users these days. We review six browser plug-ins that offer privacy protection -- and a way to avoid ads.

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Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud about user location data

Anonymous sharing app Whisper has come under scrutiny after a newspaper reported it has been tracking the location of its users, including those who asked not to be followed.

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Got a Mac? Prevent OPSEC leakage by cleaning hidden OS X files from USB drives

If you plug a USB drive into OS X and use the Finder app to browse and change sort order, then you may have an OPSEC problem. Apple knows about the issue, and came up with a work around starting with OS X Tiger; but while Apple...

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Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

Regardless of the fact that some data leaks weren't the result of direct server hacks, Internet service companies need to do a better job of educating their users and offering stronger security measures.

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Cisco tells users to lock down WebEx to prevent snooping

Cisco has warned customers to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist found many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join.

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What to consider when choosing a password manager

Many security experts think passwords are no longer sufficient to keep online accounts safe from hackers. But we're still a long way from widespread adoption of biometrics and alternatives.

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Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

A Kickstarter project for a wireless router that automatically encrypts data and sends it through the Tor network is approaching 10 times its fundraising goal after just one day.

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Would an anonymous app from Facebook be creepy or smart?

Facebook is preparing to launch a mobile app that would enable users to interact online anonymously, a move analysts said could be good or scary.

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Q&A: Yik Yak wants to weed out abuse and become the next Twitter

Of the new social media apps that have sprung up around connecting anonymously, Yik Yak might be the most toxic. Or the most misunderstood.

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say.


Fallout from the JPMorgan Chase breach

What's the fallout from the Chase bank breach? Phishing of course, but phone calls and snail mail can also be abused. I was targeted by a snail mail billing scam. Most website rating systems fail to warn about the site involved in the...

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Kmart hacked, customers' card numbers exposed

Sears Holding Corp. said the payment systems at its Kmart retail chain had been breached as a result of malware, compromising shoppers' credit and debit card numbers.

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Snapchat denies it was hacked

After Snapchat accounts were used for spam and hackers said they'd stolen thousands of photos and videos, the photo messaging site released a statement saying the incident was due to user credentials found on other sites.

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Jitters over U.S. surveillance could undermine the Internet

Overly broad U.S. government surveillance is breaking down trust online and could hurt users everywhere and make it harder to launch new services, tech executives told a U.S. senator pushing for reforms.

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OS X Yosemite preview gleans user data, too

Microsoft isn't the only one running a preview program that collects data from participants: so does Apple.

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Sock puppets post nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on Wikipedia

Sock puppets posted nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on her Wikipedia page after the actress called stolen sexting photos 'a sex crime.'


NSA's internal watchdog defends privacy practices

The National Security Agency takes multiple steps to protect the privacy of the information it collects about U.S. residents under a secretive surveillance program, according to agency's privacy office.

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