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Erasing Yourself From Websites Got a Little Easier

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Have you ever created an account for a website, but never used it much and wanted to delete it? Some websites make it easy. Others like Facebook act like a jilted lover and make it near impossible to fully remove your personal data from their business. This is where a website called AccountKiller comes in. Further Reading How To Minimize Your Digital Footprint with DNS Watch Signal: The Right Way To Encrypt Our Communications AccountKiller AccountKiller does most of the hard work for you. It can not delete the accounts …

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Is Your Website Part of a Botnet?

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It is possible for your computer to be involved in criminal activity if it was infected and became part of a botnet. Now, cyber security firm Imperva has recommended that you harden your website against such attacks as well. Further Reading Top 10 Adblockers for Apple iOS Devices How to Enhance Your Security on Chrome OS Hijacking Vulnerable Websites Researchers at Imperva Defense Center has revealed a blackhat SEO campaign [PDF] in late March 2016. Imperva claims malicious hackers are involved in a botnet-driven SEO attack to illegally increase the …

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How To Minimize Your Digital Footprint with DNS Watch

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

When you are not connected to LiquidVPN but still want a measure of privacy online there are a couple of things you can do. The most well-known ways to enhance your privacy is incognito mode (which isn’t as private as you might think), installing browser plugins like Ghostery or using a specialized tool like Tor. However, changing your DNS server(s) is another way to cover your tracks. The only publically available zero log option for DNS was OpenNIC, but now DNS Watch aims to change that. Further Reading How to Enhance Your Security …

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How to Enhance Your Security on Chrome OS

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Chromebooks are lightweight computers designed to run Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google and based on the Chrome browser. Unlike other operating systems where browsers run on top of the OS, with Chromebooks Chrome IS the OS. Chrome OS is already pretty secure, but there is still more you can do as a user. Further Reading Six macOS Tips to Supercharge your Security InfoSec 101: How To Boost Your Privacy On iOS Default Security Chromebooks tend to be more secure than other computers because there are fewer attack …

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Signal: The Right Way To Encrypt Our Communications

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Have you ever needed to say something – uh – sensitive to your buddy? Maybe it was a photo of an explicit nature, or maybe sending him/her directions on where you hid the booty? Hey, we are not judging, but if you find yourself wishing you could communicate securely, check out Signal by Open Whisper Systems. Signal Signal is an app for iOS, Android and Chrome/Chromium that encrypts your text messages and phone calls. It’s so secure that people like Edward Snowden, Matt Green, Bruce Schneier and Laura Poitras all recommend using …

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Pokemon Go: iOS Privacy Issue Update

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Released last week, Pokemon GO has already become a massive hit with gamers, but there are possible privacy concerns for iOS users. Let’s take a look. Further reading: Use a VPN to Download Popular Game Pokemon GO Pokemon GO Niantic Labs and Nintendo created Pokemon GO, and it is already generating a sizable amount of revenue. It is an augmented reality game where you can catch Pokemon all around the world, with Pokemon, Pokemon Gyms and PokeStops appearing everywhere. Once players reach Level 5, they have the option to join one …

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InfoSec 101: How To Boost Your Privacy On iOS

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Welcome to InfoSec 101, a series of articles aimed at helping you enhance your online privacy, boost your security and more. Previous topics include creating secure passwords and enabling two-factor authentication. In this article, we will show you how to improve your privacy on iOS. Apple has gotten much better at respecting and protecting user privacy than other companies, but there are things you can do to enhance your privacy even more. Location Services The first thing to check out on your iPhone is the location settings. By letting apps track …

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New Mac Malware Found Beware of Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor

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Bitdefender recently discovered a new type of malware that has been infecting Macs. Called Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor,  it can take control of your system completely by installing a backdoor. Once it compromises your Mac, a hacker could steal your files, control your webcam and execute code capable of inflicting more damage. Backdoor In computing terminology, a backdoor is classified as “a method of bypassing normal authentication, securing remote access to a computer, obtaining access to plaintext, and so on, while attempting to remain undetected.” It can either be an installed program, a program that …

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Use a VPN to Download Popular Game Pokemon GO

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Officially released today, Pokemon GO is already the new top hit in the mobile gaming world. Developed by Niantic Labs, who also created the popular game Ingress and Google’s Field Trip app, Pokemon GO turns your smartphone into a real Pokedex. It’s an augmented reality game that constantly scans your location for nearby Pokemon. The Pokemon correspond to real world locations; for example, water Pokemon are found near bodies of water. It’s an augmented reality game that constantly scans your location for nearby Pokemon. The Pokemon correspond to real world …

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HummingBad Infects 85 Million Android Devices

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A report by Check Point, a security research firm, details a new type of Android malware dubbed HummingBad, and 85 million devices are already infected. Affecting both smartphones and tablets, HummingBad steals and sells user information, like email accounts, contacts, banking information everything needed to commit identity theft. The malware also installs apps and clicks on ads. First discovered in February, HummingBad creators Yingmob, are a well-known group of Chinese computer criminals. It installs a persistent rootkit in Android devices and then goes to work. The same group was also behind …